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Inspiration & Expert Advice to Help You Create Your Own Wedding Ceremony!


Honouring parents, children or the bridal party can be embraced in many ways. Here are a few ideas:  ... read more

Respect and Gratitude in a Wedding Ceremony

We can all appreciate the value of respect and gratitude in our lives. Whether you are a celebrant conducting a celebration or you are planning a ceremony in your life there are profound opportunities for deepening our connection to others and building community by considering these two qualities – respect and gratitude, and the way we can represent them to others.  ... read more

Wedding Poems and Verses - Irish Wedding Blessing

May the road rise up to meet you
May the wind be always at your back
May the sun shine warm upon your face
And rains fall softly upon your fields
And until we meet again
May the good Lord hold you in the Hollow of His hand
May god be with you and bless you
May you see your children’s children
May you be poor in misfortune and rich in blessings
May you know nothing but happiness
From this day forward
May the road rise up to meet you
May the wind be always at your back
May the warm rays of sun fall upon your home
And may the hand of a friend always be near
May green be the grass you walk on
May blue be the skies above you 
May pure be the joys that surround you
May true be the hearts that love you.  ... read more

Wedding Poems and Verses - Apache Wedding Prayer

May the sun bring you new strength by day
May the moon softly restore you by night
May the rain wash away your fears
and the breeze invigorate your being 
May you, all the days of your life,
Walk gently through the world and know its beauty   ... read more

A few more ideas

Family traditions  ... read more

Family candle ceremony

For a candle ceremony a couple could light individual tapers acknowledging their own strengths, qualities and values. Using the individual tapers then would then light the single marriage candle as an acknowledgement that even when they join together their two lives as one it is possible to retain their uniqueness and brightness.  ... read more

Candle Ceremony ideas

Let your light shine...more candle ceremony ideas.  ... read more

Candle Ceremony with the mothers

After discussing with Tim and Monique what they had in mind for the candle ceremony at their wedding it was decided they wanted their mothers’, Marion and Sandy, to light the candles but they were not sure on the wording. I suggested that I contact Marion and Sandy and work with them to create a blessing of their own making. When I called them, I asked both mums to consider what they loved about their son or daughter, and what they would wish for them on this journey of marriage. What would they like to pass onto them to inspire this journey?

 What they wrote was very special and there wasn't a dry eye in the chapel. They have given me permission to share the blessings with you.  ... read more

A pause

Setting the scene for the ceremony and checking everything is in order before the start is an act of respect for everyone present.  At ceremonies it would be usual practice for the celebrant or other key person to gather guests to be seated or to invite them to stand close to the ceremonial area and request that mobile phones be switched off. In most ceremonies, people look to the celebrant for leadership (even at the most subtle and discreet level) and it is important that we honour this role, guiding and supporting our clients and also the guests to have the most heartfelt and enjoyable experience possible.

Before I start to speak at the ceremony I take a moment to pause, to look and smile at the bride and groom if it is a wedding or at the parents if it is a naming ceremony and then discreetly ask if they are ready to start. It is this quiet moment that offers the courtesy of allowing everyone, especially the key people, to ‘arrive’ at the ceremony. It would be easy to rush in and begin however, I would say it is essential to take a moment, take another breath in and out, look out and connect with everyone present and smile. It is that simple.
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Marriage Candle Ceremonies

I visited some of the old churches in England on my travels which are rich in history and ceremony. Many of these ancient buildings are open to the public during the day and offer a quiet sanctuary in the middle of a city or village. In all of the churches I have been to they have an array of candles, with one always permanently lit (albeit, sometimes an artificial light symbolic of a burning candle). In some churches visitors are welcome to light a candle and ask for support or offer a prayer. The sight of a group of small flickering flames representing prayers and blessings always touches me.  ... read more

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