Monday, 22 June 2015

Wanted – Couple to say I do in the Woods!

One of the best parts about being a celebrant is discovering new venues that are unique and quirky. Recently, I was invited to see a brand new wedding venue set in the idyllic Suffolk Countryside; Up Thorpe Wood is probably one of Suffolk’s best kept secrets.

Up Thorpe Wood close to Ixworth is now open for viewings Sarah and her team are so welcoming, their love of the place is infectious. The wisteria archway leads to a pathway through the wood to the romantic alter; it is here that vows and promises can be made. If you would like to have smaller guests at your special day, Up Thorpe Wood is the perfect place for them to play as there is a children’s tipi and safe areas.

I was once told that people don’t know what they want until they see it, so I would like to give you a few ideas about how your day could be most memorable for you and your guests.  

Woodland weddings – or Festival weddings as they are more widely known are possibly the most laid-back relaxed affairs. You don’t have to be into fairies or middle earth to appreciate the natural beauty of the wood (of course if you are that’s fine too). Mother Nature provides a spectacular background with all the different shades of green.  Bunting, fairy lights or different coloured lanterns can enhance the natural beauty of the wood. If you want to have a relaxed and fun loving vibe you might think about having the local fish and chip van pay you a visit. Or have an afternoon tea with vintage china, BBQ’s, bring your own picnic or maybe even a pizza delivery!

The best bit! After saying “I do” , when your bellies are full from eating and drinking and your feet hurt from dancing the night away, you and your guests don’t have to be ferried home in cabs you can a sleepover, or if it’s me, it has to be glamping!

Suffolk Celebrant seeking loving couple who want to say I do in the woods – get in touch.

Thursday, 16 April 2015

Wedding Traditions from Around the Globe

Around the World in 80 minutes

My husband Jerry and I have been married for 16 years; I have been researching wedding traditions from around the globe. So come with me on a light-hearted journey of discovery and read about how my marriage would compare with different traditions and cultures from around the world.

Let us start our journey in China because I have to admit Chinese food is never far from my mind. Traditional Chinese grooms will call to collect their bride from her parent’s house on the morning of the wedding. Before the couple are allowed to go the groom has to ask if there are any jobs that need doing. Now this made me chuckle because my Mum would have a list of DIY “just jobs” for Jerry to do! The good news is that my favourite colour red is considered lucky and is used for decorations and invitations. The bad news is the happy couple have to keep their shoes on from the moment they slip them on in the morning till the very end of the evening reception.
A well-known Jewish tradition is the breaking of the glass. For those of you that know me well you will remember that I can be accident prone and have smashed quite a few glasses in my time!  I have even karate chopped a glass off a table in the middle of a business meeting. The Jewish meanings of breaking the glass have many meanings, such as the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem or simply a reminder of the fragility of life and marriage. I think the Hora sounds the most fun; being hoisted on a chair above guests heads whilst they dance below you.

Moving on to traditional Hindu weddings, again  the colour red plays a special part as it is consider the colour of luck. After the ceremony the newly-weds feed each other five bites of a sweet food (sounds good to me).

The Spanish groom gives the father a watch after she accepts his proposal, no looky-looky man watches here Jerry! The groom then gives the bride 13 gold coins, (this is getting better). The groom often wears an embroidered shirt handmade by his future wife. I am not great at needlework so this could be a problem. Paella is the traditional food followed by cocktails and dancing.

Next time I will be visiting Italy, Africa and Japan. If you have enjoyed reading this and would like to see more drop me a line…. Thanks Alex 

Monday, 16 March 2015

Saying Goodbye to Your Pet

One day you may lose the life of a treasured friend, the death of a beloved pet has an impact on the whole family. 

Having a farewell ceremony that acknowledges and celebrates the life of your beloved friend will help when the time comes to say goodbye.  

Pets are a key part of a family, they provide a warm welcome when you come home and they never tire of being cuddled and fussed over. 

I can provide a farewell ceremony for you in the comfort of your own home or venue of your choice. Contact Alex 07926 071065 

Thursday, 26 February 2015

Same Sex – Same Emotion

It saddens me to read in The Guardian today about a couple being turned away from a luxury hotel resort because they were gay. The couple had hoped to hold their wedding reception there but the owner “ushered them out” and said that they were not welcome at her hotel.

I know homophobia is alive and well but it still astounds me that people can be so backward. It was at my brother’s same sex wedding that I was first inspired to become a celebrant. My brother explained to me that he was concerned about choosing a registrar because he was worried that they may be homophobic and would just go through the motions not embrace the special event.

Humans have and feel the same emotions whether you are a man or a woman. If two people decide to make a commitment to each other it shouldn't matter if they are a man and women or same sex. The commitment, feeling and emotions still feel the same.

My brother and his husband had a very happy wedding day. I will always remember the way they looked into each other’s eyes when they made their vows.  Although they were both nervous, there was no need because everything went smoothly and the room was full of love and well wishes.

Choosing a Celebrant means that you can say “I do” any place, anyhow, anywhere. Celebrants provide a non-religious tailor made ceremony to make your day a unique and most memorable event.

If you would like to have a chat about what I can do for you just give me a call or drop me an email, there is no obligation. I am based in Suffolk but I am willing to travel so let me know if I can help you.


Sunday, 22 February 2015

Your Choice – Your Way

Not everybody knows that to have a civil wedding ceremony you do not need to go to the local registrar. Registrars do a great job but if you don’t want a bog standard wedding and you want to have a personalised ceremony, which has been designed especially for you a celebrant can do this for you.

Celebrants sometimes referred to as Humanists provide a non-religious ceremony and are becoming increasingly popular for weddings, renewal of vows, naming ceremonies and funerals.

I am accredited by the UK Society of Celebrants to provide weddings and naming ceremonies. When we first meet to design your ceremony I will provide suggestions about poems, readings and different traditional elements from around the world that you may like to include in your unique day.

There is so much choice, every ceremony is unique and tailor made to your needs. Suffolk has so many beautiful venues, I can help you find an enchanted space or a grand venue, the choice is yours. I can promise you a most memorable day.

So if you would like to say “I do” in a unique way let me help you make it happen.


Tuesday, 17 February 2015

The Suffolk Celebrant | Bespoke Ceremonies for You

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