“If I get married, I want to be very married” - Audrey Hepburn
By working with me as your celebrant, I can help you to achieve the perfect ceremony and one which will be memorable for all the right reasons – simply because it was about you as a couple and is not just a standard script which had your names inserted at key points.
I will get to know both you and your person in great detail when planning your wedding. I will ask you all about the ins and outs of your relationship and why you’re choosing to commit to something so amazing.
Thank you so much Lisa for the ceremony for our vow renewal – it was everything we wanted and more!
The sand ceremony was perfect and such a wonderful gift to cherish. You made us cry and laugh and we are so happy with how the day went.
I will cherish my copy of the ceremony for years to come
Julie and Paul – Aug 2021
Through building up a creative connection, I will write and officiate a ceremony that reflects both you and your love in equal measure – in a way that feels most personal to you.
It totally doesn’t matter how you do it, the important thing is that your guests will recognise both you and your love on the day that it matters most.
Outdoor weddings are increasingly popular, and as long as you have a plan should the weather turn, then why not say your vows outside? Your venue does not need to be licensed with a celebrant-led ceremony and so think outside of the box, and pick a setting that inspires you.
Your ceremony is the foundation upon which the rest of your day is built, so let's make it the day that everyone talks about, and ensure it is all about you.
All-inclusive personalised ceremony package starts from £750 and includes:
- Initial interview (1-2 hours)
- Four special ceremony elements of choice including any custom element (Please see below for suggestions)
- Draft ceremony (6-8 hours)
- Venue liaison/visit (1-2 hours)
- The draft Anatomy of a Ceremony (1-2 hours)
- Second interview to agree and modify the first draft (1-2 hours)
- Completion of the finalised draft (2-3 hours)
- Final interview and practice, if required (2-3 hours)
- Creation of a presentation copy of the ceremony and an Order of Ceremony (1-2 hours)
- Officiate ceremony and be available for photographs if required (2-3 hours)
- Contact via email, phone, text and video calls where required is unlimited
Until 1745, handfasting was a legal act of marriage in England, but in today's society, it is no longer legally binding. Instead it is a symbolic act that is often the focus of the marriage ceremony and takes place after or while vows are being exchanged. Handfasting is a Celtic ritual that symbolizes unity. Tradition involves a couple's hands being tied together with cords or ribbons as they face each other (you can also stand side by side and tie your right hand and your partner's left hand together or vice versa).
Unity Sand or Candle
A wedding sand or candle ceremony is a type of unity ceremony. For a Unity Sand ceremony each person has different coloured sand and takes turns pouring it into one clear vessel, forming a layered effect. This can then be taken as a keepsake of the union.
During the unity candle ceremony, the couple will move toward the unity candles and stand on either side of the candle holders. Together the couple will pick up their individual candles, and in unison, they will light the centre unity candle. Then they will blow out their own candles, symbolizing the end of their separate lives.
Wine is universal and is known to have many different symbols, the wine ceremony is no different. It can represent the richness of life, the sweet and bitter elements life throws at you or the idea that like wine, life changes through time.
The common practice is to have one white wine and one red. It’s supposed to show the mixing of two different lives into one new life. However, if you both love red then you can definitely have two reds or two whites for that matter. You don’t even have to use wine! We know not everyone loves wine. Some couples have decided to use different kinds of spirit, like tequila or whisky.
Jumping the Broom
The "Jumping the Broom" is a ceremony in which the bride and groom, signify their entrance into a new life and their creation of a new family by symbolically "sweeping away" their former single lives, former problems and concerns, and jumping over the broom to enter upon a new adventure as a married couple.
A ring warming ceremony gives wedding guests an opportunity to hold your wedding bands and wish you good luck for your marriage. Each guest will, briefly, hold your rings either before or during your ceremony and take a moment to bestow their blessings upon them.
It is a meaningful way to involve all your guests in the ceremony and makes your wedding bands so much more significant knowing that you are wearing everyone’s blessings on your finger!
The Rose Ceremony is simple yet profoundly moving.
The bride and groom exchange two red roses, symbolizing the giving and receiving of their love for each other throughout their entire married life. The Rose Ceremony also conveys how to use the rose and its symbolism in difficult times in order to forgive each other.
Please note: A celebrant ceremony is not a legally binding ceremony. For your marriage to be recognised by law you must also complete the legal formalities at a registry office before or after the ceremony. I will be happy to give you full guidance on this process.