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Calling all nerds and geeks!!

Attention gamers, book lovers, pop culture fans, Harry Potter-philes and Buffy buffs, Zombie fighters and all nerds and geeks! Those words – geek, nerd – that were once pejorative, have become affirmative; it is now a good to be a nerd! You’ve gone mainstream! These two terms encompass quite a wide range of passions. They [...]

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How to have the world’s best wedding

When it comes to weddings, one size definitely does not fit all. Every couple is different and so is every wedding. If you want to have the world’s best wedding, maybe I can help, because I read all about it on the internet, so it must be true! I actually read an article entitled the [...]

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Candles Send a Powerful Message

Candles are used the world over, not simply for light – they have clear and universal symbolism. Unity candles for wedding ceremonies are popular for this very reason, but I don’t get to incorporate them often. That’s because so many ceremonies I officiate are outdoors. Candles outdoors just don’t work very well, and can blow [...]

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Finding your favorite wedding things

A while ago I wrote about wedding traditions I can do without. That was as close to controversial as this column gets. Some people really appreciated my point of view, but a few others did not. Today’s column is about my very favorite wedding things. That should make everyone happy! So here they are: I [...]

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Put the Cell Phone Away, already!!

I’ve written about it before, posted on chat boards, and spoken of it often – but it bears repeating. Really, it’s that important.  Over and over I see this happen, and, to put it kindly, it is simply bad etiquette. Do not use your cell phone, iPad or camera at a wedding ceremony! Unless you [...]

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The hours and moments before your wedding

You’re about to be married. The details are taken care of – the food selected, the cake and flowers are scheduled to be delivered, your marriage license packed … you’re ready for the big day. Or are you? The 24 hours just before the wedding can easily become emotionally overwhelming. What’s left to do – [...]

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One little rule for your wedding ceremony

I don’t have a lot of rules about wedding ceremonies. I don’t tell couples what they should believe or what their ceremony should include. I’m fond of saying my one rule is ‘no candles outdoors,’ but in reality I do have another rule, and I’ll get it in a minute. But first I want to [...]

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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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Enhancing the wedding ceremony with a few easy tips

Today I focus on the ceremony in general. This is the part, you may recall, where two people actual get married. Too often you cannot choose what is said for your ceremony, although this varies greatly depending on the religion, tradition or officiant.  For a ceremony created by a celebrant like myself, of course, the [...]

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Same-Sex Weddings Aren’t All That Different

Now that marriage equality has come to Pennsylvania, I am getting many inquiries from same-sex couples. It’s an exciting time. Massachusetts Chief Justice Margaret Marshall wrote in 2004 that: “Marriage is a vital social institution. The exclusive commitment of two individuals to each other nurtures love and mutual support…. It is at once a deeply [...]

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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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