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To DIY or Not to DIY? that is the question!

With all the Pinterest pages, facebook posts, and the newest wedding gurus filling our heads with ideas, its difficult not to get caught up in a million cool little details you must have for your wedding. The rustic signage, the hay bales, the mason jars, the table numbers, and the amazing arbor your beloved will [...]

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Tying the Knot

We all know the expression: ‘tying the knot’ – it simply means getting married. But where does this phrase come from? There are many different stories, in different communities throughout the world. It is certainly one of the oldest wedding traditions we know. Here are a few of these origin stories, and some ritual ideas [...]

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The many ways to make your ceremony unique

As a Celebrant I was taught to be open, creative and inclusive when it comes to creating the right ceremony. That comes in handy when I meet interesting couples that want unique ceremonies. The telling of the couples’ personal story is a hallmark of any celebrant wedding, and this storytelling helps bond the couple and [...]

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Go ahead and break the rules!

Traditions are wonderful but not if they don’t work for you. Because almost everything about a wedding is, in-and-of-itself, traditional, it’s totally ok to do away with a few old customs. Here are a few rules you can easily change up to suit your needs. However, if you love them as they are, please keep [...]

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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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