Celebration Services

When you say ‘Celebrant’ people think ‘ Wedding’ but there’s so much more to life than getting married!

I wouldn’t go so far as to say I celebrate every day (some days I’d rather have a lie in!) but to me, there are occasions in life that, while ordinary in that everyone experiences them, should be celebrated as extraordinary. There may be 7 billion of us on this planet but each and every one of us is unique. That’s something to celebrate in itself!

Naming Days

celebrant naming day - boy with baby

When you say ‘Celebrant’ people think ‘ Wedding’ but there’s so much more to life than getting married!

I wouldn’t go so far as to say I celebrate every day (some days I’d rather have a lie in!) but to me, there are occasions in life that, while ordinary in that everyone experiences them, should be celebrated as extraordinary. There may be 7 billion of us on this planet but each and every one of us is unique. That’s something to celebrate in itself!

I may have already said this but I love weddings. Not just the dancing (I can’t dance) or the music, or the food (oh, how I love food!). I love the ceremony, the ‘full of love’ bit that should make everyone in attendance feel special, feel like they’ve just witnessed the greatest love story ever told.

It doesn’t always happen. I’ve seen wedding guests relax over drinks in the hotel bar while the Bride and Groom are ‘tying the knot’ in a nearby Church. The guests claim to have heard it all before and skip what is the most important part of the day.

I’ve been to weddings where the Church Minister wouldn’t allow secular music or a Registrar could not allow religious text.

Gay weddings where the couple have a strong faith but their religion doesn’t acknowledge their love or their marriage.

Weddings of two faiths where one faith took a step back, or both faiths were excluded from a secular service.

What I love about weddings is just that. Love. That’s what it’s all about, right? You love your partner and you want to publicly proclaim that love.

Love comes in all shapes and sizes and so should a wedding celebration.

Love is unique and your wedding day should be too.

Are you getting married so that you can have a party? Or a fabulous dinner, or a great band and some cool dance moves? Maybe it’s so that you can get dressed up for the day, although I doubt it.

The majority of us marry because we love our partner and we want everyone to know this and share in our happiness.

We need to shift the focus of the wedding day back to the celebration of the couples love for each other.
Your wedding day isn’t about the band, or the food or the flip flops in the ladies bathroom (although this is a most excellent idea).

Your wedding day is a combination of all those things but above all, it is about you two and your love for each other. And that love is why you are getting married.

Coming of Age

celebrant coming of age - key with heart

Society has marked various stages in a persons life since time immemorial. Key ages tend to work around that magic number, 7! 7, 14, 21 – all big dates in a young person’s time line. Whatever age you wish to celebrate, I will prepare a ceremony to include the life story so far, the hopes and dreams of the child’s parents and guardians and readings or music to suit their personality.

Elopement

celebrant elopement - couple by sea
Many families chose to have a secular service to celebrate the arrival of a new member of the clan. These can be simple ceremonies, welcoming the baby in to the family and introducing them by name to the gathered party, or something a little bit more elaborate. Readings, music, rituals involving parents, family, guardians; whatever you can imagine, I can deliver in a format to suit. With babies, don’t forget a short ceremony is best as they don’t know it’s their big day and if they want to cry, they will! A longer format is a beautiful way to introduce a new family member who is a little bit older; a newly adopted or fostered child or a child joining a blended family. It’s a lovely way to introduce the family and to celebrate their arrival.

Commitment Ceremonies

celebrant commitment ceremonies
Some people just don’t like the idea of being married. Commitment isn’t an issue for them but there’s just something about putting it into a legal context that makes them anxious. Commitment ceremonies are a perfect solution. Similar to a wedding celebration, vows can be exchanged, stories told and music played. A ritual such as hand fasting is ideal; in some Celtic traditions, hand fasting was used as a commitment – bound for a year and a day and then, at that end of that time, the couple could commit or walk away. Probably best not to mention the ‘walking away’ option at a celebration though!!

Vow Renewals

celbrant vow renewals

There’s something special about renewing vows. Some couples do so on a significant anniversary such as their 10th, 25th or 40th. Other couples celebrate their vow renewals following an illness or with refreshing honesty, after a particularly tough time in their marriage. Whatever the reason, I can write and deliver the perfect ceremony for you.

Memorial Services

celebrant memorial services - paper baloon

As cremations grow in popularity in Ireland, people are searching for an appropriate way to commemorate their loved one. A Memorial Service enables friends and family to gather and celebrate the life of their loved ones. As with all my ceremonies, a Memorial Service is written especially for my clients, it can be entirely delivered by me or family members can be involved in telling their favourite story or reading or music.

The beauty of a Memorial Service is that it can take place at a time and venue to suit you.

Memorial services are also a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the life of someone who lived and died abroad.

Retirements

celebrant retirements - elderly couple looking into each others eyes
Another coming of age ceremony; sometimes we just don’t have the words to thank our co-workers for the impact they have had on our lives. These ceremonies tend to be shorter and are a great way to resolve the problem of who in work is going to deliver the speech. I will meet and gather information on the retiree from co-workers and deliver a story that captures their time of service, adding in their own wishes for the future.

Whatever the occasion

celebrant what ever the occasion
I will write a ceremony to suit you. If you can’t find the right words, I’m the woman for the job. I have words at will and am delighted to share them. I can attend and deliver the story or ceremony or simply write a story for you. Let’s have a chat and see what suits you best.