Ceremonies  

Picture Your Perfect Ceremony, And Let's Make It Happen... 
Creating Your Perfect Ceremony 
I always start by meeting with you both, to listen to your story and to start to build a picture of your perfect ceremony.  
 
This involves getting to know you both really well, and capturing all of your ideas and the things that you've decided upon so I can work those into your ceremony plan.  
 
Some couples know exactly what they want right from the start, others might be looking for ideas and inspiration to make their ceremony something really unique and personal. This is where I come in. 
I can bring as much - or as little - creativity and imagination to your ceremony plans as you wish. There are no rules! 
 
As well as having your ceremony anywhere you like, and however you want it, you can incorporate anything that speaks to your heart – music, readings or poems, all of which go into making it very special and completely unique to you. 
 
You might also like to include others in your ceremony – children, family, friends, and even family pets have been known to play a part! 
 
Symbolic acts can also be a great way to add special meaning to your ceremony. I'll usually go through what these are, including hand fasting, sand blending, oath stones amongst others, and describe the meaning behind them so you can decide if you’d like to include any of these as part of your ceremony. 
 
Once you're completely happy with what we've agreed, I'll then write a wedding ceremony script which reflects everything we've discussed. At that point, sit back, relax and start to get excited about having a truly memorable and unique wedding ceremony. 
 
At every stage, you have total creative control. 
How Does It All Work On The Day? 
Once you've approved the final script, I print all the readings and vows so that everything is beautifully presented on your wedding day. 
 
On the day, I always arrive early and check everything is in place as agreed, calm any nerves and ensure everything that's needed is ready to hand (including tissues, of course)! 
 
If it’s an outside ceremony, don't worry about being heard - I come fully equipped with a microphone and a portable professional PA system so that your guests can all hear. This is included with any ceremonies booked with me.  
 
You're also welcome to the free use of my PA system for your ceremony music.  
 
When it’s convenient, we arrange for a walk through beforehand with the key people involved in your ceremony, so that it all runs perfectly smoothly on the day and you know exactly what to expect.  
 
Once I've delivered your ceremony, I leave you with a keepsake folder containing a special commemorative copy of your script. 
Inspiration For Your Perfect Ceremony....  
There are many symbolic acts and rituals that you might choose to include. Here are just a few to inspire you. 
Handfasting 
Handfasting is an ancient marriage ritual that is becoming increasingly popular with modern couples. This involves the couple's hands being placed together and bound with ribbon or cord. This symbolises their joining through marriage, and the ritual is often performed at celebrant led ceremonies. 
Handfasting is so old that its origin can't be certain. It's been tradition for many thousands of years. It is said, it may be where the phrase ‘tying the knot’ and ‘bound for life’ originate. 
 
Unity Candle 
Lighting a unity candle during your ceremony is a special way to symbolize the unity of your marriage. 
As when the main flame is lit, it cannot be divided. 
 
Sand Blending 
A Sand Blending ritual can be a perfect option to symbolise the coming together of two people, or two families joining as one. 
As the grains of sand are poured into the unity vase by the couple, their children, parents of the child, siblings or family members, it symbolizes that just as these grains of sand can now never be separated and poured again in the same way nor can the love and commitment of the couple or family. 
 
Oath Stones 
In ancient times, couples could not always afford wedding rings. 
So to confirm their vows, instead of rings being given and received, the bride and groom cast a stone into a nearby river or ocean. This symbolised their remaining together forever while tides of time ebbed and flowed over their lives. 
 
 
There are many more, not forgetting the timeless tradition of exchanging wedding rings, and I usually discuss all of them at our initial meeting to see which, if any, would be right for you. 
 
Of course, if you have any ideas or would like to incorporate anything else that you've heard about. I'm usually very happy to acommodate. After all, this is your ceremony done your way!  
Creating Your Perfect Ceremony 
I always start by meeting with you both, to listen to your story and to start to build a picture of your perfect ceremony.  
 
This involves getting to know you both really well, and capturing all of your ideas and the things that you've decided upon so I can work those into your ceremony plan.  
 
Some couples know exactly what they want right from the start, others might be looking for ideas and inspiration to make their ceremony something really unique and personal. This is where I come in. 
I can bring as much - or as little - creativity and imagination to your ceremony plans as you wish. There are no rules! 
 
As well as having your ceremony anywhere you like, and however you want it, you can incorporate anything that speaks to your heart – music, readings or poems, all of which go into making it very special and completely unique to you. 
 
You might also like to include others in your ceremony – children, family, friends, and even family pets have been known to play a part! 
 
Symbolic acts can also be a great way to add special meaning to your ceremony. I'll usually go through what these are, including hand fasting, sand blending, oath stones amongst others, and describe the meaning behind them so you can decide if you’d like to include any of these as part of your ceremony. 
 
Once you're completely happy with what we've agreed, I'll then write a wedding ceremony script which reflects everything we've discussed. At that point, sit back, relax and start to get excited about having a truly memorable and unique wedding ceremony. 
 
At every stage, you have total creative control. 
How Does It All Work On The Day? 
Once you've approved the final script, I print all the readings and vows so that everything is beautifully presented on your wedding day. 
 
On the day, I always arrive early and check everything is in place as agreed, calm any nerves and ensure everything that's needed is ready to hand (including tissues, of course)! 
 
If it’s an outside ceremony, don't worry about being heard - I come fully equipped with a microphone and a portable professional PA system so that your guests can all hear. This is included with any ceremonies booked with me.  
 
You're also welcome to the free use of my PA system for your ceremony music.  
 
When it’s convenient, we arrange for a walk through beforehand with the key people involved in your ceremony, so that it all runs perfectly smoothly on the day and you know exactly what to expect.  
 
Once I've delivered your ceremony, I leave you with a keepsake folder containing a special commemorative copy of your script. 
Inspiration For Your Perfect Ceremony....  
There are many symbolic acts and rituals that you might choose to include. Here are just a few to inspire you. 
 
Handfasting 
Handfasting is an ancient marriage ritual that is becoming increasingly popular with modern couples. This involves the couples hands being placed together and bound with ribbon or cord. This symbolises their joining through marriage, and the ritual is often performed at celebrant led ceremonies. 
Handfasting is so old that its origin can't be certain. It's been tradition for many thousands of years. It is said, it may be where the phrase ‘tying the knot’ and ‘bound for life’ originate. 
 
Unity Candle 
Lighting a unity candle during your ceremony is a special way to symbolize the unity of your marriage. 
As when the main flame is lit, it cannot be divided. 
 
Sand Blending 
A Sand Blending ritual can be a perfect option to symbolise the coming together of two people, or two families joining as one. 
As the grains of sand are poured into the unity vase by the couple, their children, parents of the child, siblings or family members, it symbolizes that just as these grains of sand can now never be separated and poured again in the same way nor can the love and commitment of the couple or family. 
 
Oath Stones 
In ancient times, couples could not always afford wedding rings. 
So to confirm their vows, instead of rings being given and received, the bride and groom cast a stone into a nearby river or ocean. This symbolised their remaining together forever while tides of time ebbed and flowed over their lives. 
 
 
There are many more, not forgetting the timeless tradition of exchanging weddin rings, and I usually discuss all of them at our initial meeting to see which, if any, would be right for you. 
 
Of course, if you have any ideas or would like to incorporate anything else that you've heard about. I'm usually very happy to acommodate. After all, this is your ceremony done your way!  
Questions? I'd love to hear from you! 
 
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