Your first kiss, the moment you fell in love, your decision to marry are all part of your special journey together one full of stories of love and adventure.
Your wedding ceremony should mirror this, tell your love story and portray the lifetime commitment you’re making to each other.
It is now possible to have the wedding you desire, in the location you wish. Whether that’s at home, in a castle, on a beach, by a lake, under a tree, where ever you chose its your wedding, your special day.
Should you chose a ceremony where your own vows capture everything the day means to you or wish to include symbolic events, hand fasting, sand ceremonies, unity candles, crownings or jumping the broom, we will help you put together your perfect day and on the day itself we will be there at every step to give you the wedding you truly wish for.
Every wedding is unique, no love the same. Your vows to each other should be bespoke to you and you alone.
Our vow writing service takes your thoughts and dreams and helps you to create your truly personal vow.
As part of your special day a symbolic unity ceremony signifying your love is both steeped in history and tradition and a wonderful way of demonstrating your love and commitment to each other.
The origins of the Hand Fasting Ceremony can be traced as far back as 7000BC. Early hand fasting ceremonies and weddings coincided with Celtic worship . Hand fastings that took place alongside a Druid ceremony were important in Celtic Britain, and were often reserved for the richer, elite members of societies.
In this Celtic ritual coloured ribbons are used to bind the couples hands together in unity. The couple choose up to six ribbons with each ribbon signifying a different meaning. The fastening is then sealed with a blessed Celtic cord. The tying of a couple’s hands together brings them closer and in later life although not tied physically, emotionally they remain entwined with their vows and chosen ribbons reflecting their personalities, wishes and dreams.
The Unity Sand Ceremony has controversial origins, some believing it began with the Native Americans and some insisting the Hawaiians were the ancestors of the legend. Both sources are mystical and romantic. Maybe both are right and the Unity Sand Ceremony arose in both places. Wherever it's origins, a Sand Ceremony is romantic in it's meaning and spiritual in it's mysticism.
Promises are made and vows taken as different coloured sand is pored from individual vases into the unity vase, once poured the sands can never be returned to their individual vases, they are forever entwined as are the lives and loves of the bride and groom.
Salt ceremonies can be traced to both historical biblical times and Hindu weddings. In ancient times salt figured prominently in rituals, mankind has long considered salt to be pure and representative of good luck. In times past agreements and promises were sealed by a salt covenant, each person would take a pinch of salt from their pouch and place it in the pouch of the other. The agreement couldn’t be broken unless an individual was able to retrieve their own grains of salt.
At Hindu weddings, which include the Salt Ceremony, the bride passes a handful of salt to her groom, he then passes it back. The exchange is repeated three times before the bride performs the salt exchange with the members of the groom's family, symbolising the blending of the couple into one family that no one can separate.
Jumping the broom has its origins in both Celtic and African cultures. The Celtic history is predominantly, although not uniquely, Welsh and was known as “Priodus Coes Ysgub” – “Broom Stick wedding”. In times past couples who embarked on marriage often jumped the broom symbolising the first tasks of working as a couple before picking up the broom and together sweeping the past away to their new future.
The Crowning Ceremony is a very special and meaningful ritual from early times. Following vows, the celebrant calls forward the best man and bridesmaid to join together the bride and groom by placing decorative crowns, attached with a long white cord or ribbon, on each of their heads. The crowns symbolise their unity as a couple and as king and queen of their new family. Whilst entwined the couple drink from an offered “common cup” of wine to toast their new commitment to each other .
The crowns can be beautifully elaborate, often decorated with jewels or coloured glass, or they can be simply made with garlands of flowers to represent nature. The crowns are kept as heirlooms to remind the couple of the vows they pledged to each other.
The lighting of Unity Candles is a humble and touching ritual, as part of a wedding ceremony. The symbolism of light is universal. In lighting the candle together, the bride and groom create a union of one light from two, a light made brighter by the union of their two families. The candles are then kept as treasured heirlooms to remind the couple of the vows they made together.
A special poem, a meaningful verse or an evocative piece of music can help you express your love and add special meaning to your wedding ceremony. Your choice is endless and with no restrictions. You may have written your own poem or verse, or you can choose a favourite song, a special poem or a reading from a much loved book. You might like to engage a musician, a singer or play recorded music. We can help and advise you as part of our service.
You can download and read from the selection of some of our favourite readings and poetry for wedings and marriage services below, This is by no means an exhaustive list and we are always delighted to be introduced to your favourites.
All our ceremonies are bespoke to you and individually crafted. To help in planning and budgeting we have a choice of options to consider, our unity ceremonies are individually priced allowing you to create the service you wish. However please feel free to talk to us about your own specific requirements we would be delighted to tailor our services to meet your needs.