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Finding or Creating a Beautiful Ceremony Space

Because I officiate so many weddings I have come to recognize what to look for in a great ceremony site. The ceremony – you know, the part where you are actually getting married – is the reason for the ‘big day.’ If your ceremony is not in a house of worship, you may want to think through [...]

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History, Symbolism and Using Wine in your Wedding Ceremony

Given the many ways to interpret wine, I’m surprised it’s not used more often! Ernest Hemingway once said that “wine is the most civilized thing in the world.” That’s why you can’t go wrong using wine as a symbol in your wedding.

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Eight wedding rules it’s ok to skip!

My intent here isn’t to tell you what to do or not to do, but merely relieve you of any guilt you may have in forgoing some of these wedding protocols.

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Don’t sing the post wedding blues…

Planning a wedding? It will come and it will go and when the ‘big day’ is over – what then? There was so much leading up to it, so much to do, so much fun and so much stress. Many couples have reported that after the engagement, wedding, or honeymoon, they walk into their home [...]

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Let’s Call Them ‘Attendants’

-     Why a gender-neutral wedding party is a great idea The people standing up there with you at your wedding ceremony are more than just statues.  There is a reason you ask your closest friends, siblings or others to be by your side as you exchange your vows. So who are they?  How do [...]

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Do you need a wedding program?

I’m away this week so I thought it would be a good idea to run this older piece. Why? Because everyone planning a wedding eventually comes to this question: should I have a ceremony program? As the big day approaches I sometimes hear from ‘my’ couples, asking for the ‘order of service.’ I know immediately [...]

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Tales of Moroccan Weddings

My annual January trip is on, and we’re visiting Morocco, so naturally I wanted to learn more about the wedding traditions of this fascinating country. The days when marriages were arranged are, for the most part, past. Today young people in Morocco choose their own partners, although parents still may have veto power. But no [...]

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Will the new year bring marriage?

-   If so, here are some basics to think about right from the start. Happy New Year! It’s 2017 and maybe this year you, or someone you care about, will get married. If so, congratulations. Marriage is one of the big milestones in life, one with a deep, long history. Not that the institution has [...]

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2017 Wedding Trends - for better or for worse

A new year is dawning, and because I am clearly obsessed with weddings I always try to discern what the coming trends will be – good or bad, for better or worse. Last week I wrote about the so-called colors of the year. Today I offer a few general trends that you may find interesting; [...]

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See your true colors…

- Pantone’s 2017 colors of the year Every season has a color pallet and it can bring inspiration to any wedding. But did you know that colors themselves have specific meanings? And while you can pretty much make up anything about any color, there are real historic and deep connections. For example, we know that [...]

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    Lois Heckman is a certified Life-Cycle Celebrant who officiates at weddings, funerals, and other ceremonies in the Poconos and beyond. She has performed hundreds of ceremonies and brings a wealth of knowledge to her work. Visit her website: ... Read Full
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