Another Wonderful Wedding Celebrant Gig

This week, I got some delightful news – another couple decided to put their faith in me and asked me to deliver their wedding ceremony. It’s in just six months’ time, and I already know I’m going to be busy on the May bank holiday weekend. I’ll be strapping up my glamorous wedding celebrant boots as I prepare of this wedding ceremony. It’s happening in beautiful Bellinter House in Meath, an exclusive wedding venue in a Georgian manor.

Wedding Celebrant Inspiration

My creative juices are already flowing. The couple have two small boys, so I’m picturing a day filled with colour and laughter, and rituals that the whole family can be part of. I’ll write a love story for the couple too, but to hold the attention of the little ones, I’ll keep it all short and simple.

Here’s a flavour of the types of ceremony I can work my wedding celebrant magic on for the couple.

Sand Ceremony

The couple love the seaside and have beaches in their lives that are very special to them. I can just imagine them mingling the sands from those beaches in a special sand ceremony. And the boys can join in too! They’ll each have individual pots of sand, which they’ll pour into a big decorative pot, to show that even though they’re individuals, their love is now intertwined.

Find out about sand ceremonies and other special rituals on my Wedding Ceremonies page.

Handfasting Ritual

For the couple themselves, I’ll perform a handfasting ritual. This hugely popular Celtic wedding ritual celebrates the freedom that love brings. I will tie the couple’s hands with cords of their choosing, to show that the couple have chosen to come together freely in marriage, and to celebrate the bonds they have made with each other.

In this picture, you'll see me in my pink celebrant suit, holding up some decorative cords. I'm about to use them to tie the hands of the couple you see in front of me.
Here’s an example of a handfasting ritual from a wedding ceremony I delivered in August 2021. Photo credit: Manuel Lopez

Telling A Love Story

The love story is the independent wedding celebrant’s calling card. It’s what makes the ceremonies we deliver unique. I craft love stories tailored to every couple I work with – no story is the same. My background in creative writing helps me create quirky love stories, full of passion and humour. I’m guessing this love story will celebrate the everyday wonders of this couple’s family life, but watch this space – all will be revealed.

If you like what you’ve read and you’d like to choose me as your wedding celebrant, give me a call, WhatsApp message or text on 0876959799.

How Celebrants Deliver Safe COVID Ceremonies

This is a strange time to be delivering ceremonies. None of us could have anticipated when we were training as celebrants that we would have to wear gloves at a ceremony. Or that we wouldn’t be able to shake people’s hands. Still, we’ve resolved to keep delivering the best ceremonies we can during this COVID time. We’ll keep on joining couples in their love, comforting the grieving and celebrating in whatever way we can.

On the left-hand side of this pic, you see the words 'Guidelines for Celebrant-Led Civil Ceremonies during the COVID-19 Pandemic. To the right, you see the green logo of the IECS, in the shape of a tree with a circle around it. Behind those, you see a celebrant holding a folder that's open on a page, and a couple standing at a safe distance from them.


This pic is from the IECS, who provided celebrants with guidelines for delivering safe wedding and other family ceremonies.  

And we’re determined to deliver our ceremonies in a way that’s safe, for the families we work with and for ourselves. We’re not going to treat people like lepers for something that isn’t their fault. I’m greatly reassured that I can follow the guidelines laid down by two celebrant organisations I belong to.

The Irish Ethical Celebrant Society has drawn up guidelines for weddings and other family occasions. Meanwhile, The Association of Funeral Celebrants Ireland has created guidelines for the safe delivery of funerals. I am massively grateful to the committees of both these organisations for the time they took to prepare these guidelines for all of us celebrants.

Numbers Allowed At COVID Ceremonies

As celebrants, we’re very anxious to stick to the government guidelines on numbers allowed at wedding and funeral ceremonies. To make sure we comply with those guidelines, we’ll ask the couple how many guests they are inviting to the wedding and to make sure they have contact details for them all. We’ll do the same with funeral directors.

For funerals, there can be the extra consideration that people will gather outside the funeral home or graveyard to pay their respects. If this happens, we’ll ask the funeral director to indicate a safe way that we can exit the building or graveyard. It’s not our responsibility to keep the numbers at the government limits. But it is our responsibility to make sure we don’t walk into a situation that’s unsafe for us or for anyone else.

Have a look at my Funerals page to see how I deliver funeral ceremonies.

Social Distancing At COVID Ceremonies

Sadly, we will not be able to shake hands with families we’re delivering ceremonies for, or to stand close to couples while they carry out wedding rituals like handfastings. We will maintain a two-metre distance at all times, which means that for example, a family member will tie the ribbon for the couple at a handfasting.

People who are doing readings would read from where they’re sitting rather than going up to the lectern. That’s because sharing microphones is not a good idea – it also means sharing germs. We’ll still wear masks at all times, even when we’re delivering the ceremony. We just want to make sure we’re protected and can protect others if social distance can’t be guaranteed.

Handling Ceremony Materials

Celebrants now need to manage our ceremony materials more carefully than ever. First of all, we’ll need to rely more on families to bring their own materials, especially for weddings. Usually celebrants bring materials for the rituals like ribbons and candles, just to make sure they’re there on the day. Now we’ll be asking the couples to do it. We’ll ask them to put the vows, ribbons, sand or anything else they’re using in a box and we’ll pick it up on the day.

We’ll be handling the materials with gloves when we do pick them up, so gloves are now a must in our celebrant checklist. Overall, the checklist for what we celebrants bring to ceremonies is now way bigger. As well as surgical grade gloves, masks are a must – more than one if possible. We’ll also bring wipes and hand sanitiser so we can wipe down every surface and every item we touch.

Ultimately, it’s up to each and every celebrant to weigh up the risks for ourselves and the people we’re delivering ceremonies for. But I feel confident that if I follow these excellent guidelines, I can deliver a safe ceremony for you. All of our lives are precious, and I’m committed to keeping you safe. One thing I can guarantee – the ceremony will be as memorable and meaningful as I can make it, restrictions are not.

Even in these strange times, milestones deserved to be marked. You can get in touch with me on 0876959799 if you want to arrange a safe ceremony.

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