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Thinking about having your dog in your wedding??

It’s really all about getting the dog down the aisle, one way of the other, isn’t it? Many a bride wants her dog to walk down with her! But whether with a bride or groom, a flower girl, best person, or just about anyone, as long as it’s someone your dog knows and is comfortable with, you can get your doggie down that aisle.

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The Second Time Around

I love that old song that says: love is wonderful the second time around. And about 50% of today’s wedding involved at least one partner who has been married before*. People often ask what’s appropriate for a second wedding. The short answer is, anything you want.   The stigma of divorce is, thankfully, long past. And [...]

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Appreciating the Bridesmaids and Groomsmen

Bridesmaids and groomsmen, or as I like to simply call them, attendants, can play an important role in all the work leading up to your wedding. Because they are people you value, I love the idea of involving them in the ceremony itself. If they are important enough to stand with you, it can be [...]

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Breaking the Glass – A Wonderful Tradition

There a certain wedding rituals and customs that come right at the end of the ceremony. There is something so appealing about that! Anything from blowing bubbles or confetti cannons, to Jumping the Broom, or the ringing of bells. Breaking the Glass is one of them, and it’s a great way to end a wedding. [...]

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The Recessional Toss – Make it Big and Make it Count

Today, people often pick up their tiny little bottles of bubbles just a tad too late. The couple has already headed down the aisle and the moment is gone.

Let’s not let that happen. Here are a few ideas about how to, and what to toss, and make your recessional the best it can be.

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Adding Value to Your Wedding Program

When you think about it, the ‘order of service’ simply encourages people to anticipate what is happening next in the ceremony, even possibly distracting them from what is happening in the present moment. It becomes a checklist to be completed. I believe it is more beautiful to allow the words and actions to unfold.

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All About Literally Tying the Knot

Most people have heard the expression ‘tying the knot,’ but may not be familiar with the origins of this phrase. Also known as Handfasting, tying the knot is one of the oldest wedding rituals we know. There are many variations and stories about this symbolic act. Here are a few of them: The ancient Celtic [...]

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As you walk your new path, let’s talk about shoes…

I’m a Celebrant, not a wedding planner, and I try to keep this column focused on the big stuff – what’s important in a wedding, and first and foremost that is the couple’s commitment. The union of two people in marriage is expressed through their ceremony. I do, however, stray off-topic from time to time [...]

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Nervous is Natural, Obsessed is Not

I’m not a psychologist nor do I play one on television, but I do have some thoughts about anxiety. Last year I worked with just a few frazzled brides and it got me thinking about the connections between anxiety, anticipation, nervousness and flat out unbecoming behavior. True anxiety is defined as the over-reaction to a [...]

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Breaking and remaking the rules

When discussing weddings, I say it all the time: ‘do what’s right for you.’ There are certainly a lot of traditions and rules for weddings, and I do love history, culture, customs and most everything about weddings. But I don’t subscribe to the idea of doing something just because that’s ‘how it’s done.’  From the [...]

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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. Follow her on Pinterest, ... Read Full
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