Why you may consider having a Celebrant-led ceremony on your wedding day
If you are looking for a one-of-a-kind wedding that’s totally about you and your partner, then a celebrant-led wedding may be for you.
If you have always dreamed of getting married in your parent’s garden, in the middle of the woods or perhaps you want to do something totally unique and say your vows in a cave – you can!
They also allow you the freedom to create a wedding that’s completely your way meaning you can throw out tradition if you want to and up the FUN element. If you want to incorporate dancing, a game, an important ritual, something that’s important to your culture, some singing– you can!
After spending time getting to know you, your celebrant will design and conduct a ceremony that’s totally unique to you and your partner. As part of the ceremony they will share your love story with your guests – how you met, how you fell in love, the proposal, your best times, what you’ve learnt in your not so good times – what you decide to share is up to you. Your celebrant can also help you to choose poems and readings that best represent you as a couple and that are suited to the vibe of your wedding. They can also help you if you want to write your own readings or vows. A celebrant-led ceremony means every part of the wedding is unique and can be personalised. They allow your personality and love story to shine through in every part.
Including your guests in your ceremony
If you’d like to get your guests or key people within your ceremony more involved in the service than just watching, the options at a celebrant led wedding are endless. There are lots of rituals that your celebrant can include in your ceremony to symbolise your love for one another.
Your chosen celebrant could perform a hand fasting or knot tying ceremony. You could ask your guests to bring along ribbons on the day. These can then be plaited together or woven to form your tie. If you feel nervous about relying on your guests remembering to bring enough ribbon along have your celebrant bring some spare or ask guests to send their chosen ribbon a few weeks in advance.
A ritual that is becoming more and more popular is ring warming. The wedding rings are passed around all of the guests and held briefly in their hands ‘warming them up’ with good wishes for your future together.
Another way you can get your guests involved in your ceremony is by having a sand-blending ritual. Each guest will take turns to add his or her chosen coloured sand to your container. This ritual symbolizes the coming together of families.
It’s not just about getting your guests involved – yes- I’m talking pets! If you want to get your fur-baby involved in your ceremony by being your ring bearer it’s possible with a celebrant led ceremony.
Whether you decide to go with any of these rituals, plant a tree, light a candle or choose to drink from a Quaich, your celebrant will ensure your ceremony is crafted to celebrate all of the strands of your relationship and tradition you are bringing together.
In some places in the world you can only be married between 8am and 6pm. With a Celebrant-led, wedding, you can get married at whatever time you like, you could plan a ceremony that rolls into your New Years Eve Party and see in the New Year as a married couple. Or if you’re morning people, perhaps you want to have your wedding ceremony as the sun rises over your favourite cliff top view with just the two of you. A Celebrant led ceremony gives you the opportunity for a fully flexible wedding day on your timings!
You get to choose who conducts your ceremony
Your wedding will be a day when you want to be surrounded by the people you like and love, more than ever am I right? So wouldn’t it be great if the person with you at the front, the one sharing your story and gently guiding you through your vows, was a wedding celebrant you had chosen and who you had the chance to get to know before your day.
Having a Celebrant means you can do just that. With a celebrant-led wedding, your ceremony will be delivered by someone you have come to know, like and trust. Not just by the person allocated to your date and who you meet that morning. Your Celebrant will take time to meet with you both in the lead up to your wedding, getting to know you both, your story, your likes, dislikes, your values, and then craft a personalised ceremony that is absolutely unique to you both as a couple.
Although not legally recognised in some areas at the moment, Celebrant led ceremonies are becoming more and more popular in modern couples wanting to do-away with stuffy traditions that don’t mean much to them. You are able to legally register your wedding for around £50 before or after your ceremony and your chosen celebrant can advise you on the options that are best for you as a couple.
Would you consider a Celebrant led celebration on your wedding day? I’d love to know in the comments below.