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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

White Doves Release Ceremony

Filed under: Add-on Ceremonies,Wedding Articles — Larry James @ 7:00 am

Here’s a great way to add romantic elegance and symbolism to your wedding by releasing two White Doves at the end of your ceremony. White doves at weddings are symbolic of celebration, new beginnings, fidelity, peace, love, and serenity.

whitedoveAs a true symbol of Love, the White Dove chooses its mate for life, therefore they are a very fitting and final addition to any wedding. They create a magical atmosphere as they circle the skies before leaving on their new journey together.

Doves and pigeons are of the same family, and in a wedding dove release there are no doves involved at all. Even though the small dove is credited with creating striking wedding day ambiance, an actual dove is unfortunately a poor candidate for release.

The dove’s inadequate flying skills, lack of homing instinct, and skittish demeanor would invite suffering and starvation, or death at the mercy of predators, were it to be released into unknown territory. Doves should never be subjected to release. However, the dove’s slightly larger blood relative, the white homing pigeon, commonly referred to as a dove, is ideal for ceremonial releases.

Homing pigeons are trainable and more conducive to interaction with people. A wedding couple considering a release should investigate any dove release company to insure that only appropriate white homing pigeons are utilized. Other considerations to insure an effective release include:

whitedove3• The use of only seasoned, healthy pigeons with many hours of flight time
• Training provided for the handling of the birds
• A professional dove handler on the premises during release
• A positive reputation for service and treatment of the pigeons
• Appropriate and timely delivery and set up
• Cage décor
• A current business license and bird health records
• References

Pigeons rely on the sun and can only be released during daylight hours. A minimum of two hours before dusk is required for the safety of the birds during their flight home. Sunset and evening weddings are not appropriate for a dove release. They need to have ample time to find shelter before night sets in.

A successful dove release is one that sincerely addresses the well being of the birds, the guests’ view of the release ceremony, and the wedding couple’s involvement. When the release is undertaken with the health, comfort and safety of the birds in mind, the experience is the perfect addition for your wedding ceremony.

whitedovesWith careful planning everyone will enjoy a magical moment as the white doves reach for the sky, the hopes and the dreams of the wedding couple alive on their wings. Countless dreams and wishes have been launched on the wings of a dove, and with careful planning the inclusion of doves in the wedding ceremony can be amazing.

The environmentally friendly White Dove Release takes place during the bride and grooms first kiss! Often the Best Man and the Maid/Matron of Honor will release the doves as the couple kiss.

Larry’s Note: Here is a poem I wrote for a Butterfly release and have adapted it for the White Dove Release. You are welcome to use it in your ceremony or wedding program as long as you add the following credit:

Copyright © 2015 – Larry James. All rights reserved. Reprinted with permission. http://www.CelebrateIntimateWeddings.com

Learn to Fly

Like a white dove is released
And unfolds its graceful wings,
A marriage grows and it develops
With the love each partner brings.

Your flight through life together
Is what you make it, full of Love
Spread your wings and learn to soar
As if with wings of a white dove.

Share together life’s great adventure
Now the two of you are one
Shower your lover with lots of kisses
Your infinite journey has just begun

Be a lover, friend and playmate
Learn to listen, laugh and cry
God has given you your wings,
But, you teach each other how to fly.

Copyright © 2010 – Larry James. This idea is adapted from Larry’s Wedding Website. Larry James is non-denominational, an award winning wedding officiant and performs the most “Romantic” wedding ceremony you will find anywhere! Every wedding ceremony is customized to your complete satisfaction. Call to check availability: 480-998-9411 or 800-725-9223. You will find more than 455 pages of Wedding ideas, tips (90 tips and growing), ceremonies, and more at: http://www.celebrateintimateweddings.com. Something NEW about weddings is posted every 4th day on this Wedding BLOG. Check Larry’s availability.

