Rituals: what are they, why include them?
There are many rituals (often referred to as ceremonies or rites) within marriage and commitment ceremonies: some are religious, some cultural traditions, others’ origins aren’t known.
The exchange of rings is a common ritual – the ring symbolises endless love: it has no beginning, it has no end…and it’s a physical illustration of your commitment. (There’s no requirement for wedding rings, it’s a personal choice for each of you.)
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Another very common ritual in Australia is the ‘giving away’ / presentation of the bride (and groom) .
Including a ritual with special meaning for you in your ceremony will add quality, depth and distinction: it’s an opportunity to reflect and illustrate your personalities; to demonstrate and reinforce your values and beliefs – about marriage, union, family, culture and heritage….and love.
This is a means to include, actively involve, honour, or symbolically join your families and guests in your ceremony.
Rituals may be performed by, and include anyone you choose.
I’ll give you a range of ideas, and refer you to others if you wish…
The naming ceremony you put together for Brodie was such a beautiful and special day for (us) all – it meant so much to us to have chosen you to share the experience with us. You’re an amazing celebrant… You had some amazing ideas; all the hard work you put in, and all the behind the scenes work you did definitely showed in the presentation.
Thank you so much again. I highly recommend you to others if they’re looking for a great, and easy going celebrant.
Lately I’ve been reading in wedding forums about celebrants’ fees, in particular that some celebrants are blatantly undercutting others in order to get the business.
It seems all very dog-eat-dog… And considering how much is spent on some weddings, and the amount of work a professional celebrant does in creating a high quality ceremony, even the most expensive is very good value!
I’ve just been doing some research and I came across celebrant guru Dally Messenger’s
“What is a fair fee? Do you want a 1 or a 5 Diamond Celebrant?”
It makes a lot of sense – worth a look:
As a bride said to me recently:
“you pay peanuts, you get …….”
Well, you know the rest!