Tag Archives: Wedding Ceremony & Traditions

45 Emotional Grooms’ Reactions

Although "first look" photo sessions are growing in popularity, plenty of couples still choose to save that special moment for the walk down the aisle. Judging from these photos, it's easy to see why! From adoring gazes to emotional breakdowns, here are our favorite reactions from grooms seeing their brides for the first time during the wedding ceremony.

By: 
Kristen Klein

10 Meaningful Touches for Your Ceremony

Check out new twists on old traditions, unique and personal rituals, and more ideas that you can add to your ceremony.
By: 
Kristen O'Gorman Klein
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Although your wedding day is filled with significant moments, the ceremony is the pinnacle of the entire celebration. It's the reason everyone has joined together, and it's more than just a formality. Whether you're having a religious or secular service, your ceremony is your chance to express who you are as a couple; you can personalize your readings, add rituals that have significance for you, or even infuse your love story throughout the service. Here, officiants share some of the most creative touches their couples have been adding to their ceremonies lately.

Tell Your Love Story

April Beer, a contemporary interfaith minister based in New Jersey, truly tailors each ceremony to fit her couple. One of her favorite parts is telling the couple’s love story.

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Complete Guide to Wedding Programs

Not sure what to write? Don't know what to include? Find everything you need to know right here.
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By: Deborah Hefter, Co-Founder and Lead Designer of Envelopments

Your wedding program is an opportunity. It can be used in its classic form — a list of what, when or whom, or you can take this keepsake of your wedding and use it to narrate your day. You can be poetic, informative, funny and inclusive. You can give give your guests a glimpse inside your head as to what inspired all your choices. It can also second as a fan or sun shade on a hot day, and small children can even use them as a telescope to get a better look at you. But mostly, your program can bring everyone into your inner sanctum just by the way you choose to express yourself. Here, we'll break down exactly what goes into creating the perfect wedding program.

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Complete Guide to Wedding Programs

Not sure what to write? Don't know what to include? Find everything you need to know right here.
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By: Deborah Hefter, Co-Founder and Lead Designer of Envelopments

Your wedding program is an opportunity. It can be used in its classic form — a list of what, when or whom, or you can take this keepsake of your wedding and use it to narrate your day. You can be poetic, informative, funny and inclusive. You can give give your guests a glimpse inside your head as to what inspired all your choices. It can also second as a fan or sun shade on a hot day, and small children can even use them as a telescope to get a better look at you. But mostly, your program can bring everyone into your inner sanctum just by the way you choose to express yourself. Here, we'll break down exactly what goes into creating the perfect wedding program.

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The Inside Scoop on Pre-Cana

By: 
Katie O'Gorman
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engagement partyIf you're anything like me, this might sound familiar: You were raised Catholic, you don’t go to church regularly now as an adult, but you've always envisioned getting married in the church and feel it’s an important family tradition. However, you’ve heard that in order to do this, you have to attend the mysterious “Pre-Cana” classes. You may be wondering, what exactly is Pre-Cana? Don’t worry, it’s not like CCD all over again, and you won't be hearing lectures about going to church every week and going to confession. It’s more like pre-marital counseling, to help prepare you for marriage. 

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Our Guide to Writing Your Own Vows

Planning to write your own vows? Here's how to declare your love for each other.
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No doubt you’ve worked hard to stage a wedding reception with tons of individual style, so why should your ceremony be any different? Get personal, and consider writing your own vows. Don't stress: It’s not as daunting as you might think. Here’s how it’s done.

 

Photo Credit: Giraffe Photography

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