Pocono Wedding Talk

A Sunday feature in the Pocono Record newspaper.

  • East meets West (in Wedding World)

    Feb 25, 2018

    There is so much wisdom to be found in all traditions, but for those largely unfamiliar with Eastern philosophies and religions, learning about it can be quite a revelation!

  • S’mores anyone?

    Feb 18, 2018

    Creating an interactive experience In the 1994 film Forrest Gump, the lead character Forrest Gump famously shared his mama’s advice that:  “… life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.” Weddings, however are more like S’mores. You create it from different pieces to make something wonderful, and you think you do know what you’ll [...]

  • Still Cute, Just Older

    Feb 11, 2018

    Older teens or adults children in weddings I love including children in a wedding ceremony! We often see kids as flower girls or ring bearers. When the children are the children of the couple getting married (rather than say, nieces or nephews) it becomes even more important to involve them in the ceremony. Let them [...]

  • Cooking up some wedding fusion

    Feb 4, 2018

    Blending traditions and cultures for an inclusive wedding I’m often asked about this. When a couple comes from two different cultures, ethnicities or religious traditions, how do I blend their backgrounds into a cohesive ceremony? First and foremost, I am always deeply mindful that there be an absolute sense of equality and balance. No one [...]

  • Fairytale Weddings – Grim Roots

    Jan 28, 2018

    I love delving into rituals and traditions from around the world, and do so fairly often in this column. Today I thought it would be fun to look at some of our most well-known customs that have, uh, let’s say – ‘uncomfortable’ origins. It’s almost universal for fathers to ‘give away the bride,’ and I [...]

  • How to give the best wedding speech ever!

    Jan 21, 2018

    Have you been tasked with giving a speech at a wedding? Quite an honor, but sometimes a little scary! You want it to be good. No, you want it to be great! Here are some of my thoughts on how to help you get there. First, and very importantly, it needs to be structured – [...]

  • Spotlight on Grooms

    Jan 14, 2018

    So much focus is put on women and weddings. Maybe too much, really – focus that becomes pressure, stress and unrealistic expectation. Remember that men, too, are almost always part of the occasion and equation, and too often not given enough thought. Time to look at the men-folk again! Before I get to all the [...]

  • Should You Accommodate Difficult Guests?

    Jan 7, 2018

    The concept of the dysfunctional family has become a bit of a joke, with everyone declaring their family is ‘not normal.’ And what is ‘normal’ anyway? But for those with severe problems, it’s no joke! Whether it’s addiction, mental health, or developmental issues, there are probably people in our lives who have circumstances that may [...]

  • 2018 Wedding Trends… who cares?

    Dec 31, 2017

    What are the trends we can expect for 2018 weddings? One of them is something I’ve been advocating for a long time: unusual forms of entertainment for your guests. A friend of mine, DJ Adam Skuba, has the latest cool craze to replace the photo booth – the Magic Mirror. It is an interactive experience [...]

  • Year-end highlights

    Dec 24, 2017

    It’s practically obligatory for columnists to do their year-end column or wrap-up. And then there’s the one about coming trends. I am not going buck those traditions! Here are some reflections on weddings I’ve officiated this past year, as we say goodbye to 2017. From intimate elopements and micro-weddings at my own ceremony site, Harmony [...]