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You are engaged. Now the work begins, right? The dress, the colors, the music, the food, the venue, the photographer. Then there is transportation, makeup and hair, guest lists, save-the-dates, invitations, seating arrangements. Oh! And a marriage license! And hey – probably someone to sign that license, too. We get it. The actual ceremony, the […]

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News, Premarital Advice

When my Mom died suddenly in 2012, many other things died too. That is the nature of death. It is a compounding energy: death reveals other deaths, or (ironically) births other deaths, or plows up former deaths. In a tongue-in-cheek sort of way, death begets death. Long before my mother’s death, I had developed a […]

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A Day in the Life

“What questions do you have for me?” I try to remember to ask each couple this question at the end of our first conversation. Most of the time, couples don’t have any questions at the time (they always have questions later!) But sometimes, they come with questions, and I am always excited to hear what […]

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The Secret

April 30, 2019

Remember that best-selling book, “The Secret?” I was actually gifted the book, but have yet to read it years later. It’s in my pile, but it never seems to make it to the top.   I am likely doing myself a great disservice. Maybe all the people around me who live seemingly blissful and uncomplicated lives […]

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Premarital Advice, Telling the Story of Marriage

Do you want a wedding that is spiritual or non-spiritual? Do you want your wedding service to be religious or non-religious? These terms are confusing for brides and grooms, for officiants, and planners, too. Austin Weddings Unlimited officiants have personal conversations every week of the year with couples who are struggling to create a ceremony […]

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Premarital Advice, Telling the Story of Marriage, Wedding Inspiration

My wedding rehearsals are full of little bits of instruction, trivia, announcements, and well – rehearsing. It’s not a science, but it does make life easier. One announcement I make is, of course, to not lock your knees.   Fainting isn’t fun, and dramatic moments are mostly overrated. I always tell the wedding party that I […]

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Premarital Advice, Telling the Story of Marriage

April is Autism Awareness Month. This is a guest post by Austin Weddings Unlimited’s PR Director, Rene Craft. There are a few things on your wedding day that are most likely a blur. For me, it was the vows. (I know the irony). I was both laughing and crying during my husband and my wedding […]

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Telling the Story of Marriage

“How do we guarantee that our marriage will be ok?” It’s a question often asked of Austin Weddings Unlimited, and the answer isn’t exactly what you want to hear.  There isn’t a guarantee. There is no such thing. In fact, there are no perfect marriages either. We hear a lot about guarantees in this culture; […]

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A Day in the Life, Premarital Advice

“In token of my love and devotion/I place this ring on your finger/I konk you.” I choked on the water in my mouth. The beautiful customized vows my younger sister and her now-husband had written had been going so well. And then . . . “I konk you.” Say what? Customizing vows is not an […]

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Telling the Story of Marriage, Wedding Inspiration

Canada, Oh Canada!

Disney World exit sign

March 4, 2019

One my favorite things about my husband is his ability to make me laugh.  He is really funny and goofy.  (This actually may surprise some people who know him professionally.)  One of our best-loved memories goes back to our pre-children years (those special pre-children memories are their own blog) when we took a trip to […]

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News, Telling the Story of Marriage

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