Blog posts from September2013

Fancy Dress Funeral! September 30, 2013

Filed under: Celebrant, Eulogy, Funerals

As a celebrant, I think it is wonderful when people have planned their own funerals.  Far too many people don’t, and I meet many families who are trying their best, through their grief, to second guess what the deceased would have wanted. 42 year old biker Gary Pattison died 5 days after a road accident.  He […]

A Surprise Testimonial… September 20, 2013

Filed under: Celebrant, General, Thanks and Testimonials

I do get some lovely testimonials from Cherish clients, for which I am very grateful, and which actually give me more lasting pleasure than the invoice payments…  although I do welcome the latter too! The unexpected compliments are wonderful.  Especially the one I saw today, which was posted on LinkedIn by another Celebrant in the industry.    […]

Introducing your Cherish Celebrant… September 7, 2013

Filed under: Celebrant, Video, Weddings

I’ve made a delightful little series of videos, introducing why I do what I do, and why I love Cherish Ceremonies… These little cameos were filmed and produced by Robert Severn Jones of I hope you enjoy the series – I’d love to know what you think!

Make your Ceremony Unique September 6, 2013

Filed under: Baby Naming, Celebrant, Symbolism, Vow Renewal, Weddings

Have you considered incorporating beautiful symbolism to make your wedding or your vow renewal, baby naming or adoption ceremony unique and beautiful? This example shows a Unity Candle and a Handfasting triple cord that I provided for a recent wedding.  They were specially made in the colours selected by the bride.  Did you know that […]

Married for £1! September 4, 2013

Filed under: Uncategorized

In these days where the average cost of a wedding is an eyewatering £20,000, how refreshing to read of a couple, Georgina and Sid, who have married for just £1 – the cost of the bride’s dress on Freecycle! The only cost the thrifty couple couldn’t escape was the statutory £70 legal fee at the Registry […]

My Pledge as a Funeral Celebrant September 2, 2013

Filed under: Celebrant, Eulogy, Funerals

I don’t make the claim ‘Your Ceremony, Your Way’ lightly.   As a supporter and member of the Natural Death Centre Charity, I undertake to abide by the following pledge: ‘As a celebrant who shares the values of the Natural Death Centre Charity, I see my role as supportive rather than directive, and I undertake to […]

Death of Irish Poet Seamus Heaney September 1, 2013

Filed under: Celebrant, Eulogy

I love words.  I adore poetry.  So it was sad that the pen of Seamus Heaney is stilled by his death this week, following a recent illness.  The tributes have poured in from across the world, and doubtless the eulogy at his funeral tomorrow will be eloquent, as befits the man. Today, I listened to […]