Parchment Signing & Witness Ceremony – from £50
A brief ceremony involving the couple and 2-4 witnesses. Each in turn sign a bespoke keepsake parchment (A4 or A3 size, themed to your wedding choices, which is then presented to the couple.
Eternity Flower Ring – from £60 (depending on type and quantity of flowers required)
This beautiful Ceremony option involves guests being invited at the start of the ceremony to come up to the front and each take a single stem flower and lay in the shape of an infinity symbol on the floor. The couple each then stand in each half of the symbol during the ceremony. The flowers can be chosen to reflect theme of the ceremony or favourite flowers of the couple.
Smudging with sage sticks – from £30
A brief ceremony to start proceedings, based on the Native American practice of smudging, or purifying with the smoke of sacred herbs, can help clear negative energy from a space and individuals and help set intent for the forthcoming ceremony. Two guests could be selected to smudge guests as they settle for the ceremony or enter the ceremony room/space. This can be a way of including older children.
Ring Warming Ceremony – from £30
Incorporating a ring warming into your wedding is a very special way to involve all of your guests in your ceremony. A ring warming is when you give your loved ones the opportunity to hold and imbue your wedding bands with a wish, blessing or prayer for your marriage. This can be a lovely option for couples having a non-religious ceremony but want to consider their loved ones who may have their own beliefs, as with a ring warming everyone is welcomed to take a moment to bring their own beliefs into your ceremony in a private but meaningful way. There are different ways a ring warming can be carried out. For example, the rings can be passed around throughout the ceremony and an appointed ring chaperone(s) keep an eye on things to make sure the rings are moving along and will be ready when it is the right time in the Ceremony. If you have a larger guest list you may want to have everyone “warm” your rings as they arrive, before they take their seats, so they can be available on a small table, in a beautiful bowl. You can also run a string or ribbon along the rows of guests and the rings be kept safe and moving as they are passed.
Quaich Loving Cup/Wine Ceremony – from £60
This Ceremony is an ancient tradition. Two-handled loving cup (Quaich) can be used or some couples choose crystal glasses and have them etched with their names and ceremony date. The purpose is for the couple to share their first drink together and to symbolise the coming together of the two families. White and red wine can be poured to create a blended blush, or mead or whiskey can be used. The cup can also be passed around all the guests with an invite for them to drink to the couple’s new life together. If alcohol is not wanted water, or coloured waters can be used.
Unity Sand Ceremony Option – from £60
The Unity Sand Ceremony is ideal for any wedding. This ceremony option symbolises the joining of the couple. This can be particularly appropriate when there are young children involved and if you are looking for a ritual to involve the children coming into new families. A glass bottle is filled with different layers of coloured sand, each layer represents a person in that new family. I will source beautiful bottles and colours of sand of your choice to ensure a beautiful unique keepsake.
Unity Candle – from £60
This ritual has long been used in Catholic weddings, but as a traditional ceremony option it holds a universal meaning. It symbolises the joining of the couple in marriage as well as the joining of their two original families. The couple’s mothers can light their individual candles for them as a symbol to show that they are moving on from their family to create a new family together.
Unity Canvas Painting Ceremony – from £60
This is a fun alternative to the more traditional unity candle ceremony or sand ceremony. This element lets the couple celebrate their unity ceremony in an artistic way that is unique to them, providing a beautiful keepsake and symbolising the blank canvas their union starts out with and then adding colours and textures as they look to the future.
Wine Box / Love Letter – from £55
The couple 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. During the wedding ceremony, the box is sealed, and vows made not to open the box until an anniversary of choice. The only other time that the box can be unsealed is if you are having thoughts of separating at which time you may drink the wine and read the letters which will hopefully remind you why you fell in love and chose to be together in the first place. Boxes can be personalised as a keepsake.
Breaking of the Glass Ceremony – from £50
The breaking of the glass ceremony is traditionally used at Jewish weddings but can be used at any ceremony. The glass (often two champagne flutes) is placed in a cloth bag prior to stamping on and breaking them. This moment signifies a dramatic end to the ceremony and the start of celebrations. I source beautiful bags which can be chosen to match the colour theme of the wedding and supply the glasses.
Broom Jumping Ceremony – from £75
The broom jumping ceremony is based upon tradition which symbolises the clearing away of negativity with a sweep of the broom and creating a threshold for the couple to cross over into their new life together. I source traditional handmade besom broom, and this can be decorated to match the theme of the ceremony.
Flower Ceremonies – from £30
In a flower ceremony the couple can choose to present flowers to the parents or grandparents, as a way of showing appreciation for their support.
The flowers can also be presented as the first gifts that the couple will give to each other. They couple could each exchange a flower (e.g. Rose or Sunflower) and then place in a vase and then family and friends could each add a flower into the vase. Everlasting flowers rather than real could be used as a keepsake.
Balloon Release Ceremony – from £75
In the balloon release ceremony, the balloon(s) carries the blessings and love of your guests for the wind to carry over the world and can be used to remember those not able to join the ceremony. Handwritten messages of love and remembrance are tied to the balloons and they are all released together.
Hand Fasting Ceremony – from £75
The original meaning of “tying the knot”. A ancient pagan Celtic betrothal tradition where the hands are tied with ribbons or cloth in the shape of the infinity symbol to symbolise the bringing together of the two hearts in a marriage of strength and unity forever. The ribbons are kept as a keepsake, reminding the couple of their promises. This is a popular ceremony element, for couple from all traditions or no tradition. Children, family and friends can be involved by wrapping different ribbons cords around the couple’s arms. Handfasting cords are available in all colours, and in various materials with attached charms or beads and can be blessed or energised as a couple wish.
First Kiss Last Kiss – from £10
This is a ceremony option that traditionally involves the mothers of the couple but can be any significant person. They are called upon to join the couple near the end of the ceremony. The mothers, or significant others, gave their children their first kiss when they came into the world and they will give their last kiss as single individuals before sending them on their new journey as life partner.
Tree Planting Ceremony – from £50
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 can also consider including your guests or immediate family and friends—ask them to add their own scatters of soil or seeds
Create a Wedding Time Capsule – from £30
Invite any guest attending to write you a note that will be read on your first anniversary. The letters can include well wishes, advice for married life, favourite memories of you two together, or anything else they’d like to include (you can either include a card about this with your invitations, post about it on your wedding website, and/or have nice stationery and pens available at the venue).
Pass around a box during the ceremony for your guests to drop in their notes. Then it is sealed up until your anniversary.
Special requests can be discussed and arranged as required, including fancy dress
Miscellaneous Costs – As agreed (Reception MC / Toastmaster)
Prices include travel within a 20-mile radius of TA7 0BN and then an additional charge of 45p per mile will incur.
I am happy to travel across the UK and abroad, hotel accommodation, flights, transfers and long-distance calls are extra, quotations available on request.
Bank Holiday bookings incur a 10% surcharge