Signing & Witness Ceremony
A brief ceremony involving the couple and 2-4 witnesses, each in turn sign a keepsake parchment which is then presented to the newlyweds
Hand Wrapping/Fasting Ceremony
The original meaning of “tying the knot”. A Celtic tradition where the hands are tied with ribbons / cloth in the shape of the infinity symbol to symbolise the bringing together of the two hearts in a marriage of strength and unity forever.
The candle symbolises the joining of the couple in marriage as well as the joining of their two original families. The couple’s parent/parents can also light a candle place beside the couples candle to acknowledge their children moving forward together yet they as parents will still keep a candle lit in the window if they, the children ever need to find their way home.
Sand Pouring Ceremony
A sand unity ceremony is memorable way to make each individual of your new family feel like a special part of your wedding ceremony. The bride and groom pour different sand colours from small cylinders into one larger cylinder to represent their blended family.
Sand ceremonies are great way to include your family especially children into your wedding ceremony by giving each member a small cylinder of sand to pour. The celebrant can also play a part in your sand unity by pouring white sand in first to represent the faith you've put into your marriage.
In the Wine ceremony the couple can either choose to pour one white glass and one red glass to create a blush that they will both drink from or there can be a pouring of one glass that they both will drink from.
Secret box Ceremony
The couple will write love letters to each other before the wedding which they will seal in an envelope. They will choose other memorabilia and place in a bespoke treasure box. If clients choose this ceremony option during the wedding ceremony, they will seal the box and vow not to open the box until an anniversary of their choice. This is great if there are children involved as they can put a special something of their own into the box also. The box will be opened on a chosen anniversary of their wedding in- for example ten years.
Marriage Advice Box Ceremony
A bespoke box will be placed at the entrance of the wedding ceremony. Labelled advice guests will be asked to write on a note a piece of advice for the newly- weds.
Couples can have great fun reading and rereading the advice well into the future.
Breaking of the Glass Ceremony
The Breaking of the Glass Ceremony is traditionally used at Jewish weddings; this ceremony option signifies the end of the ceremony and the time of celebration. As a health & safety concern, the glass (often two champagne flutes) is placed in a cloth bag prior to breaking it.
Dating back thousands of years The Broom Jumping Ceremony is based upon tradition which symbolises the clearing away of negativity with a sweep of the broom and creating a threshold for the couple to cross over into their new life together. It is recommended to step rather than jump!
In the Rose ceremony the couple can choose to present roses to the mothers / grandmothers as a way of showing appreciation for their support. The roses can also be presented as the first gifts that the couple will give to each other.
Truce Bell Ceremony
A bespoke bell is rung on the wedding day, the happiest day of the couple’s lives and then is placed in a central location in the home. If the couple starts to argue, one of them can ring the truce bell, reminding them both of that happiness and hopefully ending the disagreement.
Actually “Tying the Knot” Ceremony
Both the groom’s mom and the bride’s mom can present the couple with a long piece of thick ribbon or cord (2 different colours, maybe your wedding colours) which the couple will tie in a knot to symbolize the union of the two families. Ribbons can be saved to retie the Knot on anniversaries in the future.
Tree Planting Ceremony
Plant a tree together with a little dirt from your childhood home. An option is to have the parents water it to symbolize the way they have been an influence in teaching and encouraging love. After the ceremony, take the potted tree, and transplant it at the newlywed’s home to symbolize putting down roots, longevity, and strength within this marriage.
This is very similar to the Sand mixing ceremony, it’s a lovely way to show the unification of two families.
Ring Warming Ceremony
The wedding rings can be passed around the room on a pillow or in a bag. The celebrant can explain a little about it right at the beginning of the ceremony. Everyone holds the rings for a few seconds and says a little blessing/prayer for them. Then by the time the vows are said the rings have made their way all the way around the room and all loved ones have given their blessings.
An alternative is to have them displayed at the ceremony entrance, and have people give their blessings before they sit down.
Bell ringing Ceremony
Small bells given out to guests at the beginning of the ceremony – In Irish folklore the ringing of bells symbolised keeping away evil spirits and remind the couple of their vows. The small bells can be rung throughout the ceremony when prompted by the celebrant and or at the end as the couple walk down the aisle together.
Each guest takes a feather at the beginning of the ceremony to hold onto. An object representing light and air, a feather is the bearer of truth and justice. Ancient Egyptians believed a pure heart weighed as light as a feather. Guests will release the feathers at the end of the service as the couple walk down the aisle. (Great for outdoor ceremonies).
Stone holding Ceremony
Guests will be asked to take a stone and hold onto it throughout the ceremony. Just before the vows the guests will be told by the celebrant ‘When you arrived, you were given a stone to hold in your hand during the wedding ceremony. Bride and Groom chose these stones as symbols of your special relationship, love, good wishes and heartfelt blessings to them. ‘
Following the ceremony, Bride and Groom invite you to place the stones with your personal blessing for them as a newly married couple into the special container on the table as you leave the ceremony area. "
First Kiss Last Kiss
This is a ceremony option involves the mother of both the Bride and the Groom. They are called upon to join the Bride and Groom near the end of the ceremony. The mothers gave their children there first kiss when they came into the world and they will give their last kiss as single individuals before sending them on their new journey as husband / wife / life partner. This includes a rose for each Mother.
Any other bespoke elements that the couple would like to be included will be priced accordingly and agreed in advance.
Other Ceremonies Available