Thursday Thoughts… on weddings

Thursday Thoughts are very short videos, which I publish (semi!) weekly on social media with the hashtag #ThursdayThought.

Each video is one to three minutes 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 to regularly.

27th October 2022 …the one about this year’s long but fantastic wedding season

25th August 2022 …the one about results and features me saying ‘at the end of the day’ way more times than necessary 😂

7th April 2022 …the one about the main differences between humanist celebrants and independent celebrants (like me)!

24th February 2022 …the one about some of the worries you may have had about your celebrant wedding ceremony and what to do about the ‘legal bit’.

10th February 2022 …the one about a new book that has just come out, written by my lovely friend Beverley Seal, called ‘The No Bullshit Guide to Wedding Planning’.

27th January 2022 …the one about why you shouldn’t worry if you’re not yet feeling that kind of new year zeal, as you’ll start to feel a lot more energised naturally as the days become warmer.

25th November 2021 …the one where I talk about why it’s so important to be honest and open with your celebrant, because the more you tell us, the more we can weave it into a gorgeous ceremony for you.

21st October 2021 …the one where I talk about how to deal with being the centre of attention on your wedding day. Plus a sneak peek of a recent photoshoot where I had to take some of my own medicine and overcome being the centre of attention myself.

7th October 2021 …the one where I talk about how there is no “normal”, or “should” when it comes to planning a ceremony. If a tradition works for you, then great, but if it doesn’t, you can chuck it out, or change it, or just twist it up a little bit.

23rd September 2021 …the one where I talk about why, when you’re planning any kind of ceremony, wedding, funeral or anything else, you may find yourself having a ‘lunch box’ moment because your brain is trying to sort out so much stuff!

9th September 2021 …the one where I talk about why you don’t have to be the same as your partner or even like the same things. The lovely thing about being a couple is that you’ve fallen in love with your partner for their individuality.

22nd July 2021 …the one where I talk about ‘Freedom Day’ and how people being pinged and asked to self-isolate may affect your ceremony. (Apologies for the noisy seagulls in the background.)

1st July 2021 …the one where I talk about how today’s news, that it is now going to be possible for some venues to offer outside spaces for licensed weddings, is going to affect couples, celebrants and registrars.

17th June 2021 …the one where I conduct my first wedding of 2021 at the absolutely gorgeous Garden of Cowroom Cottage. I’m so, so very happy!

20th May 2021 …the one where I talk about wedding ceremonies and why you don’t have to enter the ceremony exactly like everybody else does. You can do it your own way!

8th April 2021 …the one where I talk about a simple self-soothing technique called the butterfly hug for when you’re feeling stressed, worried or upset

18th March 2021 …the one where I talk about not letting current restrictions restrict your thinking and creativity when planning your funeral or wedding ceremony

4th March 2021 …the one where I can’t contain my excitement as weddings are officially back on for 2021

25th February 2021 …the one where I share my tips when asked to do a reading or a tribute at a ceremony

18th February 2021 …the one about the study on 36 questions that lead to love

4th February 2021 …the one about proposals and why you should just follow your heart and not bow to the pressure of the ‘perfect’ proposal

28th January 2021 …the one about organising a wedding – or a funeral – and despairing about Covid restrictions… sigh

23rd July 2020 …the one about how it’s so important to get really clear on the ‘hell YES’s for your ceremony and not accepting any ‘meh’ or ‘nah’ on the way

2nd July 2020 …the one about things to consider if you’re looking at postponing your big day

25th June 2020 …the one about what to do when your wedding’s on a scorcher of a day

11th June 2020 …the one about a big lesson from lockdown: the importance of connection

28th May 2020 …the one about whether you’re going lockdown loco yet, or are loving the pared down life?

30th April 2020 …the one about ritual in our daily lives and how it can help

16th April 2020 …the one about the word ‘unprecedented’ and forced positivity

19th December 2019 …the one about remembering that traditions are not law and should work for you, not against you

12th December 2019 …the one with a broadcast by Creating Ceremony

5th December 2019 …the one about comparisonitis and how it can spoil Christmas and your ceremony plans

28th November 2019 …the one about my views on losing weight for your wedding day

21st November 2019 …the one about the importance of being fully present

3rd October 2019 …the one about why everyone should know about the celebrant option for their wedding

11th July 2019 …the one about how you can #ChooseToRefuse the polluting stuff when you’re planning a ceremony

4th July 2019 …the one about how things going wrong on the day can actually make it even more special

27th June 2019 …the one about unplugged weddings – why you should think about having one and why they rock!

