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Designing Your Ceremony

Facing Your Guests (Modern Format)
Backs Turned (Traditional Format)
Examples of Wedding Vows
Effective Seating
Aisle Runner or Petals
Children in Wedding Ceremonies
The Escorting of a Bride
Taking Parental Vows
The Use of Music
Using a Pedestal
Using a Wedding Carriage
A New Role For Grandparents
Wedding Ceremony Readings
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Ceremonies in Special Places
Ceremonies in Theme
Taking Your Ceremony to Others
Staying in Character
What Name Should I Use?
What if it Rains?
Fibbing Your Start Time
Ceremonies in Candlelight
The Reception Line

The Order of Events

Primary Options:
Read this First
The Unity Candle
Champagne Sharing
The Sand Ceremony
The Blessing Tree
Tying the Knot
Tasting the Elements
Using a Photomontage
The Giving of Roses

Options In Finale:
Butterfly Release
Dove Release
Balloon Release
Tossing Petals
Bubbles in a Wedding Ceremony
Applause Walk

The Five Rules:
Rule One
Rule Two
Rule Three
Rule Four
Rule Five

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An Invitation to Journalists
Will and Holly embrace under the glow of the guests' candles at HotelIntercontinental - Chicago, Illlinois.

Can I help you with your article or presentation?

If you are a member of the media looking for input or ideas for an upcoming article or presentation you're working on I invite your call or email. You've probably guessed by now that I love the subject matter you're writing about. There's much to talk about, a great deal of which is not covered by this web site- yet. That's where you come in.

If you know what you want to write about I'll try my best to give you whatever my experiences have taught me about your subject matter. But if you don't know just yet what part of the wedding ceremony experience your article will be covering, or are looking for subject matter I can help you with that too.

Feel free to call me any day after 10 a.m. CST at 800-523-5957. Or use the contact page of this web site.

I have been contacted by journalists from Real Simple Magazine, The Chicago Tribune and the New York Times. My weddings have been seen on CBS and Fox. I look forward to assisting you.

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