Outdoor ceremonies are fantastic but remember to always have a back up plan should the weather not be great.
Make sure you define the space for your ceremony. You can do this in a number of ways including creating a walkway marked with flags, lanterns, or flowers to lead your guests to the ceremony area.
Ensure that the space your ceremony will take place in is clearly visible to everyone and that seating is available.
Check for any obvious hazards such as pools or tree roots and ensure everyone is aware of them.
A couple’s ceremony is the general term which includes Weddings, Renewal of Vows and Commitment ceremonies. Creating a romantic atmosphere will enhance your ceremony but how can this be achieved ?
Set the mood
As guests enter the space your will be using for your ceremony think about what they will see, hear and smell. Flowers and balloons can add to the visual impact, whilst a carefully chosen sound track can add to the mood.
If you are going to use the same room all day then consider how you can change the mood as the day progresses by changing the level of lighting.
Have a theme
A theme will help you ensure that each element of your day fits together seamlessly. Be careful not to put too much into the day. Remember less is more.
Happiness can look different to each of us.
I find that I am happiest when I feel positive about myself. It may be because I have achieved something I have long striven for or simply because I feel content in my own space.
Perhaps the key is to take time to recognise and appreciate what is working well in all the different areas in our lives – health, relationships, work.
I like to take time to think back to times when I felt truly happy and these thoughts instantly lift my mood and give me the resilience to move forward. I may not always achieve all I set out to do but I know I will achieve something and I can build on this.
One of the moments in time which always makes me feel a fizz of happiness when I am conducting a Wedding ceremony is the moment a couple turn to each other and exchange their promises.
In the same way I find my heart melting when during a Naming ceremony a parent looks at their child and expresses their hopes for the future. It is at times like these I know why I became a Celebrant.
As these type of ceremonies are non-statutory you can structure a ceremony to match your ideas.
This is a simple order of service which might be useful as a starting point if you are considering holding a Naming or Welcoming ceremony.
Opening words by Celebrant
The family story
Explanation of the name's meaning and family connections
Supporting adults' promises
Lighting a candle or similar action
Signing of a commemorative certificate
This simple ceremony can be added to by including other adults who may wish to make promises such as Grandparents, additional readings, musical items and the giving gifts.
Each ceremony I conduct has a unique script which has been written to reflect your hopes and wishes for your child's future.
I love this type of ceremony and would love to discuss what is possible so please do not hesitate to contact me.
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.