Pocono Wedding Talk

A Sunday feature in the Pocono Record newspaper.

  • When the officiant is an after-thought

    Oct 20, 2018

    If your ceremony is important to you, and in my way of thinking, nothing is more central to the wedding than the wedding ceremony… you know, the part where you are actually getting married, then don’t balk at a high celebrant fee that is still probably one of the smallest parts of your budget.When your officiant is an after-thought you are short changing yourself. The opportunity to have a real, meaningful and unique ceremony creates one of life’s best moments.[…]

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  • Making the Most of Wedding Ceremony Readings

    Oct 13, 2018

    Including a reading or two in a wedding ceremony is quite a common practice. I explore this routinely with couples because it can be a wonderful way to honor a special friend or family member while imparting wisdom.  Often in a church ceremony, passages from scriptures are read by someone the couple chooses. It might even [...]

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  • The Evolution of Tradition

    Oct 6, 2018

    Traditions and customs change and evolve over the years. It’s true for most things and for weddings as well. I recently wrote about how some ancient customs were connected to fertility and survival in the ‘rain on your wedding day’ column. But if we go back only a few hundred years ago, or less, we [...]

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  • A Humanist Approach to Weddings

    Sep 29, 2018

    In a ceremony without any strict religious dogma, without prayers or scriptural readings, blessings or pronouncements about God, a Humanist approach can help express the couple’s values. Through their wedding ceremony they can declare to family and friends that they, too, are good people, who share values such as kindness, caring for others, and doing good in the world, just like their religious fellow humans.

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  • Rain Again!?

    Sep 22, 2018

    ...if it rains on YOUR wedding day it may help to remember the connection between our ancestors and the very moment you are experiencing. A couple somewhere, so long ago, whether on the plains of North America, or some medieval farmer, was rejoicing that the rain came! And if you attend a wedding and it rains you can share the story behind the good luck and help make the day a little brighter.

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  • Partners in Planning

    Sep 15, 2018

    Here’s the important part: a wedding is not the sole purview of a bride. These are modern times, people! Examine your gender biases. Women – are you thinking this is your exclusive domain? Is this something you’ve planned and dreamed about for years? Or maybe you are a bit of a control freak. If so, you maybe be shutting out your partner.

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  • A Short and Sweet Request

    Sep 8, 2018

    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?

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  • Navigating Social Media for Your Wedding

    Sep 1, 2018

    Overusing social media makes your special day less special. A wedding is many things, but it is not a show. Although there are many great ‘visuals’ involved - the flowers, the clothing, the décor, and so much planning goes into it, it is still an important milestone in life. Keep the meaning of the day foremost in your mind.

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  • When it rains… it pours!

    Aug 25, 2018

    When I get calls from couples asking me to officiate at locations such as state parks, waterfalls and other outdoor locales, I always ask: what’s your rain plan? Many people have not given this any thought.

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  • The Goldilocks Wedding

    Aug 18, 2018

    If you remember the childhood story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, she had to find the bed that wasn’t too soft or too hard, but just right, and the porridge that wasn’t too hot or too cold, but just right, and the same can be said for weddings. How do you figure out the [...]

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