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There’s more to free than free ‘stuff’

Fill in the blank: The best things in life are ‘_______.’ If you said ‘free,’ that’s what I had in mind as well. This generally means that the most rewarding or satisfying experiences in life are often those that cost nothing. This proverb originated in 1927 as the title of a song, which contains the [...]

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Learning about the Chuppah

The chuppah, a canopy used in weddings, is an ancient and beautiful Jewish tradition. It can be constructed in many different ways and is used to create a sacred space for the couple to stand beneath for their ceremony. The word itself means covering, but can also be translated as protection. There are a variety [...]

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Some out of the box ideas that also save money

Creative fresh ideas can also be money saving ideas. How wonderful! Here are a few ideas to consider. Instead of buying a wedding gown, just buy a dress – a beautiful dress, a dress you love, a dress you could even wear again. With colors for wedding dresses coming into fashion you’ll be on the [...]

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The Symbolism of Trees

There are so many ways you can symbolically express the meaning of your wedding. Rituals in faith traditions are well known, as are the many secular and spiritual types of rituals we’ve become familiar with such as the Sand Ceremony, Unity Candles, Rose Presentations and other lovely customs. The planting of a tree is something [...]

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Indian and South Asian Wedding Traditions

I’ve been writing a lot lately about diverse wedding traditions and customs and today I want to explore a few more. Today I’ll focus on rituals from India and parts of South Asia. If you have every experienced an Indian wedding ceremony you have been a part of something amazing. Just search for photos of [...]

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The tradition of the 13 Coins

Continuing to explore diverse wedding traditions, weddings in any of the many Spanish-speaking cultures here and around the world are still most often Roman Catholic, but of course, not always. Keeping in mind that Mexico, Puerto Rico, Central and South America, and Spain, all have specific traditions, certainly makes it hard to generalize. But there [...]

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Bring your values to your wedding

I was so excited when I read recently about a bride who, not wanting a traditional bridal shower, came up with a celebration that reflected her values in a very creative way. She decided that instead of receiving gifts, she and her bridal party would give them. So on a gorgeous sunny day in Saratoga [...]

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Advice for a better wedding ceremony

I have a bit of advice and I believe that’s what this column is supposed to be about! My ideas are based on officiating countless weddings, and the focus here is on the ceremony – so here goes: Don’t be late. Too often I see people rushing in just before the processional begins, and sometimes [...]

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Look to nature for inspiration

If you love nature, and find inspiration in the great outdoors, here are some ideas to incorporate that into your wedding. For your ceremony you might consider creating a ritual with water. It is the very essence of nature, a universal symbol of purity, and wonderful metaphor for supporting and sustaining one another. I’ve had [...]

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A Few of My Favorite Things

Like the song says: “these are a few of my favorite things.” And when it comes to weddings there are so many! Here are a few… (cue music!) Photographers who take candid shots and capture the moment. The photojournalist style of photography has gained popularity for weddings in recent years – and for good reason. [...]

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