Ceremony and ritual have always been of importance to me. As well as experience as a Registrar in charge of legally registering marriages in both secular and religious settings, and working within an organisation which runs Marriage Preparation Courses, a few years ago I completed a Unitarian “Rites of Passage” training course, authorising and enabling me to conduct legal marriages and other life event ceremonies within Unitarian churches and meeting halls. Around this time I also branched off, becoming professionally insured, as an open-minded and inclusive Celebrant. All of which I thoroughly enjoy.
Prior to this, I learnt through the practice of being involved in the rites of passage of people I know.
- Welcoming ceremony and blessings for slightly older children and babies.
- Conducting wedding blessing abroad for couples whose families were unable to attend the UK wedding.
- Helping guide brides to write personal wedding vows
- Helping organise the gathering and celebration of relative’s lives, on what would have been, their birthday.
All of this has combined in greater understanding of how ceremonies and rituals transform, not only the central people involved, but also the lives of those who support them.
Marking Rites of Passage Ceremonies is something I feel passionate about and when meeting couples, or conducting ceremonies, I’m reminded that I have one of the luckiest jobs in the world! It’s always such an honour and privilege to be part of something so meaningful in people’s lives, and I know that this sense only continues to grow as time goes on.
I feel fortunate to do something I love and I think it important to give back, so a percentage of each ceremony booking fee goes towards supporting a selection of charities:
Booked Weddings and Vow Renewal donations go to:
– Gift of a wedding is a UK wide charity which gifts wedding services and vow renewals to those with a terminal or life-shortening illness. https://www.giftofawedding.org/
– Wedding Wishing Well Foundation is a charity organising and funding weddings for terminally ill people across the UK. https://weddingwishingwell.org.uk/
For booked Children’s Ceremonies a donation goes to:
– Petals is a UK baby loss counselling charity providing support to bereaved parents. https://petalscharity.org
– The Mariposa Trust is a UK support charity primarily working with pre and post birth baby loss and bereavement. https://www.mariposatrust.org/ and https://www.sayinggoodbye.org/
For Celebrations of Life/Memorials or any other ceremony bookings, a donation will be given to a charity related to that ceremony.
Wishing you all the best,