Celebrating the Seasons

Annual Valentine’s Kissing Post

We don't do enough of it. And rather than heed the prods to spend money (who has any of that while you're planning for a wedding?), you can choose to...

February 12, 2010

Valentine’s Week: Task Assignments

I know that Valentine's Day as we know it was invented by our halls of consumption. But that's no reason not to take it back and shape it to fit...

February 8, 2010

Celebrate the Season: Decorate your Wedding Tables with Bulbs

I hear a lot of whining about the weather these days. And it's true; winter can seem to go on a long time. But actually it's the same length as...

January 27, 2010

What’s going to make this holiday special?

What do you have planned that you're absolutely excited about during the holiday? Is your sweetie excited about it too? No? Then I asked the wrong question! What is going...

December 23, 2009

Celebrating Holiday Memories

One trick to creating your own "new family" holiday memories is to revisit was was special and wonderful in your own holiday history. Even the most horrible childhoods had some...

December 14, 2009

Start to Develop your Holiday Traditions

Here's a great way to start figuring out what really matters to you in your life. If you do the work for the holidays, you'll have a headstart when you...

December 10, 2009

No, Really, Carry a Fan, Not a Bouquet at Your Winter Wedding!

I'd done some research about fans for my column over on Examiner.com (you can find this by scrolling down and checking out the right hand column). I'd started thinking about...

November 30, 2009

In Great Gratitude: Happy Thanksgiving

Last night on Facebook I noticed one of "my" brides celebrating her husband, with whom she was happily keeping promises. I got the goofiest smile on my face. Just so...

November 26, 2009

Give up the Holidays Fraught with Tension

Are you dreading the thanksgiving dinner with all the family dynamics? Why? It's just food and family. There's nothing more wonderful. If there's too much tension going on, dial it...

November 25, 2009

Jump over the (witch’s) broom!

The broom has always signified the domestic side of life. Witches are associated with brooms because their "magic" was thought to be practiced close to the hearth fire. Most "witches"...

October 29, 2009

Add Halloween wisdom to your Wedding

So what's with the broom and witches? And what's with the broom and weddings? So glad you asked! Brooms and witches, today, brooms and hearths tomorrow. In certain wedding traditions,...

October 27, 2009

Happy the Bride It Rains Upon

Neither snow nor sleet nor dark of night is going to keep a bride from making it to her wedding. But let's be sensible here. (I know, I'm shocked to...

October 20, 2009

Spice up Your Autumn Wedding with Spices

Stretch your concept of wedding planning to include the sense of smell. Fact is, if you associate a certain scent with a memory, your mind will store that memory more...

September 14, 2009

Let Fall Give Your Wedding Planning a Boost

There are lots of seasonal metaphors that Autumn offers a wedding couple. I'll share some of them with you this week. But the fact is the season also good for...

September 10, 2009

10 Steps to Building the Perfect Wedding Ceremony: 2b The Community

You're getting married and you've invited these amazing people to your wedding. You've brought together the most important people from your two lives to witness your wedding vows and celebrate...

June 4, 2009

On the Twelfth (and Last) Day of Christmas!

On the twelfth Day of Christmas, My True Love gave to me Twelve acts of peace Eleven paths to friendship Ten ways you love me Nine hours of sleeping Eight...

January 5, 2009

On the Eleventh Day of Christmas

On the eleventh Day of Christmas, My Beloved gave to me Eleven paths to friendship Ten ways you love me Nine hours of sleeping Eight gifts of bounty Seven days...

January 4, 2009

On the Tenth Day of Christmas

On the tenth Day of Christmas, My Sweetpea gave to me Ten ways you love me Nine hours of sleeping Eight gifts of bounty Seven days a-helping Six stolen kisses...

January 3, 2009

On the Tenth Day of Christmas

On the tenth Day of Christmas, My Sweetpea gave to me Ten ways you love me Nine hours of sleeping Eight gifts of bounty Seven days a-helping Six stolen kisses...

January 3, 2009

On the Ninth Day of Christmas

On the ninth Day of Christmas, My Beloved gave to me Nine hours of sleeping Eight gifts of bounty Seven days a-helping Six stolen kisses Five looks of Love Four...

