Ceremonies

Weddings

I believe that ceremonies and celebrations are an important part of our family, social, and community lives.

They say that life isn’t measured by the number of breaths you take but the number of times it takes your breath away.  As a marriage celebrant I am fortunate to witness thousands of these moments.

The moment a father see his little girl as a bride; the moment a groom sights the woman who, miraculously has agreed to be his lifelong partner; the tears a mother cries from sheer joy. Who wouldn’t love this life.

Handfasting is an ancient ceremony. After exchanging the rings the couple holds hands and a ribbon is tied, with three knots, each accompanied by a blessing (hence the term “tie the knot”). The ribbon is kept as a keepsake.

Wording for Release of Butterflies – According to an American Indian Legend -If anyone desires a wish to come true they must first capture a butterfly and whisper that wish to it.

There are various interpretations of why and where the breaking glass wedding tradition came from, some popular explanations:

  • Temple : Breaking of the Jewish wedding glass is a reminder of the destruction of the Temples in Jerusalem.
  • Superstitious : A loud noise is thought to drive away evil spirits.
  • Sadness/Joy : A reminder that even in times of great joy that there is sadness. That life will bring sadness as well as joy.

Roses are known as an ancient “symbol of love” and just as a rose bud blossoms, bride and groom have opened their hearts to one another, and today we are all witnessing the culmination of this love.

Feel free to go overboard with the flowers and other symbols of fertility such as conch shells, brightly coloured eggs, God and Goddess figurines, pine cones and so forth. You can decorate with many candles and may choose to create a circle of candles and crystals around the area you will be consecrating.

This ceremony symbolises the joining of the couple & the two families. On the table is one large candle & two smaller candles. During the ceremony the two smaller candles are lit (by the parents). The bride & groom take one each & light the unity candle together. Each year on their wedding anniversary they can relight the candle to renew their wedding vows.

The sand ceremony is a modern alternative to the unity candle ceremony.

Bride & groom only : Two bottles are filled with white & black coloured sand usually white for the bride and black for the groom (but you could have favourite blending colours).

On a base of sand (from beach or house building or childhood site) the groom pours half his coloured sand into the commemorative bottle. The bride pours her coloured sand on top. This represents their separate lives until now. Then they pour the remainder of their sand into the commemorative bottle together, blending the two colours. This represents their lives have become inseparable.

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Commitment Ceremonies

My ceremony contains:
A number of choices to make your ceremony special.

Commitment Ceremonies may contain any or all of the following:

  • Introduction and welcome

  • Introduction and inclusion of any children of the union

  • Readings

  • Poetry

  • Rededication of ring(s)

  • Giving of ring(s) or gift(s)

  • Messages from special guests

  • Special music

  • Signing of commemorative certificate and closing words

A commitment ceremony is for couples who have made a commitment to each other and wish to publicly declare their devotion before family and friends, without taking the step into a legal marriage, for whatever reason.

You can call it a commitment ceremony, a ceremony of union, or anything else you like!

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Renewal Of Vows

An Anniversary can be an opportunity to re-affirm and further cement your love for one another. Choosing to have a celebrant engenders a sense of occasion, you can review your history; confirm your love and commitment to each other; and then, renewed and refreshed, together point towards the future. There are countless idyllic venues on the Central Coast and hinterland.

Vow renewal can be an integral part of an Anniversary, but can also be undertaken at any point in your life together.

My task is to visit with you for a couple of hours and assist you to recall significant events and memories, which can then be woven into the network of your ceremony. I will discuss with you the various styles and ideas that we could use, and then create a ceremony for your day. Together we then work on that structure via telephone and e-mail, until you are completely happy with the content. Remember, this is your day!

If necessary, I will arrange a rehearsal with you to ensure all will run smoothly. On the day, I will arrive with plenty of time to spare and set up my PA system (if required), attend to any details and then of course, as your celebrant, I will guide and facilitate your ceremony.

Your initial consultation is completely free of charge and I will be delighted to answer any questions you may have, so please feel free to give me a call.

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Naming Ceremonies

Welcoming a new member into the family and community has to be one of the most delightful and joyous occasions a celebrant can experience……

Namegiving ceremonies provide us with the opportunity to cement our relationships within the central family, invite other people into the life of the new addition (in the form of mentors, godparents, guardians, etc.), and the chance to formally recognise the value and input of significant people such as Grandparents. We can recognise peolpe visiting the Central Coast.

A Namegiving Ceremony can include anything from traditional wording to something created just to suit you – all it requires is some ideas, some creativity, and my guidance….

My fee includes : a visit to gather information; provide a variety of suggestions; create a special ceremony; correspond by phone and e-mail until you are totally delighted with the wording; rehearse for the celebration; and then finally, as your celebrant, facilitate the ceremony itself.

I will produce personalised certificates for parents, godparents/guardians and grandparents as required.

I will arrive complete with a PA system (if required), in time to set up and ensure everything is running smoothly & greet the people gathered for the celebration. I will then conduct and guide the ceremony.

Your initial consultation is completely free of charge and I will be delighted to answer any questions you may have, so please feel free to give me a call.

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Funerals

Most of us will only have to arrange a few funerals in our lifetime. So it’s not surprising that this can be a very difficult experience. Together with your funeral director I can help you to arrange a meaningful celebration of the life of your friend or relative. I wish to make this time a little easier to understand and provide some practical advice.

People may opt for either a traditional or more modern funeral, or perhaps compromise between the two. All such requests can be arranged within reason. For instance, you may like some modern music played at the service. Requests can include everything from rock bands performing at a service to releasing doves and having a surfboard carried on the hearse. Increasingly people choose to view funerals as a celebration of a life.

When I am first called I will assist in the writing of the eulogy. This is an outline of the deceased life and joys. I will ascertain what the family and the deceased require in a service. When we are satisfied the ceremony is as perfect and complete as we can make it, and the wishes of the family are fully met. I will create a service and submit it to the chief mourner or the person organising the funeral for checking the names included in the service and the style of the service.

I personally consult with the family about funeral arrangements and details for the service. I liaise with cemeteries or crematoria and the funeral director of your choice. I can organise music of your choice. I can refer to Central Coast agencies for grief support if required.

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