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Friday, December 24, 2010

Tipping Your Wedding Vendors is a Common Courtesy

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Other than the bride herself, it’s the wedding vendors that make a wedding truly beautiful and special. Wedding tips are commonly overlooked when couples set up their wedding budget. It is important to calculate as much as possible prior to your wedding how much you can afford to tip your wedding suppliers.

weddingtipRewarding vendors with a tip is expected, and it will serve as a thank-you for a job well done. My personal opinion is that you alone should decide how much to tip. When I tip, I pay no attention to the percentages that are often recommended by wedding consultants. I believe that you should tip based upon the quality of service, attention to detail and their overall extraordinary effort. Follow you heart. Don’t be stingy just to save a few bucks on your wedding!

In doing the research necessary for this article, I ran across more than one Website that suggested (with identical wording): “To tip a Minister/Officiant is to trivialize their profession and extremely bad etiquette.” Oh, really? Who started that one?

Note form Larry James: I object! 😉

If anyone deserves a generous gratuity, it’s the wedding Minister or Officiant – the one who makes your day special for you and your guests and whose job it is to make everything legal.

It has been my experience that it is rare to find anyone giving less than a $100 gratuity to the Minister/Officiant, and it could be more depending on the minister/officiant. Be sure to discuss the tip with your partner “before” the wedding. Please be sure to add this to your budget. All tips should be calculated and prepared in separate envelopes ahead of time, thereby making it much easier for the individual responsible to deliver the tips. A tip is an added reward for service well done. Tipping has always been a personal expression of gratitude for service given and appreciated. All tips should be given in cash.

Read your bills carefully to avoid double tipping. Tips are often included in the bill automatically. Some vendors, caterers for example, will include a gratuity in their price. Most usually the tips are given to the wedding consultant or the best man in sealed, labeled envelopes prior to the ceremony who will then discreetly give them to the various wedding vendors after the ceremony.

tippingIf your wedding is performed by a civil employee such as a judge, clerk, or other nonreligious official, then you may want to forgo a gratuity. Such civil employees are often paid a flat rate and are usually not permitted to accept tips or donations — local law may actually prohibit it.

largetipIf you belong to a church, your own minister or priest may perform the wedding at no charge. In this case, you could make a donation to the church ($500 is common), and as an extra thank-you, consider sending something personal, such as a gift certificate to a nice restaurant. Yes, it’s true. . . you don’t need to tip a wedding official but think of it this way: it’s good karma and a good way to start your marriage with a positive vibe from the one person who joined you as wife and husband.

IMPORTANT: Gratuities are always at your discretion and while they may be expected, poor service should never be excused nor should you extend a tip to those vendors who provide less than excellent service. If you get lousy service from a wedding vendor. . . say, “NO!” to a tip!

Copyright © 2010 – Larry James. This idea is adapted from Larry’s Wedding Website. Larry James is non-denominational, an award winning wedding officiant and performs the most “Romantic” wedding ceremony you will find anywhere! Every wedding ceremony is customized to your complete satisfaction. Call to check availability: 480-998-9411 or 800-725-9223. You will find more than 455 pages of Wedding ideas, tips (90 tips and growing), ceremonies, and more at: http://www.celebrateintimateweddings.com. Something NEW about weddings is posted every 4th day on this Wedding BLOG. Check Larry’s availability.

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Monday, December 20, 2010

Treat your Wedding Vendors with Love!

Filed under: Wedding Tips — Larry James @ 7:00 am

You’ve had your big day! No unexpected hitches! Everything flowed smoothly. And hopefully a terrific honeymoon. What’s next?

Hmmm. Let’s see. Perhaps you should first jot out a few “thank you” notes for all the great gifts your guests gave you.

Here is a quick gift tip: To keep track of gifts, place the name, address and phone number of each guest on a 3 x 5 index card. Store the cards alphabetically. As you open your wedding gifts, list the gift information on the appropriate card. When it comes time to write your thank-you notes, all the information you’ll need will be at your finger tips.

Plan this one in advance: It is a common courtesy on your wedding day to make sure your wedding vendors are fed at the reception. You should expect to feed your photographers, videographers, DJ, Wedding Officiant/Minister, and musicians. Most caterers will usually ask you what provision you want to be made for these service providers during your wedding reception and will make some suggestions as to menus and seating arrangements.

