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Commitment Ceremonies

Renewal of vows, Joining of two partners or families

What a beautiful moment to say "I do" all over again or to say "We do" when two partners or families celebrate their coming together as one.
Understanding the journey you've been on and how you fell in love is fascinating and inspiring so why not share that with your family and friends? Second time around with two sets of children, overcoming challenges yet your love for each other thriving, and everyone fitting together like a jigsaw really calls for a wonderful celebration. And the wonderful thing about being a Celebrant is, there are no limits on the amazing ceremony we can create to capture your story.

 

Handfasting

The ancient Celtic tradition of 'Tying the Knot'

Unity rituals are a great way to enhance and give a truly intimate element to your Wedding Day, your Renewal of vows or as many do today, simply as a Handfasting ceremony itself, to represent the unification of two people.
Holding hands, ribbon, cord or some material that means something to you both is looped around the hands to signify your bonding. We can incorporate vows or a declaration at each loop which you can write or I can surely help with. It's a beautiful way to involve family and friends, especially the children, it's lovely for them to feel included in your ceremony.

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My service includes: 

Meeting to discuss the requirements of your ceremony

Writing of the ceremony

Writing or helping with the vows

Help sourcing readings, poems or music

Officiating the ceremony on the day

A printed copy of your ceremony

Ceremony certificate

This covers meetings, research, writing and crafting the ceremony and my time on your day.

Prices from £450

(Additional costs could be for travel and accommodation) all agreed beforehand.) 


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Mini Ceremonies 

A little ceremony or ritual within a ceremony could be a wonderful addition to enhance your celebration.

We can get our creative juices flowing to reflect your theme or personalise one of the more popular ones. Here's just a few for you to consider ........

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Rose ceremony

A single rose has always meant "I love you" so it's perfect to have such a beautiful flower to be the centre of a commitment ritual.
This can be as simple as just an exchange of roses and promises by the couple, or where the guests are contributing by adding roses along with wishes for a beautiful and long-lasting future together.

Ring warming ceremony

How better to start your married life than with the warming of your Wedding rings by those who love you dearly.
Tied carefully to a cushion or ribbons and passed along to each of your guests, everyone has an opportunity to hold the rings and either make a wish, give a blessing or say a little prayer that depicts their love and support for your marriage. By the time your rings make it on to your fingers, they will be saturated with the love of your friends and family.

Candle lighting ceremony

The lighting of candles can be an incredibly powerful ritual. The beauty of a candle-lighting ceremony is that, whatever your beliefs, the symbolism of the flame can have its own significance that is personal to you. From formal or religious settings to the more casual and homely, light represents different things to different people.

 

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So many different ones to add that special difference to your day, a beautiful extra element that creates deeper thoughts, hopes and wishes for you and your guests.

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Ribbon Cutting

An ancient custom of ribbons tied together which symbolizes a bond between two people and the cutting of the ribbon demonstrates a beautiful yet simple ritual that signifies a fresh start for the couple beginning a new life together.

Chinese Tea Ceremony

The tea ceremony, called 'Jing Cha' is a common wedding tradition in Chinese culture. It literally means 'to respectfully offer tea'. So in the ceremony, the happy couple pay their respects and show their gratitude towards their parents, new in-laws, and elders by serving them tea.

Quaich (Loving Cup)

A ‘Quaich’ (pronounced Quake but with the ‘ke’ replaced with a ‘ch’ like Loch) is a traditional Scottish, two handled cup, often known as the love cup as it symbolises love and partnership.
As you both hold on to the cup, you can reflect on how your love for each other makes you stronger as the Quaich is significant in the moment of joining two people in matrimony.
And delight in the guests being involved in the ceremony too as they fill the cup for you.
A fabulous and fun way to demonstrate the everlasting love between you forever.

 
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