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Ceremony Ideas

Pets in Weddings

Your fur-family is welcome!

A big part of any wedding day is involving your nearest in your celebrations, and more and more people are choosing to include their pets, as they are a big part of your life and a valued member of your family. I get that. In 2015, my husband and I renewed our wedding vows after 10 years of marriage. We chose a secluded beach with only a few present; a Marriage Celebrant, a Photographer, our two young sons and our beloved cattle dog, Tane.

We had a fabulous day! Tane sadly passed away in January 2019, almost 16 years old. My family and I are so happy that he was part of our special day, and the professional photos are a keepsake for us to treasure for years to come. In 2020 we welcomed Sylvia Valentine, the love Pug into our family, and we are sure to include her in all family activities and celebrations.

There are many ways to include your pet in your ceremony.  Jobs for your pet can be.

  • A bridesmaid or groomsman.
  • A ring bearer
  • Part of a sand ceremony
  • Escort the bride up the aisle
  • A gorgeous guest who are sure to steal your limelight.
  • Please let me know if you have any questions. I am always happy to hear from you.

Christina x

Children in Weddings

Including Children in your wedding ceremony. Children might not do everything you think they will during your ceremony―it might not be ‘perfect’, but I can assure you it will be cute and entertaining. I have had brides breastfeeding during her ceremony and a pair of twins playing hide and seek in the wedding dress. It is organic and my favourite part of a wedding.

One great story is where a little boy takes the rings up the aisle, but every few steps he turns around and makes a ferocious face and growls at the crowd. The crowd laughs hysterically, but no one understands. Later, when he’s asked what he was doing, he seriously answers, “Being the ring bear!”

Confetti

The throwing of confetti was started by the Medieval Italians who loved to throw things at each other. Sugared almond sweets called ‘confetti’ were thrown during carnivals, processionals, and parades. At weddings, it was thrown as a sign of fertility and prosperity. Grains, seeds, and rice have been thrown throughout the years. And these days, everything from paper confetti, shredded paper, through to freeze-dried flower petals and even compressor cannons have been used.

Poem or Reader

If you’re looking to have a wedding ceremony that’s super-personalised, readings are a great way to do it. Wedding ceremony readings also allow you to give loved ones – particularly those who may not be in the wedding party, a special role in your big day. I am big fan of poems, readings, or blessings, and especially love it when a child feels brave enough to step up a do a reading. I have a great selection for you to choose from..

Candle Ceremony

A candle ceremony is a beautiful way to honour loved ones who can't be part of your wedding day. The words can be as following: 'Anne and Brian would like to take this moment to remember Anne's Dad, Tim who is no longer with us. Anne and Brian would like to honour him with the lighting of this candle'. (Together lighting the candle)

Sand Ceremony

A Sand ceremony is a beautiful way to celebrate your family, whether it is just the two of you, your children, your blended family, or your fur-family. Your family relationship is symbolised through the pouring of the individual bottles of coloured sand into a vase, frame, bottle or other. And just as the grains of sand can never be separated and poured again into the separate containers, so will your marriage and family be. You can purchase many gorgeous versions of Sand Ceremony Kits on Etsy and Ebay, and I also have a selection for sale.