Prior to the wedding day be sure to agree with the caterers and confirm to the individual service providers where they will eating at the reception. You will also be expected to bear the costs of drinks for the above mentioned wedding suppliers on your wedding day. Remember to invite your Minister/Officiant and his partner to the reception. He is usually seated at a reserved table with the parents of the Bride and Groom or nearby.

Some venues reserve a table at the reception for the vendors. It is not considered good wedding etiquette to seat your Minister at the vendor table. Request that your Minister be seated with the guests. This is a better idea and is a sign of respect. It allows your family and friends the opportunity to offer their “thank yous” for a job well done.

IMPORTANT: By the way, if the minister is invited to the reception and you have assigned seating, be sure to add the minister’s name to the guest list. (It’s embarrasing for the minister to have to ask where he should sit if you forget to have a place card with his name and table number on it.)

weddingtipMost likely you have already expressed your gratitude with a generous tip for their services. Other than the bride herself, it’s the wedding vendors that make a wedding truly beautiful and special. Wedding tips are commonly overlooked when couples set up their wedding budget. It is important to calculate as much as possible prior to your wedding how much you can afford to tip your wedding suppliers.

Next, how about taking a few minutes and writing a few “thank yous” (I call them Love Notes) to all the vendors that did their part to make your wedding a great success. Is this a “have to?” No, however it’s a nice gesture that tells them that you are grateful for their participation in your wedding.

Wedding professionals do a lot of behind-the-scene work that if done properly, most people won’t even notice. That fact by itself is a reason to send them a quick note of appreciation. But, what if your vendor went above-and-beyond what you would call exceptional service?

Want to know a secret? Wedding professionals LOVE testimonials! It is a great reminder of happy clients and let’s face it, it’ll help them book future clients.

One great way to show a wedding vendor some gratitude for their outstanding service at your wedding is to post some stellar reviews of them on some popular wedding vendor rating websites such as Wedding Wire, Project Weddings and other Wedding Websites. Unlike personal written thank-you notes, customer testimonials are a public recommendation to potential clients that a certain vendor is professional, reliable and newlywed approved.

These sites have become popular resources for planning couples that are trying to decide which vendors to choose and work with in their local area. Your online review and testimonial not only helps build their professional credentials, it creates an atmosphere of helping, support and guidance. Every planning bride would appreciate seeing more of that.

I frequently post these “Rave Reviews” on my Wedding Website at: http://www.CelebrateIntimateWeddings.com/ravereviews.html.

BONUS Article: Grandma Betty, Thank You for Your Thoughtful Wedding Gift!

Copyright © 2010 – Larry James. This idea is adapted from Larry’s Wedding Website. Larry James is non-denominational, an award winning wedding officiant and performs the most “Romantic” wedding ceremony you will find anywhere! Every wedding ceremony is customized to your complete satisfaction. Call to check availability: 480-998-9411 or 800-725-9223. You will find more than 455 pages of Wedding ideas, tips (90 tips and growing), ceremonies, and more at: http://www.celebrateintimateweddings.com. Something NEW about weddings is posted every 4th day on this Wedding BLOG. Check Larry’s availability.

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Thursday, December 16, 2010

The Wedding Dress That Made History

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Lilly Friedman doesn’t remember the last name of the woman who designed and sewed the wedding gown she wore when she walked down the aisle over 60 years ago. But the grandmother of seven does recall that when she first told her fiancé Ludwig that she had always dreamed of being married in a white gown he realized he had his work cut out for him. For the tall, lanky 21-year-old who had survived hunger, disease and torture this was a different kind of challenge. How was he ever going to find such a dress in the Bergen Belsen Displaced Person’s camp where they felt grateful for the clothes on their backs?

Lilly & Ludwig Friedman – Married January 27, 1946

Fate would intervene in the guise of a former German pilot who walked into the food distribution center where Ludwig worked, eager to make a trade for his worthless parachute. In exchange for two pounds of coffee beans and a couple of packs of cigarettes Lilly would have her wedding gown.

