Naming Ceremony Elements

Ceremony elements can be included in your ceremony, but it’s important to say, a ceremony is just as beautiful with no elements.

A quick search on Pinterest will provide endless options! Here are some ideas to get started!

Time Capsule – Family members collect significant objects and place them in a time capsule to be opened on a set date. 

Scrapbook – Family and friends are invited to write a message in a scrapbook; to bring photos of the parents when they were young, or bring their favourite song or poem. 

Tree Planting – Soil is collected from the grandparents gardens and added to a sapling, then the guardians water the soil as a symbol of the commitment to support the child as they grow. The tree is then planted in your place of choice.

Letter Box – Parents, family and friends write a letter to the child and they are secured in a box to open at a later date. The box can be secured with ribbons of significant meaning. 

Sand Ceremony – Different colour sands are mixed to symbolise the parent and guardians values and hope for the child’s future values. It represents inclusion of the new child into the family.

Hand Prints on Canvas – The child’s name is written in vinyl letters and stuck to a large canvas.  Family and friends use different coloured paints to make a hand print on the canvas.  When dry, the letters are removed and the child name will appear surrounded by family and friends!

Earth, Air, Fire and Water – Stones or glass pebbles are placed in a clear glass bowl or vase, to represent the earth, and water is then included. Sitting on the stones is a candle to represent fire. All guests blow the child a kiss, to represent air. The celebrant explains the meaning behind the different elements.

Fire – Vigorousness, zeal, enthusiasm, courage, decisiveness, power of creativity, daring 

Air – Vigilance, care-freedom, kind-heartedness, trusting nature, clarity, lightness, independency, dexterity, optimism, diligence, acuity, joy, smiling

Water – Understanding, placidity, mildness, trusting nature, devotion, mercy,  forgiveness, modesty, compassion.

Earth – Consistency, conscientiousness, perseverance, punctuality, caution, resistance, responsibility, carefulness, firmness, reliability, sobriety, ambition, respectfulness, matter-of-factness.

Sarah and Robert at the Mill House

I advise couples to choose a celebrant they connect with.  Someone they feel instantly at ease with.  When I first met Sarah and Robert the roles were reversed!  I was captivated by their story, and I knew right away, theirs was a story I could not wait to tell! <3

Sarah and Robert celebrated their wedding in the historic Mill House, Slane, Co Meath.  They chose a handfasting ceremony using coloured ribbons that held deep meaning for them and their guests.

Thank you so much for being part of our wedding day. You made everything so easy and stress-free. Your professionalism, warmth, and creativity knows no bounds. You blew us away with the ceremony you created for our big day and practically all of our guests commented on how gorgeous it really was. It was the best day of our lives but the ceremony was definitely the highlight and that’s thanks to you. Thanks for all your patience and guidance – Sarah and Robert

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The Mill House – Courtesy of Annie Kheffache Photography

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We this is very exciting!  A Mrs2Be Brides Choice nomination is a big deal for me!brides_choice_awards_nominated_large_960x960 Creating and delivering a wedding ceremony, on one of the most important days in a couple’s life to that point, is an enormous responsibility.  While many think the ability to perform a ceremony comes naturally, they do not realize the amount of preparation that goes on behind the scene.  The hours I spend rehearsing and reviewing the ceremony or arriving at a venue two hours before kick off to ensure everything is ‘ship shape’, is never time wasted.

I am nominated in the Celebrant category, but there are a few more categories I think I am eligible for:

  • Acrobatics: as I am a dab hand at catching the mother of the bride as she trips on the red carpet (true story).
  • Florist: for making a button hole for the father of the groom out of flowers from the venue’s garden (also a true story)
  • Beautician: for not crying when hot wax poured down my arm from a toppled candle (another true story)

So thank you from the bottom of my heart for the nomination and good luck to all the nominees, you all rock!

Simone <3

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