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The New Vows: Now That We're Parents

Toni Hammer | Posted 12.23.2014 | Parents
Toni Hammer

I think that once a couple learns that they're parents, they should exchange new vows. Becoming a mom or a dad changes everything, and it's only fair that the vows have a couple amendments made to them.

Trending: 7 Key Traits Found in Millennial Generation Weddings

Anne Naylor | Posted 12.13.2014 | Weddings
Anne Naylor

If you were born between 1980 and 2000, you are one of the Millennial Generation. It is likely that you will not want the traditional white wedding, but you will want to create your own special marriage celebration.

5 Keys to Grow and Deepen Your Love -- After the Wedding

Anne Naylor | Posted 09.20.2014 | Weddings
Anne Naylor

A wedding is an emotional high point. The romance of that special day cannot be expected to last -- or can it? Perhaps not in the same form, but amplified it can be.

7 Ways To Make Your Wedding Ceremony Anything But Boring

Anne Naylor | Posted 09.02.2014 | Weddings
Anne Naylor

As a celebrant, I many times hear from guests how often the weddings they attend are dull. Perfunctory at best. Boring at worst. And yet this is arguably the most important landmark in the life of a couple. Today, we seek experience over words, which may in themselves have little meaning.

These Wedding Vow Confessions Will Make You Laugh & Cry For All The Wrong Reasons

The Huffington Post | Taryn Hillin | Posted 06.28.2014 | Weddings

Wedding vows give brides and grooms the chance to express what's in their heart of hearts. But sometimes those beautifully crafted sentences come from...

5 Different Ways To Say Your Wedding Vows

Natasha Burton | Posted 07.22.2014 | Weddings
Natasha Burton

Vows are, obviously, a big deal. I'd argue that they're actually the most important part of the wedding. For all the couples out there who want to write their own vows... but don't actually want to write their own vows, here are some alternative ideas that will be just as meaningful.

10 Scientifically Proven Ways To Be A Good Spouse

Samantha Joel | Posted 04.13.2014 | Weddings
Samantha Joel

I had decades of research at my fingertips to help my spouse and me figure out what it really means to be a good spouse. Why not harness those resources for our wedding?

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?

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.

Swear Words: Parshat Matos-Masei

Harry Rothenberg | Posted 09.01.2013 | Religion
Harry Rothenberg

This week's Torah portion discusses the annulment of vows. So when we say "Kol Nidrei" on Yom Kippur, what types of vows can and can't we wipe out?

Lifelong Service: A Queen, a Nun and Me

Norma Cook Everist | Posted 08.07.2013 | Impact
Norma Cook Everist

Queen Elizabeth served the Commonwealth. Sister Mary Owen served the common health. The Queen has served faithfully, consistently, responsibly, day after day, year after year, with modest warmth and wisdom. So did the Sister. And the world changed around them both.

The Role of Vows

Maggie Lyon | Posted 07.21.2013 | Healthy Living
Maggie Lyon

How might I ripple and radiate out from the closest, most interior circles to the nether regions of the universe as an ever more welcoming, beaming, and loving presence?

A Portrait of Commitment

Cara Dixon | Posted 02.15.2013 | Healthy Living
Cara Dixon

It is a choice to persevere and sail on. Yet when a boat finds a place to dock on the other shore after a long journey, the sun sets on a beautiful portrait of commitment that has endured even the greatest odds. This is love.

How To Write A Perfect Wedding Ceremony

Megan Isennock | Posted 04.16.2013 | Weddings
Megan Isennock

Ordainship secured, Rob then realized he'd need, you know, something to say to the couple and their 75 assorted friends and family. And that is how I ended up writing a wedding ceremony.

Why Every Couple Should Renew Their Vows

Anne Naylor | Posted 02.13.2013 | Weddings
Anne Naylor

The romance and passion you knew when you first met can be re-kindled. The spark of your early love can grow brighter and into a more profound experience that is truly lifelong and rewarding.

A Wedding Officiant On How He Knew One Couple Wouldn't Last

JP Reynolds | Posted 11.25.2012 | Weddings
JP Reynolds

I declined to officiate Jacqui and Simon's wedding because they didn't have a shared vision for their life together. However, I readily accepted Maura and Micah's invitation because I had the sense that they are two people who help to bring out the best and the bravest in each other.

5 Reasons Your Wedding Vows Suck

Eleni Gage | Posted 08.07.2012 | Weddings
Eleni Gage

And I could not love a wedding more. I've worked at wedding magazines and found it a joy to go into the office. I would gladly page through a stranger's wedding album. I read wedding announcements not to find people I know but just for sheer delight. But there are a few things that make me cringe about bride-and-groom-penned vows.

Why You Should Include A Hand Blessing In Your Ceremony

Rev. Laurie Sue Brockway | Posted 06.24.2012 | Weddings
Rev. Laurie Sue Brockway

Here's how it works: You and your beloved face each other. First join your right palms and then your left palms. This forms an infinity symbol with your hands, which symbolizes a love that will go on forever.

Where You Should Put Your Vows After The Wedding

Harriet Lerner | Posted 05.30.2012 | Weddings
Harriet Lerner

Like many folks, I love being witness to wedding vows. They remind us how people enter marriage brimming with optimism and hope, vowing to be fair and responsible partners.

6 Celebrity Couples That Renewed Their Vows... And Split Anyway

Posted 02.01.2012 | Divorce

We couldn't help but feel sad about Heidi Klum's recent split from Seal after almost 7 years of marriage. The star couple had a penchant for dressing ...

Why Love Isn't Enough To Sustain A Marriage

Amy Chan | Posted 03.11.2012 | Weddings
Amy Chan

I used to be such a starry-eyed believer of love. I thought that love conquered all - and that as long as you shared that feeling with someone, it meant that the relationship would last.

My Prayer: Who I Want To Be

Shasta Nelson, M.Div. | Posted 10.08.2011 | Religion
Shasta Nelson, M.Div.

May my words and actions remind us both that not only are you enough, but so am I. And so is this world. There is enough joy for both of us.

'NY Times Vows' Series Gets Spot-On Parody (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy

If you've never seen the New York Times online "Vows" videos, you're missing out. While stories of how couples met and decided to wed are adorable, th...

Can Your Vows Enrich Your Marriage In 2010?

Anne Naylor | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Anne Naylor

Vows can be seen as the bridge between romantic love and the love that lasts a lifetime. For better or worse, such commitment can lead to understanding, compassion and appreciation of your loved one.