For two weeks Miriam the seamstress worked under the curious eyes of her fellow DPs (displaced persons), carefully fashioning the six parachute panels into a simple, long sleeved gown with a rolled collar and a fitted waist that tied in the back with a bow. When the dress was completed she sewed the leftover material into a matching shirt for the groom.

A white wedding gown may have seemed like a frivolous request in the surreal environment of the camps, but for Lilly the dress symbolized the innocent, normal life she and her family had once led before the world descended into madness. Lilly and her siblings were raised in a Torah observant home in the small town of Zarica, Czechoslovakia where her father was a teacher, respected and well liked by the young yeshiva students he taught in nearby Irsheva. He and his two sons were marked for extermination immediately upon arriving at Auschwitz. For Lilly and her sisters it was only their first stop on their long journey of persecution, which included Plashof, Neustadt, Gross Rosen and finally Bergen Belsen.

Four hundred people marched 15 miles in the snow to the town of Celle on January 27, 1946 to attend Lilly and Ludwig’s wedding. The town synagogue, damaged and desecrated, had been lovingly renovated by the DPs with the meager materials available to them. When Sefer Torah arrived from England they converted an old kitchen cabinet into a makeshift Aron Kodesh. “My sisters and I lost everything – our parents, our two brothers, our homes. The most important thing was to build a new home.” Six months later, Lilly’s sister Ilona wore the dress when she married Max Traeger. After that came Cousin Rosie. How many brides wore Lilly’s dress? “I stopped counting after 17.” With the camps experiencing the highest marriage rate in the world, Lilly’s gown was in great demand.

In 1948 when President Harry Truman finally permitted the 100,000 Jews who had been languishing in DP camps since the end of the war to emigrate, the gown accompanied Lilly across the ocean to America. Unable to part with her dress, it lay at the bottom of her bedroom closet for the next 50 years, “not even good enough for a garage sale. I was happy when it found such a good home.”

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Lilly Friedman and her parachute dress on display in the Bergen Belsen Museum

Home was the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. When Lily’s niece, a volunteer, told museum officials about her aunt’s dress, they immediately recognized its historical significance and displayed the gown in a specially designed showcase, guaranteed to preserve it for 500 years.

But Lilly Friedman’s dress had one more journey to make. Bergen Belsen, the museum, opened its doors on October 28, 2007. The German government invited Lilly and her sisters to be their guests for the grand opening. They initially declined, but finally traveled to Hanover the following year with their children, their grandchildren and extended families to view the extraordinary exhibit created for the wedding dress made from a parachute.

Lilly’s family, who were all familiar with the stories about the wedding in Celle , were eager to visit the synagogue. They found the building had been completely renovated and modernized. But when they pulled aside the handsome curtain they were astounded to find that the Aron Kodesh, made from a kitchen cabinet, had remained untouched as a testament to the profound faith of the survivors. As Lilly stood on the bimah once again she beckoned to her granddaughter, Jackie, to stand beside her where she was once a kallah. “It was an emotional trip. We cried a lot.”

Two weeks later, the woman who had once stood trembling before the selective eyes of the infamous Dr. Josef Mengele returned home and witnessed the marriage of her granddaughter.

The three Lax sisters – Lilly, Ilona and Eva, who together survived Auschwitz, a forced labor camp, a death march and Bergen Belsen – have remained close and today live within walking distance of each other in Brooklyn. As mere teenagers, they managed to outwit and outlive a monstrous killing machine, then went on to marry, have children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and were ultimately honored by the country that had earmarked them for extinction. As young brides, they had stood underneath the chuppah and recited the blessings that their ancestors had been saying for thousands of years. In doing so, they chose to honor the legacy of those who had perished by choosing life.

Larry James is a non-denominational minister and performs the most “Romantic” wedding ceremony you will find anywhere! Every wedding ceremony is customized to your complete satisfaction. Call to check availability: 480-998-9411 or 800-725-9223. You will find more than 455 pages of Wedding ideas, tips (90 tips and growing), ceremonies, and more at: http://www.celebrateintimateweddings.com. Something NEW about weddings is posted every 4th day on this Wedding BLOG. Check Larry’s availability.

