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The Ancient Religion of Valentines and Vulvas

Donna Henes | Posted 02.13.2015 | Religion
Donna Henes

Paleolithic carved figures refer to woman as matrix, as creatrix, to moon cycles and menstrual magic, and resonate profound reverence in their rendering.

How To Incorporate Your Love Of Board Games Into Your Wedding

The Knot | Posted 02.06.2015 | Weddings
The Knot

While checkers or bingo might seem like the sort of pastime for camp and not a wedding, there are dozens of couples who might beg to differ.

These Wedding Details Will Appeal To Coffee-Loving Brides And Grooms

The Knot | Posted 01.27.2015 | Weddings
The Knot

From using the aromatic beans as a way to amp up your escort card display, to filling up glass vases with beans and candles and creating a customized cappuccino bar or giving away a personalized bag of grounds, there are plenty of ways to show off your coffee addiction.

The Top 10 Wedding Planning Myths

The Knot | Posted 01.19.2015 | Weddings
The Knot

Not all wedding rules are written in stone. Here are some you can feel free to ignore.

The Best Wedding Cakes Of 2014

The Knot | Posted 01.18.2015 | Weddings
The Knot

Even though we saw the rise of creatively displayed alternative wedding desserts like doughnuts, cake push-pops and good ol' fashion milk and cookies, the wedding cake proved it's staying power.

Here's Why You Should Incorporate Antiques Into Your Wedding Décor

The Knot | Posted 02.17.2015 | Weddings
The Knot

If you love going antiquing or live by the philosophy that one man's trash is another's treasure, you're in for a treat.

8 Ways To Add Glam Factor To Your Reception

The Knot | Posted 02.07.2015 | Weddings
The Knot

If you're looking for that extra something to give your wedding décor a touch of glam factor, think about incorporating mirrored accents into everything from your reception tabletops to centerpieces and wedding signs.

Bar and Bat Mitzvahs

Lisa Mirza Grotts | Posted 01.16.2015 | Religion
Lisa Mirza Grotts

The Bar Mitzvah is to the Jews as Confirmation is to several Christian denominations. It occurs when a Jewish boy turns thirteen, and it takes place on the first Saturday after that birthday.

5 Super Spooky Places To Say 'I Boo'

The Knot | Posted 12.31.2014 | Weddings
The Knot

Looking for a spooky setting for your Halloween wedding? Consider one of these haunted sites.

13 Dreamy Destination Weddings We'd Travel To In An Instant

The Knot | Posted 12.14.2014 | Weddings
The Knot

By Simone Hill for TheKnot.com These creative ideas -- and the pros behind them -- used local culture and scenery in amazing ways that take destinati...

Tunnel Vision: Our Wedding Day, Sept. 27, 2014

Maria Senise | Posted 12.02.2014 | Weddings
Maria Senise

My husband told me that when someone had asked him if he was nervous, he replied,"No. It's so easy to marry her." I felt the same way.

Celebrating New Year in the Fall

Donna Henes | Posted 11.22.2014 | Religion
Donna Henes

May this autumn usher in an entirely New Era for the whole of humankind, wherein each and every person might have enough to eat each day. May we harvest together the offerings of our mutual Mother Earth and feast together as a family in the spirit of cooperation, communion, and commemoration.

Chicago Gears Up for the James Beard Awards

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 07.02.2014 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

The impact of so many great chefs and excellent restaurants can be felt by the James Beard Foundation announcing its nominees in Chicago, rather than New York.

Making Your (Wedding Day) List and Checking it Twice

Sarah Shewey | Posted 06.25.2014 | Weddings
Sarah Shewey

With some simple pre-planning you can ensure a smooth and seamless wedding, free of unwelcome surprises -- the ones you can control, anyway.

8 Ways To Honor Deceased Loved Ones At Your Wedding

The Knot | Posted 05.27.2014 | Weddings
The Knot

By Bridget Clegg for TheKnot.com Your wedding day is a celebration with loved ones, so it's only natural to want to include those relatives who have ...

What Many Couples Lose Sight Of When Planning Their Big Day

Anne Naylor | Posted 03.29.2014 | Weddings
Anne Naylor

You are celebrating the commitment to love each other for the rest of your lives. What will make your ceremony meaningful, memorable and an occasion that will live on in the years ahead?

The Carl Sandburg Literary Awards

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 12.25.2013 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

In a time when reading seems to be less of a priority for people, it was heartening to see so many willing to give money to the Chicago Library Foundation and celebrate the Chicago Public Library and Chicago authors.

How I Got F*cked by Burning Man, and Other Sacred Ceremonies

Leah Lamb | Posted 11.11.2013 | Arts
Leah Lamb

So there I was, walking through the desert, tears streaming down my face, wondering why the hell I had spent so much time and energy to get here. This is not what I came for, I was thinking to myself as I watched yet another tutu-clad raver bop on by.

3 Keys to Make Your Wedding Cermony Special

Anne Naylor | Posted 10.27.2013 | Weddings
Anne Naylor

Couples and their guests often comment that their wedding has been the best they have ever attended. What makes the difference? Each ceremony is personalized for the couple. It is their day.

It's Called Common Sense... 5 Super Obvious Tips for Wedding Guests that are Always Missed

Bitchless Bride | Posted 09.29.2013 | Weddings
Bitchless Bride

As I make my way to a wedding (that I am attending, not planning) I can't help but think about all the shit that really pisses me off about your wedding guests, bridey.

My Favorite Wedding Décor Trends

Amanda Waks | Posted 09.01.2013 | Weddings
Amanda Waks

When it comes to wedding décor, I believe that less is more. Beautiful blooms combined with special touches here and there are all you need to complete a special look.

Summer Solstice Salute to the Sun

Donna Henes | Posted 08.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Donna Henes

The Summer Solstice this year is June 21 at 1:04 AM EDT. The solstice is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. The sun has been in...

10 Annoying Things Your Mom May Do On Your Wedding Day

Bitchless Bride | Posted 07.24.2013 | Weddings
Bitchless Bride

I'm not a mother of the bride (MOB) hater, but even with that disclaimer, I guarantee that this article will not make me very popular amongst you moms...

A Ritual of Refreshing Restraint

Sanjay Surana | Posted 07.22.2013 | Travel
Sanjay Surana

I went to my first Japanese tea ceremony today. Actually, it was my first tea ceremony, period. Big whoop, you might think, except that six months ago I would have balked at such an opportunity. Before moving to Singapore last year, I was an avowed anti-tea-ite.

Celebrate an EGGSceptional Spring

Donna Henes | Posted 05.15.2013 | Good News
Donna Henes

Eggs clearly hold undeniable symbolic power for people. Eggs, like seeds are the future, figuratively and literally. By employing eggs to celebrate the vernal season of new beginnings, we are pledging ourselves to the ever-renewing energy of the life force.