Celebrant SJ

Celebrant SJ

Straight off the bat, it’s not about me. Your ceremony will be bespoke to you.
But, just so you have a bit of background on the person you’re entrusting your special occasion to, here’s my brief story.
I’ve spent more than 14 years in the TV industry, in the galleries of ITV and BBC, as a director and vision mixer. So, you might say, I know how to put on a show.
I have acting credits too, so I feel at ease in front of a crowd, while I’ve recently dipped my toe into the world of coding, constructing my business website myself.
I trained with the Fellowship of Professional Celebrants and I’m a member of the organisation. I abide by their code of ethics and I also have Public Liability Insurance under their umbrella scheme.

CEREMONIES
FOR COUPLES

Weddings
Let me help you create your vision. I will write and conduct a bespoke ceremony which represents you both as individuals, but also shows your harmony and unity as a couple. You may want to include religious elements or none at all. Remember, it’s your day! Include your family traditions, heritage, favourite music. Write your own vows or let me help you. There’s no limit to your imagination when you’re planning your special day. If you need an extra helping hand, I’m also available to stay on after your wedding ceremony to act as your wedding host. I’ll introduce the speeches, announce the cutting of the cake, the first dance and help your photographer gather in the guests for the all-important picture opportunities.

Vow Renewals
A vow renewal ceremony is a wonderful opportunity to reaffirm your love to one another. There are no restrictions on vow renewals so it can take place anytime, anywhere to suit you.
Relive those precious moments of when you first met, the engagement and all the fantastic memories you’ve made as a couple.
Walk down the aisle again in front of all your guests or keep things intimate. However you choose to do it, I’ll be there to guide, support and advise.

Commitment Ceremony
Would you like to show your love to one another without having to do the legal paperwork? A commitment ceremony is a wonderful way of celebrating your love, and it can still be very similar to a wedding ceremony if you wish. Exchange rings, share promises and invite guests to share in the moment.
A symbolic element, like the lighting of candles or planting a tree could be incorporated to mark this joyous celebration. I’d be happy to design a symbolic element that relates specifically to you too. One of my favourites was a Lego house building where all the congregation were involved. Let’s chat and make your day completely yours.

FOR FAMILIES AND CHILDREN

Naming Days
A naming ceremony is a wonderful way of welcoming a new baby. It can also be a lovely occasion to welcome step or adoptive children into the family. Parents, relatives and friends can all be involved and the ceremony can be wherever you like. Whether that be at home in the garden, a favourite restaurant or a community hall. The choice is yours and that’s not just with the venue. You can select music, readings and symbolic elements for a truly unique day. Please get in touch, I’d love to chat more.

Merging Families
Families are a beautiful thing. A merging families ceremony brings people together to celebrate new relationships, it helps create new bonds and allows everyone involved to make fresh commitments as siblings and parents. A fantastic ceremony to show union and most importantly, love.

Blessing Ceremonies
Blessing ceremonies can take place wherever you wish and are relevant for many occasions. Are you expecting a baby and would like a blessing for your bump at your baby shower? Are you moving to a new house? I can help you celebrate your housewarming with a unique ceremony. Drop me a line, I’d be delighted to explore ideas with you.

CELEBRATION OF LIFE

Funeral Ceremonies
Together and in your own time we can create a fitting tribute to your loved one.
It can be non-religious, semi religious or spiritual if you wish. I will be by your side to assist you with selecting readings, poems and music.
I can help you write words of remembrance that you will share at the ceremony, or I can read them if you prefer. On the day I will conduct the ceremony with warmth, respect and compassion.

Memorial Ceremonies
Celebrate a life lived whenever you feel ready to. After some cremations, you will be given the ashes and may decide you’d like to hold a ceremony to pay a fitting tribute to your loved one. Or you may wish to stage a memorial to mark the anniversary of a loved one’s death, birth or a special day in their life. Memorials can either be solemn and respectful or joyous occasions celebrating life. You choose the mood that’s right for you.

Living Funeral
A living funeral, also known as a life celebration is a chance to rejoice in a person’s life whilst they are still around. Living funerals allow the guest of honour to be involved in the planning process and have a say in how it is all put together and presented. They may even want to say a few words themselves.
There are many ways to host a living funeral and I would be honoured to help you.

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