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Sunday, December 12, 2010

The Breaking of the Glass

Filed under: Add-on Ceremonies,Wedding Articles — Larry James @ 7:00 am

Although this ceremony is traditionally of Jewish origin, many couples choose to incorporate it into traditional and non-traditional ceremonies. When the bride and groom are of different faiths, and one is Jewish, they often will honor the Jewish tradition of breaking a glass toward the end of the wedding ceremony.

wineglassOne interpretation of this ceremony states that once the glass is shattered, it can never return to its former condition, thus symbolizing the couples wish to never return to the time before they shared their lives.

The breaking of the glass at the conclusion of the wedding also symbolizes that marriage is not always as joyous as the wedding itself. The bad times, when our hearts break, are representative of the shattered glass.

A couple that enters marriage, believing that their married life will always be as blissful as courtship, is in denial and doomed to failure. In this sense, the breaking of the glass causes us to be mindful of the needless barriers that people erect between one another and that we can break down the barriers and build a relationship of respect, unity and peace.

The breaking of the glass also symbolizes the fragility of life, the fact that whatever we see before us as whole can be broken at any moment. It calls our attention for the need to care for one another; for just as glass can be shattered with a single blow, so the grace of a marriage bond can be shattered with a single act of infidelity or repeated acts of emotional irresponsibility.

Its spiritual significance is our reaffirmation of our faith in God. The idea is that the couple’s lives together be longer than it would take to fit the pieces of the broken glass back together again.

In Greece, the custom of breaking plates during the reception symbolizes good luck, happiness and the permanence of marriage.

The breaking of the glass also serves as a separation between the awe of the ceremony and the reception celebration that will follow.

breakingglassSome say (with tongue in cheek) that the moment the groom smashes the glass symbolizes the last time he gets to “put his foot down.”

This part of the ceremony comes right after the exchanging of rings and just before declaring the couple to be wife and husband.

The “glass” is often a light bulb wrapped in a white napkin or towel. Sometimes a wine glass is difficult to break. The best man hands the minister the glass. The minister will say a few words to explain the significance of the breaking of the glass. He then places the glass on the ground before the groom.

After he declares the bride and groom to be wife and husband he invites the couple to seal their promises with a kiss. The groom then kisses the bride and then breaks the glass with his right foot. Some couples choose to break the glass together. Applause is appropriate in most ceremonies with the breaking of the glass.

What do you do with the broken glass after the wedding? If the “glass” was a delicate wine glass (easy to break), some couples choose to save the glass and preserve it in a velvet pouch or another glass container to serve as a momento of their wedding day. Other creative couples have jewelry made from it.

Mazel Tov!

Photo Credit (left): The Jewish Glass Breaking Pouch – MyDreamWedding.ca

Copyright © 2010 – Larry James. This idea is adapted from Larry’s Wedding Website. Larry James is a non-denominational minister and performs the most “Romantic” wedding ceremony you will find anywhere! Every wedding ceremony is customized to your complete satisfaction. Call to check availability: 480-998-9411 or 800-725-9223. You will find more than 455 pages of Wedding ideas, tips (90 tips and growing), ceremonies, and more at: http://www.celebrateintimateweddings.com. Something NEW about weddings is posted every 4th day on this Wedding BLOG. Check Larry’s availability.

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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

6 Tips on How to Avoid Embarrassment as the Bridesmaid!

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Julie Pickley, Guest Author

Bridesmaids are slowly becoming more of an important role in marriages, making more pressure for the bride to pick the best bridesmaid and for the bridesmaid to help as much as possible to do an outstanding job.

I once saw the worst bridesmaid at one of my good friends weddings. There were many mistakes leading up to her downfall of respect with me and other family members. I am writing this so you don’t fall into that trap as well.

An example of her idiocy started all the way back to the beginnings. She was very pushy to the bride and groom about the best way to do it, but because the bridesmaid was her best friend she was reluctant to change to another person.

Tip 1. Help the bride! Even if she doesn’t request help, offer, offer, offer! Do you want to shop for bridesmaid dresses? Are you okay? But be sure to not make her think that you are trying to take over the show. Remember it is your job to make sure everything runs smoothly.

