Below are some of the most popular ceremonies that can be included into your day.

Together we can research family, ethnic and historical traditions that will truly personalise your ceremony.

Ring Warming Ceremony: - Rings can be passed around the room on a ring cushion, or in a bag.  Everyone holds the rings for a few seconds, and says a little blessing/prayer for them.  Then by the time you make your vows, the rings have made their way all the way around the room, and all your loved ones have given their blessing.  An alternative is to have them displayed at the ceremony entrance, and have people give their blessings before they sit down.

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Handfasting: - The term ‘ Tying the Knot’ comes from the Celtic tradition of Handfasting.  It is a simple and traditional ceremony used in a lot of Irish, Scottish, and Welsh weddings.  It involves the tying of hands together, with ribbons or cords to symbolise the coming-together of a couple, and remains tied together for ‘As long as love shall last’.

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Sand Ceremony: - The blending of two different coloured sands into a single vessel represents a symbolic blending of two different people, into a single, inseparable unit that is their marriage.  As impossible as it is to separate out those grains of sand, that’s how difficult it is to separate these two people.

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Rose Ceremony: - A simple unity ceremony, where the couple exchange roses as their first gifts to one another.  Other variations: The families exchange roses, the couple exchange roses with their families, or the couple exchange roses, then present their mothers with the roses.

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Wine Ceremony: - The couple each take a carafe of wine and pour it into a single glass, which they both drink from.

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Celtic Oathing Stone: - The couple holds or puts their hands on a stone during their vows to 'set them in stone.'

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The Pebble Warming Tradition: - Have everyone hold a pebble and bless it during the ceremony.  After the ceremony they place it into a vase or other container, for the newlyweds to display in their home.

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Jumping the Broom: - Is a symbol of sweeping away the old and welcoming the new, or a symbol of new beginnings.  This broom ceremony represents the joining of two families.  It's showing respect, and pays homage to those who came before us and paved the way.

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Time Capsule: - A fun way of sealing-in and saving memories, especially poignant in a naming ceremony. Get all your guests to write a note to you or your child, to be opened when they come of age.  Memories shared and revisited in years to come.  Can be used for a wedding ceremony too... to be opened when celebrating a milestone anniversary.

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First Argument Box: - Before the wedding, write each other a letter and seal it in an envelope.  During the wedding ceremony, seal the letters into a box with a bottle of wine... to be opened in the event of your first serious disagreement.  Open the bottle and take the letters to separate rooms, and read whilst having a drink.  To remind you of where you started, and where you want to go with the person who you exchanged those vows with.  A novel way to remember who you fell in love with, and why.  And it's sure to raise a laugh with your guests when you explain what you are doing and why.

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Truce Bell Ceremony: - A part of the wedding ceremony itself.  A bell is presented to the happy couple to ring together as they   think nothing but good thoughts of each other and of their future lives.  The bell is  then kept in a place of prominence in the home, and can be rung as a reminder of happier times, should an argument or discord erupt and threaten the peace.

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Bread, Salt and Vodka Ceremony: - The bread and salt tradition is a Slavic custom that dates back to the 17th century.  It is basically a greeting ceremony, and is practised in many Eastern European nations, including Poland, Russia, Serbia, Bulgaria.  In simple terms, the host and/or hostess of a household, or event, will welcome important guests by presenting them with a loaf of bread and some salt.  The guest will then take a piece of bread, dip it into the salt, and eat it.  This is supposed to be a symbol of great hospitality, as well as an expression of hope that the guest will never know the pain of hunger.  This can be adapted to take place just between the couple... and the addition of the vodka is great fun!

Take two shot glasses, fill one with vodka, the other with water, and mix them up.  Whoever gets the vodka 'wears the trousers' in the relationship, so choose wisely!

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Unity Coin Ceremony: - The Unity Coin ceremony usually occurs after the exchange of rings and before the pronouncement.   With its origins in Spain, it is a beautiful way to add an "old world" tradition to your wedding ceremony. This symbolic ritual has been passed on by Spanish colonisers.  The thirteen gold unity coins, "arras",  are given to the Bride by the Groom, signifying that he will support her.  Often presented in ornate boxes or gift trays, the coins represent the Bride’s dowry, and hold good wishes for wealth and prosperity.  These coins become a family heirloom.

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Love Lock Ceremony: - 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 a suitable poem about locks, keys and love, like these;

"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.