January 2, 2009

Wedding Planning and Kwanzaa – Day 7

The Swahili word Imani, faith, represents the Last Day of Kwanzaa. The commitment of the last day is to believe with all our heart in our people, our parents, our...

January 1, 2009

On the Eighth Day of Christmas

On the eighth Day of Christmas, My Beloved gave to me Eight gifts of bounty Seven days a-helping Six stolen kisses Five looks of Love Four calling friends Three snow...

January 1, 2009

On the Sixth Day of Christmas

On the Sixth Day of Christmas, my beloved gave to me Six stolen kisses Five looks of Love Four calling friends Three snow strolls Two nestling hearts And a day...

December 30, 2008

Wedding Planning and Kwanzaa Day Five

Day Five of Kwanza represents Nia, which is Swahili for Purpose. Its goal is "to make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore...

December 30, 2008

On the Fifth Day of Christmas

On the Fifth Day of Christmas, my beloved gave to me Five looks of Love Four calling friends Three snow strolls Two nestling hearts And a day free of expectations....

December 29, 2008

Wedding Planning with Kwanzaa Day 4

Kwanzaa Day Four celebrates Ujamaa or cooperative economics. The goal of Ujamaa is to build and maintain our own stores, shops and other businesses and to profit from them together....

December 29, 2008

Wedding Planning: On the Fourth Day of Christmas

On the Fourth Day of Christmas, my sweetness gave to me Four calling friends Three snow strolls Two nestling hearts And a day free of expectations. One of the most...

December 28, 2008

Wedding Planning: The Last Day of Hanukkah

Well, today is the last day of Hanukkah. While not the most important of Jewish holidays, it is a joyous one. It is also a holiday that is easy to...

December 28, 2008

Planning Your Wedding On the Third Day of Christmas

On the Third Day of Christmas, my Sweet Pea gave to me: Three snow strolls Two hearts a nestling and a Day free of expectations. It's the third Day. And...

December 27, 2008

Planning your Wedding and Celebrating the Kwanzaa

The word for the celebration of the Second Day of Kwanzaa is Kujichaglua, which is Swahili for Self Determination. The goal for the day is to define ourselves, name ourselves,...

December 27, 2008

Marriage Planning – Celebrating Hanukkah

Well, zoom, the week goes by. It's the Sabbath and Day 7 of Hanukkah. And a great time to have that premarital discussion: What are we going to do about...

December 27, 2008

Keep Planning Your Marriage: Hanukkah – Day 6

For many people, by Day 6, Hanukkah gift giving is done and observance is all that is left. And that's a wonderful thing! Because that's what we're doing here in...

December 26, 2008

On the Second Day of Christmas

On the Second Day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: Two hearts a nestling and a Day free of expectations. My friend, Sculptor Lorraine Rantala, who lives and...

December 26, 2008

Merry Christmas! Congratulations! You’re Engaged!

Oh, my dears! Congratulations! There you were. And either there was an engagement ring under the tree, or there was a romantic proposal made by one of you and you...

December 25, 2008

On the First Day of Christmas

On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me, a day without expectations. Creating Holiday Traditions is another way to create a sound and happy marriage. In...

December 25, 2008

Holiday Traditions: How to Play Dreidel

Well, ok, there are movies and there are Chinese restaurants, but you can't be gone all day. So, plenty of time for a wild game or two of dreidel. Playing...

December 25, 2008

Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas

Tonight as you settle in for that magical wait for the sound of hoofs on roofs (yea! Santa! Track him here: www.noradSanta.org), comfortable in your plans for the rest of...

December 24, 2008

Wedding Planning/Marriage Planning: Celebrating Hanukkah!

Adrienne Sasson from Rubinsohn Travel offered the Wedding Priestess  this lovely reminder about Haukkah. Wanted to get you started early so that you didn't miss the opportunity to participate! Hanukkah...

December 22, 2008

Holiday Traditions: The Winter Solstice

December 21: The Winter Solstice arrived at 7:04 this morning. It may be my favorite winter holiday! It's about celebrating the Dark, the Quiet, the Cozy Indoors, the Story. It's...

December 21, 2008

Singing Your Life: Anna Huckabee Tull

What a wonderful idea! Anna Huckabee Tull, a psychologist and an award winning songwriter, will write and record a song to be played at your wedding about your great love...

