The four most common types of Celebrant led ceremonies are Weddings, Namings, Commitment and Renewal of vows.
A wedding ceremony is conducted after a couple legally marry. Registering your marriage should be done at a Registry Office in the presence of two witnesses.
There are a number of reasons why you might choose to marry and then have a wedding ceremony including the freedom to celebrate where, when and how you wish.
Every ceremony I conduct is tailor-made to each couples requirements. The wedding ceremony can be held in a location of your choice, at a time to suit you and there are no limits to the number of people who can be present.
Your choice of music, poetry and readings can be woven into the ceremony.
Symbolic actions such as exchanging rings, lighting candles, a sand ceremony, releasing doves, exchanging love letters or creating unique items to cherish are just a few of the things that can be included.
If you choose an Independent Celebrant then you can also include some religious elements, if you choose.
Naming Ceremonies and Welcoming ceremonies
A naming ceremony is suitable for children of all ages. It is an ideal way of bringing family and friends together to formally welcome the newest member or members to the family. It is also an appropriate way to welcome an adopted child or children from a previous partnership.
During a Naming ceremony parents make promises to their child or children and share their hopes and dreams for their futures. Other adults too can pledge their support some as Supporting Adults who will play a significant part in the child or children’s lives or Grandparents.
A naming ceremony is a wonderful family occasion and can include elements such as tree planting, lighting a candle, a circle of support or gifts.
A Welcoming ceremony is very similar to a Naming ceremony and such ceremonies are often used to welcome a child or children who have been adopted or children within a blended family. The aim of the ceremony is to acknowledge the new relationships and the network of support around the child/children.
A Commitment ceremony is very similar to a Wedding ceremony in its structure and can be offered where a couple wish to acknowledge their love and commitment to each other without undertaking any legal contract.
Renewal of vows
Where a legal marriage has taken place a couple might choose to have a Renewal of vows ceremony to celebrate a significant wedding anniversary.
A Renewal of vows can also be incorporated into a family occasion to celebrate a Marriage which may have taken place abroad, or during a time when the number of guests was restricted.
Many couples choose to live together rather than marry; by doing this they may forfeit their legal status as a couple. So if you do not wish to marry then a Civil Partnership may be the answer.
Couples who enter into a Civil Partnership are regarded in the same way as a married couple. The position of civil partners in relation to financial arrangements mirrors that of spouses.
The laws governing wills, administration of estates and family provisions applies to civil partners in the same way as to spouses.
Although we rarely like to consider what will happen when a life partner dies it is worth discussing the financial position. When a person dies without a valid will their property must be shared out according to certain rules. These rules are called intestacy.
Only married couples or civil partners and some other close relatives can inherit under the rules of intestacy.
Cohabiting partners who are neither married nor in a civil partnership cannot inherit under these rules.
I believe it is possible to have the Wedding of your dreams and not have to compromise.
A Celebrant led ceremony gives you the opportunity to have your ceremony when and where you wish. It also gives you the opportunity to express your personalities by choosing any genre of music, writing your own promises and vows and involving others.
Each of us have a different view about the perfect wedding, for some it might be an extravagant fairy tale event whilst others would prefer to make their vows in shaded woodland. You may have two guests or two hundred; however the most important thing is that it is a day where life long memories are created and a day where your love shines brightly.
Choosing to have a Celebrant led ceremony enables you to create a ceremony which reflects you as a couple.
I am always happy to talk about how I can make your dreams a reality, so why not give me a call or drop me a line ?
A rose is associated with love and romance. Giving and receiving a rose as part of a ceremony is a wonderful way of expressing your feelings.
As a reminder of the day on each anniversary a rose can be given.
Some couples like to take a rose from a rose bush as part of the ceremony. The rose can later be planted into a garden and be a permanent reminder of the day.
It has become increasingly popular to attach locks to bridges, monuments, fences etc to show your lasting affection to someone.
Within a Celebrant led ceremony you can use this idea to make a lovely memento of your day. It is possible to purchase padlocks which have been inscribed with your name and the date of your ceremony. These can then be attached to a heart shaped stand or simply locked together.
Letters can be used within a Naming or Welcoming ceremony too. Parents can write a letter for the future expressing their love and hopes.
A variation of this is to ask guests to also contribute their best wishes in a book or written on a card. In years to come these can be shared with your child as they grow.
Within a Couples ceremony you could choose to exchange love letters which explain what you feel about each other and your hopes for the future.
The letters are written and sealed before the ceremony. They are then exchanged during the ceremony. (Often when making your promises to each other.)
The letters can be kept safely until an agreed future date and time.
Sometimes, the stresses of everyday life mean that, although we don't realise it, the romance in any relationship gets pushed into the background. Should this happen then the letters can be either opened or reread. Looking at them again might help to recapture some of the excitement and special feelings that you together in the early stages of the relationship. What better way to reaffirm or rekindle some of those feelings?
A sand ceremony creates a lasting and meaningful keepsake of the promises that are being made in a ceremony. A sand ceremony is suitable for all types of ceremonies.
During a sand ceremony different coloured sands are poured into a single container. Each participant has different coloured sand. They take it in turns to pour their sand into the container - creating layers of different colours. Once poured it is almost impossible to separate.
The wording for a sand ceremony reflects the different contributions each person brings to the whole.
As an alternative to sand coloured beads or marbles can be used.
Lighting a candle is an action which is found in many different cultures and traditions.
A candle gives us light to guide us along life's path. There are many ways to include lighting candle - often referred to as a Unity candle. For instance in a Couples ceremony one large candle might be lit from two separate candles acknowledging that two individuals are now uniting in a new relationship.
Lighting a candle within a Naming or Welcoming ceremony symbolises the light which has been bought into the lives of those present, by the child, and is a look to the child's future as the light illuminates their path through life.
There are many variations for the wording used for this simple act. The meaning behind the action may be different for each individual.
A symbolic action can enhance any ceremony. They can make everyone feel included and add an extra personal element.
Before deciding on the best symbolic action for your ceremony think about what it is you wish to convey through the action. For example in a wedding ceremony do you wish to acknowledge that you know that the path will not always be smooth but that together you will be strong enough to face anything.
Below I have listed some of the more popular symbolic actions often used in Celebrant led ceremonies. If you would like more information about any of these please make contact .
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.