Blog posts in the 'Celebrant' category

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 […]

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 […]

Tying the Knot… Bonds of Matrimony… Must be a Handfasting! July 29, 2014

Filed under: Celebrant, Tradition, Wedding Symbolism

Handfasting – a great way to bring the wow factor into your ceremony – take away the ‘same old’ ceremony that everyone has.   I mean, you aren’t everyone else, so why just settle for what they did?   Be different!     Years ago, when priests travelled from village to village, it could be a year […]

Cherish Ceremonies wins International Award! July 26, 2014

Filed under: Celebrant, Thanks and Testimonials, Weddings

A massive thank you to all the friends of Cherish-Ceremonies: the wedding planners, the venues who have made me their recommended #Celebrant, all the fellow suppliers who have endorsed and recommended me, and of course, the many Cherish couples who have entrusted me with their wedding ceremonies and vow renewals since 2012. You have helped […]

A Date in my Diary! June 17, 2014

Filed under: Celebrant, Death, Funerals

You get some strange dates in your calendar, being a Celebrant, and even more so when you are also a funeral celebrant! Later this year, I am going to the Ideal Death Show in Bournville.  It’s not in the least bit morbid, and I was glad to see this video clip from last year, as […]

No! I’m not a Planner! (or: How to be a Celebrant) June 13, 2014

Filed under: Celebrant, Death, General

  The question I get asked most often is “What’s a Celebrant?”.  The second question is about how I got into celebrancy work.  Then people either say, “Oh it must be really sad and upsetting”, followed by “I’d love to do that”, or “I don’t know how you could do that, I’d be terrified”. Happily, I […]

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