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Planning an engagement or wedding? Ask yourself this…

I adore weddings, but I do take all of the hoopla of both engagements and weddings with a healthy grain of salt. Becoming engaged is a special time in one’s life. Enjoy it to the max, because making a serious commitment to another person is truly profound. Savor these moments. But (you knew there would [...]

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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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Stories are the Heart of Ceremony

Life is a series of stories, and stories are a way we learn, remember and connect with one another. They are how we teach our children and how we grow as adults. In an earlier time, Grimm’s fairytales scared children to make them behave, today we read our kids stories to help them develop empathy, [...]

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A wedding ritual for your future

Looking for the perfect ritual for your wedding ceremony? There are those candles, the sand ceremony, hand-fasting, and many, many religious, spiritual and secular ways to symbolize your joining up together. But there is one in particular that moves with you into your future. Sometimes the simplest ideas are the best – this one of [...]

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Realistic Expectations for Your Wedding Day

Many engaged couples dream of a perfect wedding. For some women it’s a fairy-tale come true based on childhood fantasies and desires mixed in with lots of media hype. And while there’s nothing wrong with planning your dream-come-true wedding event, it is important to temper your expectations with some realism. Imagining a day that is [...]

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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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Big day, big dress, big deal (Read this before you buy one)

A wedding gown is something that looms large in the hearts and minds of many women. It has grown out of the princess myth and may cause some women anguish, and others amazing joy. But whatever your views, if you are a bride, you are probably looking for the perfect dress for your big day. [...]

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Wedding Rules for the Digital Age

The unplugged wedding already has a lot of traction. Taking photos, videos and generally playing with your smart phone during a wedding ceremony is just plain rude. Bottom line – don’t let people take photos during the ceremony – leave it to the professionals or designated people. Not only can it ruin the official photos, [...]

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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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    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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