Looking for ideas to help you plan your wedding ceremony?

Something old, something new, something borrowed…

When I became a celebrant I did an extensive search for wedding ceremony ideas which might be of interest to my clients.  My ideas list is not exhaustive, however most people can find some ceremony ideas in my collection that are of interest to them. If you choose to book with me as your celebrant, I will use my expertise and intuition to weave your chosen ideas into a meaningful and coherent ceremony that authentically reflects your values and beliefs as a couple or family.

In planning your ceremony you may wish to draw on traditional symbolic and ritual elements – whether they be a reflection of the cultural or religious traditions you were raised in or a borrowing from elsewhere. Here in Australia we have a rich multi-cultural heritage available to inspire us – so whether you’re sticking to tradition or departing from it, there are plenty of different ideas to choose from.

Honouring the important role of the parents of the couple

Acknowledging Parents / Parents Blessings

"We have here today some very special people..." An opportunity for the important role of parents to be acknowledged, and perhaps an opportunity for one or more of them to say a few words or do a reading.. Or this may be done later as part of the post-wedding celebrations. If you don't want a formal 'giving away' ceremony, this may be a happy alternative.

Irish wedding custom - a bell of truce rung to bring couple back to harmony

Bell of Truce

A tradition from the West of Ireland, where the Celtic temperament has undoubtedly led to some very firey, passionate marriages.

Words of blessing spoken at the end of a wedding ceremony

Benediction – Words of Blessing

Traditionally, the first part of the wedding ceremony is about where you have come from, the middle part is about the commitments you are making today, and the closing part is future oriented, about receiving the blessings and well wishes of your community. I often use these words, taken from a traditional Irish blessing, in the closing segment of the ceremony.  But you may prefer to choose another reading or prayer to use here - to be read by the celebrant or by another person of your choice.

"As you go forth from this place to continue your lives together, may your joys be as bright as the morning, your years of happiness as numerous as the stars in the heavens, and your troubles but shadows that fade in the sunlight of love.

May your home be filled with laughter and the warm embrace of a summer day.

May you find peacefulness and beauty, challenge and satisfaction, healing and renewal, love and wisdom as in a quiet heart.

May you always feel that what you have is enough."

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