A lot of couples these days are choosing not to have religious ceremonies.
Choosing instead to have a ceremony that is unique to them and tells their own love story.
In England and Wales, these kind of ceremonies do not yet enjoy Legal recognition and so couples have to visit the registry office, either a few days before their wedding ceremony or shortly afterwards, to get the legal stuff done.
You should not let this put you off, as celebrant led weddings can feel much more personal and unique than traditional church or registry office weddings.
There can be lots of special elements included in a celebrant wedding.
Some of which are listed below.
Unity Sand Ceremony
This is ideal for any wedding. Symbolizing the joining of the couple. This is very popular when there are children involved. It can be great fun to get the children involved in this ceremony.
Wine Box / Love Letter
In this ceremony, the couple will be asked to write letters of their love for each other and seal them in envelopes. They will then choose their favourite tipple. Be that a bottle of wine or something completely different, really doesn’t matter, as long as they like it.
The drink will be placed in the box along with the letters and any other memorabilia from their special day.
The box will be sealed during the ceremony and should not be opened by either of them until a special anniversary.
The box can be opened if the couple are going through bad times, to remind them why they fell in love and how they arrived at this stage of their journey.
Breaking of the Glass Ceremony
The Breaking of the Glass Ceremony is traditionally used at Jewish weddings; to signify the end of the ceremony.
Health and Safety plays a part in this type element of a ceremony and the glasses (Usually Champagne flutes), should be placed in a safe container, such as a cloth bag before being broken, to avoid any unfortunate accidents!
This ceremony can be done in one of two ways. The couple can mix red and white wine, creating a blush or they can both drink from the same glass.
This ritual has long been used in faith weddings although preceded by Pagans, but as a traditional ceremony option it also holds a universal meaning. It symbolizes 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.
First Kiss Last Kiss
In this ceremony, the bride and grooms mothers are asked to join them, towards the end of the ceremony. The mothers gave their children their first kiss and they are asked to give them their last kiss as single people.
Sending them into the next stage of their life journey as Husband and wife or life partners with their blessing
Commitment Ceremonies are for any adult couple of any Gender, who want people to know how committed they are to each other.
Similar to a wedding, you can invite guests, or just have yourselves and a couple of your closest friends.
You can have poems and readings. You could even exchange rings.
The biggest difference is that there are no legal implications.
The same special elements can be included in your commitment ceremony as would be included in a wedding, instead of wedding vows, you would have promises of commitment to each other. Completely bespoke and tailored just for you.