Tip 2. Double check: A lot of brides make lists, and you can help by double checking the lists and making sure everyone is invited, and everyone knows what they are doing.

Tip 3. Be honest: If you think the dress doesn’t look that good, tell her nicely. Brides can get caught up in what they think looks good.

Tip 4. Give the bride space. Being a bridesmaid is about helping the bride but not overpowering her position. Remember it is her big day, not yours. Just think of yourself as the guardian angel.

Tip 5. Don’t make a fool of yourself. Don’t get too drunk at the reception and try and sleep with every handsome guy you haven’t seen before. Everyone will think you are the brides slutty friend and they will think less of you (and possibly the bride).

Tip 6. Don’t sleep with the groom! Do I need to explain this one? 😉

Keep calm. Everything will be great. Have fun, stay focused! Drink, but keep elegant. Remember this is the biggest day of your friends life. Keep to the job as the bridesmaid, have fun! It’s your turn next, promise.

BONUS Articles: Serving Her Majesty the Bride: To Be a Maid of Honor. . . or Not
Tips To Save On Bridesmaid Dresses

Copyright © 2010 – Julie Pickley. Reprinted with permission. Julie Pickley is a wedding planner with 5 years experience and much more enthusiasm. If you are becoming a bridesmaid or looking for a bridesmaid for your wedding, be sure to read through more of Julie’s Website’s articles for more juicy information. Visit her Website at: http://www.weddingbridesmaid.net/

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Saturday, December 4, 2010

The Three P’s of Wedding Photography Shopping

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Tracy Kreck, Guest Author

There are 3 things to consider when looking to hire a photographer for your wedding. I call them the “3 P’s.”

First there is portfolio. You have to love their work!

Second is their personality. You must feel comfortable with the photographer!

And last but not least is their pricing. It must fit within your budget.

Make sure you budget enough for photography — it is what you will have left after the wedding has come and gone. If you really like a photographer and their work, yet they are a bit out of your price range, consider lowering something else like flowers or limo or bar budget.

Think of your photo album and how important that is to you. Also, many photographers offer custom packages (as I do); there might be a way to lower the price by taking out an item or two from the package. If you find someone you like, communicate with them — they might help meet you half way!

Larry’s Advice: Hire a “great” photographer! The more adventuresome pros will take the portrait concept and run with it, bringing the art form to new levels of creativity and impact. The results are portraits and candid shots that often convey the depth of the subjects’ personalities, and can be expressive, and full of energy. Most of the really great photos are shot outside. Offer your suggestions but give the photographer the freedom to be creative.

BONUS Articles:

The Top Ten Things You Need to Know to Ensure Wedding Photo Bliss
Hire a Professional Photographer. . . or Friend?
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Copyright © 2010 – Tracy Kreck. Reprinted with permission. Tracy has been a wedding photographer since 1992. She is passionate about her photography and passionate about each and every image she creates from your wedding day. Artistic, photojournalistic, traditional, contemporary — a mixture of the best for every wedding. Call: 602-369-5431. Visit Tracy’s Website and Wedding BLOG: Photographic Passion.

Larry James is a non-denominational minister and performs the most “Romantic” wedding ceremony you will find anywhere! Every wedding ceremony is customized to your complete satisfaction. Call to check availability: 480-998-9411 or 800-725-9223. You will find more than 455 pages of Wedding ideas, tips (90 tips and growing), ceremonies, and more at: http://www.celebrateintimateweddings.com. Something NEW about weddings is posted every 4th day on this Wedding BLOG. Check Larry’s availability.

Subscribe to Larry’s FREE monthly “LoveNotes for Lovers” eZINE. Contact: CelebrateIntimateWeddings.com, P.O. Box 12695, Scottsdale, AZ 85267-2695. – CelebrateIntimateWeddings.com

NOTE: All articles, “LoveNotes” and wedding tips listed in this Wedding BLOG – written by Larry James – are available for reprint in magazines, periodicals, newsletters, newspapers, eZINEs, on the Internet or on your own Website. Click here for details.

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