The Civil Celebrant ceremony menu is a guide to special elements that can be included in your ceremony. If you don’t find what you are looking for below, please get in touch as I would be happy to discuss your ideas with you.
Unity Sand Ceremony
The ‘Unity Sand Ceremony’ is ideal for weddings, unions and naming ceremonies. This ceremony option symbolises the joining of the couple or family. It is also a great way to involve children of the couple getting married or from previous relationships.
Unity Candle Ceremony
The ‘Unity Candle’ ceremony is used across many beliefs. It is a symbol of two people coming together, joined by their families. Often the candles are lit by the couples mothers as a sign of moving onto a new stage of their life. This can of course be tailored to suit your personal family circumstances.
Hand Wrapping Ceremony / Hand Fasting
The original meaning of ‘tying the knot’. A Celtic tradition where the hands are tied with ribbons / cloth to symbolise the bringing together of the two hearts in a marriage of strength and unity forever. We can provide the ribbons and cord, or you might like to use your own personal ribbons, cloth or the like that have a special meaning for you.
Wine Box / Love Letter
The ‘Wine Box/Love Letter’ option is a way to record why you are marring your partner, and to use this in times when things are not going so well! The couple will write love letters to each other before the wedding which they will seal in an envelope. They will choose their favourite bottle of wine or drink of choice and place these and any other memorabilia in the wine 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. The only other time that the box can be unsealed is when they are having difficulties in their relationship, at which time they will drink the wine and read the letters which will hopefully remind them why they fell in love and chose to be together in the first place!
Planting a Tree
The ‘Tree Planting Ceremony’ is a ceremonial tree planting, where a sapling is in a pretty pot and the couple add soil, perhaps from their family gardens. If used for a naming ceremony, children or other family members can also water the tree once planted to show how they will support the child’s growth. Any tree can be used, and its history and meaning will be incorporated into the ceremony.
Breaking of the Glass Ceremony
The ‘Breaking of the Glass Ceremony’ is traditionally used at Jewish weddings; it is thought that if a glass is not broken at the end the ceremony, people will not believe the couple are truly married! This ceremony can be used by any couple regardless of their faith or beliefs. As a health & safety concern, the glass (often two champagne flutes) is placed in a cloth bag prior to breaking it.
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