13th June 2019 …the one about planning an outside ceremony with our changeable British weather

5th June 2019 …the one about the thing that drives ALL the ceremonies I conduct

30th May 2019 …the one about why ‘wedding breakfast’ is so called

23rd May 2019 …the one about the phrase ‘giving the bride away’

16th May 2019 …the one about if you’re getting married soon and fretting about all the details

14th February 2019 …the one about how If you’re popping the question, or the question has been popped, you know who to call!

26th July 2018 …the one about focusing on what’s really important and not sweating the rest of it

19th July 2018 …the one about how you don’t need a big party to show someone how much you love them

12th July 2018 …the one about no matter what your gender, sexual orientation, politics, colour, whatever… #loveislove

5th July 2018 …the one about what do you do if the next big game is on YOUR big day

7th June 2018 …the one where you get to see where I sit and write your ceremonies!

24th May 2018 …the one about how technology can help you plan any kind of ceremony

17th May 2018 …the one about the sometimes tricky family issues that come up when planning a wedding

3rd May 2018 …the one about how a run through with your celebrant can really help you to know just what you’ll be doing on the day

26th April 2018 …the one about how focusing on your intention for any type of ceremony can help to combat planning overwhelm

12th April 2018 …the one about ways to make wedding fairs work for you and to walk away inspired, rather than exhausted

5th April 2018 …the one about how reading a poem at a wedding is a huge honour (but a wee bit scary!)

29th March 2018 …the one about how the rise in new celebrants is a really good thing – both for celebrants and for everyone else

15th March 2018 …the one about how important it is to take time out, especially if you’ve got more on than usual because you’re trying to organise a ceremony

8th March …the one about how we’ve come a long way from being property…

1st March 2018 …the one about how planning a wedding can feel very much like deciding whether or not to dress up as a book character for school

22nd February 2018 …the one about an intimate wedding with Scottish and Italian influences from the gorgeous Amberley Castle

8th February 2018 …the one about how having pets at ceremonies can be a very good thing indeed

18th January 2018 …the one about winning the title ‘Celebrant of the Year 2018’ in the TWIA National finals

11th January 2018 …the one about teaming up with Viv and Laura from Lambert’s White Dove Release to help people start up their year in a beautiful and mindful way

4th January 2018 … the one about ‘comparisonitis’, in all things new yearish as well as your ceremony

28th December 2017 …the one about reviewing and planning for next year – especially if you have a wedding coming up!

21st December 2017 …the one about Winter solstice and reflecting on times past and present

14th December 2017…the one about Christmas traditions and how the ‘chuck em or change em’ rule applies

30th November 2017 …the one about Harry and Meghan’s engagement and marriage advice from the Queen

23rd November 2017 …the one about ceremonies, recognition and a certain award I might have picked up…

16th November 2017 …the one with Stormtroopers, Steam Punk and Judge Dredd…

9th November 2017 …the one where I explain just why I’m so nosey.

26th October 2017 …the one where I go on a bit of a rant about what constitutes a ‘proper’ wedding.

12th October 2017 …the one about Jamie and Charlotte’s amazing personal vows.

5th October 2017 …the one with the Bognor Regis Town Crier!

28th September 2017 …the one about how brilliant it is to have bridesmaids and groomsmen who are ‘on it’

21st September 2017 …the one about remembering those who are no longer there in body but who will be there in your hearts at your wedding.

14th September 2017 …the one with the ‘ring bear’

7th September 2017 …the one about who gets to walk up the aisle with you.

31st August 2017 …the one about the ‘great’ British weather (and having a plan B)

24th August 2017 …the one about my haircut – and your ceremony (and whose opinion matters most)

17th August 2017 …the one about second wedding meetings and why they rock.

10th August 2017 …the one with the singing update(!) and some thoughts about people reading during your ceremony.

3rd August 2017 …the one about including a song or two in your wedding ceremony. Go on, you know you want to…!

27th July 2017 …the one about not being afraid to be spontaneous on your wedding day.

13th July 2017 …the one from Cissbury about the importance of taking time out to enjoy your big day.

6th July 2017 …the one just before Tony and Debbie’s wedding on a sunny day at Great Ote Hall.

29th June 2017 …the one about wedding rehearsals – what to expect and why they’re great.

22nd June 2017 …the one from Worthing beach – why not think outside the box when it comes to your venue?

15th June 2017 …the one where I introduce Thursday Thoughts and what I do as a celebrant.