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First Kiss ~ Last Kiss: - A fabulous way to get your mums involved.  At the beginning of the ceremony, both mums come to the front, and kiss their own child... a lovely symbolic transition from her first kiss to her newborn, to her last kiss to her adult child as they leave the single life behind.

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Breaking the Glass: - Traditionally used in Jewish Weddings.  A wine glass is wrapped in a napkin at the end of the ceremony, and put on the ground in front of the couple.  It is then smashed, symbolising that life is as fragile as glass, and every day should be lived to the max.

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Christmas Tree Unity Ceremony: - For a festive and fun way to end your ceremony, why not consider a unity ceremony with a difference?  From grandparents to children, members of both families place baubles (with or without notes to the newlyweds inside) on a Christmas tree.  The baubles can later be placed on their tree at home, and a lovely new family tradition started with sparkle and cheer.

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Saapatia Ceremony:- Two clay pots  or Saapatia, are placed at the feet of the happy couple, each contains lentils, silver, sugar and turmeric. The contents signifying respectively the bounty of nature, prosperity, sweetness and good health. The couple must break their Saapatia by stamping on them to release the gifts contained within. According to tradition the first to break their Saapatia will rule the household. Get ready to countdown the happy couple from 3...2...1!

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 True-Lover’s Knot:-  Dating back to the turn of the 19th century when sailors started a new art form known as  'Knotting'. Some  knots were created for decorative use whilst others were solely for work, other knots were used to signify meaning. One knot that arose during this time period that was heavily laden with meaning was the True lovers' knot. It is a  simple and clear knot, implying its forthright goal. It is made up of two overhand knots, linked together, much like the “true-lovers” are in their hearts. A lovelorn sailor would tie the knot loosely, and send it to his sweetheart back home. Upon receiving it, his sweetheart could: 

Untie it, meaning the sailor shouldn’t show his face the next time he was in port, or she would send it back, leaving it loose, the way she received it, meaning the sailor would be welcomed home, but he better be on his best behaviour , or she could tighten the knot before returning it, meaning the sailor should hurry his way to the homestead.

An alternative to the traditional Celtic handfasting ceremony, but just as much fun with just as much symbolic meaning.

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Chocolate Ceremony:- A sure fire winner for chocoholics! Select a dark chocolate and a milk or white chocolate each to include in your ceremony. Dark chocolate can be bitter and milk or white chocolate sweet, just like a relationship! Take a moment to savour the unique flavours that each has to offer...just as you will savour each other. (If this is to be included in a Summer outdoor wedding, make sure we have a decorated small cool box nearby too...to keep the chocolate from melting before the big moment!)

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Sandwich Making Ritual:- Feeling peckish? Why not go for a  fun and modern ritual? A sandwich recipe can easily symbolise a marriage. Each of you brings your own 'ingredients' to the mix.You can create a synergy of tastes and flavours that best represent you as individuals and now as a married couple...Why not make up your own unique recipe to be unveiled on the day and invite your guests to try it at your wedding breakfast...

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Tea Rituals:- Taken from the ancient Chinese traditions, this ritual is a symbolic and formal introduction of the happy couple to one another's families. Ideal for a small and intimate ceremony, grandparents, parents and siblings can be offered tea by the happy couple as they form a circle of unity around them.

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Volcano Ritual:-  For added 'scientific geek' value have you considered a volcano ritual? Yes just like in the science fairs! Make the volcano in advance and create A TRULY  unique spectacle, mixing elements together as you begin your married life...Safety goggles are a must for this one!

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Cocktail Mixing Ceremony:- For the mixologists out there, why not invent your own cocktail to be unveiled at you ceremony...Just like the sandwich making ritual, you both have unique and different qualities that you are bringing to this union, why not express it in the form of a new cocktail..The possibilities are endless.

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Stop The Clock:- To celebrate the 'most beautiful moment' in your lives why not consider breaking an old wristwatch or timepiece  immediately after exchanging your vows. Freeze time in the most poignant of ceremonies.

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Outsource The Ceremony:- How brave do you feel? How much do you trust your family  and friends?  If you a feeling REALLY  brave why not let them work with me to design your ceremony for you. It will be a fabulous surprise for you on your big day, and I promise to reign them in if they get too carried away! 

I am constantly researching different types of ceremonies from around the world, and so, if you can't find one that suits your needs, let's take a look together, or better still devise our own?  It is all about YOU and YOUR special day, and this should be reflected in the ceremony which I ultimately deliver.