Currently in England Celebrants can officiate weddings but the legal element must be conducted by a registrar here is a useful link for details.
The ceremony is truly the most important aspect of your wedding day and depending on who conducts the service and where it is held, the ceremony itself can be restrictive in terms of readings, vows, music and sometimes photography.
Once you have done the legal part at the registry office using a Wedding Celebrant gives you complete freedom to plan the ceremony of your dreams.
With a Celebrant Wedding there are no limitations in terms of content, format or style of a Wedding Ceremony, you can have your ceremony where you want; a venue does not have to be licensed.
I will work exclusively with you as a couple to ensure that the readings, poems, music, vows and the whole occasion flows and reflects your personal beliefs and lifestyle. You can include additional elements such as hand fasting, unity candles and a sand ceremony and even include your pets as well as friends and family, should you desire.
Your Wedding Ceremony will be truly bespoke and designed to be specifically crafted making your day extra special, meaningful and memorable for all your guests.
If you would like to discuss a celebrant wedding which perfectly reflects your aspirations, I would be delighted to arrange a meeting to discuss and explore the opportunity of working with you.
Hand Fasting or Hand Tying
Hand fasting or Hand Tying as it is sometimes known is a ceremony whereby the hands are tied with ribbons or cords. Hand fasting is a symbol used in Celtic and other cultures to express marriage. In ancient times this was the earliest form of marriage or a betrothal. This is where the phrase tying the knot originated. Single ribbons can be placed one at a time over the couple’s wrists and then tied with a binding cord at the end of the ceremony. Some couples like to add charms to the end of the ribbons or alternatively you can have coloured ribbons plaited together to make one cord that binds your wrists together and is tied in three knots at the end of the ceremony. They can then be kept as a reminder of the day.
Warming the Wedding Rings
The ring warming ceremony is said to have its origins from old Irish wedding traditions that is still used today in more modern ceremonies.
With the Ring Warming Ceremony, everyone can become involved – a great way to include all of your family and friends and make them feel part of your Wedding day. Towards the beginning of your ceremony, the Wedding Celebrant will announce to your guests that your wedding rings will be passed amongst them. Your Celebrant will then invite each guest to hold the rings in their hands whilst they make a silent wish or blessing for your marriage before passing them along to the next guest for “warming”. If you have a particularly large number of guests some couples choose to have the rings at the entrance of their chosen location with a message asking guests to bless or wish on your wedding rings before they enter.
This ceremony involves the lighting of two single candles; each representing the two people as individuals and the energy and light that comes from their own being. The couple then bring their individual flames together to light a central pillar candle or ‘unity candle’ on the altar. This demonstrates the stronger energy that is formed in the flame, when they marry their own energies together, and the larger lit unity candle symbolises that they now light a clearer path for each other as one.
The pouring of two different coloured sands into one shared vessel is a contemporary symbolic ceremony that is often used to represent the coming together of two people in a very visual and permanent way.
The coloured sands celebrate you both as individuals made up of millions of tiny pieces that form the complex creations that we are as humans. By mixing these sands together into one container, we demonstrate how through marriage we still exist as individuals with our own ‘colour’ to be appreciated, but by combining our colours we create something that is more beautiful than was once separated. To separate these grains of sand later would not be impossible, but it would certainly be a challenge!
The container of combined sand also makes for a decorative keepsake, which can be kept as a commemorative item in the home afterwards. Some couples even use an hourglass, and turn the sands each year on their anniversary.