Posted on November 6, 2017 | Author Cynthia Dumont sword-arch 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 chairs for deceased relativesIt’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 dovesThe 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 poem image 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 multiple choice test on a tablet 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? If you'r
Posted on May 24, 2017 | Author Cynthia Dumont
candle ceremony“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 March 15, 2017 | Author Cynthia Dumont
wedding rehearsal 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? STOP.  Are you sure about that? In recent years, some states have relaxed the rules for who can

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