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|Q||We love Christmas and want to incorporate festive nods into our ceremony. Do you have any ideas on how we could do this?|
|A||Richard Sheath says: As an independent celebrant, we have the freedom to create a ceremony that's bespoke and personal to you! Christmas is a very romantic time of the year, with lights and candles in plenty. It's a beautiful time to celebrate your love while creating wonderful memories.
How lovely would it be to have your first kiss under the mistletoe? This could be extended to your guests by hanging sprigs in unexpected places to encourage friends to share the love.
Share the first drink of your marriage by combining the ancient tradition of sipping from the two-handled loving cup (or quaich), which symbolises a bond of love and trust. Use the festive favourite of mulled wine to complement the time of year.
Christmas and unwrapping presents go hand-in-hand. So, why not wrap your wedding rings in a box containing special love messages to read aloud instead of a traditional vow exchange? These are just a few ideas, but there are many more to make your Christmas wedding a truly fantastic day. Be creative and think outside the box.
Richard Sheath, The Wessex Celebrant
|Q||Our wedding planner has suggested we hire a celebrant for our big day. Should we book one, and what are the benefits?|
|A||Karen Hopwood says: In short, your celebrant will do everything to ensure your ceremony goes as smoothly as possible. They'll help you create lasting memories with your own words of promise while getting to know you both to reflect your personalities into your ceremony. They'll work with you to share personal touches and special words with your partner because you're not restricted in what you say, unlike a clergy member or registrar.
You can hold your ceremony anywhere with a celebrant, like a beach or a back garden, and they should arrive early to ensure you have everything needed. When guests arrive, they'll direct loved ones to the ceremony setting before the wedding party walks up the aisle.
Karen Hopwood, Coast Ceremonies