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It's down to the wire and you're all ready to start figuring out how the ceremony is going to go down. Maybe you're lucky enough to have a wedding planner helping, or maybe you're the point person who will be wrangling the cats. Either way, here are some of our tips for making sure your wedding rehearsal is useful and as stress-free as possible.

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Sweet wedding vows that include mating penguins and Broad City

Ten years ago I was sitting in a darkened movie theatre watching the documentary “March of the Penguins” and struggling not to cry. It was the scene where the emperor penguins had traveled over 100 kilometers to their ancestral breeding ground and had begun to pair off as mates, crossing their beaks over each other to show their love. It was beautiful and moving, but I also remember thinking: “Where’s my penguin?”

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