The role of a wedding Celebrant is a role that is filled with so much joy and love. As I often talk on my social media platforms, we are with couples and families on the most important days of their lives, and that really is an honour and a privilege.
Personal Wedding Ceremonies
During the years that I have worked as a wedding Celebrant, I have met so many amazing couples and families who I have got to know well through the journey of writing and crafting their wedding scripts. It really is such a personal and wonderful experience and the icing on the cake is delivering the ceremony of their dreams, a moment in time that they and their guests will remember for many years.
If possible, I always try and meet with my couples at least twice in the run-up to the wedding day. Getting to know them as a couple and as individuals is equally as important. Listening to what they want for their ceremony is always top of my list. The first thing that I ask them to do is to complete a personal questionnaire which always forms the basis of the ceremony, and from there, I will start to work the magic!
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The Giving Away
The giving away is always such a breathtaking moment. There have been so many variations over the past few years, from a couple walking in together to a bride walking in alone, and a bride being given away by both sets of parents; the variations are endless.
I have seen not only friends and family deliver the most amazing readings over the years, but a very lovely bride herself deliver an epic reading which brought the house down! When it comes to readings, they don’t always have to be traditional love poems about marriage, but they can be song lyrics, excerpts from special and meaningful books or bespoke words written by the readers themselves.
The Love Story
Part of my role as a Celebrant is to also write and deliver what I call their love story or their journey. This will include highlights about how they met, when they fell in love, the proposal and right through to their hopes and aspirations for the future. And if appropriate, I always like to weave in a little humour as well, it’s great to have a few laughs within the ceremony to keep the tone light and fun.
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If possible I also encourage my couples to write their own personal vows if they would like to. To me, this is often the heart of the ceremony. The vows are normally sent to me independently so they are not only a surprise for the couple, but also to their guests. This is such an incredibly special part of the ceremony and always fills my heart with so much joy.
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Some couples are also keen to include symbolic elements within their ceremonies as an extra personal touch. These can include the lighting of unity candles, sand ceremonies, rose ceremonies and my absolute favourite, handfasting ceremonies. Handfasting originates from an ancient Celtic tradition going back as far as 7000 B.C. and literally means tying the knot! As well as the ring exchange Celebrants can also write ceremonies to include ring warming ceremonies and ring blessings, again adding variation and that very personal touch.
Support and Guidance
There are also no restrictions when you decide to have a Celebrant, so you can hold your ceremony at a venue of your choice, with no limitations on the length or content of your ceremony, ensuring that you get the ceremony of your dreams with all those special and personal touches.
The role of a wedding Celebrant is so important in terms of guiding and supporting our couples and families through this very beautiful process. Celebrant led ceremonies are just wonderful, they are filled with so much joy and love.