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Rev. Laurie Sue Brockway
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Rev. Laurie Sue Brockway is a New York City wedding officiant, journalist, and author, who has married hundreds of couples and has written extensively on love, romance, sex, marriage, and weddings.

She is a widely recognized as an expert on interfaith, intercultural, and highly personalized nondenominational weddings 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 and also specializes in helping couples and families manage wedding conflicts and reduce wedding stress. New York Magazine lists her as one the top interfaith officiants in the NY.

A journalist for many 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.

Rev. Laurie Sue has maintained an active ministry for over 15 years while also working as an online columnist and editor. Most recently, she was Love and Family Editor at the award-winning multifaith website and Emotional and Sexual Health Editor at

She is author of 13 books, including Your Perfect Wedding Vows, 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).

Visit Rev. Laurie Sue at http://www.YourInterfaithWedding.

Entries by Rev. Laurie Sue Brockway

Lakshmi Magic on Diwali: May You Be Blessed With Wealth and Good Fortune

(0) Comments | Posted November 10, 2015 | 1:10 PM

Dearest Lakshmi, please come into my life. Fill my home with your sacred presence. Honor me with your protection and your prosperous ways. Please bring your riches both spiritual and material. Help me find fulfillment and success. Enhance my good...
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7 Steps to Get You Ready to Fall In Love

(0) Comments | Posted November 4, 2015 | 2:06 PM

If you are in between relationships, this is a great time to reflect on important pointers for getting ready for love.

Here are seven steps to help hone your ability to truly receive love -- and deal with a relationship -- when Cupid's coveted arrow does find your heart!

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Personalize Your Las Vegas Wedding Vows

(1) Comments | Posted October 21, 2015 | 6:52 PM

There are so many different possibilities for getting hitched in Las Vegas. From Elvis impersonators to elegant chapels, from themed weddings to drive by "I dos," the options are limitless. There is one thing you can do in almost any kind of ceremony that would truly honor the uniqueness of...

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7 Blessings For a Hindu-Jewish Interfaith Wedding

(0) Comments | Posted October 9, 2015 | 5:04 PM

A Hindu bride and Jewish groom I worked with wanted to honor the concept of 'seven blessings' that are central to traditional wedding ceremonies in both faiths.

In the Jewish tradition, the ceremony is concluded with seven Hebrew blessings and...

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Daphne Rose Kingma: Marriage Should Grow Your Soul

(0) Comments | Posted October 9, 2015 | 12:35 PM


It's been almost 17 years since the first publication of Daphne Rose Kingma's groundbreaking book, The Future of Love.

I had the pleasure of interviewing the beloved therapist and author when her book first released. I was interested in...

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9 Ways to Include Family in Your Wedding Ceremony

(0) Comments | Posted October 1, 2015 | 2:53 PM

Your wedding is a time to celebrate your love and blend your families and loved ones together.

Many couples grapple with ways to include family and friends in the ceremony. You might be seeking a way to honor your heritage and family traditions, to acknowledge specific loved ones, or merge...

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How to Personalize Your Same-Sex Wedding Ceremony

(0) Comments | Posted October 1, 2015 | 1:14 AM

Rev. Laurie Sue with Kristina and Rebecca

While many same-sex couples have gotten used to the idea of the quickie civil ceremony just to legalize their marriage, there is a whole world of ceremony options to consider.

In this new age of...

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Clear Old 'Love Clutter' Before Your Wedding Day

(0) Comments | Posted September 29, 2015 | 5:41 PM


Few people come into a marriage free of baggage and history. Although a wedding is meant to be a clean slate and a fresh start for a couple, it is important to do some 'spring cleaning' for the heart and soul...

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3 Keys to Marriage Success: Intimacy, Passion and Commitment

(1) Comments | Posted September 24, 2015 | 12:10 PM

There are many theories about what makes a marriage strong and which qualities allow a couples to grow and function well together.

