Buddhist-Inspired Wedding Ideas

Earlier today, I was speaking with a bride who said that she and her fiancé were drawn to Buddhism, but she didn’t know how that might be reflected in the ceremony.  My mind started racing!   I offered her a host of ideas including the Buddhist-Inspired Vows and Homily shown below.  Such a beautiful way to express one’s philosophical and spiritual …

Virtual Wedding 2.0: A Celebrant Ceremony with Jewish Traditions

Living through this pandemic has meant that our lives are increasingly lived online, away from other people.  Even before the COVID-19 outbreak, folks were spending increasing time in isolation, buried in their smart phones.  Now, work, dating, worship and even marriage are filtered through Zoom or some other meeting platform. I’ve been doing “Zoom weddings” for several months.  As I’ve …

Creating Sweet Pre-Wedding Rituals

One of the wedding regrets expressed by couples, over the ages, is how the celebration–and, especially the ceremony–simply flies by.  With so much planning, fussing over guests, and natural anxiety, many brides and grooms feel the ceremony rushes by before they’ve had the chance to experience fully the gravity associated with getting married.   Likewise, as so many couples schedule an …

Golden Wedding Moments

Many—many—years ago, I was planning my wedding with the prince charming I thought I’d share my life with.  If only our marriage had been as successful as the wedding.  A story for another day.  In retrospect, I realized that I had the seeds of a Celebrant inside me, and that one of the “gifts” of that experience was that it …

Dancing in the Park

Over the years, I’ve found that music (whether live or recorded) receives relatively little attention among brides and grooms.  For larger weddings, it feels like picking music for the ceremony is among the last details that couples address.   And often, the choices of the couple feel predictable…pieces they may have heard at other weddings.   And for elopement ceremonies, music is …