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 I work closely with my husband,Kevin, who is  wedding photographer, at Head over Heels Photography, he knows just how to capture the special moments during a Celebrant led wedding. You can view some of his beautiful photographs here.






 There are many men and women in the UK living with life limiting conditions or terminal illness who long to marry their special partner in life.

The Wedding Wishing Well Foundation believe that few things in life can be more important or rewarding, than giving such a person a chance to have their dream wedding day, with all the excitement, love and happiness that brings.

I am proud to be associated with this charity and to helping make a difference.

For more information please visit their website.

www.weddingwishingwell.org.uk






 

Michelle Taylor

Wedding and Family Celebrant

Traditional Wedding Music

Some more trivia for you, this time courtesy of Chris Laich Music Services who blogged in 2010…….

Have you ever sat waiting for the bride to walk down the aisle, ears straining for the first bars of “Here Comes the Bride” or the “Wedding March,” and wondered how long the tradition of playing these songs has been around?

“Here Comes The Bride,” or its official name, the “Bridal Chorus,” is part of an 1850 opera called Lohengrin written by Richard Wagner. The irony is that in the opera, the “Bridal Chorus” is sung as the bride and groom enter the bridal chamber and the wedding party prepares them for their first night together. Not to mention the whole story of two star-crossed lovers ends in tragedy rather than in a happily ever after.

Usually, the “Bridal Chorus” is played without singing at modern weddings, but you can see the original lyrics and learn more about some of the controversy surrounding it here.

The “Wedding March,” composed by Felix Mendelssohn, was created in 1842 to accompany Shakespeare’s famous A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Mendelssohn’s wedding march was first played in a wedding in 1847, but it was Victoria, the Princess Royal and Queen Victoria’s daughter, who made it the song to play during a wedding ceremony by having it accompany her own wedding in 1858.

Posted 3 weeks ago

Beltane Blessings

Home from a lovely afternoon celebrating the union of a wonderful
couple.. A handfasting in the open air. The sun shone, there was birdsong and running water.. And lots of love for the happy couple. It’s what Spring days are made for ❤️

Posted 4 weeks ago

Two of my recent testimonials.

I love helping create the perfect day for all my couples and families, so from the writing and delivery of the ceremony, to getting involved in the prep beforehand if needed, i’m in….

You can’t enjoy your day if you are feeling stressed, some TLC  from your Celebrant can go an awful long way…… 

Dear Michelle,
We just wanted to say thank you for being our Celebrant.
The day was so special, even more so because you are our friend and knew our journey from the very start.  The whole experience was just so personal as well as professional and you wrote us a ceremony that was both fun and serious in all the right places.
You provided us with an unforgettable experience, you are amazing!


                                                 ~
Dear Michelle
Thank you for yesterday.  I must say a special thanks also Michelle for mucking in, helping with my dress and all manner of other things that really helped me and the day run smoothly.  It was very kind of you and much appreciated. We were both had an absolute ball.

Posted 4 weeks ago

Now onto final prep for a fabulous garden wedding ceremony this weekend …ATM the weather is set fair, the marquee has been delivered today and we have the practice on Friday….I can’t wait to deliver this ceremony, full of family, fun and friendships….not forgetting a huge dose of love

Posted 6 weeks ago

Something old, something new....

Got to love Wikipedia!
Another tradition explained …..
Something old,
something new,
something borrowed,
something blue,
and a silver sixpence in her shoe.
The rhyme appears to originate in England, an 1898 compilation of English folklore reciting that:
In this country an old couplet directs that the bride shall wear:
“Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.” “The something blue” usually takes the form of a garter, an article of dress which plays an important part in some wedding rites, as, for instance, in the old custom of plucking off the garter of the bride.
“The something old” and “something blue” are devices to baffle the Evil Eye. The usual effect on the bride of the Evil Eye is to render her barren, and this is obviated by wearing “something borrowed”, which should properly be the undergarment of some woman who has been blessed with children: the clothes communicate fertility to the bride.

Posted 11 weeks ago

Why do western brides wear white?

The wearing of a white wedding dress is a fairly recent tradition, only harping back to 1840 when Queen Victoria married her prince, Prince Albert.
She didn’t wear white to symbolise purity or virginity apparently, she just wore it because she liked white.

Around the world…. In eastern cultures a bride wears red, it symbolises auspiciousness.
Black used to be particularly popular in Scandinavia.
Blue was traditionally the colour worn to represent purity, piety and faithfulness.

The white or ivory wedding dress is still the most popular choice today but as with anything wedding related these days the choices are boundless and you no longer have to be the traditional bride anymore!

Posted 12 weeks ago

Another Wedding Tradition explained....

Why does the bride carry a bouquet?

One of the reasons that brides carried bouquets was born out of the ‘necessity’ of covering odour, trying to smell pretty on that special day. In days gone by people bathed infrequently and clothes very rarely got washed. Research has revealed that the annual bath normally  occurred in May and many weddings subsequently took place in June, when flowers were  abundant and very sweet smelling. So the bride, just to be on the safe side carried sweet smelling bouquets to mask the smell of their own body odor.

Another old and popular custom for carrying a bouquet, was to ward of evil spirits.  Usually these bouquets were made from very pungent and edible flowers, herbs and spices.  Sometimes the spices, herbs and flowers were subsequently served up at the wedding feast.  

Posted 12 weeks ago

Why do we throw confetti?

Throwing confetti over newly-weds originated from the ancient pagan rite of showering the happy couple with grain to wish upon them a ‘fruitful’ union.  Pagans believed that the fertility of the seeds would be transferred to the couple on whom they fell. The throwing of rice has the same symbolic meaning. 

The word confetti has the same root as the word confectionery in Italian and was used to describe 'sweetmeats’ that is, grain and nuts coated in sugar that were thrown over newly-weds for the same pagan reason. In recent years, small pieces of coloured paper have replaced sweetmeats, grain and nuts as an inexpensive substitute, but the use of the word confetti has remained

Posted 12 weeks ago

Just discovered www.Lovelocksonline.com.

They have some fabulous lovelocks and trees etc that you can add into your bespoke ceremony.
I have just ordered a sample,so come and speak to me about how we can include a lovelock or two into your wedding, vow renewal or even naming ceremony.
I’m so excited to be able to offer something new and different.

Posted 14 weeks ago

Love Lock Ceremony

Fancy something totally different? 

A relatively new ceremony in Western cultures, it is thought to originate from China. Together we can create a script to explain the significance of this symbolic moment to your guests, reflecting on the meaning of this ritual and why it resonates with you as a couple. You can also weave in one of these poems about locks, keys and love.

Richard David Bach, “The Bridge Across Forever- A Love Story”
“A soul-mate is someone who has locks that fit our keys and keys to fit our locks. When we feel safe enough to open the locks, our truest selves step out and we can be completely and honestly who we are; we can be loved for who we are and not for who we’re pretending to be. Each unveils the best part of the other. No matter what else goes wrong around us, with that one person we’re safe in our own paradise. Our soul-mate is someone who shares our deepest longings, our sense of direction. When we’re two balloons, and together our direction is up, chances are we’ve found the right person. Our soul-mate is the one who makes life come to life.”
“The Key to My Heart”
Late at night when I’m sound asleep, into my heart you softly creep. I sit and wonder how it could be, but you must have stumbled across the key.This key holds the secret to true love and more. So take it now and unlock the door, and I pray that we will never part. Now that you have the key to my heart.

Posted 16 weeks ago

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Michelle Taylor Wedding Family Celebrant Manningtree Essex Suffolk