Creating bespoke ceremonies
After a successful and rewarding career as a Primary Teacher I was keen to use to start a small business upon retirement. I decided to list the elements of my job, as a Head teacher, which had given me the most joy and fulfilment. Top of my list was working with pupils, families and the local community. I particularly enjoyed sharing successes and celebrating key milestones and achievements.
I was also keen to explore life outside education and undertake some personal learning. I was attracted to the role of an Independent Celebrant. So I set about researching this and my interest was captured. I discovered that that it was possible to take a formal qualification (NVQ3) which combined distance learning, a Residential Assessment week and final exam. Although there is no requirement to hold this qualification I felt that by doing so I would be able to offer a better quality of service to my future clients.
I studied with a leading training provider and was impressed with the quality of the training and depth of knowledge and experience with which they were able to support learning. The course also gave me the impetus for some wider reading and research deepen my knowledge of the importance of rituals and ceremonies in all our lives.
Old habits die hard and so once I gained my qualification I drew up my “vision” for my business. My starting point was - what I could offer to couples and families who were wishing to celebrate the key milestones in their lives such as marriage, the birth of a child, welcoming a new child into their family, making a lifelong commitment to someone else or celebrating a successful relationship? I wished to build a business based upon providing a quality, personalised service. My aim was to make each of the ceremonies I created and conducted individual, memorable and reflective of the people involved.
This year marks my fourth year trading. During this time I have been privileged to be part of numerous families' special events. I have conducted small intimate ceremonies in people’s homes and gardens, stood in fields, orchards and village halls, been surrounded by the opulence of country houses, and in tranquillity of woodland clearings. The magic never fades nor the feeling of being very fortunate to be part of these special ceremonies.
I offer a range of non-statutory ceremonies for occasions such as:
- Naming Ceremonies
- Renewal of Vows
- Commitment Ceremonies
- Civil Partnership Ceremonies
- Combined Ceremonies (Staffordshire)
- Welcoming Ceremonies for adopted children or blended families.
Details of these may be found on the following pages.
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