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Off-Day Weddings Offer Advantages
Ten Questions to Ask When Selecting a Wedding Officiant
A Lifetime of Love: Practical Advice for Newlyweds
Happily Ever After: The Benefits of Premarital Counseling
Wedding Introductions to Captivate Guests
Q and A: Ceremony: We're Not Having a Religious Ceremony
Outdoor Weddings: 12 Planning Tips
Wedding Traditions and Customs, A-J
Wedding Traditions and Customs, K-V
Wedding Planning: Providing Childcare at Your Wedding
Wedding Etiquette: A Guide to Proper Wedding Behavior
Wedding Planning: New Twists on Wedding Traditions
Five Unique Wedding Ceremony Traditions
Wedding Ceremony: 4 Creative Aisle Decor Options
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Off-Day Weddings Offer Advantages
Ten Questions to Ask When Selecting a Wedding Officiant
A Lifetime of Love: Practical Advice for Newlyweds
Happily Ever After: The Benefits of Premarital Counseling
Wedding Introductions to Captivate Guests
Q and A: Ceremony: We're Not Having a Religious Ceremony
Outdoor Weddings: 12 Planning Tips
Wedding Traditions and Customs, A-J
Wedding Traditions and Customs, K-V
Wedding Planning: Providing Childcare at Your Wedding
Wedding Etiquette: A Guide to Proper Wedding Behavior
Wedding Planning: New Twists on Wedding Traditions
Five Unique Wedding Ceremony Traditions
Wedding Ceremony: 4 Creative Aisle Decor Options

Ceremony & Vows

Be inspired to write the perfect marriage vows or find the wedding ceremony ideas you have been looking for. Browse our collection of vow ideas and ceremony examples.
Off-Day Weddings Offer Advantages
Traditionally, Saturday is the most popular day for weddings. But competition for sites and services is making so-called "off-day weddings" more attractive. Even if you don’t marry in June or October, traditionally the two most popular months, a Saturday wedding can be hard to arrange. Many wedding ceremony and reception sites are booked a year or more ahead of time. To make matters worse, it’s even harder if there’s one particular site you’ve set your heart on with your wedding planning. If there’s a conflict, your only options are to
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Ten Questions to Ask When Selecting a Wedding Officiant
If you are looking for a wedding officiant to serve at your wedding ceremony, ask yourself these ten important questions to assist you in your wedding planning search: Will you hold a religious or secular ceremony? If your ceremony is more spiritually centered, you might want to go with ordained clergy person of your same faith or denomination. If you have no religious or spiritual preferences, you can always contact officials such as justices of the peace, or others who are legally able to marry you in your
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A Lifetime of Love: Practical Advice for Newlyweds
Marriage is not a bed of roses at all times. Status quo sets in. Life begins to fall back into place and even get out of hand shortly after the wedding planning , the wedding ceremony, and the honeymoon. It’s the train-wreck schedules that can take our focus off of priorities in marriage. Unfortunately, intimacy is typically the first to get put on hold. Once inactivity in the bedroom is introduced, stress begins to mount. Adversity comes, intimacy is moved from the back burner to the fridge, and temptation locks in its
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Happily Ever After: The Benefits of Premarital Counseling
Sure, you and your mate plan to live a long and healthy life together in wedded bliss. But are you equipped with the skills and tools needed to keep the spark ignited long after the wedding ceremony and wedding ceremony are over? Here, we talk with renowned marriage and family therapist counselor Paula Pile as she debunks the myths of premarital counseling and shares her secrets to lasting relationship. Perfect Wedding Guide: What are premarital counseling and education? How are they different from therapy?Paula Pile: Premarital Education
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Wedding Introductions to Captivate Guests
Creating your very own uniquely personal wedding reception introduction is as simple as saying, “Hello.”One of the earliest, most climactic moments at your reception will be when you are introduced to your guests. Imagine every family member and friend standing, applauding, and excited to be the first to welcome you as the newlyweds. The energy level is nothing short of exhilarating.The most common mistake, however, is to allow that energy to go to waste, letting a memorable moment fade away. All too often, couples will move
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Q and A: Ceremony: We're Not Having a Religious Ceremony
Q: My fiance’s family is very religious, but we have chosen not to have a religious wedding ceremony. I don’t want to start off on the wrong foot with my new family, but this is very important to us. How (and when) should we discuss our decision with his parents?A: I think that sensitive subjects should be dealt with immediately. Explain to his parents that you respect their beliefs and do not want to offend them, but you have decided to do a non-religious ceremony. It may be difficult for them to accept at first, but be patient, they
