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Some practical ideas on how to include your children in your wedding

Don’t underestimate the importance of your wedding for your children. What you don’t want is the children sitting by silently, feeling left out, like guests at their own party. Please take the time to include them in some way. It will help create a happier, healthy, new family life. It’s been said that love is [...]

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Music and Your Wedding Ceremony – So many the choices…

A playlist can be just a general vibe or a very personal thing. Much has been written about musical selections for weddings, but the emphasis is usually on the party. Along with decisions about how music will pump up the party, how will it get you down the aisle? I am in a somewhat unique [...]

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Remarriage – How to handle 2nd or 3rd Weddings

People often ask what’s appropriate for a second or even third wedding. The short answer is: anything you want.  At least 40% of today’s weddings involve at least one partner who has been married before.* The stigma of divorce is, thankfully, long past. And the hope of what is to come is always cause for [...]

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Puzzles, Pretzel and Pebbles… what could they possibly have in common?

Ritual: A sequence of activities involving gestures, words, and objects, performed in a special place, and performed in a specific sequence. Rituals exist across cultures, time, traditions and religions. Rituals are a feature known to all human societies. Readers of this column know how much I love ritual and how important I feel it is [...]

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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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Jumping the Broom

There are many interesting historic and symbolic ideas connected to the ritual known as ‘Jumping the Broom.’ The story that slaves invented this ritual is common, but we now understand that it was actually a custom brought here by enslaved Africans. Historians are not in complete agreement, but most agree that Jumping the Broom dates [...]

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The Symbol of the Circle

Weddings are one of the most symbolic days in anyone’s life. We use many elements in weddings, whether religious, spiritual or secular, to help express the meaning of this big milestone in life. It’s a time to dig deep. Sometimes something very simple can be inspiriting: the circle, for example, a symbol that is quite [...]

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The Joys and Perils of a Small Wedding

Not everyone wants to have a great big wedding. That can be for many reasons. The planning process itself can be quite overwhelming, and I’ve frequently been told that it was more work than imagined. The average number of guests invited to a wedding is 178. I’d call a small wedding anything under 50 guests. [...]

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When and Why to Elope

There are a growing number of couples choosing to elope. Elopement used to mean sneaking away to get married without the parents knowing. It was secretive and hurried.  It didn’t have the best connotation. But today couples choose to elope for good reasons. Some couples elope to avoid conflict. Family can be complicated. I recall [...]

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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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