December 20, 2008

Snow Day for Wedding Planning

Back here in PA it's snowing. no really snowing in that mount up very quickly kinda snow. If you don't live in central PA, pretend you do, and try today's...

December 19, 2008

Wedding Planning with Warm Glögg

The holidays are here in full force, and there are lots of thorny wedding questions to wrestle with, kissing to be done under mistletoe, and families and friends to visit...

December 18, 2008

Wedding Planning: Plan your Holiday Traditions to Enhance Your Marriage

The holidays are rushing at us like a runaway train. yipes! And here you are planning a wedding. It's tempting to just keep your head down and not pay attention...

December 15, 2008

Wedding Planning: Deepen Relationship with Holiday Games

Here's another parlor game for your Holiday Couple's Party: Hand out index cards to everyone and have them complete (in one sentence answers) the following 5 sentences: The moment I...

December 13, 2008

Wedding Planning: Practice for “The Kiss”

Yesterday I wrote that part of planning your holidays and creating holiday traditions is a good way to ensure that your relationship solidifies. So here's the first of your parlor...

December 12, 2008

Wedding Planning: Build Holiday Traditions, Welcome Friends and Laugh

I keep saying (and will always keep saying) that part of your wedding planning needs to be marriage planning. i concentrate a lot on what are you going to value...

December 11, 2008

December: Downtime for Wedding Planning with Vendors

You're steaming ahead toward your wedding and trying to get things done. Know that December can be a time of frustration for you if you aren't careful. Many of your...

December 9, 2008

Your Holiday Wedding: Buche de Noël

Have you ever had a Buche de Noël? Oh, my goodness, there is heaven ahead of you, if you have not! It is a rolled chocolate sheet cake with hazlenut-cream...

December 8, 2008

Your Holiday Wedding: Eggnog

Well, while you're decking the boughs, don't forget to make the egg nog. It's a lovely drink and or dessert at your wedding or rehearsal dinner.  egg nog mousse? ooh,...

December 7, 2008

Your Holiday Wedding: Still Loving Jinglebells!

What a great job when you get to write about jinglebells! I still love them. And they have a short season, sadly to my way of thinking. But another way...

December 6, 2008

Holiday Wedding Reception:
Where’s the Mistletoe!!?!!

Hey! What is it? Why have we forgotten that mistletoe thing? It's your holiday wedding. Hang it everywhere. Give it out as favors. Forget that glass clinking thing. Let people...

December 4, 2008

Holiday Wedding Reception:Where’s the Mistletoe!!?!!

Hey! What is it? Why have we forgotten that mistletoe thing? It's your holiday wedding. Hang it everywhere. Give it out as favors. Forget that glass clinking thing. Let people...

December 4, 2008

Your Holiday Wedding:
Holiday Music – Don’t Overdo

The Holidays are fast approaching and so might be your wedding! I really like the contrasts of this season. Icy cold outside and warm and cozy inside. Dark and gloomy...

December 3, 2008

Your Holiday Wedding:Holiday Music – Don’t Overdo

The Holidays are fast approaching and so might be your wedding! I really like the contrasts of this season. Icy cold outside and warm and cozy inside. Dark and gloomy...

December 3, 2008

Wedding Planning: Use This Time to Plan Your Holidays

You're engaged, you're getting married and you're having a wedding. Often it seems like every ounce of interest and strength you have is consumed by the wedding. But while you're...

December 1, 2008

The Thanksgiving Table

The faint clink of silver on china The sharp snap of crystal against wood The soft echo of laughter from voices now stilled, These things I remember. Soft linen napkins...

November 27, 2008

Today, Let us be Thankful

My dear Friends, Today on the occasion of the US Thanksgiving, people gather with friends and family to celebrate friends, family, food and football! Let us give thanks for all...

November 27, 2008

Celebrate the Seasons: Happy Eid!

On the night of September 30th the sight of a sliver of new moon announced the end of Ramadan, a month of fasting. Noticing a new holiday takes a while....

October 1, 2008

L’shana Tovah

It's the Jewish New Year today, year 5769. In the United, we begin the year in turmoil in the markets and in people's homes. In my little town the headlines...

September 30, 2008

Almost the Autumn Equinox

Well tomorrow, the time of balance arrives: The Autumn Equinox is here. If you look at the ancient European calendar, we're already at the middle of fall, limping along toward...

September 21, 2008