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Outdoor Weddings: 12 Planning Tips
The open sky and weddings just go together. Whether public or private, outdoor weddings are great for dramatic settings. But if you place your celebration outside, there are many choices and decisions to make. Here are 12 wedding planning tips for your outdoor wedding ceremony: 1. Choose a "safe" date. If you avoid hurricane and blizzard season, you might keep weather disturbances to a minimum. Maybe.2. Complement your surroundings, don’t compete with them. The natural beauty of your chosen setting shouldn’t need a lot of
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Wedding Traditions and Customs, A-J
There are many kinds of weddings in the U.S. Most are based on cultural or religious traditions brought to our “nation of immigrants” from around the world. The trend today is to incorporate such cultural wedding ceremony traditions and customs into wedding planning. So if you tell people your wedding will be traditional, be prepared to explain exactly what you mean — there are dozens of possibilities. Here are just a few interesting tidbits, descriptions and rituals that can comprise American cultural wedding traditions and
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Wedding Traditions and Customs, K-V
Part II of our wedding planning article, Wedding Traditions and Customs. To review Part I see Wedding Traditions and Customs A-J. Korean Wedding Traditions and CustomsThe groom’s family sends his personal history, name, family, origin and astrological data to the family of his intended. A ”First Greeting" wedding ceremony is then held at the bride’s house, where a string of dates has been prepared, along with a decorated chicken. The groom introduces his bride to his father. His father takes some dates and throws them at the bride
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Wedding Planning: Providing Childcare at Your Wedding
In a perfect world, your wedding would be a place where grown-ups can come together, sip champagne and mix and mingle without having to wrestle and wrangle with uninterested children. But in reality, that isn’t always the case. If your guest list is comprised of families and dear friends with little ones, perhaps you should consider providing childcare at your wedding ceremony as part of your wedding planning. While this isn’t an option for everyone, it does make things easier for relatives and out-of-town guests with kids. Before
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Wedding Etiquette: A Guide to Proper Wedding Behavior
Many times when you search for wedding ceremony etiquette during your wedding planning, its usually in reference to what the guests should or should not do. However, sometimes the bride and groom and their families can use a little crash course in proper behavior (although, what’s proper wedding behavior and what isn’t may be in the eye of the beholder). The secret to good wedding behavior is to communicate well, avoid making assumptions and strive for fairness. Think about other people’s feelings, then act accordingly.But there are
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Wedding Planning: New Twists on Wedding Traditions
Some modern couples are forgoing the typical wedding planning and turning to the spectacular to make their wedding ceremony truly an event to remember. Here, we’ve compiled a list of old wedding traditions and new twists that couples are incorporating into their big day. 1. Old Tradition: Matching wedding partiesCookie-cutter dresses matching to a tee. New Twist: Bridesmaid dresses of varying stylesYour friends have their own unique personalities, so why treat them like clones when it comes to their wedding attire? Today’s brides are
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Five Unique Wedding Ceremony Traditions
Your wedding ceremony is the most important part of your day. Why not make it extra special by adding a personal element to your ceremony? From mixing marbles to tying the cord, here is a list of five unique wedding traditions to incorporate into your wedding ceremony. Unity Marbles BowlM An alternative for couples who like the idea of a unity ritual, but want to involve more loved ones, this ritual involves elders, parents, siblings, or step-parents, each adding colored marbles, one at a time, to a decorative glass bowl. The colorful
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Wedding Ceremony: 4 Creative Aisle Decor Options
Looking for ways to make a grand entrance at your wedding ceremony? Here, four creative decor ideas to take your aisle style up a notch. 1. Petals in Patterns: A simple row of colored petals lining either side of your aisle adds a subtle pop of color without going overboard. The design possibilities are nearly endless, when you consider that you can have many different colors of flower petals (just remember to check with your ceremony venue to be sure they do not have restrictions, some allow only white to prevent stains on indoor
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