As a Wedding Celebrant I can offer you the Wedding Ceremony that you want. With a Civil Registrars ceremony you are very restricted to what YOU can do. Not so with me! What is not so commonly known or understood in this country – is that ONLY the Declaratory Words and the Contracting Words have to be said in a Registry Office, in order for your marriage to be recognised in law and for a marriage certificate to be issued. This can be done before your big day! Out of interest theses words are:-
“I do solemnly declare that I know not of any lawful impediment why I (your name) may not be joined in matrimony to (partners name)”
“I call up these persons here present to witness that I (your name) do take thee (partners name) to be my lawful wedded wife (or husband)” (this wording will vary slightly for couples forming a Civil Partnership)
I can offer you a unique ceremony that suits you both. If you have children we can include them in the promises to each other for instance. I have listed below some of the special ceremonies/rituals that we can include to make your day so unique!
Signing & Witness Ceremony
A brief ceremony involving the couple and 2-4 witnesses, Each in turn sign a keepsake parchment which is then presented to the newlyweds.
Unity Sand Ceremony Option
The Unity Sand Ceremony is ideal for any wedding. This ceremony option symbolises the joining of the couple. Family Celebrants often suggest this ritual when there are young children involved and the couple is looking for a ritual to involve the children.
Wine Box / Love Letter
The couple will write love letters to each other before the wedding which they will seal in an envelope. They will choose their favourite bottle of wine or drink of choice and place these and any other memorabilia in the wine box. If clients choose this ceremony option during the wedding ceremony, they will seal the box and vow not to open the box until an anniversary of their choice. The only other time that the box can be unsealed is when they are having thoughts of separating at which time they will drink the wine and read the letters which will hopefully remind them why they fell in love and chose to be together in the first place.
Breaking of the Glass Ceremony
The Breaking of the Glass Ceremony is traditionally used at Jewish weddings; this ceremony option signifies the end of the ceremony and the time of celebration. As a health & safety concern, the glass (often two champagne flutes), is placed in a cloth bag prior to breaking it.
In the Wine ceremony the couple can either choose to pour one white glass and one red glass to create a blush, that they will both drink from, or there can be a pouring of one glass that they both will drink from.
Broom Jumping Ceremony
The Broom Jumping Ceremony is based upon tradition which symbolises the clearing away of negativity with a sweep of the broom and creating a threshold for the couple to cross over into their new life together.
In the Rose ceremony the couple can choose to present roses to the mothers / grandmothers as a way of showing appreciation for their support. The roses can also be presented as the first gifts that the couple will give to each other.
Dove Release Ceremony
In the Dove Release Ceremony, doves choose one partner for life and make this commitment until death. It is said that if doves are seen on your wedding day, a happy home is assured. It is the folklore belief that releasing doves is a ceremony option that signifies new beginnings.
Hand Wrapping Ceremony / Hand Fasting
The original meaning of “tying the knot”. A Celtic tradition, where the hands are tied with ribbons / cloth in the shape of the infinity symbol, to symbolise the bringing together of the two hearts, in a marriage of strength and unity forever. Your children can help with this ceremony and this ties you all in as one.
This ritual has long been used in Catholic weddings, but as a traditional ceremony option it also holds a universal meaning. It symbolises the joining of the couple in marriage as well as the joining of their two original families. The couple’s mothers can light their individual candles for them as a symbol to show that they are moving on from their family to create a new family together.
First Kiss Last Kiss
This is a ceremony option involves the mother of both the Bride and the Groom. They are called upon to join the Bride and Groom near the end of the ceremony. The mothers gave their children there first kiss when they came into the world and they will give their last kiss as single individuals before sending them on their new journey as husband / wife / life partner.
As you can see, it really is different and each ceremony would be tailor made for you! Once the ceremony is complete I can then change and help you with organising the rest of the day as your Professional Toastmaster. By combining both roles you will enjoy a substantial discount off what would be the Registrars fee for coming out to the venue to hold their ceremony. Do call me on 07758241411 and we can arrange a suitable time and date to meet up, at no cost to you, to go through everything to plan your perfect day!