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…
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!
my ‘dream’ wedding ceremony package (i.e. your dream wedding ceremony) is for couples who want a personalised ceremony, an all-inclusive comprehensive, premium level of service: resources, ideas, professionally written ceremony, end-to-end support –
plus your choice of one of:
your own story or your vows – bespoke timeless unique framed keepsake
- a framed handwritten keepsake of ‘your story’, or
- your vows – framed handwritten keepsake, or
- a hard-bound book of your ceremony (using photos provided by you); or if you prefer,
- ‘your story’ published on my website.
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