Wedding & Commitement Ceremonies
Firstly congratulations! The journey to your wedding day / commitment ceremony is best parts exciting and some parts stressful – your wedding day should be fun and full of love – that’s where I come in.
I offer bespoke legal wedding ceremonies and commitment ceremonies (large and intimate) crafted with the utmost care and detail. Working with you to make your day the happiest / most special event. You can add any elements to your ceremony to your heart’s content (within legal and safety standards! 😉
For more information on a commitment ceremony and how the differ from a ‘traditional’ wedding read more here
As a Celebrant I enjoy testing the limits of people’s imaginations when it comes to the ceremony – each as unique as you and your journey to love. I offer an array of ceremony enhancements. Examples of which I have listed below:
There is a huge growing trend in incorporating old Irish traditions into wedding ceremonies and couples are choosing to ‘tie the knot’ more and more in Ireland. Handfasting dates back to Celtic times and in Brehon law a marriage was made legal by the binding of hands.
The ceremony can be amended to suit individual tastes. You can use one cord (in a material of your choosing)and have the hands wrapped by me or you can choose a variety of colours and have a selection of your guests lay them over the hands. Each colour represents a gift or blessing bestowed upon the marriage. This can be a lovely way to include family and friends in the ceremony.
It usually happens after the ring exchange and the photographer can get some nice shots of the hands wrapped in bright coloured ribbons with the wedding rings on. The ties represent the bind of the vows made and the knot represents the union of the two coming together as one.
A unity candle ritual / ceremony is a lovely addition to any marriage ceremony as it symbolises the light which is given to each of you by your respective family members to light your path together.
A unity candle set consists of two slender candles and a large centre candle. Usually the candles white in colour. The Unity Candle Ceremony is a popular choice for both religious and non-religious ceremonies because it is non-denominational and has no religious significance.
The two outer candles represent the couple’s individual lives before joining in marriage. They represent all that you are and all that you have ever been, they also represent your individual families. Each of the couple take a single candle and light the centre candle, signifying the coming together as one.
Family members and close friends can be incorporated in the ceremony. A piece of music or a reciting of a poem / verse can complement the ceremony – I can supply ideas from my extensive library of resources.
A Sand ritual or Blending of the Sand is a unique way to symbolize two lives becoming one. Usually In religious or spiritual ceremonies, there is a joining of two or more coloured sands. The couple’s individual lives are represented by separate coloured sands in separate containers which are poured in layers into a larger centre container. As the sands intermix the grains become indistinguishable and can never again be separated. The parts of each person’s life, their talents, character traits, sets of friends and all that they bring form part of the rich tapestry of the whole union.
Some couples choose colours to represent their family crests, their sports team, their nationalities or just their favourite colours. The large container is sealed at the end and is kept as a treasured memento of the marriage ceremony.
This is also a wonderful way to include children. They can be given their own container with their own unique colour to represent their part in the family as a whole. Having said that, if they are very young it is unlikely the sand will end up anywhere other than the floor but this has its charm too.
In ancient times, 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. This agreement could not be broken unless an individual could retrieve their own grains of salt.
During the ceremony the bride and groom each carry a container of pure salt to a larger container. Both pour their salt into the container, symbolizing their two lives being intertwined and inseparable, just as the salt is mixed together so that no one can separate the bride’s grains of salt from those of the groom.
Another old Irish tradition is ring warming. This is a fantastic way to include your guests. The rings are passed amongst your guests and each person gets to hold the rings. While each guests holds the rings, they either give a silent blessing or wish for the bride and the groom. Generally the rings are secured to a pillow or bowl by a string. As an alternative, you can set up a table at the entrance of your ceremony venue giving your guests an opportunity to ‘warm’ the rings as they walk in. This works well especially for larger weddings of over 100 guests. By the time the rings return they will be saturated with the love of your family and friends.
Wine box ritual:
This box contains a bottle of wine, and a love letter from each to the other. The letters describe the positive qualities you find in one another, the reasons you fell in love, and your reasons for choosing to marry. The letters are sealed in individual envelopes and you do not see what the other has written. You will have created your very own “romantic” time capsule to be opened on your 5th wedding anniversary or on a date of your choosing.
I recommend that you keep the box in a place of honour prominently displayed in your home as a constant reminder of your commitment to each other.
Then, should you ever find your marriage being tested, open this box, sit and drink the wine together, then separate and read the letters you wrote to one another when you were united as a couple in marriage. By reading these love letters you will reflect upon the reasons you fell in love and chose to marry each other.
Otherwise, you are to open this box to share and enjoy a drink together on your 5th year wedding anniversary!
And so much more…. we can chat about your requirements on consultation. Contact form below: