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Special Day to Remember: How Can You Make It Perfect?

Marianna Glynska | Posted 12.19.2016 | Women
Marianna Glynska

The life of the majority of people is quite linear, and whether we like it or not we often have to do everyday tasks that might not be necessarily too...

Sacred Seclusion

Donna Henes | Posted 09.30.2016 | Women
Donna Henes

This August, I was very lucky to spend two weeks at the MacDowell Colony in New Hampshire. It is a venerable and prestigious retreat facility that sup...

Beach Weddings Have Nothing On This Glass-Bottom Chapel Over The Ocean

The Huffington Post | Kelsey Borresen | Posted 08.24.2016 | Weddings

Sing it with us: Goin’ to the overwater chapel and we’re gonna get married. Now brides- and grooms-to-be can tie the knot in an open-air, glass-bo...

What Goes Through A Groom's Head When He First Sees His Bride

BRIDES | Posted 06.13.2016 | Weddings

"The closer she got, the more beautiful she became."

A Father to a Son on the Day of His Bar Mitzvah

Bryan Behar | Posted 03.02.2017 | Parents
Bryan Behar

No bar mitzvah goes off without a hitch. You lock 200 Jews in a room with free egg salad and some level of weirdness is bound to ensue. There was my s...

Everything You Need To Know About Wedding Vows Across Religions

Malini Bhatia | Posted 02.19.2017 | Weddings
Malini Bhatia

While Western cultures tend to utilize spoken vows between the couple, many other religions rely on ceremonial and symbolic gestures.

11 Rituals for New Year's

Sofia Rose Smith | Posted 12.30.2016 | Religion
Sofia Rose Smith

If you're looking to ring in the New Year mindfully this year, here are a 11 rituals you can use. See how it feels to bring in 2016 with ceremony and ritual.

A Merry Pagan Christmas!

Philip Greywolf Shallcrass | Posted 12.21.2016 | Religion
Philip Greywolf Shallcrass

Pagans, more-or-less by definition, are not Christians, so why would we celebrate Christmas? Well, followers of paths such as Druidry, Wicca, Heathenism, etc., mostly live in countries that are nominally Christian, and in which Christmas is a pretty big deal. So most Pagans celebrate Christmas in the same way that most Christians do, as a festival of consumerism, over-eating, family gatherings, gift-giving and office parties.

A Thanksgiving Ceremony You Can Do at Home

Pamela Hale | Posted 11.23.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Pamela Hale

This Thanksgiving, why not add a gratitude ceremony to your litany of activities? I'm going to see if my family is up for some version of a despacho. ...

See Who Got Married This Weekend!

The Huffington Post | Damon Dahlen | Posted 11.16.2015 | Weddings

Our readers who tied the knot this weekend celebrated on the East Coast, the West Coast and everywhere in between. No matter the location, one theme r...

Honoring Death as Part of Life

Pamela Hale | Posted 10.31.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Pamela Hale

On the night of Nov. 1, the whole central plaza of most Mexican cities is ringed with altars (or "ofrendas") like this one. Each is a unique creation ...

Day of the Dead

Donna Henes | Posted 10.31.2016 | Religion
Donna Henes

We Americans rarely think about death. We like to watch it on a big screen well enough, but in real life, we just don't do death. Perhaps we should. Perspective is precious. The greatest gift of the shadow of death is the challenge to really live life. With full consciousness. And conscience.

The 5 Most Romantic Places to Get Married in America

BRIDES | Posted 10.22.2016 | Travel

by BRIDES Photo: Courtesy of Dunton Hot Springs Whether you're marrying in Michigan or Maui, searching for a fairy-tale castle or a soaring city lo...

The 5 Most Beautifully Haunted Wedding Venues

BRIDES | Posted 10.22.2016 | Travel

by Allix Cott for BRIDES Photo: Courtesy of Morris Jumel Mansion Booking one of these beautifully haunting wedding locations can sometimes mean the...

Allowing Our Soul Rays to Shine Through Our Heartbreak

Courtney Dukelow | Posted 10.20.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Courtney Dukelow

In this quickly moving world, where what is news one day is history the next, it can be fairly easy to stay frozen in our grief and remain numbed out to these injustices and horrors in the world.

The 8 Weirdest Places To Get Married

BRIDES | Posted 10.23.2016 | Weddings

Weddings in chapels and churches can feel a little passé, especially if you're not a particularly religious couple. Here are a few awesome wedding sites chosen by some adventurous brides.

9 Real Brides On The Guests Who Tried To Stop Their Weddings

BRIDES | Posted 10.02.2016 | Weddings

For a few unlucky women, someone actually did decide to object to the ceremony rather than hold his or her peace. Read the stories from real brides below!

A Once in a Blue Moon Blue Moon Blue Moon!

Donna Henes | Posted 07.29.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Donna Henes

Although blue moons do not cast an actual blue shadow, their very existence is a symbolic celestial reminder, a message out of the blue, as it were.

How the Best Traditions Help Adolescents Lead Healthier Lives -- And How They Can Alter Adults' Stereotypical Views of Them

Christopher Phillips | Posted 07.18.2016 | Healthy Living
Christopher Phillips

it is my experience, in the hundreds of dialogues I've held with adolescents, that no one is more open and honest and piercing than than they are when it comes to investigating questions such as: Who am I? Who can I become? What do I want to be when I grow up? It behooves the rest of us, at every age and stage, to hold inquiries on such questions with them, so we can be privy to their keen insights.

Love, Laws & Loopholes

Amy Firth | Posted 07.05.2016 | Religion
Amy Firth

Despite any differences, love is what we all share - it's the great unifier, our one universal truth - that no matter who we are, where we've come from, what we believe, we know this one thing: love works.

Husband Material

Danielle Rothweiler | Posted 06.12.2016 | Weddings
Danielle Rothweiler

Typically I write about wedding trends, things to consider when planning your wedding, and why hiring a wedding planner is the most awesome idea you will ever have.

Sometimes You Don't Need a Planner

Danielle Rothweiler | Posted 06.05.2016 | Weddings
Danielle Rothweiler

This blog probably seems odd to be written by a planner, but hear me out. Not everyone should hire a planner. That's not to say that everyone doesn't need a planner, but for those people that cannot get out of their own way, a planner might not be for you.

Artist Christopher Healey Travels To Mexico And Captures Fat Tuesday On Film

Michael Ernest Sweet | Posted 05.17.2016 | Arts
Michael Ernest Sweet

All Photographs (c) Christopher Healey, Courtesy of Christopher Healey Sending anyone into a carnival with a camera and asking for good photos is kin...

The Art of Drinking Tea

Reed Alexander | Posted 06.23.2015 | Taste
Reed Alexander

English Breakfast, Earl Grey, Chamomile -- give me a pot with boiling water, a strainer designed to catch the excess leaves, a cup and a macaron or scone on the side, and I'm set for life.

Gracious Touches to Make Your Wedding Unique

Anne Naylor | Posted 06.16.2015 | Weddings
Anne Naylor

The more I work with people, the more I appreciate how different we all are. No two couples are the same. So each ceremony can be tailored to the unique love you share, your individuality and how you express your love.