Much of my work as a Civil Celebrant has been with non-legal ceremonies in the form of Naming/Welcoming Ceremonies and Blessing Ceremonies for expecting mothers. For some of the ceremonies I have been fortunate to be the Celebrant AND a close friend of the family involved, which makes the role of writing these ceremonies all the more special. For many of the ceremonies I have had the pleasure of making a felt mat, wall hanging or shawl for the invited guests to decorate and give to the person of honour.
Some people, however, prefer a more intimate and informal ceremony for their special occasion, without the presence of a Celebrant, and so wish to conduct the ceremony themselves.
For individuals and families who would like to conduct a more intimate ceremony for their loved ones I am offering a new service: ceremonies written for you, with your input, for you to perform yourselves on the day.
I have the benefit of a rich resource of poetry, stories and ideas for ceremonies of all kinds and words come easily to me when putting together a smooth-flowing ceremony.
This offer does not include the writing of wedding ceremonies, which are legally bound to observe certain protocols, use certain words and must be witnessed by a Celebrant authorised by Australian Law. There is also legal paperwork involved that must be conducted by an authorised Celebrant.
The ceremonies offered in this service include:
Basic Ceremonies ($70)
These are fully individually written Ceremonies including:
- Poetry/stories of your choice (I have a resource of poetry from which to choose)
- A choice of symbolic gestures for ceremonies (eg candle ceremony, sand ceremony etc)
- Certificates for significant people (godparents/mentors/grandparents…)
- A resource list of items you will need for the ceremony
Deluxe Ceremonies (prices vary from $140)
These are fully individually written ceremonies that come with a prepared craft activity to help mark the occasion and act as a gift to the person of honour. This might include an item such as a felted wall-hanging, a circular mat, a felted blanket, all of which can be provided with spare fleece, foam and felting needles for guests to add their own blessing and images. Instructions and safety directions for needle felting included.