Handfasting is an alternate form of marriage ceremony. It dates back hundreds of years, and spans several cultures. Handfastings are commonly used in Wiccan and Pagan ceremonies. You don’t have to be Wiccan or Pagan to incorporate the handfasting, and plenty of couples use handfastings in their religious or secular weddings all the time. Today handfasting is more literal, a couple will bind their hands together using ribbon, a chord, embroidered cloths or even a handkerchief. As your celebrant I will perform this ceremony regardless of any belief you may or may not have. This can be a stand alone ceremonies, or can be incorporated into a wedding, naming, or renewal of vows the choice is yours.
Same Sex Marriage Ceremony
Legal marriage ceremonies for same sex couples came into force on March 29th 2014, this is fabulous news for many couples as they are now recognised as married in law.If you would like a personal service, a ceremony that reflects how you feel about each other and how people see you and a celebration that allows you to show your character and style, then a celebrant wedding ceremony could be the perfect solution for you both.I will craft a fully individual ceremony that can include space for poems and readings, any other symbolic additions you may like to include such as handfasting or candle lighting for example. Remember its your day so have it your way.
Divorce Healing Ceremony
It is a sad fact of life that not all marriages or civil partnerships stand the test of time, it is a sad and difficult time for both partners and can be especially hard when there are children involved. Divorce ceremonies can either be conducted with just one partner from the marriage present, or if the separation is more amicable they you may both like to be present and to focus of the symbolism of the moment. It can also be helpful where children are involved. There are practical things that you can give and make to help children understand that both parents will still be there for them and love them in the future. The aim of a Divorce ceremony is to help you to be able to move forward.
Coming Of Age Ceremony
This ceremony can be both joyous and profound as they welcome young people into the world of grown-ups and allow the passing on of knowledge and wisdom from one generation to the next. As a Celebrant I will create along with the young adult, a dignified and fun ceremony that will pay tribute to this significant life transitional stage in a genuine way.Whether its passing an exam, an achievment, or any perticular milestone pertaining to that person, this ceremony will give them a better understanding of life ahead of them with the support of there friends and family. All in all, a Coming of Age ceremony will be an authentic and meaningful occasion that the youngster will remember with joy in their hearts for years to come.
A growing favourite wedding trend, the sand ceremony is a wonderful ceremony alternative.
Its meaning is simple and beautiful: two becoming one. The bride and groom mix two different colours of sand into one container, thereby symbolising their lives and hearts entwined. Once combined, it would be extremely difficult to separate the sand out again, just as the couple are so joined together.
The pouring of the sand can take place at any time before, after or during the wedding vows and ring exchange. Usually there’s a container each for the bride and groom with their respective sand colours inside.
A third container sits empty until, after the officiate has explained the ceremony and its meaning, the bride or groom pours some of her/his sand into the empty container. Their partner does the same afterwards, and then the couple pour their remaining sand together so that the two colours mix.
Unity Candle Ceremony
This is a very romantic wedding ceremony that has so many creative opportunities for you to make it unique and personal to you.
In it you can include your family as well, and the lit candles in a dull room will look beautiful. The bride and groom each has a candle, and there is a third, main one between them.
This main candle is lit, perhaps by the father of the bride, (or by all of the couple’s parents) and then the bride and groom light their own candles from this main one. Then the rest of the family can light their candles from it as well. On the flip side, perhaps the bride and groom could light each other’s candles, and together they light the main one (that the rest of the family lights theirs from).
The merging flames will show their unity and strengthened love and shared lives. This ceremony is very flexible, so adapt it and use whichever symbolism works best for you—you don’t even need to exile yourself to unity candles simply placed on a frame or holder.
Perhaps you could make this ceremony even more interesting by using lanterns or small flaming torches? The only downside to this ceremony is if a brisk wind is blowing; it may not work very well outside.
A lot like the sand ceremony, this ceremony blends two colours into one. We advise that you begin experimenting with colours before the wedding so that the mixing gives a colour you really like.
Unlike with the sand ceremony, where you can get clear layers and blended layers, water really mixes together.
One of the most popular flower unity ceremonies is the Rose Ceremony. Roses are a traditional symbol of love and are therefore perfect to feature in a wedding ceremony.
The ceremony can also feature family members the bride and groom wish to take part. The bride and groom each have a rose, and so does every family member they wish to take part in the ceremony.
(Red roses are usually used due to their colour symbolism of love, and the family members can have the same colour or a different one.) Then the bride and groom swap their roses as a first gift to each other before placing them together into a vase.
Then all of the family members add their roses to the mix. Of course, you don’t have to use roses for your ceremony—use any flower that has a special meaning to you Perhaps the flowers you use could be evergreen to symbolise your undying love for one another.
Tree Planting Ceremony
Planting a tree is a physical manifestation that symbolises the growth of your relationship. Together you can see the tree grow just as your love and married life does, and you must nurture it in order to keep it alive.
So you gather two pots of dirt, possibly from a special, significant place, and plant a tree in the combined soil. Water it together with two watering cans (perhaps, again, with water from a meaningful place), or even one shared watering can.
You may even consider including your guests or immediate family and friends ask them to add their own scatters of soil or seeds. Make the ceremony even more symbolic by choosing the tree due to its meaning look in mythology or lore or even use a cutting from a tree that’s special to you.
You could even plant a tree each if you want to, and twist them together as they grow.
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