Writing Thank You Notes

When writing wedding thank you cards, it's easy to get stumped on what to say, particularly when you don't know the person well or when you just don't like the wedding gift.  Don't get tripped up on writing thank you cards. Planning the wedding - the hard part - is...

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No, Grandpa, you CAN’T officiate our wedding!

Reprinted with kind permission of Judith Johnson: Author, Speaker, Life Coach and Interfaith Minister “If you think a professional is expensive, wait 'til you try an amateur.” - Paul "Red" Adair There is a popular trend these days to have a friend or family member go...

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The Secrets to a Successful Marriage?

Every Officiant hears this question occasionally: “What’s the secret to a successful marriage?”  Even after eight years of helping couples get married, I've yet to have a satisfactory answer to give. If we ever did find the answer, then we could probably retire to our...

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Summer Weddings – Beat the heat!

Nothing evokes a festive mood like triple-digit temps and man-eating mosquitoes! Your wedding planning may have you worrying about the elements, but there are lots of strategies for surviving warm weather weddings without feeling like you're stuck in the Sahara. What...

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All you need is love…right? Maybe not

Researchers in Australia may have figured out what it takes to keep a couple together...and it's a lot more than just being in love. A couple's age, previous relationships, even whether they smoke or not, all have an influence on whether or not their marriage will...

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Make Room for Doggy! Including Pets in your Wedding

It’s no surprise that many couples want to include their pets in their weddings. What's cuter than a dog in a tuxedo (even if that is considered animal cruelty by some 🙂 “A pet plays an important role in a couple’s life and for many pet parents, family festivities...

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Ceremony of the Rose (The First Gift)

Couples may choose to add a Rose Ceremony to honor their mothers, and thank them for raising the couple and bringing them to this joyous occasion. The Rose Ceremony can also be incorporated as a Remembrance.  Brides may place a rose on a chair for their mother (or the...

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The Blessing Stones (Wishing Stones)

The ritual of the Blessing Stones, or Wishing Stones, as they sometimes are called, is a wonderful way to include everyone in the wedding by way of offering blessings and good wishes to the newlyweds. It also is a good way to ensure that everyone will make contact...

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10 Reasons to Have a Destination Wedding

Reprinted from The Huffington Post Still undecided on whether or not you should plan a destination wedding? Here are 10 reasons to take the plunge from the editors of Destination Weddings & Honeymoons magazine. At some point in the planning process, every engaged...

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When the Unexpected Happens

"To expect the unexpected shows a thoroughly modern intellect." - Oscar Wilde Although we can never say for sure what will happen during a wedding, one thing we know for sure: the wedding will not go totally according to your plans. There's a lot to keep track of and...

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