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The Footie Fan’s Ultimate Dream? November 4, 2014

Filed under: Celebrant, Death, Funerals

  The ultimate resting place for a footie fan? Brazil football club is to open a cemetery for its dedicated fans – known as the Corinthians. Apparently there is already lots of interest and reservations are already coming in for the 70,000 plots that will be available.… I thought this enterprising move by a football […]

Lark Ascending… an inspiration November 3, 2014

Filed under: Celebrant, Ceremony, Funerals, Poetry, Symbolism, Weddings

After a Cherish ceremony, people often ask where I get my ideas from.     Well, firstly, it comes from whoever I am writing for.   We will have had many conversations, so that I get a really good ‘feel’ for their personality, to enable me to get the mood exactly right, whether the ceremony is for a […]

Funerals are Depressing, Right? Err, Wrong. September 29, 2014

Filed under: Cancer, Death, Funerals

‘Passionate about business’ may be an overstated term, and people outside the industry sometimes find it a bit of an odd profession, but I really do care so much about the funeral ceremony side of Cherish. During my initial training, I was convinced I only wanted to do Baby Namings, Weddings, Vow Renewals… all the […]

TEN Reasons to choose a Celebrant Wedding September 6, 2014

Filed under: Celebrant, Outdoor weddings, Symbolism, Wedding Symbolism, Wedding Venues, Weddings

Reasons why you should think about a Celebrant for your Wedding? Here are Ten – though there are loads more!! 1. You don’t need a licensed venue – you can have your Ceremony anywhere: a beach, a garden, a forest, a stately home, hotel or village hall. 2. You are not restricted by time. A […]

Chinese Whispers – An Anglo-Chinese Fusion Wedding August 22, 2014

Filed under: Symbolism, Tradition, Wedding Venues, Weddings

I love all the weddings I do, but especially when I get to do something a little different. Andrew and Suki’s families will be flying in from the US and from Hong Kong for this beautiful day, at which our bride and groom pay respects to the Anglo and the Chinese marriage traditions. There will […]

Give in Celebration – the heartfelt alternative to the Wedding Gift List August 15, 2014

Filed under: Celebrant, Weddings

Fact:  More than three-quarters of us live together before we marry.   Which probably means couples already have the toaster, the dinner-service, the sheets and pillowcases.   So what do those about to tie the knot do about The Gift List? There is a rise in couples asking guests for donations towards their honeymoon in lieu of […]

A Cool Wedding – Footrubs and Old Cars August 13, 2014

Filed under: Celebrant, Outdoor weddings, Symbolism, Wedding Symbolism, Wedding Venues, Weddings

I am just loving the photographs by Chris Thornton of Leeds, from a fabulous outdoor wedding I officiated, by a lake in Banbury, at the gateway to the Cotswolds, on the hottest day of the year. In contrast to the weather, Helena and Neil were so chilled about their very personal wedding – the most […]

Shy about talking ‘feelings’? Write them down! August 9, 2014

Filed under: Celebrant, Gay Weddings, LGBT, Vow Renewal, Wedding Symbolism, Weddings

The Love Letter This is becoming increasingly popular with Cherish couples. For some couples (especially, I have to say, mostly it’s the boys), it is very difficult and toe-curlingly scary to declare your feelings of love in front of everyone at your wedding or vow renewal. Or even to your future husband/wife . So why […]

Wedding Tradition – The Flowers August 5, 2014

Filed under: Celebrant, Suppliers, Tradition, Weddings

Today’s tradition is something no wedding can possibly be without…. can it? The Bridal ‪#‎Bouquet‬! Various theories abound as to when the bride started carrying flowers, but most sources agree that it developed because, well…. no nice way to put this, but the Elizabethan bride wouldn’t have necessarily had a bath for a while, so […]

My Love is like a Red Red Rose July 31, 2014

Filed under: Celebrant, Funerals

I love the stories of people’s lives, and I feel so privileged to be entrusted with them when I am writing the funeral service. Today, I led the funeral ceremony and graveside burial for a well-loved long-time Banbury resident. This gentleman bought his wife a red rose for their first wedding anniversary, and 2 red […]

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