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What does a wedding have to do with the environment?

Earth Day just happened again, as it has every year since 1970, and it’s a reminder to give extra thought to the importance of the environment. Many couples have told me that the natural world is something that inspires them. A walk in the woods, for example, may be one of their most treasured and [...]

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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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The Diversity of Muslim Weddings

My interest in wedding customs applies to every country, tradition and religion. To me, it’s all fascinating and there’s something to learn from every place and time. That’s why I found it so interesting that Muslim weddings have few specific requirements at all, other than signing the marriage contract. This contract, called a ‘meher’ (sometimes [...]

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Three Cool Customs

Wedding traditions and rituals are kind of my ‘thing.’  As a celebrant, I really love incorporating something unique into a ceremony – that is, if it resonates for the couple. Conversely, there is nothing good about a ritual if it holds no meaning for anyone involved. That is why learning as much as I can [...]

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Weather You Like It or Not

I’m sitting at my desk here in Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania, on a March day. A few weeks ago, we hit a high of almost 70 ° and now it’s snowing like crazy. Unpredictable as the weather, as they say. And I’ve said, a thousand times, what is the rain (or snow) plan? There is nothing like [...]

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A few fun DIY ideas for your Wedding

Those who read this column regularly know I try to emphasis the big stuff. The deeper meaning of a wedding, especially the ceremony (my particular area of expertise). But from time to time ‘girls just wanna have fun.’ So here are a few ideas to add some of that fun to your wedding. Photos are [...]

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Finding or Creating a Beautiful Ceremony Space

Because I officiate so many weddings I have come to recognize what to look for in a great ceremony site. The ceremony – you know, the part where you are actually getting married – is the reason for the ‘big day.’ If your ceremony is not in a house of worship, you may want to think through [...]

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Eight wedding rules it’s ok to skip!

My intent here isn’t to tell you what to do or not to do, but merely relieve you of any guilt you may have in forgoing some of these wedding protocols.

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Let’s Call Them ‘Attendants’

-     Why a gender-neutral wedding party is a great idea The people standing up there with you at your wedding ceremony are more than just statues.  There is a reason you ask your closest friends, siblings or others to be by your side as you exchange your vows. So who are they?  How do [...]

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Do you need a wedding program?

I’m away this week so I thought it would be a good idea to run this older piece. 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 [...]

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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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