Whether planning a formal, white wedding, an affirmation, or something less conventional, the couple’s enjoyment of the ceremony is paramount.
A traditional church wedding, with ritual and religious words does not fit with everyone’s outlook on life or hopes for the future. Our individually designed ceremony can have as much or as little religious content as couples and families want.
Designed around a standard framework, the laws governing Register Office weddings strictly control what can be said or done during the ceremony and there are limitations on the time, place and content of ceremonies. Register Office weddings cannot contain religious content.
A Celebrant Ceremony can take place anywhere and be designed to suit the individuals concerned. Ceremonies may be as dignified and serious as a church wedding, but with the religious element replaced with words and music that have real meaning for the couple.
Ceremonies can be as creative and romantic as the couple want. Celebrant ceremonies have been held in gardens, marquees, on boats, in castles, and on beaches.
Many couples choose to stand facing their guests, for a more open and inclusive feeling. Similarly, couples with children can make them a part of the ceremony. No two ceremonies are the same – they can be as traditional or as unusual as suits the couple.
A wide range of readings, poems, songs, music and elements from many cultures can be incorporated.
Anyone can speak, and many couples choose close family members and close friends to actively participate in the ceremony.
The vows can say whatever you wish to say. The chosen celebrant can advise and guide on all aspects of the ceremony.
- For thousands of years, lovers have exchanged rings as a token of their vows. These simple gold bands are not of great value in themselves but are made precious by our wearing them.
- Rings say that even as unique individuals, a couple has chosen to be bound together.
- Rings also stand as a sign that love has substance as well as soul, a present as well as a past. Despite its occasional sorrows, love is a circle of happiness, wonder, and delight: just as the circle is without end, so a couple’s love for each other is eternal too.
- Just as a ring is made of an indestructible substance, so too a couple’s commitment will never fail.
- It is said that ‘with this ring I take you to be my trusted confidante and partner for life’.
Legalities of the Renewal of Marriage Vows
A renewal of vows is NOT a legal ceremony: it is only a symbolic, sentimental ceremony. Generally, for a renewal of vows, a licence is not required and paperwork is not needed. Some officiants and wedding chapels may request to see a marriage certificate to confirm that a couple is already married.
For the past several years, Registration Offices in the UK have been providing couples with the opportunity to have their marriage vows renewed in public locations. Registration Offices may also provide souvenir certificates. Remind yourself that when you have a public renewal of your wedding vows, you are not having a second wedding.
- Keep your renewal of marriage vows casual and simple;
- If you write your own vows, don’t draw attention to negativity in your past – focus on your future together;
- Consider walking towards one another from opposite sides of the room rather than having a procession down a central aisle;
- Re-dedicate your rings or have your wedding rings blessed instead of purchasing new ones;
- Consider having a floral bouquet, but don’t throw it behind you after the ceremony;
- More and more couples are having a ‘no-gift’ type of reception;
- Toasts are a popular way for couples to round off their ceremony and to reflect on the renewal of their vows.