We can often tell by a name the era someone was born in. Some names come into fashion and then loose popularity whilst others seem timeless.
Today, when seeking inspiration, parents often look at current celebrities or characters from popular programmes, where once they may have considered family names, those of film stars or prominent public figures.
Some of the names which are trending at the moment for girls are Ariana which has seen a 300% rise in the last 10 years or Arya and Elsa.
Boys names too have seen some interesting rises in popularity with names such as Jesse, Dexter and Dustin moving up the ratings.
Choosing a name can be quite daunting and when deciding my own children's names we made a short list but put off the final decision for a few days after their birth to see which name seemed to fit them best.
For couples planning a summer wedding in 2020 or beyond the next few months are an ideal time to start putting your plans together, particularly if you want an outdoor wedding.
Outdoor weddings are becoming increasingly popular with many licences premises now offering this option. Registrars will conduct a Civil Ceremony within a "structure" (usually a gazebo).
Equally you may wish to hold your wedding in a place which is special to you such as your own garden, a piece of woodland or field. My advice would be to complete the legal requirements first by booking a simple ceremony at your local registry office and then having a Celebrant-led ceremony at the venue of your choice.
Many couples are now holding Wedding festivals where guests have the option to camp overnight and there is a growing number of venues who offer this.
If you choose a venue in Staffordshire you can combine the Legal ceremony with a Celebrant -led ceremony. For further details check my website of visit Staffordshire Council website.
Wherever you plan to hold your celebration make sure that if the weather is inclement you have some cover - just in case.
I recently saw some really gorgeous wedding cakes and it set me to thinking.
Cake has been a popular item in weddings in many cultures and can be traced back in history. In Ancient Greece a cake made of barley was broken over the brides head as an element of the ceremony.
But how big is too big when it comes to wedding cake? I checked with the Guinness Book of records and the biggest wedding cake on record weighed in at 6.8 tonnes and was made for a wedding fare.
In the 19th century it was traditional to keep the top tier of the wedding cake and use it as the Christening Cake for the couples first child. Today many couples keep the top tier or a slice of cake to eat on their first anniversary as it is meant to bring good luck.
It is also said that if you put a slice of wedding cake under your pillow you will dream of the man you will marry.
According to the latest Wedding survey undertaken by Hitched, the average cost of weddings have dropped slightly since last year. London has once again topped the poll with average wedding costs of £40,000 as compared to £41,000 last year.
How does your area compare ?
South East £33,000
North East and Cumbria £31,000
Yorkshire and Humber £30,000
West Midlands £30,000
East of England £29,000
East Midlands £29,000
South West £28,000
But do weddings really need to cost this much ?
I feel that there are lots of couples who have had their perfect day, celebrating with family and friends for a fraction of these amounts.
If you achieved your dream day without a high price tag why not share how you did this ?
It is great to announce that I am now a recommended supplier with Outdoor Ceremonies Ltd.
They provide an online directory for couples looking for the ideal outdoor setting for their event.
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I don't know about you but whenever I see "free" in the title I have to take a peek.
Recently I read a blog on Hitched.co.uk that had 50 free ideas to transform your wedding day.
Amongst my favourites were a range of free downloadable items such as wedding planners, hen night quizzes and stationary items.
There were lots of ideas for table decorations and I loved the pebbles used as place cards.
I think the old adage "Something old, something new, something borrowed something blue" could also be applied to the whole wedding rather than just the brides outfit. So arriving in a friends vintage car, or as one of my brides did recently on a sofa attached to the front of a low loader - there is lots of scope to get creative.
Happy planning !
August sometimes has the highest number, in other years it's July or September. Once your new baby or babies have arrived it is wonderful to welcome them into their new family and the friends that will form their network of support and love. Why not celebrate their arrival ? If you do not wish to have a religious ceremony then a Naming ceremony would be perfect.
A typical naming ceremony includes
Naming ceremonies can be held anywhere. Some parents choose to hold the ceremony in their own homes whilst others have a hall or other venue. Earlier this month I conducted a wonderful ceremony in a woodland clearing, so let your imagination guide you.
If you would like more information about the bespoke service I offer please make contact.
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The ‘Combined Ceremonies’ scheme being run by Staffordshire Registration Service in partnership with Civil Ceremonies Ltd are now well under way. The very first ceremony was held at Pendrell Hall on 23rd May this year and was conducted by Celebrant Christine O’Malley in partnership with Staffordshire registrars, who conducted the legal parts of the ceremony.
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"The main law which governs marriage is from 1836 and has failed to keep pace with modern Britain.
How and where marriages can take place is tightly regulated, and differs depending on the type of wedding. At present, couples have to make a choice between a religious or a civil ceremony, with no option for a ceremony reflecting other beliefs. Couples having an Anglican wedding can give notice to the church; all other couples must give notice at the register office. With few exceptions, all couples must have their wedding either in a place of worship or licenced secular venue, and cannot marry outdoors or even in the garden of a licenced venue.
If a couple does not comply with the legal requirements, which may happen with some religious ceremonies, their marriage may not be legally recognised. People often only discover their lack of legal status at the time of relationship breakdown. This means the parties have no legal status or protection and are not counted as married."
from Law Commission about weddings.
It is very pleasing to see this project finally getting underway. Something to watch with interest.
Two things every parent can give to their child are roots and wings.
Roots provide a strong foundation, they anchor the child in their families culture, customs, beliefs and moral outlook. They do not tie a child down but give them something to build from and nourish them.
Wings help them fly over an obstacles they encounter, fly free and gain the heights of the best they can be. Wings can also bring them home.
Choosing a Celebrant to help you create that special ceremony is an important step towards making your occasion a really memorable one. Why not take advantage of the free initial meeting I offer ? I believe it is important to meet informally to discuss your ideas and what I can offer. Meeting also gives us an opportunity to explore the type of ceremony that would best suit your needs.