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A Tale of Two Weddings

Most often I write about diverse wedding ideas, traditions and customs; I rarely write about specific weddings. But today I have a tale of two weddings. And as so famously written in A Tale of Two Cities, it was just a little the best of times, and it was the worst of times. Let me [...]

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Portuguese wedding traditions – old and new

I’m heading to Lisbon so I thought I’d research Portuguese wedding traditions. Here’s what I’ve learned so far. First of all I am very heartened to hear that there’s currently a resurgence of ancient wedding customs, as more and more couples choose to have a ceremony that is reflective of their own personal future and [...]

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Imagining a Christmas Wedding

It’s Christmas time and I couldn’t resist writing about Christmas weddings. There are many pros and a few cons to having a wedding around the holidays People love Christmas for so many reasons: there is of course the religious meaning of the celebrating the birth of Christ, but it is also a time to share [...]

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Trend Spotting 2016

Every year writers and commentator types like to look back at what’s happened and forward to the coming year. I especially enjoy humorist Dave Barry’s annual wacky holiday gift guide. I am no Dave Barry, and the trends I’m about to share may not be funny, but maybe, just maybe, they will be fun and [...]

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Cozy and Crazy Norwegian wedding traditions

As you read this I’m in Norway visiting family so naturally I’m thinking about Nordic style weddings! I know a bit about it, after all, my son has lived in Norway for over 10 years, and I’ve been visiting for as long. Of course like any country there is lots of variation within its borders [...]

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What Constitutes a Wedding Day Emergency?

There are many other things you really can’t do anything about such as the schedule going awry, kids crying or making noise during your ceremony, shuttle buses running late, and no-shows. But barring being stood up at the altar you will be married at the end of the day – and that’s what matters the most. When you think about it – all these little problems really are not emergencies at all.

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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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Raising a Glass to the Happy Couple!

What’s a wedding celebration without a toast, most often with champagne? Where did this tradition come from? What does it mean? Why champagne? The custom of honoring someone through offering or sharing drinks may go as far back as the ancient Greeks, who apparently invented everything. Evidence shows they used drinks in ritualistic ways. The [...]

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Embracing the Nerdy

It continues to surprise and delight me how many couples identify themselves as nerds. This can mean many different things, but I just love how they embrace it. First of all let’s get down to the contemporary meaning of nerd, because back when I was a kid it was much more negative, and meant someone [...]

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