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Rev. Laurie Sue Brockway
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Rev. Laurie Sue Brockway is a widely recognized as an expert on interfaith, intercultural, and highly personalized nondenominational weddings. She also specializes in helping couples and families manage wedding conflicts and reduce wedding stress.

She is a well-established New York City wedding officiant and interfaith minister with extensive experience, and is known for her warm, loving and creative approach to blessing couples of all backgrounds. She has guided thousands of couples on their journey to the altar and beyond.

She is author of 13 books, including Your Interfaith Wedding: A Guide to Blending Faiths, Cultures and Personal Values into One Beautiful Wedding Ceremony (Praeger Books) and Wedding Goddess: A Guide to Transforming Wedding Stress into Wedding Bliss (Perigee/Penguin).

New York Magazine lists her as one of New York's top interfaith officiants, as does Joan Hamburg in her book City Weddings. The New York Press selected her as Best Wedding Ceremony Provider in New York.

As a founding member of the New York Wedding Group she helped establish, and co-led, the NYC branch of the nationally acclaimed Bridal Survival Club.

A journalist for 20 years prior to her ordination, she began her career as an advice columnist for a local newspaper and has been called upon to share her insights on love, relationships, soul mates and marriage ever since.

She's been editor-in-chief of two national magazines and, most recently, she was Love and Family editor at the award winning multifaith website Beliefnet.com and Emotional and Sexual Health Editor at EverydayHealth.com.

She is celebrating 15 years since her graduation and ordination from The New Seminary for Interfaith Studies. She has a B.A. in Human Development and Relationships and is completing her graduate degree in a Marriage and Family Counseling.

Rev. Laurie Sue is regularly called upon by media as a resource on bridal stress, unique ceremonies, and wedding traditions from around the world.

Visit Rev. Laurie Sue at www.YourInterfaithWedding.com.

Entries by Rev. Laurie Sue Brockway

Weddings Open Our Hearts to the Promise of Love

(0) Comments | Posted April 2, 2014 | 5:24 PM

I have always loved this quote from Rev. Flower Newhouse, from The Meaning and Value of Sacraments.

"Most beloved of the sacraments is the one of marriage.

It symbolizes the fulfillment of earth's sweetest dream.

Almost any sensitive person can testify to the emergence of power that is...

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5 Hindu Traditions to Include In Your Interfaith Ceremony

(0) Comments | Posted March 25, 2014 | 1:17 PM

The Hindu ceremony, a rite known as a Samskara, has many components. It is quite beautiful and filled with chanting, Sanskrit blessings and rituals that are thousands of years old. In India, it can last days, or weeks. In the west, it typically is at least two hours long.

A...

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Wedding Reading: Recipe for a Good Marriage

(2) Comments | Posted March 24, 2014 | 6:27 PM

There isn't just one "recipe" for love and marriage.

When it comes to building a lasting relationship, each couple is unique and will face their own unique challenges and experience their own unique joys. Yet as you move through the seasons as a married couple, you will find there...

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Bridal Shower Ideas for the Non-Traditional Bride

(0) Comments | Posted March 16, 2014 | 8:16 PM

The concept of the bridal shower originated about 300 years ago. According to wedding lore, a Dutch woman's Dad refused to give her a dowry because he did not care for her choice in mates so all the women folk in the village got together and showered her with gifts...

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8 Ways to Soothe Yourself During Wedding Freak Outs

(0) Comments | Posted March 13, 2014 | 4:53 PM

Are you freaking out about your wedding? Here are 8 ways to get calmer, fast!

1. Get pampered. Research shows that massage is a great way to relieve stress. For the best stress relief, try foot reflexology. It is like a heavenly foot rub, but more importantly,...

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This Altar Can Represent Your Wedding Dreams and Goals

(0) Comments | Posted March 10, 2014 | 2:02 PM

One of the ways the human mind magnetizes the things we want in life is through visual imagery and ritual. It helps make our dreams more concrete, and helps us move toward them. This concept can help you clarify, and move toward, the wedding experience you truly desire.

In...

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A Special Ceremony to Honor Your Engagement

(0) Comments | Posted February 19, 2014 | 3:03 PM

First off, congratulations on your engagement!

Once a couple decides to marry, a journey begins. For some couples there will be a lot of parties and family gatherings to celebrate the coming wedding. It will be a topic of importance for the immediate families as they prepare for the big...

