"Something old, something new,
Something borrowed, something blue
And a silver sixpence in your shoe."
A rhyme that is familiar to us all.
Wearing something old on your wedding day reflects the bride's past.
Something new - signifies the new and happy future ahead
Something borrowed - Borrow something from a happily married person and then some of their good fortune and happiness will pass to you.
Blue is the colour which represents devotion, love and fidelity.
Putting a silver sixpence in your shoe is a Scottish tradition. The sixpence is given to the bride by her father or other member of her family in the hope that the couple will always have enough money.
Will you be following this tradition ?
If so why not share what you plan to carry on your wedding day.
With the weather seeming to fluctuate so much many couples are worried about whether their big day will be fine and dry.
But take heart - rain on your wedding day is good luck. We often use the phrase "tying the knot" when we refer to getting married. When a not becomes wet it also becomes extremely hard to undo. So rain on your wedding day if a good start to a long and happy life together.
A marriage during a snow storm is also considered a lucky one. An old saying tells us that couples who wed in the snow whilst never being wealthy will lead a happy life together. Hopefully we won't see snow in August but who knows !!
Whatever the weather on your day I hope that you have memories to cherish and can look forward to a wonderful future.
There are many ways to make a ceremony unique through the use of music poetry and symbolic actions.
In a Celebrant led ceremony there are no restrictions on content.
Why not include something that reflects your interests as a couple ? If you like cooking together then why not think about sharing a range of food during the ceremony or you could mix a cocktail.
If you are interested in adding something with a spiritual meaning then you could take inspiration from Native American traditions and think about the elements of fire, wind, earth and sun.
Maybe you could take inspiration from famous books. In the story of Peter Pan, Peter and Wendy meet for the first time when Peter is attempting to reattach himself to his shadow. Since his attempt to stick it back with soap fails, Wendy offers to sew the shadow onto Peter with a needle and thread. Once it is attached she offers to give Peter a kiss and he holds out his hand. Not wishing to offend him Wendy places her thimble in his hand.
So the thimble becomes a symbol both love and the capacity for compassion.
For further ideas and inspiration why not get in touch as I am always happy to chat or check out the notes section on my facebook page.
Often the first step in planning your wedding is to consider the venue. Popular venues can be booked months if not years in advance and costs seem to go up and up.
However, there are alternatives which can prove to be both cost effective and still provide the ideal setting for a perfect day.
Many farms and large country houses are diversifying - offering ideal venues and often overnight camping facilities too.
Alternatively you could hold the ceremony in your own home or a local venue without a wedding licence. These can prove to be very cost effective and make the day so much more personal.
So if you are considering getting married this year why not take a look at what's on offer locally ?
You can then undertake your legal declarations at your local Registry office at any time before your big day and have a Celebrant led ceremony on your chosen day.
I love chatting about wedding plans so please feel feel to get in touch.
Many couples think that Renewal of vows ceremonies are just for significant anniversaries. Whilst this is true these type of ceremonies need not be restricted by how long you have been married.
For couples who have reached a significant milestone a ceremony may be seen as an opportunity to have the wedding they always dreamed of but perhaps couldn’t afford the first time around.
For newly weds who married abroad a Renewal of Vows ceremony is a wonderful way to celebrate your big day all over again and relive the occasion with those members of your family and friends who were not present.
Every couple will answer this question differently. For me the moment that makes each ceremony I conduct special is when a couple exchange their promises. This moment seems to exist in a bubble and no matter how many guests are present they look at each other and everyone else is forgotten.
It is a moment in which you glimpse the strength of love and the bonds which will bind their hearts.
I never get tired of seeing this - the look of true love.
A name is so important because it is usually the first piece of personal information we share with others. As we grow and develop our own unique personalities our name grows with us.
So when thinking of a name for your child how do you start ?
Do you look at how the name will sound when next to your surname ?
Do you think of other people who you know with this name ?
Do you look at the meaning of the name ?
Do you consider how the name might be shortened ?
Each has it's merits and each has it's drawbacks. As a teacher of many years I found that when thinking of a name for my boys I was often drawn to making a comparison with children I had taught.
When pregnant with our first child my mother-in-law began to despair at our tardiness in selecting a name. She bought a book of baby names to assist, however being rather mischievous we selected a name which we knew would not find favour and referred to our baby throughout the pregnancy by this. Imagine her relief, when having met our son, we decided to name him Steven !
Countrywide the most popular names used to register births are Oliver and Olivia but there were over 63,000 different names registered.
Recently, whilst researching popular children's names for a ceremony when I stumbled across the National statistics site. Here it is possible to look at the trends in babies names over the decades.
The most up to date published figures are for 2017 and are based on over 679,000 live births.
I started by searching for my own name and found that only 30 girls had been named Christine in 2017.
Top boys names are
Top girls names are
Looking further it seems there are also regional differences for instance the most popular boys name in North West London is David. The name Hari features strongly in Wales but doesn't make the overall top 100.
There were 63,000 unique names registered in 2017.
All of which I find quite fascinating.
I remember my youngest son was known as "Baby O'Malley" for over a week for despite having a shortlist none of the names seemed to fit once he had arrived. However, he has been very happy with the name we eventually settled on and it has served him well.
So did you have any dilemmas when choosing your child's name ?
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.