The proposal was made and accepted. Now the fun begins with the planning of your special day. The days, weeks, months leading up to the actual ceremony should be fun! These are the moments that you will look back on, in years to come, and cherish.
You deserve the best and most wonderful day of your life . A day full of love, laughter and precious memories that you can share with those that mean the most to you. So when planning your day think about what is most important to you both. I'm sure for each couple it means different things. For some it's all about the party, but for others it's about declaring your love for one another and sharing these intimate moments with family and friends. Whatever you want for your wedding day it is all about you and your dreams for your future together.
Remember it's your special day so have the day that you want
Many couples choose to follow a traditional wedding script but where the vows are more personal to them.
Some couples also include a form of symbolism to add to the celebration of the coming together of two people. This can be a lovely and memorable part of the ceremony and can be performed either as a couple or also involve children, family or friends.
Here are some popular examples:
This is an old Pagan custom that dates back to the time of the ancient Celts. It symbolises the binding together of two people and the origin of the phrase, 'Tying the knot'
For this reason it is fitting that the first gift a couple should exchange, once married, is a single rose.
The delightful blending of the 'Sand Ceremony' is popular and contemporary.
The sand is used to symbolise the merging of two lives and, or their combined 'families' with children
Renewal of Vows
We still do - And always will
Whether you have been married for 5, 10, 25 or 50 years, this ceremony is a wonderful way to celebrate your marriage and to reaffirm your commitment to each other. It can be as special as the first time that you said 'I do' and it's a precious time to be able to share with loved ones old and new. Life is a journey and you may have experienced many things during your marriage that you would like to share or celebrate with family and friends. I have lots of ideas of how you can celebrate together using either classic style vows or by creating new and unique vows that are personal to you both.
What is a Naming Ceremony?
It's the celebration of the birth of a child as well as an opportunity to welcome them formally into the family and to also give them their name.
A Naming Ceremony is an alternative to a traditional christening. Every precious new baby brings their own special joy. Sometimes, as parents, we wait to see the baby before giving them a name. How often I have heard, 'We think she looks like an Olivia.' We choose their names for a variety of reasons: family tradition, uniqueness, or just because we like the sound of it.
Whatever your reasons, a naming ceremony is a very special way of celebrating the birth of your baby and it's an opportunity for Parents and Godparents to declare their love and their promise to support and care for the child.
Naming ceremonies do not have to be solely for babies. Many families wait until they have more than one child and then have a joint ceremony. Sometimes it's an ideal time for older children to be involved with their younger siblings or a way of celebrating the bringing together of two families. And of course, you can make the celebrations unique and personal to the child and you as a family by having the ceremony at any location, whether it's at home, in your back garden or in a field. You can have any readings, poems, songs, music that you want and I can help you to make the day a truly memorable one for you all.
As an Independent Celebrant I offer 'Celebration of Life ceremonies', to take place after the funeral or interment. Although funerals held at a Crematorium or Church do celebrate the life of your loved one, for those who are grieving it can be a very emotionally draining time. Once the service is over you may want to think about where to scatter their ashes or, in fact, decide that having a separate ceremony at a beautiful venue, or outside in a woodland garden would be a fitting tribute to your loved one's life. It can be full of fun and laughter, where family and friends gather to share stories and to raise a glass to honour the life of someone so special. It might have been the wish of the deceased for a party to be thrown to celebrate their life. You will always mourn the loss of your loved one but you will also have such happy memories of the send off you gave them. I have my own personal experience of this. When my parents passed away, five months apart, we had the traditional style crematorium funeral but then the following summer we had a get together at my sister's house in Cornwall, where my parents had lived for the last few years of their lives. We had a celebrant conduct a simple service in the garden, which included a poignant reading and then we placed their ashes, together, into a wishing well planter. We then had a big party and laughed and cried as we shared their life stories. I know that they would have been so pleased with their send off and the memories of that special day I will cherish always.
Thank you so much Trish for being an integral part of our Wedding Ceremony. It was such a special occasion, one that we will never forget and made all the more special by your beautiful reading. It was so personal and heart felt. There wasn't a dry eye in the church! We have had such compliments from friends and family. Thank you so much again. xx
Dear Trish "This day I married my best friend," is such a beautiful poem and we were so fortunate to have you read it for us during our wedding ceremony. It was so beautifully read and even though there were many people there, it felt so personal and just for us. We are so grateful to you for helping to make our day perfect. Thank you so much Trish! xx
The reading Trish gave at our wedding was beautiful and because of her the meaning of the words spoken truly shone through. Thank you for making our day all the more special by helping to create memorable memories. XX
We'd like to say thank you Trish for making our special day even more memorable with your reading at our wedding. Your warm and genuine personality shone through your words, making them thoughtful and sincere. We'd have no hesitation in recommending your services and will call on you for them if we ever have need. Thanks again.