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Story behind traditions2

Wedding traditions and where they come from

The story behind the traditions...

Posted by Hayley Muncey on Friday 20th July 2018
Why have a Destination Wedding?

Why have a Destination Wedding?

Planning your wedding is no mean feat.  It takes patience, stamina and for some quite a budget!  Every bride and groom who choses to have their ceremony on their home...

Posted by Nikki Kulin on Wednesday 4th July 2018
Why you should celebrate the birth of your baby

Why you should celebrate the birth of your baby

Celebrating the birth of your baby varies in lots of wonderful ways around the world from Baby showers, Christenings, Naming Ceremonies, Circumcision, Ear piercings to Family shrines and many, many more.

Posted by Lauren Balloch on Thursday 17th May 2018
What is a Green funeral?

What is a Green funeral?

With the increasing popularity of finding new ways we can care for our earth, environmentally friendly burials and funerals help preserve our planet when our loved ones pass on.

Posted by Lauren Balloch on Wednesday 2nd May 2018
What is a Micro Wedding and is it right for you?

What is a Micro Wedding and is it right for you?

Micro weddings are weddings on a smaller scale – yes pretty much exactly what they say on the tin! They give the couple a chance to take the pressure off...

Posted by Lauren Balloch on Friday 27th April 2018
Wedding Traditions: The low down on Ring Bearers

Wedding Traditions: The low down on Ring Bearers

Here at The Celebrant Directory we are constantly on the look-out for different ways we can change up tradition, adding that extra sparkle when it comes to your wedding day. ...

Posted by Lauren Balloch on Tuesday 10th April 2018
Celebrant Feature: Who walks the bride down the aisle?

Celebrant Feature: Who walks the bride down the aisle?

That is one of many lovely sentiments that a bride can offer her escort when they have been given the honour of walking a bride up the aisle on her...

Posted by Ellen Bower on Wednesday 4th April 2018
Sand Ceremonies – What’s it all about?

Sand Ceremonies – What’s it all about?

Sand ceremonies are becoming increasingly popular as couples are finding great ways to add a modern twist on a traditional ceremony.

Posted by Lauren Balloch on Monday 26th March 2018
Breaking the rules: Who will walk down the aisle first?

Breaking the rules: Who will walk down the aisle first?

One of the logistical questions I ask all my couples as a Celebrant is: ‘Do you want a traditional entrance with the groom waiting at the front with me and...

Posted by Elizabeth Cass-kanti on Sunday 25th March 2018
A Dutch wedding ceremony: 10 steps to the perfect order of events

A Dutch wedding ceremony: 10 steps to the perfect order of events

Good news. You’re getting married in the Netherlands. Congratulations! You will love the Dutch wedding ceremony. But first, before you plunge into the planning, let’s think about the order of events.

Posted by Clover Jean on Wednesday 28th February 2018
What is a eulogy and how do I write a good one?

What is a eulogy and how do I write a good one?

A eulogy is a speech, or piece of writing, in praise of a particular person, or thing. These can be living eulogies – i.e.

Posted by Hannah Osmond on Tuesday 27th February 2018
Does humour have a place in a modern funeral?

Does humour have a place in a modern funeral?

The simple answer here is that a funeral should reflect the family’s wishes, and people are increasingly looking for a service that fully represents the loved one they have lost.

Posted by Hannah Osmond on Monday 12th February 2018
Add extra personality into your Wedding with a Unity Ceremony!

Add extra personality into your Wedding with a Unity Ceremony!

Unity ceremonies symbolise the joining of two people together as one, they offer magical moments within a wedding ceremony where two separate journeys come together onto a single pathway.

Posted on Monday 12th February 2018
Proposing on Valentine's Day? Read this!

Proposing on Valentine's Day? Read this!

Love it or loathe it, there’s no escaping the fact that Valentine’s Day is just around the corner.

Posted by Hannah Osmond on Saturday 10th February 2018
9 Beautiful Ways to Honour Loved Ones in a Wedding Ceremony

9 Beautiful Ways to Honour Loved Ones in a Wedding Ceremony

A wedding is guaranteed to be one of the most emotionally-charged days that you will experience in your whole life.  And this can be even truer when there’s someone very...

Posted by Katie Keen on Monday 29th January 2018
How to include young children in funerals

How to include young children in funerals

It’s a question parents often ask me as a funeral celebrant. In this article, I will explain why attending a funeral can be a healthy, healing and positive experience for children.

Posted by Rosalie Kuyvenhoven on Monday 29th January 2018
Top tips for planning your 2018 wedding

Top tips for planning your 2018 wedding

Getting married this year? Then here’s some useful advice on how to make your big day go with a bang…

Posted by Hannah Osmond on Sunday 21st January 2018
Music Choices For Your Loved One’s Funeral

Music Choices For Your Loved One’s Funeral

Music can be so important in life and is always something to consider when organising a funeral. Music can uplift the soul even at the hardest of times.

