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  • Can my dog get involved?
    Yes! We can do anything you like. Make your dog the best man or ring bearer! Whatever you want :)
  • Can we have some ceremonial actions?
    Absolutely! There are a load of different ideas that I can give you, or we can come up with something brand new.
  • Can it be fun, or does it have to be serious?
    Of course! The joy of a celebrant wedding is that it can be anything you want! If you want wall to wall jokes and funny stories, then that is what we will do. But I tend to find the best way is to go down the middle. The humour compliments the more serious moments, as the serious does to the humour. All of one can get a little dry, but we can certainly have some fun along the way!
  • Can we involve religion?
    We certainly can have a bit of religion, but we need to be careful not to step on anyone's toes. I am not a religious practitioner, so I cannot carry out any rites that would be associated with any given religion, nor can I use the words. However, we can include religious readings and prayers, and even ask for blessings! So long as it is clear that I am not carrying out a religious rite.
  • How long will a ceremony last?
    This is your ceremony, so it can last as long as you like! However, to make sure everyone stays engaged it is good to go between 15 and 30 minutes. But we can talk about that, and tailor it to what you want.
  • How does payment work?
    The times will vary a little for different ceremonies, but it works the same way. Once you have decided to use my service, you will complete a booking form and pay a 50% non-refundable deposit. This secures the date for you. Then you will pay the remaining 50% just before I release the draft script to you. This could be a month before, or it could be a week before. It depends on your time scale, but I would usually go for a month. Payment can be made by bank transfer or PayPal.
  • Can other people get involved?
    They certainly can! If you want readings or live music or anything else this can be done. But make sure it's what you want, not what someone else wants.
  • Do I have to be given away, or include other wedding traditions?
    No! Being given away is certainly not a requirement, nor is anything else. The beauty of a celebrant lead ceremony is that you don't have to do anything you don't want to do, or you can do it all and more! You don't need a white dress, you don't need hymns, you don't need readings or even rings! It's your day, we'll do it your way.
  • Is it a legal ceremony?
    No, the couples ceremonies are not legally binding. You will need to go to a register office and register the marriage first. This can be done in a number of ways, but I would recommend a 2 by 2 ceremony involving the couple and two witnesses. There need not be any symbolic actions, no rings or anything else. You are just registering the legal part of the marriage. Then you come to me, and we do all the good stuff. You make your promises, you exchange your rings, you make your personal promises.
  • Does it have to be in a registered location?
    No. So long as you have the permission of the land or building owner, we can do this anywhere at all.
  • What is a supporting adult?
    These are people chosen by the parents who will promise to help take care of the child. They can be anyone close to the parents, be that family or friends. And they can be called something else. You can call them Godparents, Auntie and Uncle, Mentors, Guides, or anything else you can think of!
  • Are these like baptisms?
    No, for one crucial reason. A Baptism is all about a relationship with God. Parents make promises to God to look after and care for the child, as do the Godparents. A naming ceremony is about the relationship with family and community. Parents make promises to the child in front of their loved ones to protect and look after them. Supportive adults can be chosen to also make similar promises, and in doing so the child is given their name and brought into the community in a loving and supportive way.

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