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One of the most challenging aspects of this blog series has been the question of covenant versus contract. Marriage is one of them, but which one?  I thought this would be a quick and dirty blog: define and then defend. All with the goal of quickly circling back to our original question: Why do people […]

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“Why Marriage?” This was a particularly deep question, after my first marriage ended in divorce after 14 years. The new love of my life was, well, still new to me, so a very reasonable question to ask myself was, is this just a rebound? Will this marriage also end long before death do us part? […]

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News, Telling the Story of Marriage

Last week I publicly posed a question that I often privately ask my clients in the context of writing their marriage ceremonies. Why are you marrying? And much like the answers we’ve received from clients over the years, the responses to our blog post varied. However, we did have a particular cluster of responses around […]

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Why Marriage?

March 5, 2021

“Why are you getting married? Be specific.”  If I’ve married you, I’ve likely asked you this question. I might have even pushed a little bit, following up with: “We live in a time when marriage is neither required nor necessary in our society. So, why are you choosing it?” For years I have personally pondered […]

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Slow Marriage

January 14, 2021

Several years ago I learned about The Slow Food movement. Have you heard of it? Founded by an Italian, its mission is to prevent the disappearance of local food cultures and traditions, counteract the rise of fast life, and combat our dwindling interest in the food we eat. There is much about the Slow Food […]

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It’s engagement season. Which means wedding planning begins in earnest for many couples. Beautiful notebook planners are being purchased, budgets set, and timelines established. Well, here is a reminder as you launch into vendor interviews: don’t forget to book your officiant! You will need someone to make that wedding legal. And more honestly? You will […]

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I Watched a Wedding

December 9, 2020

I am an intern. As an intern for Central Ceremonies, part of what I am doing is observing rehearsals and weddings. That means, among many things, that I am pivoting careers. It also means that I observe the woman who married me over a decade ago perform ceremonies. It means that I get to revel […]

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Ahhh. Here it is. The fifth and final tip in our short series on the best things a couple should look for when hiring an officiant. We wrote these in response to our dear colleague and friend, senior wedding coordinator Amy Mader with Platinum Wedding and Events. Before I share with you our final tip, […]

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Amy Mader, wedding coordinator extraordinaire with Platinum Weddings and Events, and I have been colleagues for almost twenty-five years. This is pretty amazing to think about since we are just shy of thirty years old (ha!) But seriously, Amy is my Yankee friend. She taught me all about whoopie pies, the midwest accent, and Cheeseheads. […]

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So many articles and posts and conversations about the global pandemic. Frankly, I asked my PR Director, René, if we could find something else to write about. Maybe merely as an escape hatch for myself. But, true to her expert form, René insisted, and she was right. We do need to keep talking about weddings […]

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