WEDDINGS AND CIVIL PARTNERSHIPS
“To love and be loved is to feel the sun from both sides.” – David Viscott
I believe couples should have the choice to marry where they want and how they want. There is no 'one size fits all' to weddings these days - second, third and same-sex marriages are increasingly common with children from previous relationships frequently involved as a new family nucleus begins.
All too often a wedding ceremony is overlooked as a pure formality before the party starts. The ceremony should be the main event of a special day – a true celebration of a couple's mutual commitment, a reflection of their love for one another and a lasting memory.
If you decide that I am the celebrant for you, I will meet with you and your partner in advance and get to know you both and discuss the process. Just as you would register a baby's birth before a Baptism or Naming Ceremony or the death of a relative before their funeral, you will register your marriage or civil partnership at the registry office to obtain your marriage certificate in advance of the wedding ceremony, at which point you will exchange your rings and vows.
I will turn your love story and hopes for the future into a ceremony that can be tweaked as often as necessary to make it personal and meaningful to you. You may wish to include symbolic rituals, music, readings and include family and friends in the proceedings. I am happy to give advice and guidance, but equally keen to be led by your ideas. We can agree the choreography of the ceremony and I will attend a rehearsal with the wedding party just before the big day. Then, of course, I will look forward to officiating your wedding or civil partnership on the day itself.