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Don’t Get Blown Away By Small Stuff

The small stuff

All the Small Stuff Have you ever noticed that the “small” stuff, when pulled together makes something big? Or have you ever been inspired by a piece of art? When you stepped closer to the canvas you were amazed at all the little details the artist used to make the painting complete? Impressive, Very Impressive […]

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How Not to Get Wedding Referrals

On Time

A Fabulous Place In the area I live, there’s a multi-wedding site venue called The Homestead Resort. It’s a fabulous place to visit whether it’s for a wedding, or is just a weekend romp. It happens to be 35 miles from where I live. There’s a two-lane highway there, with two three-lane passing zones in […]

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In Time You’ll Refine Your Wedding Address

Wedding Address

Wedding Address Gets a Bad Rap Let’s talk about the Wedding Address, which is where the Minister or the Officiant talks about love, relationships and marriage. Some say the Wedding Address is the most boring, snoozing portion of the entire wedding. But it doesn’t have to be that way. It can be the place where […]

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Small Wedding Locations

Becoming a Small Wedding Location Resource for out-of-town couples “We want to get married up in Traverse City but we don’t know where. Do you have any suggestions?” I get this question about potential small wedding locations 2 or 3 times a year, sometimes more. In the last couple of years, I took the free […]

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Blessing Of the Rings

Exchanging Rings

Exchanging wedding rings is one of the highlights if not THE highlight of a wedding ceremony. Here are ways to convey the meaning of the rings’ symbolism.   Community Blessing of the Wedding Rings There’s a number of great ways to include guests in the blessing of the couple’s rings. Option 1: As the ceremony […]

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Is Officiating Right for You?

Officiating for Jess and Charlie

  Officiating as a Career A mid-life crisis doesn’t always feel like a crisis. Nor specific only to men. The angst is more of a glitch in a predictable way of doing things. In my case, I didn’t have the urge to splurge on a new red sports car. Sailing around the world on a […]

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Ritual of Unity — Sand Ceremony

Ritual of Unity

Traditional Ritual of Unity A traditional ritual of unity is the Candle Lighting Ceremony used in many weddings. The lighting of two candles represents the individual light of each person. The couple lights one large pillar with their individual candles to represent their coming together in one light. However, when a ceremony is held outdoors, […]

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What Brings Me To I DO Wedding Officiant Training?

I DO Wedding Officiant Officiant

What Brings Me to “I DO–Wedding Officiant Training”? When I began leading wedding ceremonies 28 years ago, I had the benefit of training during ministerial school. Still I made mistakes as all humans do! I can’t imagine what it’s like to start out and be given a few basic elements of a ceremony without any […]

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First Look Pros and Cons

Pete's First Look of Allison

  A First Look  The First Look is a scheduled time for a couple to see each other all put together and ready prior to the ceremony taking place. First Looks are a break from tradition, and you have to weigh the pros and the cons. Before deciding if you want to take this unconventional break, consider […]

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In the Midst

In the midst of sadness is birth

This stained glass nativity scene was created by my mother some 20 years ago. She is truly talented, making many gorgeous art pieces throughout her life. I live in the midst of her art in my home. She surrounds me not only in her art, but because we are bonded, mind, body and soul. It’s […]

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