Posted on February 5, 2018 | Author Cynthia Dumont
When you’re asked if you’ll be writing your own vows, how will you reply?
- Yes, I can’t wait to affirm my commitment in the presence of witnesses
- I’m not sure
- No, I’ll be too emotional to speak
Before you answer, here are a few thi
Posted on January 2, 2018 | Author Cynthia Dumont
Wedding processionals can be confusing – who walks down the aisle when, and with whom? That alone is reason enough to schedule a rehearsal, especially if you have a large wedding party. The good news is that the order in which your party walks down the aisle is truly up to you. But if you lean towa
Posted on November 6, 2017 | Author Cynthia Dumont
During this month when we commemorate Veteran’s Day, I thought I’d look at the ways we can bring military customs into the wedding ceremonies of men and women who serve our country. If you are an active service member planning a wedding, or if you know someone who is, consider these time-honored rituals for a unique and inspiri
Posted on September 29, 2017 | Author Cynthia Dumont
It’s the most important day of your life and all your loved ones are there to support you…almost.
If people you love deeply have passed and cannot attend your wedding except in your heart, how can you recognize them in your ceremony? It’s a very personal decision, but you are not alone. Here are a few ways others have do
Posted on August 19, 2017 | Author Cynthia Dumont
The animals in fairy tales steal our hearts: Cinderella’s songbirds, Bambi’s butterflies and the Darling children’s Nana in Peter Pan. But how about incorporating these icons into your own real-life fairy tale? If you want to bring animals like these into your wedding ceremony, you can certainly do it. But to make sure you get the happy en
Posted on July 22, 2017 | Author Cynthia Dumont
To create a beautiful and powerful wedding ceremony, your wedding officiant will strive to weave together your past, present, and future as a couple. A collection of just the right words, placed in just the right order, tells the story of who you are, touching the hearts of everyone within earshot. Readings play an important role i
Posted on June 18, 2017 | Author Cynthia Dumont
In a conversation with your officiant, you might be asked what you'd like the tone of your ceremony to be. Your JP wants your ceremony to reflect you as a couple -- your values, beliefs, passions, and style. How would your ceremony feel overall if it were to express the essence of both of you?
Posted on May 24, 2017 | Author Cynthia Dumont
“I like the idea of using the traditions that my mother and grandmother used in their weddings, but I also want to keep my ceremony fresh and a little unexpected.”
Each of the elements in your ceremony, readings, rituals, and vows for example, plays an important role i
Posted on April 17, 2017 | Author Cynthia Dumont
Recently, I officiated the wedding of a bride from New Hampshire and a groom from Paris. He spoke English with a charming French accent. But his family, flying over for the festivities, did not. The couple requested a bilingual ceremony, but I do not speak a word of French. What was
Posted on March 15, 2017 | Author Cynthia Dumont
Your wedding: imagine that magical moment when you say “I do” and your life changes forever. Who could be better than your best friend to join you in marriage?
Are you sure about that?
In recent years, some states have relaxed the rules for who can
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