Planning Your Wedding Early

  Have you ever taken a personality test? If so you may have used one of the most popular ones, the Myers Briggs personality inventory tool. There are 16 distinctive personality types. At one time this questionnaire seemed to pop up all over the place. The free test is designed to help us understand the people we are in relationship with as well as one’s self. My parents took the Myers Briggs test at a couples’ workshop some 20 years ago (has it been THAT long ago?). Through the results, they had a lot of aha’s and “oh that’s why… Read More »


The Sand Ceremony

The Sand Ceremony Often a couple wants to emphasize the uniqueness and commitment of their coming together. With this mind, the Sand Ceremony is a simple and meaningful addition to a wedding celebration. The blending of two colors of sand into one has not lost its meaning and relevance in the modern nor traditional wedding. When weddings are held indoors, such as in a church building, the Candle Lighting ceremony has a lot of meaning. Lighting one central candle with two smaller individual candles symbolizes the light within the couple making one brighter light. The brighter light is what strengthens… Read More »


Wedding Guest List Tips

  Your wedding guest list… You have some decisions to make about who will witness your commitment to each other and who won’t. It seems choosing your favorite friends and family, including them on your wedding guest list should be easy enough, right? But until you’ve started to put that list together yourself, it is hard to understand all that goes into deciding who makes the cut and who doesn’t. Here are some tips on how to make the decisions that must be made in putting your wedding guest list together.  First Things First The foundation of all other tips… Read More »


Writing Your Own Wedding Vows

Some Couples are just naturally inclined to write their own vows. It doesn’t mean they’re better than any other vows. Some couples prefer to put their commitment in their own words.   When you consider writing your own wedding vows, you want to remember  — Who you are promising to be — What you are promising to do Marriage means different things to everyone. Even though it might seem like there is a norm that we are to follow, there are no two people in the world like you and your partner. So your marriage will be unique. Writing your own… Read More »


Capturing the Moment — With Your Heart

Capturing the Moment — Digital Memories or the heart of memories Photographers are so good at capturing the moment — many of them — of your wedding. Most photographers are very conscious of positioning themselves inconspicuously. Others make me wonder if they are really bi-locating – being in two places at once. One minute our camera wielding professional is in the back of the room, the next, he or she is crouched before the front row, waiting for the father and the bride to arrive. Super-dedicated photographers will lay on the floor to get the right angle and light, even… Read More »


Choosing A Professional, Experienced Officiant or Friend to Lead Your Wedding

professional officiant

Professional or Friendiant? Before you read this blog, listen to what 2019 couple Jessica and Brian have to say about why they hired me because I am a professional officiant.  43% of couples who, for several reasons I’ll discuss below, ask their friend or a relative to officiate for them on their wedding day. Getting “ordained” in order to comply with the laws of the land only costs a small amount. Some organizations ordain anyone for free. The internet offers an easy path to ordination so your marriage is legal. Seems simple enough. After all, Liz Lemon got ordained on… Read More »


The Marriage Proposal: Will You Marry Me?

Once upon a time, a guy, a pretty nice guy, proposed to me. He was younger than me, and was known for his taking LSD when he was just 12. This fact gave him a wild and crazy aura in an era when wild and crazy was the preferred modus operandi. I remember his great sense of humor which for me has always been one of the most seductive tools a man could employ to get my attention and respect. He didn’t get down on bended knee, but asked the question as we sat around a big round table where… Read More »


Your Wedding Officiant’s Function

Who is a wedding officiant?  First off, I don’t bite. I know you can never really tell  As a seminary ordained minister, I view my function this way:  I’m the one who will stand with you as the spiritual values you have take form through your legal commitment. I;m more than a religious figure, in fact, if you are looking for a religious figure, you probably won’t want me officiating you. Because what I bring to the occasion of your wedding is my experience leading ceremonies, and the spiritual understanding and faith, more than any religious presence. I’m in love… Read More »


Tip #7 — Your Winter Wedding Up North?

Awesome Winter Wedding from 2019 — Maire and Tyler Lajko won the Winter Wedding Giveaway! $32K worth of services. Here’s a few pics of their wedding: Northwestern Michigan is the one of the most beautiful places on the planet. It’s no wonder people love to come here to get married. Beach weddings in the Grand Traverse, Emmet, Leelanau and the surrounding areas are spectacular. But so are weddings with blue spruce and cedar heavy with snow. They too, are a beautiful backdrop for a northern winter wedding. There’s a coziness and closeness that comes with a winter wedding. Consider Having… Read More »


Tip #6 — Writing Wedding Vows to Reflect Your Commitment

What you will remember most about your Northern Michigan wedding ceremony, even more than the wedding dress, the weather, or anything in the wedding address is the vows you and your partner exchange. Whether traditional or contemporary, the vows you pick contain the words that express how you will give your heart and mind and soul to each other in the lifetime ahead of you. So you must choose your vows wisely. If you are considering writing wedding vows, remember they set the tone for the quality of your commitment. Over the last few years, I have noticed many couples… Read More »


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