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.
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.