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Anniversaries and Renewing Your Vows

Anniversaries and Renewing Your Vows

For those of you in committed relationships, how long have you been with your partner? Has it been 20 years, 30 years, or just a year? No matter how long…

Does Marriage Equate to a Loss of Freedom?

Does Marriage Equate to a Loss of Freedom?

I love chocolate chip cookies, hiking, and art. No, I’m not composing a relationship ad, but rather, explaining how one of my interests took me to Alcatraz to view Ai…

Money Considerations When Assessing Officients

Money Considerations When Assessing Officients

While I don’t think of myself as a vendor, officiants are grouped as such by companies that sell in the wedding market. I laughed to myself when I opened an…

How to Find a Great Wedding Officiant

How to Find a Great Wedding Officiant

As a wedding officiant myself, I know how important it is for couples to find someone whom they trust, are comfortable with, and who has the right experience to match…

Transgender Awareness: All the Days

Transgender Awareness: All the Days

We recently observed Transgender Awareness Week (November 14–20), but being trans aware should not just be limited to a single week. We therefore are devoting our column now to the…

Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Take the Marital Plunge

Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Take the Marital Plunge

Why do you want to get married? What is it that drives you, calls to you, and makes you sure you are doing the right thing? Are your motives emotional,…

Tips to Minimize Wedding Stress

Tips to Minimize Wedding Stress

Last month, I read a column in another local newspaper, the Jweekly, entitled “Getting married at home? Some tips to help ensure a stress-free celebration.” I was surprised that almost…

Newlyweds Share What It Feels Like to be Legally Married

Newlyweds Share What It Feels Like to be Legally Married

This summer on July 25, I had the joy of marrying two young women from North Dakota. Amy White and Jessica Weisz got married at the Bodega Bay Lodge on…

Why Marriage Matters

Why Marriage Matters

While I am an officiant and this is a weddings column, I am keenly aware that marriage isn’t for everyone. I try to balance my enthusiasm for rituals with the…

Loving and Living the Questions

Loving and Living the Questions

Never before has the legal case for nationwide marriage equality seemed stronger than at the recent Federal Court of Appeal’s argument in the Indiana and Wisconsin marriage cases. For nearly…

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