Personalise your Wedding Ceremony

How to Personalise your Wedding Ceremony

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One of the top wedding-related searches on Google is “Personalise your Wedding” as more and more couples strive to ensure their wedding day is absolutely true to them and their personalities.  So why not start with a personal wedding ceremony?

The beauty of hiring an Independent Celebrant like me to write and conduct your Wedding Ceremony is that the content is absolutely yours to choose and own.  It really is the perfect opportunity to completely personalise your day and make it different from everybody else’s!

Write your own Wedding Vows

 

To personalise things, couples should definitely try writing their own wedding vows to one another, but if you’ve no idea where to start there are tons of vow writing ideas to be found on the internet.

I send all my couples a long list of example Vows, Personal Promises and Ring Vows that they can use as a starting-off point to cherry pick and tweak or add their own twist to.  Wedding Vows can be short, simple and poignant, or much more involved.  They can be a few lines long or stretch to a full side of A4 paper!  Remember you’ll be reading these words out to your spouse in front of your loved ones so if you’re prone to being emotional it might be best to keep them brief!

Personal Readings or Poetry

 

Why not ask a friend or relative to write you a bepoke poem?  Alternatively they could read a particularly meaningful piece of prose or writing.  If you have a Celebrant-led wedding ceremony you are not bound to those restrictive civil marriage laws as you would be with a Registrar so if you wanted a religious text, prayer or blessing then that’s fine too!

 

Ritual and Symbolism

to personalise your Wedding Ceremony – there are so many lovely ideas that you might want to consider for your own day and here are just a few examples that have been used in Ceremonies I’ve written and conducted for my own clients:

Hand Fasting

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Here you can see one of my couples during their mini hand-fasting as part of their personal wedding ceremony at One Warwick Park in Tunbridge Wells.  You can see their hand-fasting cord bound around their clasped hands.

Rose Ceremony

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Here are two single stemmed roses which are about to be presented to both mothers of an international couple as part of their English Wedding Ceremony.  Other ideas could be a potted rose bush ready to plant in a garden, or a bouquet of roses (or any other flower for that matter!).  A lovely way to thank your Mum for her unconditional love as a parent.

 

Sand Ceremony

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After hearing that my couple got engaged in the Moroccan Desert and were going to be honeymooning in the Arabian Desert, we chose to incorporate this unity symbolism into their bespoke Wedding Ceremony.  I started by pouring a foundation layer of sand at the bottom of the glass vase, after which the Bride and Groom layered the two other colours together in a pattern, signifying that their lives were now intertwined and impossible to part – like the grains of sand.

 

Unity Candle Ceremony

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This symbolic candle lighting will make a ceremony really quite special, and is designed to celebrate the joining of two individual people in marriage, and two families coming together.  The two taper candles are lit by family members, and passed to the Bride and Groom who join those two flames to light the central unity candle. These sets can be personalised especially for you and easily purchased online from a number of retailers.

 

If you would like a personalised wedding ceremony that’s written just for you and tells your own love story please do get in touch.  Take a look at my Contact Me page or complete my Make an Enquiry form.  I’d love to hear your ideas!

British Summer and Outdoor Weddings

I absolutely love performing outdoor weddings – about 75 per cent of my high season wedding ceremonies are be held entirely in the open air.

And yes, this is in Great Britain where our summer weather can often be a little unpredictable!

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As long as you have a good back-up “bad weather” plan then there’s no reason to discount an outdoor wedding – a few drops of rain or drizzle won’t harm anyone.

Modern weather forecasting is pretty accurate now, and if for instance, a downpour is predicted at 2pm then why not consider moving your ceremony start time to ensure you say your vows before the deluge?

A burst of British summer rain can often be quite refreshing and gone in an instant – the ground can be dry before you know it.

Hand round umbrellas and it can be quite fun – the pictures look great too!

 

 

There are so many wonderful outdoor places you can consider when you have a Celebrant-led wedding – you’re not restricted to a property with a civil licence (whether this is a room indoors or some permanent structure outside like a gazebo).  It really all boils down to personal choice and what sort of atmosphere you’d like for your big day.  Taking a couple’s ideas and helping them have the wedding that they’ve always wanted is the best job ever for me.  An outdoor wedding needn’t be all rustic and DIY though, they can look very stylish indeed as at The House Meadow seen above.

 

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To give you some ideas,

these are just some of the outdoor weddings

I’ll be conducting for couples who’ve hired me

in Kent, Medway, Sussex and Surrey:

 

 

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  • in an old restored barn festooned with fairy lit beams
  • under an oak tree next to a wildflower meadow on a farm
  • in a private garden adjacent to a village green
  • on landscaped terraced gardens at a quaint Kentish pub
  • in the gardens of a village hall with room for a hog roast 
  • in the large grounds of a school with a marquee reception
  • within dappled woodland on a wildfowl nature reserve
  • in a field on a family home with tipis for the reception
  • amongst trees and swinging sofas in a woodland hideaway
  • on the lawns of a well-established country house hotel

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If you’re planning an outdoor wedding, there are lots of alternative wedding venues open to you – why follow the herd? And don’t worry about the weather!  Happy planning!

To find out more, get in touch!
Katie Keen – Independent Celebrant at True Blue Ceremonies.

 

Spring is in the Air

After the horrendous weeks of weather we endured over the Winter it’s lovely to see that Spring is in the air and there are some signs of it having already arrived here in Kent. There are swathes of snowdrops blooming in churchyards and I’ve noticed patches of daffodils getting ready to pop open and flower.

Here the sun is out today and the temperature is rising just a little.   Spring is a beautiful time of year and I thought I’d share some images of Spring weddings here on the blog to cheer everyone up!  All images courtesy of Pinterest.  While you’re about it, why not come and follow me over on my Pinterest page.

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A beautiful yellow green and white bouquet

 

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Bright yellow daffodils arranged in a milk churn

 

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Simple tied bouquet with herbs, mixed daffodils and narcissi

 

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Fresh and crisp spring tablescape with primroses and lily of the valley

 

 

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Reception Table set in a field of daffodils
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Pretty teacups filled with spring flowers in a rustic style