Many parents wish to welcome their new baby and announce their name. It is an opportunity to invite friends and family to gather and witness the promises that are being made and for others to pledge support to the child to.
Lockdown has meant that this has not been possible for many children but now is the time to gather friends and family and welcome the newest member of the wider family.
A Naming ceremony offers an alternative to a Baptism, where the child is welcomed into the church, as it the ceremony is designed to welcome the child into the family.
1. Telling your unique story
Every couple has their own story and what better time to tell this story than during your wedding day during their wedding ceremony.
2. Making personal promises
Promises are a very personal thing. They tell of your hopes, aspirations and of your commitment to your future together.
3. Creating a lasting memento of the day.
During your ceremony you can create a lasting memento of your day. You might include an exchange of love letters, give the gift of a rose and promise to do this on each anniversary, mix sand, or undertake a handfasting the options are yours to choose.
1. Why have a Celebrant led ceremony ?
Quite simply you have more choice, less restraints on time and content and you get a bespoke ceremony tailored to reflect you as a couple.
2. If I want some religious content would that be okay ?
Yes, unlike Humanist ceremonies Independent Celebrant ceremonies can include religious content if requested.
3. Will I be legally married if I have a Celebrant led ceremony ?
No, all Celebrant led Wedding ceremonies are non-statutory but you can complete your legal declarations using the two + two service at the Registry Office before hand. If you choose not to legally marry or form a Civil partnership then you could have a Commitment ceremony.
4. Where can I have my wedding ceremony ?
You can have your wedding ceremony anywhere you wish.
5. I have read about handfasting and jumping the broom can these be include in a Celebrant led ceremony ?
Handfasting, jumping the broom and many other symbolic actions can be included in a Wedding ceremony. Perhaps you would like to light candles, mix sand, share a cup of wine, give gifts, or exchange love letters - all things are possible.
Choosing a Celebrant led ceremony gives you more choice about the content of your ceremony. It also means there are fewer restraints on time and place.
So if you wish to celebrate your event at home, in a local venue or outdoors a Celebrant led ceremony would be ideal.
An Independent Celebrant creates and conducts non-statutory ceremonies. Each ceremony is unique and written to meet your requirements.
An Independent Celebrant differs in their approach from a Humanist as they will include some religious content with in the ceremony. For instance one of the readings may be from a religious text or a prayer, hymn or blessing may be included.
Example of a Naming ceremony
Opening words by Celebrant
Supporting adults' promises
This simple ceremony can be added to by including other adults who may wish to make promises such as Grandparents, additional readings, symbolic actions such as lighting a candle or giving gifts, and musical items.
Each ceremony I conduct has a unique script which has been written to reflect your hopes and wishes for your child's future.
Please make contact if you would like to discuss your ideas further.
Sequel Wedding celebrations are not new and in many different cultures it has long been the tradition to have multiple wedding ceremonies.
Couples choosing to have a Sequel wedding can spread their celebration over several days or months.
You may choose a small legal service with close family and friends either here or abroad and then follow that with a more lavish wedding celebration to which you can invite a larger group of guests.
As you will be legally married when you hold the second gathering this would lend itself to having a Celebrant led ceremony, which has none of the restrictions of the legal process.
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.