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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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A Sikh Wedding Primer

Chances are most of us will never have the opportunity to attend a wedding from a tradition completely different than our own. While many American Christians may go to weddings in different denominations, or even attend a wedding at a synagogue, and Jews may attend weddings in churches, how many in the Judeo-Christian tradition have [...]

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History, Symbolism and Using Wine in your Wedding Ceremony

Given the many ways to interpret wine, I’m surprised it’s not used more often! Ernest Hemingway once said that “wine is the most civilized thing in the world.” That’s why you can’t go wrong using wine as a symbol in your wedding.

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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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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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Tales of Moroccan Weddings

My annual January trip is on, and we’re visiting Morocco, so naturally I wanted to learn more about the wedding traditions of this fascinating country. The days when marriages were arranged are, for the most part, past. Today young people in Morocco choose their own partners, although parents still may have veto power. But no [...]

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2017 Wedding Trends - for better or for worse

A new year is dawning, and because I am clearly obsessed with weddings I always try to discern what the coming trends will be – good or bad, for better or worse. Last week I wrote about the so-called colors of the year. Today I offer a few general trends that you may find interesting; [...]

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Creating a Wedding that Gives Back

I’m always thinking about different ways a wedding can be not only unique but more meaningful. On a day and a time in your life when you are focused on yourself and your future, it’s not a bad idea to stop and think of others not as fortunate. Charitable weddings have been around for a [...]

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