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500 and still going

This marks my 500th column for Pocono Wedding Talk. I can hardly believe it myself. People often ask me how I continue to come up with topics to explore. The answer is, I don’t know. I ask myself: why keep writing? I do have an answer to that. It is because I love being a [...]

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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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How to have the world’s best wedding

When it comes to weddings, one size definitely does not fit all. Every couple is different and so is every wedding. If you want to have the world’s best wedding, maybe I can help, because I read all about it on the internet, so it must be true! I actually read an article entitled the [...]

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Do you need a wedding program?

About every year or so I tweak and repost this column. 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 why. They are creating a program and [...]

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The Strong Symbolism of Water

Recently I wrote about the symbolism of the circle, noting how such a basic and simple thing – a circle – can express so much meaning. I also wrote about the box ritual – again, simple idea, but with great significance. The same, and more, can be said about water. All cultures, religions and traditions [...]

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Creating a Rock Solid Wedding Ritual!

People often ask me what exactly is a celebrant? Simply put – we create personal and meaning ceremonies for life’s milestones. Having studied at the Celebrant Foundation and Institute (in Montclair, NJ) along with my life experience, I have a strong background to lean on. Because everything about a celebrant wedding ceremony is personalized for [...]

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Love Locks and other Rituals of Engagement

I was sad to read that Paris recently broke up with its ‘love locks.’ City workers removed the railings loaded with locks on the Pont des Arts Bridge. For years, visitors had been attaching locks with sentimental messages in symbolic acts of affection and often as an engagement ritual. They would seal the deal by [...]

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A Beer Themed Wedding

I often write about choosing rituals, readings and themes that resonate for couples in real ways. I recently officiated for a couple who loved craft beer and had bonded over beer tasting events. So naturally they wanted a beer theme for their wedding. You may wonder if this is something best left for the reception, [...]

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The Symbolism of Trees

There are so many ways you can symbolically express the meaning of your wedding. Rituals in faith traditions are well known, as are the many secular and spiritual types of rituals we’ve become familiar with such as the Sand Ceremony, Unity Candles, Rose Presentations and other lovely customs. The planting of a tree is something [...]

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Ideas to make your wedding special

Everyone wants their wedding to be unique, special and memorable. Sometimes its just one little thing that makes it all happen! It’s not just in the details that pertain to the bride – her dress, her flowers, but the experience of the guests that will make all the difference. Here are a few of my [...]

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    Lois Heckman

    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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