The real beauty of having a Celebrant led ceremony is that you can personalise it so that it reflects your story, your hopes and your love.
You can add something special to your ceremony for instance the mixing of coloured sands may be used to reflect the melding of those participating.
Other examples include
If you are looking for a bespoke ceremony for any occassion please feel free to contact me.
I was delighted to receive these photographs this morning, from Thomas Demol (photographer). On such a dull day it is wonderful to be transported back to Marie and Edan's special day in July.
Many couples are choosing to have a series of events to celebrate their marriage.
For couples who have married abroad in a small intimate ceremony with a few close friends and family in attendance the opportunity to have a larger event upon their return has a great deal of appeal.
Importantly, as you are legally married you can hold your ceremony anywhere, at any time and there are no restrictions on content.
It may be, that due to the circumstances prevailing in the last eighteen months, that there wasn't the opportunity to have a "big day" with everyone you wanted to be present.
Perhaps you made personal promises to each other and would like to reaffirm these in front of a wider group of your friends and family.
Alternatively, you might wish to consider a Renewal of Vows ceremony on your first anniversary.
The simple answer to this question is anything !
Whatever type of ceremony you are planning you can include anything you wish
Your ceremony - your way.
* Looking for inspiration about Symbolic actions then why not visit my facebook page and look in the notes section for more ideas.
I often work with Staffordshire Registration service in delivering Combined ceremonies (see website page for more details) and I was very concerned to be told that on one occasion the Registrar and Celebrant from the service, had arrived at a venue just as an Independent Celebrant concluded their ceremony.
The couple and their guests believed they had just taken part in the "official" ceremony and that the Registrar was just there to "complete the legal paperwork".
I was disappointed that a Celebrant would "hoodwink" their clients in this way. The bottom line is that all ceremonies undertaken by a Celebrant are non-statutory.
Unfortunately, as a profession Independent Celebrants are still awaiting introduction of legislation which will ensure that all Celebrants reach an agreed level of competence and hold a recognised qualification.
My advice to anyone looking for an Independent Celebrant is to ask about their training and qualifications.
Just as each couple is different so are Celebrants and it pays to interview a couple of people to see who you think understand you as a couple and will therefore tailor your ceremony to reflect this.
When considering your Wedding ceremony couples can now choose from a number of options.
You can have a traditional wedding in a place of worship or a non-religious ceremony led by a registrar in a licenced venue.
However, if you wish to have a ceremony that truly reflects you as a couple you may be looking for something a little different. The answer may be to complete the legal requirements in a "two plus two" service offered by the registry office and then plan your big day which includes a Celebrant led ceremony.
This option means that you are then free to have a bespoke ceremony which reflects you as a couple, your interests, your beliefs and your love.
Contact me for further information.
Micro ceremonies are ones with less than twenty guests. They offer a more intimated experience as everyone can have a part within the ceremony and be fully involved. They are suitable for all types of ceremony but are particularly suited to Weddings, Commitments and Namings.
A Celebrant led ceremony can be held anywhere and at any time. They can be outdoor or in, at a venue or within your own home.
If this type of ceremony appeals to you why not contact me to discuss your plans ?
I look forward to speaking to you.
The choice of whether to marry or live together is a personal one but there are some implications in law.
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 Ceremony 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.
All Celebrant led ceremonies are non-statutory and for a marriage to be legal you must undertake the legal and contractual part at a registry office.
If this is not something you wish to do then I offer Commitment ceremonies.
Please contact me if you wish to discuss either of thiese options.
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.