Blog posts in the 'Weddings' category

Choosing the right reading March 9, 2014

Filed under: Celebrant, Poetry, Readings, Vow Renewal, Weddings

Much of my role as a celebrant involves lots of research: on the internet, where sites such as Pinterest are becoming a great source of inspiration, but also my many books of poetry, readings, song lyrics etc in order to find the right readings both to match the ceremony, the mood, the venue; as well as the […]

The Celebrant Speaks! March 6, 2014

Filed under: AudioBoo, Celebrant, Poetry, Readings, Vow Renewal, Weddings

Today is the anniversary of the birth of romantic poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning. Her poetry is much quoted, and is used often at wedding ceremonies as the words speak of love, which is unchanged through the centuries.   Sonnet 43 is probably the most well-known and thus the most popular. You know –  the one […]

Shrove Tuesday – last chance for marriage? March 4, 2014

Filed under: Celebrant, Symbolism, Tradition, Weddings

In the Christian calendar, Shrove Tuesday is the day before the start of Lent and a period of abstinence and fasting for 40 days. The Catholic Church used to ban eating meat, eggs or dairy produce. Every household would use up their eggs, milk, flour and butter, so as not to waste food. Incidentally, the […]

Wedding Venue – Loyd Lindsay Rooms November 14, 2013

Filed under: General, Vow Renewal, Wedding Venues, Weddings

Wanting a different wedding venue?  I had the pleasure recently of visiting the Loyd Lindsay Rooms near Wantage in the pretty village of Ardington, Oxfordshire.  This unique venue is in a perfect location: rural, bucolic, yet only minutes from the A34 and the M4.  The cities of Oxford, Swindon and Newbury are all within easy […]

Writing a Wedding Speech? November 6, 2013

Filed under: Speech, Vow Renewal, Weddings

There are some traditions that are part of every wedding. The vows, the dress, the cake, the speeches…. Oh the speeches! Public speaking is ranked right up there with torture as a fear inducing thing to be endured. And that fear is often down to lack of confidence in your material. There are some easy […]

Speech Writing Service October 28, 2013

Filed under: Eulogy, Funerals, Readings, Speech, Weddings

Unaccustomed as I am…. Need to make a Wedding Speech?  Maybe you are the father of the bride?  The Best Man?  Or even the groom?  Or maybe a proud son or daughter making a speech at your parents’ vow renewal ceremony?  Maybe you’re a manager with a prize giving ceremony at work or school, or […]

Wedding Ceremony – Same old stuff, or something unique? October 17, 2013

Filed under: Celebrant, Weddings

Are you just one of the crowd?  Will your big day be like everyone else’s?  Same tired old ceremony, where the registrar has probably never seen you before?  Or are you looking for a personalised, bespoke ceremony for you and your partner, with a celebrant who only does one ceremony a day?   You’re in luck!  […]

Another lovely testimonial October 9, 2013

Filed under: Celebrant, Weddings

I adore my role as a celebrant.  And to get wonderful notes from people who have used Cherish-Ceremonies is the cherry on the icing on the cake. I recently had the privilege of working with  Jacqui and Brian, a lovely young couple who live in Dublin, but who chose me as their Celebrant for their  […]

‘What is a Celebrant?’ asks the BBC October 8, 2013

Filed under: Celebrant, Funerals, General, Radio, Weddings

Excitingly, I was invited onto BBC radio this week, to talk about my gorgeous job as a Celebrant.  You can find the start at 45 minutes in, and it ends just a little after the Rod Stewart song “You’re in my Heart”  is played for me.   I hope you enjoy it!    

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!

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