A CELEBRANT’S GUIDE TO YOUR PERFECT ALTERNATIVE WEDDING
When planning a wedding, your enter into a world you never knew existed. It’s filled with chair covers, wedding favours and seating plans that can push you to the brink of mental stability. enough to make any sensible couple want to run as far away, as they can from salmon-pink bridesmaid’s dresses and clashing aunties. What makes this whole situation is so frustrating is that it can commodify weddings into a cookie-cutter production line that spoils the whole ethos of getting hitched. Sounds awful, doesn’t it? This is where a celebrant-led wedding comes in especially if want some thing a little more personal. You deserve that perfect wedding.
WHAT IS A CELEBRANT?
I’m a celebrant who spends my time meeting couples and writing and performing ceremonies. I conduct weddings, vow renewals, baby naming and other family celebrations. Basically, if you need something celebrating, I’ll be there!
I’m aware my viewpoint maybe slightly biased. I truly believe that a celebrant-led wedding allows couples so much freedom when it comes to their ceremony. I’m keen to let people know what’s possible and that it’s more than they ever thought. Here are four reasons why a celebrant-led wedding could be for you, with some ideas to spark your imagination.
THE WEDDING CEREMONY
Having a celebrant means you’ll have a ceremony that is totally personal to you as a couple. Want a wedding that incorporates your shared love of Jane Austen, The Cure or H. P. Lovecraft? No problem, Cthulhu’s your oyster. Rather than the templates of the civil service and church, a celebrant will work with a couple to write a script that is just for them. This involves the celebrant sitting down with the couple and hearing all about their own love story. Then the celebrant will create a ceremony totally unique to them that incorporates all the elements that make your story unquie.
ALTERNATIVE WEDDING LOCATIONS
Celebrant-led weddings can take place anywhere, rather than in strictly licensed venues creating perfect alternative wedding. This opens up a world of opportunity for where to marry, meaning you could look at a location that is important to you as a couple, a place of historical importance, or even a friend’s back garden. Is an outdoor wedding your dream?
Of course, the dress code for any wedding is always set by the couple. However, traditional venues are not always known for their open-mindedness. Celebrants are used to working with exciting and sometimes artistic couples who might want to include elements of costume and fantasy in to their wedding. Personally, I have a strong interest in Classics and Loud shirts( ME ) and I’d love to be able to help a couple find ways to incorporate their passions not only through their ceremony but also through costume. In fact, if anyone wanted to get married as Geralt and Yennifer from The Witcher series, I’d marry them for free (or at least for 30 crowns!)
FAITHS AND RITUALS
A celebrant-led wedding is a great way to combine faiths and spiritualties. Very often couples would like a spiritual element to their ceremony but feel that marrying in a religious institution is not for them. Celebrants are not affiliated to any faith. As such can incorporate as much spirituality as required, or none at all. The same is true of rituals, celebrants can incorporate a host of traditions old and new, including handfasting, ring warming and jumping the broom etc.
BUT I’M NOT GETTING MARRIED?
Of course, it’s not just weddings. A celebrant can help welcome a new child into the family. Renew your vows or say what you didn’t get to say the first time around. If you can celebrate it then a celebrant can deliver you a personalised ceromeny to be remembered.
I hope the above has given you some ideas about how a celebrant-led ceremony. I could help you create an event that is truly for you by incorporating your passions and interests and love story, that will add value to your day. If you’d like to speak about this anymore, drop me a line at. Clive