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Should you hide before your wedding ceremony?

There are plenty of superstitions about weddings.  A penny in your shoe will lead to prosperity.  Rain is auspicious.   The groom shouldn’t see the bride before the ceremony. I realize some women want to make a grand entrance, but think this one through before you decide to hide. The tradition started back in the days of arranged marriages.  It was said that if a couple saw each other before their wedding, one of them might try to get out of having to marry the other.  Since your marriage hasn’t been arranged by your parents, here are some things to think about. Do you want to miss part of your reception?  If you are taking photos right after the ceremony, you


How much should you spend on your wedding?

As the economy continues to improve, couples are spending more and more on their weddings.  According to www.money.CNN.com , the average cost of a wedding in 2012 was $28,400.  And that figure does not include the honeymoon!  Same-sex couples typically spent more even though they tended to have fewer guests.  In Cook County (Chicagoland) the amount was lower, with 38% of couples spending less than $10,000 and only 17% shelling out $30,000 or more (www.costofwedding.com ).  The majority of the money went to the venue, catering and rentals.  But even at $10,000, a single guest can cost you over $130. So how much should you spend on your wedding? Your wedding will probably be one of the biggest parties you


Do you believe in soul mates?

Once upon a time, a long, long time ago, people were made in three genders by the gods: male, female and androgynous.  Each person was made of two halves, each half having two arms, two legs and two faces.  The Children of the Sun looked like two men attached at the back.  The Children of the Earth looked like two connected women.  The Children of the Moon were made of a male half and a female half.  And they lived in bliss.  But they grew disrespectful and refused to honor the gods.  This angered the gods.  Thor said that he would kill all of humanity by striking them with his hammer.  Zeus said, no, allow me.  I will kill them


Adding cultural traditions to your wedding ceremony

One of your ceremony goals should be to have your friends and family tell you, “That was so YOU!”  One way to make your wedding meaningful and memorable is to add ceremony elements that reflect your family’s cultural background. We’ve all seen unity candles and even unity sand.  Here are some unique elements that can be added: The Mexican lazo (lasso)is a figure-eight shaped cord (sometimes made of crystal beads) is placed around the bride and groom’s shoulders by sponsors before the vows are said and removed after rings are exchanged.  It is a symbol of the union between a man and a woman that will stay together in sickness and in health, in fortune and in poverty; until death


Should you have premarital counseling or marriage preparation sessions?

If you are wondering if marriage preparation is for you, the answer is a resounding yes! Marriage preparation increases your chances of a successful marriage by up to thirty percent.  With half of all first marriages ending in divorce, you want to be sure that your chances of not being included in that statistic are as good as they can possibly be. Many couples spend a year or more getting ready for their wedding, neglecting to prepare for the lifetime that follows that special day. Naturally, when you’re in love you assume that your love will last a lifetime, but without the skills to sustain that love, it can be a struggle to keep your marriage dynamic. An effective program


How religious or spiritual should your non-church wedding be?

How religious or spiritual should your ceremony be?  I typically say that the amount of religion or spirituality in your wedding should be the amount that is in your life.  You don’t want the ceremony to ring false.  If you are religious you can include prayers and scripture readings.  If you are spiritual, you can include readings you identify with, from the Tao Te Ching, for example, or Kahlil Gibran.  “A Sacred Space” Your love requires space in which to grow. This space must be safe enough To allow your hearts to be revealed. It must offer refreshment for your spirits And renewal for your minds. It must be a space made sacred By the quality of your honesty, Attention,


The Promposal and the Marriage Proposal

The promposal.  Are you for or against it?  Yes, it can make a girl feel special to have a boy dream up a fantastic and unique way to ask her to prom.  But the promposal is always public and that means a girl is put on the spot and can hardly say no.  For that reason, I’m against it. When I was a freshman in high school a boy called my house and asked me to homecoming.  The thought of going to a formal school dance struck me as hilarious and I laughed.  That poor boy.  I immediately apologized and tried to explain that I wasn’t laughing at him, I was laughing at the concept of going.  I’m not sure


Chilly Outdoor Weddings

On a chilly day like today, I’m glad that the wedding I’ll be performing this evening will be indoors.    Typically, by the end of April, you can plan an outdoor wedding, but it’s important to have a Plan B in case of cold or rain—or even snow. When you envision your wedding, and as you chose you venue, keep your guests in mind.  You have invited them to celebrate with you and as their host your hospitality is key.  If it is cold or drizzly out, your guests will assume the wedding ceremony is taking place inside and may not bring coats suitable for sitting in inclement weather.  Bridesmaids will probably be wearing sleeveless or strapless dresses. My goal is


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