Wedding Ceremonies

I provide samples of wedding ceremonies including a selection of vows and ring exchange ideas to help you formulate the ceremony. I also assist you in completing all the relevant legal paperwork, and offer a rehearsal should you require one. A signing table, chairs, covers and feather pen are provided, along with a PA system for music and audibility, if necessary.

The location of your ceremony is limited only by your imagination; it is your day, so make it a day that truly reflects you.

Naming Ceremonies

A naming ceremony is a non-religious celebration of the arrival of a new child. It is a way of welcoming the child and officially introducing him/her to family and friends. Naming ceremonies are appropriate for anyone, at any age. The arrival of a new baby, uniting of step or adopted children within a family, or an adult name change are all great reasons to hold a naming ceremony.

Naming ceremonies involve the important people in the child's life - family and special friends. Parents have the opportunity to ask other adults to play a supportive role to their child through to adult life (grandparents, godparents, mentors or supporters).

Vow Renewals

A wedding vow renewal ceremony is a ceremony in which a married couple renew or reaffirm their wedding vows. The ceremonies have been popular in Italy for decades, and have existed in United States since the 1950s, but only became popular there after the 1970s. Most take place in lovely locations and are seen as a way for a married couple to renew their commitment to each other and demonstrate that the vows they took are still considered sacred. To some couples the ceremony offers the chance to celebrate the wedding they never had. Some of the reasons couples mention for holding a vow renewal include having passed through a difficult time in their relationship, celebrating a significant anniversary, or in order have a ceremony if their original wedding had not been one.

Non Traditional ceremonies

Don't like all the fuss? Make your ceremony something that feels special for the two of you! When you don't feel an affinity to the traditions you grew up with (if you didn't really grow up with any traditions that relate to ceremonies), it becomes a delicate process, building a ceremony that feels right to you and your partner, and feels familiar and relateable to your guests, but above all feels True and Honest. I am happy to help you design a ceremony that suits your circumstances and represents who you both are.

Funerals

Civil Celebrant Funerals are becoming recognised as a means by which the family can honour their loved one in a way that enhances the experience and recognises the place of the ceremony in the most important grieving process. A personal funeral, celebration of a life, or memorial ceremony can be a fitting tribute to the one who has passed away by remembering, acknowledging and celebrating their life and achievements. With your guidance, I can create and conduct a service which is life affirming and consoling.

"Thank you so much for all that you did for us for Dad’s service. The service was exactly as we would wish and we can not express in words just how thankful we are for the wonderful job you did on the day. We have had numerous people tell us “that’s the best funeral I have ever been to” and also numerous requests for your name and how we ‘found you’. Wish we could have recorded the comments we have had on what a wonderful service you provided, in such a deeply caring, personal and respectful way."

-- The Gorman family