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Prayers for a Soul Mate and True Love

(0) Comments | Posted February 18, 2014 | 4:46 PM

These days, people don't just want love. They want soul mate love -- a relationship with someone who is perfect for them and meant to be.

One of the most important parts of the journey to finding true love is faith. You have to believe in your soul mate,...

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Keep Love Alive by Renewing Your Vows Every Day

(0) Comments | Posted February 18, 2014 | 9:23 AM

When you are about to get married, it feels like all the world is filled with love and nothing can ever happen to shake the strength of your romantic union -- or your faith in the relationship.

During wedding planning, even when there is stress, love feels exciting and...

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How to Conduct a Wedding Ceremony for Your Pet

(0) Comments | Posted February 10, 2014 | 2:52 PM

A friend asked me if it is possible to officiate a pet wedding. "Before I would ever let my Italian greyhound breed," she said. "I would give her a proper ceremony."

I thought it was a lovely gesture because it seemed soulful and respectful to the animal. This was a...

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True Valentines: The Marriage of Cupid and Psyche

(0) Comments | Posted February 10, 2014 | 2:26 PM

Valentine's Day is upon us. Can we talk about Cupid -- and his soul mate, Psyche?

The image of cupid is embedded in our collective consciousness as the representative of romantic love. He is especially an icon on the holiday of hearts. However, depicted as a cherub with an...

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How to Include Your Dog in Your Wedding Ceremony

(0) Comments | Posted February 7, 2014 | 3:35 PM

People love their pets and want to share their big day.

I have often been called upon to find ways to honor and mention beloved cats, birds, chickens, a ferret, and other animals in the wedding, but dogs are the pets most likely to be physically included in the ceremony.

...
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Can a Wiccan Marry an Atheist?

(3) Comments | Posted January 31, 2014 | 2:44 PM

I was recently contacted by a bride who was getting married in a castle-turned-wedding-venue in New York State. She explained that although she and her groom were raised Catholic, neither followed the faith they were born into. She, in fact, was a practicing Wiccan and he was a staunch Atheist....

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How Couples Can Avoid Fighting About the Wedding

(0) Comments | Posted January 31, 2014 | 9:46 AM

Now that you are in the midst of planning your big day, you may find yourself feeling so crazed by wedding planning that you forget to nurture your relationship. It is not uncommon for couples to temporarily leave the "Love Boat" and hop a ride on the "Stress Express" before...

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Ideas for Your Winter Solstice Wedding Ceremony

(0) Comments | Posted December 17, 2013 | 2:46 PM

Thinking of a winter solstice wedding?

The solstice, which occurs on December 21, is an auspicious occasion that is celebrated around the world. It represents a turning point in the year, just as marriage represents a turning point in your lives, and since the holiday season is meant to be...

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What Type of Wedding Ceremony Is Right For You?

(0) Comments | Posted December 9, 2013 | 11:13 AM

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In this new age of wedding ceremonies, anything goes!

Unless a couple chooses to be married in a religious ceremony that will follow a time-honored religious protocol, they can be as creative as they like. The range of options is vast.

Finding your personal...

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A Blessing Over Your Hands To Unite Your Lives

(2) Comments | Posted April 24, 2012 | 10:34 PM

Many cultures have different ways of blessing the hands of the bride and groom. In Thai ceremonies, for example, the couple kneels as elder, married relatives pour blessed water from a conch shell onto their hands and offer words of blessing. In the ancient Celtic tradition of hand-fasting, the couple's...

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6 Ways To Stay Sane While Planning Your Wedding

(2) Comments | Posted March 9, 2012 | 7:03 PM

I believe firmly that a bride has to include stress management, self-nurturing and time to chill out as an integral part of her wedding planning process. It is a journey that is bound to have some bumps in the road, but no need to take the "Stress Express" to the...

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Why Your Interfaith Wedding May Upset Your Parents

(2) Comments | Posted March 8, 2012 | 6:37 PM

Weddings are notorious for stirring up the emotions of the clan. Add the element of intermarriage and even the most loving people might exhibit some of the stereotypical behaviors that have long plagued mixed-culture brides and grooms: the mother who is wounded because the wedding is not in a church,...

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Honoring Lost Loved Ones In Your Ceremony

(15) Comments | Posted March 2, 2012 | 5:51 PM

It is traumatic to lose a loved one at any time, but when this happens close to your wedding day, it can be devastating and disorienting. I have gone through this with couples, and it is never easy. However, there are many ways to lovingly and appropriately acknowledge your loss...

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