Outdoor ceremonies, including weddings, namings and celebrations of life have a lot going for them. They're usually intimate and relaxed, and if you love the sights and sounds of nature, you're right in it. Of course, where there's nature, there's also weather, and even relaxed...

Many people have never heard of a wedding celebrant, or if they do know, they are a bit unsure about the scope of what I do. Some people are confused about the difference between a celebrant wedding, a registry office wedding, a civil ceremony or...

Handfasting is a beautiful, ancient marriage ritual, which has found a new fresh expression in modern weddings and commitment ceremonies. It involves tying a couple’s hands together, binding them as one in love and in their new life. Handfasting is a meaningful and incredibly versatile...

If you've heard of natural burial grounds but aren't exactly sure what they are or how they work, this blog is for you. I've led several funerals at a natural burial ground and each one has felt uplifting and  peaceful. I wonder whether being close...

Have you ever thought about the focal point of a wedding ceremony? As a celebrant, I'm a bit obsessed with them and I definitely think every ceremony should have one. The reason is this: a focal point attracts and directs the audience's attention to where...

You’ve organised your wedding down to the last detail, made all the decisions about the ceremony and reception. Now you can just lie back and relax, right? If that’s you – hooray, excellent, carry on! If it’s not you and you’re still feeling really stressed about...

Knowing what to say – or what not to say – to someone who’s lost a loved one isn’t easy. Words are often hard to find, hence the expression ‘I don’t know what to say’. As a celebrant, I sometimes meet several bereaved families each...

With the wedding season underway, there may be some sweaty moments ahead for all those who hate making speeches and who is committed to making one...

When you choose a celebrant, getting on well together and trusting them with your special day is so important. Celebrants come in all shapes and sizes, with different price tags but personality is the most important thing....