Your wedding day should reflect who you both are. You should both be able to exchange vows to Mozart or Rap or the sound of the waves on a beach.
Your witnesses and guests want to feel part of the whole day, not isolated behind that invisible fence line. I love to bring everyone in close. Guests want to see and hear everything.
I love to hear that soft murmur, when someone says, “She’s crying”. If your guests are too far away, they are struggling to see the gown, let alone a single tear. You have both invited people to share the day, not be an interested on-looker. I want to help you get everyone involved.
I help you write the ceremony that is personal, and means your feelings are put into words. I get you to answer some questions in your own time (perhaps over a glass of wine). I then use your answers to craft your ceremony specifically for you. I provide resources to help you with readings and other ceremony elements (only if you want them). At all times you have complete control over what is being said on your day. We work together to make your ceremony the fabulous glittery awesome that you both want it to be.
My fee includes an onsite rehearsal. You can use my sound system to play music, use microphones for any readers and I take care of all the legal stuff.
I would love that everyone hears the joke, the stumble of vows (hopefully not by me) and is glad that they were there and involved. That is what makes the day special and a day everyone remembers.
Whatever the style of wedding, I am game for it, although I don’t jump out of planes or scuba! The options are endless. Between the three of us, we will try to make your dream day a reality. I am happy to discuss all options.
Marriage Vow Renewal
Renewing wedding vows can be a meaningful, touching, and revivifying ceremony for you and your children, family, and friends. As a married couple, it is a time to pause and reflect on where you have been and where you are going.
It is also a wonderful example to set for your children and grandchildren. Can you imagine a more beautiful scene than children watching their parents joining hands and hearts as they affirm the magnitude and strength of their enduring love? What greater life/love lesson?
Wedding vow renewal ceremonies can be as creative and personal as you want them to be. Your ceremony should be less formal than a wedding – more casual and fun. It can completely reflect the two of you.
What should the vows be in a Vow Renewal?
Renewing your wedding vows is a joyous, wonderful event. After all, you’ve made it through 5, 10, 25, 30 or more years together, which is certainly worth observing! Sure, those years probably included some rough patches, however you overcame them and are still very much in love. Rededicating your lives to one another with a vow renewal is a beautiful way to celebrate this!
So, what the heck do you want to say to each other at your vow renewal ceremony? Your relationship is likely quite different now than it was on your wedding day, and while there’s nothing wrong with saying the same vows you did the first time, you might want to consider something a bit more personal. Remember, this ceremony doesn’t really feature rules, so use the renewal as a chance to tell your spouse how much he or she means to you in front of everyone you both love.
Naming or Welcoming Ceremonies
Every new parent wants to introduce their new son or daughter to family, friends and the whole world! This new, little person in your life, who is now part of your lives forever and that you are so in awe of, so proud of, should be introduced, and what better way than with a Naming or Welcoming Ceremony.
As this ceremony has no religious significance, the guidelines are non-existent, the format open, the style yours to choose. Having said that, you are more than welcome to include a prayer, which can be a beautiful addition to your ceremony. If your vision is for a formal, serious ceremony, I can help provide the perfect format to suit you. If you can see a fun, casual, relaxed ceremony, I can help make that happen as well.
Involving those who you see as having long lasting involvement and guidance in your child’s life is where you, the parents, get to appoint godparents, mentors, guardians, sponsors, guide parents or any term you choose. I also see involving siblings and grandparents or other extended family members as worthy of consideration. If the love is being shared, it does not matter where it comes from. The consideration with appointing these wonderful people is who will nurture, support, encourage and just plain old listen and be there with and for your child.
We will officially celebrate your child’s name, your future hopes and wishes for them and perhaps make a vow or promise to your little one. There are lots of inclusions that can be used in this ceremony, such as wish boxes, keepsake boxes and much more.
If you have older children who have joined your family, through adoption or you are establishing a new blended family, a naming ceremony is a lovely way for these children to feel very special, embrace a new name and feel involved and connected in their loving, new family. If you have a multiple birth situation, well there is only one of me, but what an amazing ceremony we could have together.
If you would like to use symbols such as candles, wishing stones, trees, mementos, gifts, items of family significance or include references to your child's ancestry and cultural background, I am open to all suggestions so that you have the perfect ceremony. At the ceremony, you will receive a beautifully presented keepsake copy of the ceremony and a naming certificate tailored to the number of godparents, guide parents, mentors (you choose what you wish to call them) and to your family situation.
My role is to enable you to introduce your beautiful child in the way you want. If we work together, anything is possible. I look forward to helping you and yours.