I have always appreciated Dr. Robert Sternberg's concepts in the Triangular Theory of Love: intimacy, passion, and commitment.

I first read about it in Psychology Today many...

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Lord Ganesha Hindu Wedding Blessing

(1) Comments | Posted September 21, 2015 | 3:12 PM


In a Hindu wedding it is typical to offer praise and ask for the blessings of Lord Ganesha, the remover of obstacles and the god who is prayed to before all others in any Hindu religious service.

In a traditional wedding service,...

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Wedding Readings for Vow Renewal Ceremonies

(0) Comments | Posted September 17, 2015 | 2:24 PM

When one of my couples contacted me about a vow renewal ceremony it got me thinking about wedding readings that are a fit for two people who want to renew their commitment to each other and honor the place they have been, as well as the place they want to...

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5 Famous Wedding Readings About Love

(0) Comments | Posted September 14, 2015 | 12:52 AM

Wedding readings and poems are a great way to express certain feelings and share romantic and heartfelt language that is meaningful to you both.

Here are five classic and favorite wedding readings that focus on love.


On Love



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Buddhist Wedding Ideas for an Interfaith or Non-Denominational Ceremony

(0) Comments | Posted September 7, 2015 | 4:42 PM

I had the great honor of marrying Amy and Bryan this summer at a lovely rooftop venue overlooking the East River and the 59th Street Bridge.

When I first met with this beautiful couple (truly, they are adorable), we discussed ways to blend their philosophy on love, their values, and...

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Prosperity Prayers for Couples

(1) Comments | Posted September 7, 2015 | 1:05 AM

Money problems can bring strife and challenge to relationships, but even the worst of times it is important to remember there is always a ray of hope.

Prayers can begin to shift your consciousness about money. Here are three blessings for financial help and stability that you can read...

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Infuse Wedding Planning With Positive Energy

(0) Comments | Posted September 4, 2015 | 2:04 AM

Couples often ask me why planning a wedding can seem like a crisis. And they wonder why weddings can bring out so much wackiness out in other people.

The truth is: Weddings represent a major life event that, along with the inherent joy, can bring out the dark side...

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31 Motivational Quotes From Dr. Wayne Dyer

(13) Comments | Posted September 1, 2015 | 4:47 PM

The world lost a brilliant, inspiring, and visionary teacher, speaker, and author yesterday, but heaven gained a new angel.

Dr. Wayne Dyer made it clear that in his own beliefs, leaving this place called earth for a new destination was a "transition." His family posted in social media that:...

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9 Tips for a Soulful Summer Love Affair

(0) Comments | Posted July 7, 2015 | 2:15 PM

"Summer is filled with breaking the rules and standing apart, ignoring your head and following you heart." - Anonymous

In my twenties, engaging in Summer Love was a surefire way to stop stressing over boys and start having some fun! In the season of sun, sand and surf--and in an...

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Buddhist Wedding Blessings

(1) Comments | Posted May 6, 2015 | 1:54 PM

An interfaith couple recently asked me to create a ceremony that blends in, and celebrates, the bride's Buddhist family tradition with readings and ritual. I was reminded of some of the wonderful Buddhist blessings I have included in ceremonies over the years, for couples in which one partner was born...

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7 Ways to Make Your Wedding Ceremony Sacred

(0) Comments | Posted May 5, 2015 | 11:47 PM

Every time I officiate at a wedding ceremony I am awed by the extraordinary energy that becomes available when two people in love literally step up to commit themselves to sacred union. As an interfaith minister, I am frequently called upon to solemnize marriage vows outside of traditional religious settings,...

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9 Goddesses to Help With Money, Love, and Protection

(1) Comments | Posted April 30, 2015 | 2:42 PM

While deep into the study of comparative religions in seminary school, many years ago, I was surprised to discover the many feminine faces of the Divine. There are thousands of Goddesses, from many of the world's cultures, known by different names and images, which represent feminine aspects of divinity and...

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