Thursday Thoughts… on weddings

Thursday Thoughts are very short videos, which I publish weekly on social media with the hashtag #ThursdayThought. Each video is around one minute long and contains a nugget of inspiration or something to chew over if you’re planning any kind of ceremony. Here are all the wedding related Thursday Thoughts so far. Do check back, as this will be added … Read More

Decoy Ponds – a magical setting for your wedding ceremony

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A few short minutes’ drive off the A27 near Hammerpot, I arrived at Decoy Ponds. At first, I thought this couldn’t possibly be the right place. It was so near the main road and I had heard how peaceful and tranquil it was there. Surely I’d have further to drive to find a place like that? But I knew I … Read More

Sue and Okkie’s garden wedding – teamwork at its best!

One of the things I’ve loved since becoming a celebrant is the way that the wedding industry works. Whilst the media might have you think that we’re all money hungry vultures, waiting to fleece unsuspecting couples of all their wonga (whilst laughing maniacally of course), the reality is far different. Nearly everyone I’ve met in the industry has been passionate … Read More

I like big BUTS and I cannot lie…

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Haha made you look, made you stare! But it’s true – I DO like big buts – because answering them might just make the difference between you choosing a ‘meh’ wedding ceremony and a ‘HELL YEAH!’ wedding ceremony. So, what do you think? Fancy looking at some buts with me? Let’s go! BUT it’s not legal, is it? I don’t … Read More

What is a ring warming or ring blessing ritual?

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A ring warming (or ring blessing) ritual is a really lovely way to get your loved ones involved in your wedding or vow renewal ceremony. Its very simple. Your rings are placed in a little bag or tied together with ribbon. At the appropriate time, the best man (or whoever is appointed the task!) hands the rings to one of … Read More

What’s good about marriage?

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One of my recent grooms, on his stag do, asked his married friends ‘what’s good about marriage?’ and was met with a mixture of silence and non-committal mumbling. Not very reassuring. Happily, he went ahead with getting hitched, but I promised I’d ask my Facebook followers the same question and pass on the answers. And look what a lovely flood … Read More

Chris and Natalie’s superhero wedding

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I know it’s a bit woowoo, but I’ve got a real thing about the symbology of birds. It seems to me that often, when something momentous is happening or I need to pay attention to something, an unusual bird will pop up. A green woodpecker at the first funeral I conducted, crows when I’m thinking about change, it happens a … Read More

Fiona and Ben’s Wedding Under An Ancient Oak Tree

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Fiona and Ben were introduced to me by the lovely Becky Cook who manages Patrick’s Barn in Crawley, where the couple were having their wedding. Patrick’s Barn is a gorgeous 16th century barn – the stuff of wedding dreams – and it also happens to have an enormous 800 year old oak tree in the grounds. Fiona and Ben had … Read More

Anna and Guy’s Happy, Happy Summer Solstice Handfasting

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I think an early sign of how things were to go as I was working with Anna and Guy, was the fact that I must have spent around 3 hours at their house when I first went to talk weddings with them. In that time, we not only spoke about weddings but about children, kitchens, horror films, theatre, obscure Mexican … Read More

Kerry and Ben’s Romantic Cornfield Wedding

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I remember the first time I spoke to Kerry very well. She’d phoned me up to see if I was available on her wedding date (I was!), and we got chatting about what she had planned so far. When she told me that they had found a cornfield to get married in and the farmer had agreed to clear a … Read More

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