Tag Archives: wedding vows

The Bride Wore Black - Breaking with Tradition

I write often about reimagining traditions, and switching things up. There are almost no rules regarding weddings. What few rules there are, I’ll explain in a minute. But as to breaking the rules – here’s a great example: brides – you do know you don’t have to wear white, right? So many of our wedding [...]

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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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Wedding Vows – the heart of the matter

Your vows are perhaps the single most important element of your wedding ceremony. This is an ancient ritual traced all the way back to the medieval church.  It is the time when you put your commitment into words, speak them out loud, and say to one another and for all to hear: I’m in!  It [...]

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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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2011 Wedding Highlights

It’s difficult to choose, because I think all of the weddings I officiate are wonderful, but I’m going to attempt to highlight some of my most interesting and memorable ceremonies from 2011. Early in the year I officiated at two lovely historic locations a bit out of my normal area – the French Manor and [...]

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Saying Your Wedding Vows

  When I’m meeting with couples, the topic of vows invariably comes up. Sometimes I’m asked, ‘do I have to memorize my vows?’ My answer is an unequivocal ‘no!’ I think that is an unrealistic expectation. There are two ways I advocate taking your vows. You may do the ‘repeat after me’ method, or you [...]

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Wedding Vows

Over the winter I spend a lot of time writing ceremonies for couples. I find myself once again thinking about the importance of the vows. Wedding vows are perhaps the most personal and central element in any wedding ceremony. This is your promise, your pledge to your partner. Thoreau wrote: “It is said that it [...]

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    Lois Heckman is a certified Life-Cycle Celebrant who officiates at weddings, funerals, and other ceremonies in the Poconos and beyond. She has performed hundreds of ceremonies and brings a wealth of knowledge to her work. Visit her website: ... Read Full
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