Ceremonies

Weddings

Whether this is your perfect wedding or a renewal of vows made previously, you deserve the best possible presentation, devised by an officiant who understands your vision and helps to express it publically.

Your unique, special day will be conducted in your own wonderful way. Many couples include giving each other rings. In addition, you might like to be symbolically bound to each other with colour co-ordinated cords- adopting the ancient custom of “tying the knot”.

Namings

A Naming Ceremony is a celebration of family and life. It will include officially naming your child and declarations of promises and commitments from parents and other significant members of the family. In the ceremony you can also include readings, tributes and music.
Humanists perform a naming ceremony as a non-religious alternative to ceremonies such as Christening.
The purpose is to recognise and celebrate the arrival of a child and welcome him or her in the family and
circle of friends. As I’m an independent celebrant, Celebrated Ceremonies feature as much or as little of faith traditions as you choose. We are not affiliated to any religion or the British Humanist Society so don’t have to follow any rules.

Photo by Steven Hylands

Each funeral service is written to reflect the deceased’s outlook on life-balanced with the values and wishes of the family. I always visit the next of kin for a suitable meeting to establish the needs of the mourners and to build an accurate picture of their loved one. This enables me to write a carefully worded eulogy which compliments or includes family tributes.
A draft is always emailed to the next of kin for consideration and suitable adjustments made if required. It is essential that the life story is accurate in content and wholly appropriate in tone; there are never any untoward surprises at the funeral service.
Usually, mourners outside the immediate family learn new facts about the deceased and yet are amazed at how well I appear to know them.
This is totally down to the contact I establish with the family, my listening skills and creative writing ability. I’m called a “wordsmith”.

I’m very pleased to conduct services for pets as well as humans. Celebrated Ceremonies are extended to services for all cherished members of the family- including our canine and feline brothers and sisters or “children”.

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