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The extraordinary importance of the wedding vow

Wedding vows are perhaps the most important element of any wedding ceremony, and certainly deserve close examination. As you can imagine, after 15 years of officiating weddings, many, many weddings, I’ve heard a lot of vows spoken. Some funny, some surprising, some too long, some too short. How do you get the ‘goldilocks’ effect – […]

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I do, do you? Three essential elements of a wedding ceremony.

It is commonly accepted practice (although it is not the law) that there are three elements a wedding ceremony should contain: The asking, the vows, and the pronouncement. Signing the marriage license another piece of the puzzle, of course, and truly the only legallyrequired part, at least in Pennsylvania, where I practice. Personally, I would never […]

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Giving Your Word

Going deep into choosing or creating the right wedding vows. Whatever type of wedding ceremony you are having, religious, spiritual, secular or civil, the exchange of vows is perhaps the most central element in the ceremony. It’s something I explore in depth with the couples I work with, and I’ve found they find it often […]

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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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When it doesn’t go as planned

Everyone worries about what might go wrong on their wedding day. I always tell my couples that whatever happens, I promise you will be married when I’m done with you! But what happens when something does go wrong? Here are a few common and challenging ceremony situations and idea on how to handle them. Children […]

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Choosing or creating the right wedding vows

Whatever the type of wedding ceremony you are having, religious, spiritual, secular or civil, the exchange of vows is perhaps the most central, key element in a wedding ceremony. And what is a vow? Webster defines it this way:  a vow is a solemn promise or assertion; specifically: one by which a person is bound to […]

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Thoughts on choosing or creating the right wedding vows

Whatever the type of wedding ceremony, whether religious, a combination of religions, spiritual, secular or civil commitment – and whatever the style, place, or circumstance, the exchanging of vows is perhaps the most central, key element in a wedding ceremony. And what is a vow? A vow is an oath, a promise. And not just […]

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