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The Receiving Line

One wedding tradition that is losing popularity is the receiving line. This custom actually dates back to more superstitious times when it was believed that anyone who touched the bride and groom would be blessed with good luck. It later evolved into the practice we are familiar with, especially for large weddings, as a way [...]

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To DIY or Not to DIY? that is the question!

With all the Pinterest pages, facebook posts, and the newest wedding gurus filling our heads with ideas, its difficult not to get caught up in a million cool little details you must have for your wedding. The rustic signage, the hay bales, the mason jars, the table numbers, and the amazing arbor your beloved will [...]

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Cool thoughts on a hot day

Summer’s in full swing here in the Poconos. It’s pretty hot, so I thought I’d write about something cool: fall and winter weddings. After all, now is the time to make plans (if you haven’t already!) Fall is rich with color and the fullness of harvest, and winter, in contrast, is more sparse. Look carefully [...]

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Unusual or too far out?

I have officiated some unusual and unique weddings. How far out is too far? I don’t know the answer to that, but the weddings I’ve done in various locations, with a variety of themes, and seemed reasonable (and fun) to me. Marrying people at the top of a mountain and by waterfalls has been absolutely [...]

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Tying the Knot

We all know the expression: ‘tying the knot’ – it simply means getting married. But where does this phrase come from? There are many different stories, in different communities throughout the world. It is certainly one of the oldest wedding traditions we know. Here are a few of these origin stories, and some ritual ideas [...]

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Surprise Wedding!

The idea of a surprise wedding is not new to me – I’ve done a few of them over the years. Let’s be completely clear here – the wedding is not a surprise to one of the two people being married! That would (#1) be completely unethical, as a marriage must be a mutually agreed [...]

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Weddings are Ritualistic

I often write about specific cultural rituals and traditions, but recently a bride said to me, ‘what if I don’t want any rituals in my wedding?’  That would be difficult because everything about a wedding ceremony is ritualistic and/or traditional. Walking down the aisle is a ritual. Exchanging vows and exchanging rings are rituals. Having [...]

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How to be the Best Guest, Ever!

Don’t you want to be the best guest ever? If so, here are a few useful tips.

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Marriage should be based on equality

I’d like to talk about two things that are related in an unusual way: equality in marriage and marriage equality. This week PA took a big step forward when a Federal Judge struck down the ban on same-sex marriage. So marriage equality has arrived in our fine state. I also want to talk about equality [...]

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Bread as Ritual

All countries, cultures and traditions have bread. From bagels to tortillas, cornbread or rye bread, I love those Indian flatbreads such as Roti, Naan, or Puri. There are handcrafted sourdoughs and then there’s Wonder Bread, the list seems endless. Bread is an important staple, one of the hallmarks of the development of civilization, and because [...]

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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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