I believe your ceremony is the most important part of your wedding day. I like to design unique ceremonies that truly reflect your style, story and personalities. Whether you are after something short and simple or something a little longer and more complex, I will create a ceremony that is memorable, meaningful and different for every couple, but always with a relaxed, laid back and fun vibe. A ceremony that will touch your heart and the hearts of your guests.
We can spend time getting to know each other. You can tell me about how you both met, your first date and about your life together leading up to the proposal. You can tell me about your interests and any eccentricities either of you may have.
We can discuss poems and readings you wish to be included, which family members of friends would be suited to reading them, and we can think about music choices. The music you walk down to the aisle to is a very important part of the ceremony. We could choose a love song to sign the parchment paper to and finally the song to walk out to.
We can or you can write your vows and think of any other family members, friends or pets we can include in the ceremony.
Some elements we can introduce are a Love Letter Wine Box Ceremony, Unity Candle Ceremony or Unity Water Ceremony and there are many more. I will make sure everything is thoroughly practised and seamlessly performed.
The script is only half the story. On the day I will make sure I deliver an engaging, personable and professional ceremony that brings everything to life and puts everyone at ease. My approach is to keep everything easy, enjoyable and stress free. You are in safe hands.
Love letter Wine Box Ceremony
This serves as a long-lasting reminder of the commitments made to one another. Heartfelt letters, encapsulating your thoughts and feelings and locked away in a wine box to be revealed several years into your marriage.
Unity Candle Ceremony
Just before the wedding vows, the parents or family members of the couple come forward and light a candle for each other. The bride and groom then use their own flames to light the middle candle. The Unity candle symbolises the joining of their families, the merging of two individuals, the creation of a new family and their commitment to each other and to a lasting and loving family.
Unity Water Ceremony
A ceremony that uses water to symbolise a couple’s unity. Variations of the ceremony include substituting wine or even beer which is a great idea for a winery or brewery wedding.
I announce the unity water ceremony and offer a brief explanation of it. The bride and groom each take a vessel filled with water and pour their contents into a third, more decorative vase. The two pitchers of water become one, symbolising the two joining together.
Friends and relatives can participate in the unity water ceremony. Anyone who is special can get involved.
Ring Warming Ceremony
Having a ring warming is such a special way to involve everyone attending your ceremony. The rings pass through the hands of the guests, who not only warm the rings but imbue them with hopes and wishes for the future of the couple. By the time the rings make it onto the fingers of the bride and groom they will be saturated with the love of their friends and family.
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Handfasting was a legal form of marriage in Scotland until 1939. It is an ancient Celtic ritual from which we get the expression ‘to tie the knot’ and is hugely symbolic. It also brings other people into the ceremony as they can tie the ribbons round the couple’s hands as they say their vows.
Words for a Handfasting Ritual
“Name and Name, as your hands are bound together now,
so your lives and spirits are joined in a union of love and trust.
Above you are the starts and below you is the earth.
Like the stars, your love should be a constant source of light,
And like the earth, a firm foundation from which to grow.”
Sand Ceremony is a type of unity ceremony that expresses the coming together of two individual people or two families into one new family. The sand ceremony is a powerful idea that depicts love, unity, and oneness. Each person (groom, bride or family members) has different coloured sand and each take turn in pouring it into one clear vessel, forming a layered effect. The couple’s children, grand parents or parents can participate. Each can have their own favourite sand to pour into the clear jar in the centre expressing the harmony and unity of the entire family. Sand is also a better choice for an outdoor wedding, since wind is less of a concern than it is with a candle.
Wedding and renewal of vows ceremonies are £500, although prices may vary depending on the couple’s requirements and any additional travel costs if the ceremony is outside London and the home counties. A booking fee or £250 is required upon booking.
Script writing services are £150 plus £50 to rehearse with the person leading the ceremony which should be paid upfront. This will include a meeting with the couple.