Tag Archives: wedding vows

A Short and Sweet Request

With a very short ceremony you miss out on some important opportunities. Will you be able to thank family and friends for supporting you, or honor parents, children, siblings or others who have helped you along in your journey?

Posted in Wedding Ceremonies | Also tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

500 and still going

This marks my 500th column for Pocono Wedding Talk. I can hardly believe it myself. People often ask me how I continue to come up with topics to explore. The answer is, I don’t know. I ask myself: why keep writing? I do have an answer to that. It is because I love being a [...]

Posted in Wedding Ceremonies | Also tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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 [...]

Posted in Wedding Ceremonies | Also tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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 [...]

Posted in Ceremonies and Celebrations, Pocono Weddings, Tips on Weddings, Wedding Ceremonies | Also tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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 [...]

Posted in Ceremonies and Celebrations, Pocono Weddings, Tips on Weddings, Wedding Ceremonies | Also tagged , | Leave a comment

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 [...]

Posted in Ceremonies and Celebrations, Pocono Weddings, Tips on Weddings, Wedding Ceremonies | Also tagged , , , | Leave a comment

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 [...]

Posted in Ceremonies and Celebrations, Tips on Weddings, Wedding Ceremonies | Also tagged , , , | Leave a comment

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 [...]

Posted in Ceremonies and Celebrations, Pocono Weddings, Tips on Weddings, Wedding Ceremonies | Also tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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 [...]

Posted in Ceremonies and Celebrations, Pocono Weddings, Tips on Weddings, Wedding Ceremonies | Also tagged | Leave a comment

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 [...]

Posted in Pocono Weddings, Tips on Weddings, Wedding Ceremonies | Also tagged , | Leave a comment
  • Blog Authors

    Lois Heckman

    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
  • Categories

  • Archives