Posted by Ellie Lomas on Sunday 21st January 2018
How do I include my children in my wedding ceremony?

How do I include my children in my wedding ceremony?

When a couple has children, either from their relationship or from previous relationships, I ask how they envision including the children in the ceremony.

Posted by Ellen Bower on Sunday 21st January 2018
Confetti or rice not for you? Try out these wedding exit ideas!

Confetti or rice not for you? Try out these wedding exit ideas!

Ever wonder why people throw rice or confetti at newlywed couples at weddings? This post-ceremony practice has been around since ancient Roman times and isn’t just a festive way of...

Posted by Jennifer Constant on Saturday 16th December 2017
New Alternative Ways of Saying Goodbye

New Alternative Ways of Saying Goodbye

In the same way that wedding couples are increasingly looking to find more personal ways of tying the knot, families in the UK are also beginning to seek out alternative...

Posted by Hannah Osmond on Saturday 16th December 2017
How to surprise your guests during your wedding ceremony

How to surprise your guests during your wedding ceremony

Everyone loves a good surprise, especially at a wedding ceremony.

Posted by Hannah Osmond on Monday 4th December 2017
Top 10 Naming Ceremony Readings

Top 10 Naming Ceremony Readings

With a dizzying array of Naming Ceremony reading suggestions on the internet, this task can become overwhelming. Before you trawl through websites, think about what you are trying to achieve?

Posted by Hannah Osmond on Monday 4th December 2017
How funeral 'celebrations' allow the bereaved to tailor goodbyes

How funeral 'celebrations' allow the bereaved to tailor goodbyes

Up until the Nineties, relatives of a deceased person had to try to persuade a local church minister to lead the funeral service… because, well, the church’s way was The Way.

Posted by Jennifer Constant on Friday 24th November 2017
Florist interview: What flower options do I have for a funeral?

Florist interview: What flower options do I have for a funeral?

In this blog, we talk to the absolutely fantastic, Bristol-based, florist Fiona Lafon of Emerald and Jade.

Posted by Fiona Lafon and Jennifer Constant on Sunday 19th November 2017
What Do We Call the Godparents at a Naming Ceremony?

What Do We Call the Godparents at a Naming Ceremony?

Our lovely TCD Celebrant and Resident Blogger, Katie Keen, talks to us about Naming Ceremonies, from their history to Fairy-UnGodly Parents! (Yes there is such a thing!).

Posted by Katie Keen on Tuesday 14th November 2017
Featured Celebrant Story: Changing our perception of funerals.

Featured Celebrant Story: Changing our perception of funerals.

An interview with the wonderful Celebrant, Vanessa Buckley as she talks us through her journey and explores how funerals have changed over time...

Posted by Vanessa Buckley on Saturday 11th November 2017
Do I have to change my name when I get married?

Do I have to change my name when I get married?

Traditions and laws around the world, in relation to the giving and taking of a forename and a surname, are so varied and indeed complicated that it is fair to...

Posted by Michelle Taylor on Friday 3rd November 2017
Why include crowns in your Greek destination wedding?

Why include crowns in your Greek destination wedding?

Greece is an amazing destination for your wedding.  You are practically guaranteed sunshine, gorgeous scenery and it’s easy to get to from almost anywhere in the world.  All of Greek...

Posted by Elizabeth Cass-kanti on Monday 30th October 2017
Walking down the aisle: Tradition v Modern Day

Walking down the aisle: Tradition v Modern Day

The opportunities for getting married in the 21st century have never been so abundant and choice so diverse.

Posted by Michelle Taylor on Sunday 8th October 2017
16 Unique & Alternative Wedding Readings

16 Unique & Alternative Wedding Readings

Want a reading with a difference for your wedding ceremony? Whilst some love traditional poems, they don't suit every couple.

Posted on Monday 14th August 2017
Planning an outdoor Wedding? Read this!

Planning an outdoor Wedding? Read this!

So, you are planning an outdoor wedding. Amazing, nothing like the bright blue sky, warmth on your back and sweet sounds of a light breeze in the air.

Posted on Monday 14th August 2017
What is a Natural Home Funeral?

What is a Natural Home Funeral?

Did you know you can have your loved one at home for their funeral service? There are natural and arguably more personal alternatives to a funeral home.

Posted by Sarah Weller on Wednesday 9th August 2017
The Art of Handfasting

The Art of Handfasting

Handfasting is a beautiful, symbolic marriage ceremony, or ritual, and is believed to span several cultures dating back thousands of years.

Posted by Glenda Procter on Wednesday 2nd August 2017

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