Wedding Ceremony Elements

Wedding Ceremony Elements Unity rituals are a celebration of your connection. They can be woven into your wedding ceremony to add flavour and make your ceremony completely unique. Many have traditional ‘roots’ but can be adapted and added to, ensuring they are meaningful and personal to you. So, for example, if you love gin and […]

Rituals in Wedding Ceremonies

Rituals in Wedding Ceremonies What are rituals and why are they important? I’ve been pondering this question for a little while and decided to share my thoughts.   What is a ritual? The Cambridge English Dictionary defines it as “a set of fixed actions and sometimes words performed regularly, especially as part of a ceremony”. […]

Weddings in the Great Outdoors

Weddings in the Great Outdoors One of the most amazing things about using a Celebrant to conduct your wedding ceremony is the fact that you can hold it anywhere you like – including outdoors – which just happens to be the place we all love best. Don’t get me wrong, we are very happy to […]

The Magic a great celebrant can bring

The Magic a great celebrant can bring My Husband and I… We Love France – We Love camping – We Love each other. So when we decided after 18 years of living together (and after mild to moderate persuasion from me to get married) we knew exactly what we wanted. We wanted all of our […]

The final farewell

The Final Farewell Of all the work we do here at AltarNatives, helping people say farewell to a loved one, in a way that feels right for them, is one of our most important roles and one which we invariably feel honoured to deliver. Any ceremony which marks the ending of a life is quite […]

The extra breath – the one that means you own that aisle

The extra breath – the one that means you own that aisle You are standing at the edge of your aisle. You are wearing the perfect thing. Your family and friends may all be craning their necks for a better view and the flower girls (or boys) are about to throw those petals they have […]

So, how does it work?

So, how does it work? You’ve chosen your AltarNatives celebrant and made initial contact, so how do you work together to prepare your unique ceremony? Whether your ceremony is a wedding, a funeral, vow renewal or naming – or indeed any other ceremony – what can you expect to happen?   Here at AltarNatives every […]

Funerals in France

Funerals in france Arranging a Funeral in France can seem like such a daunting task. Even without the language barrier, it comes at a time when you long for things to be simple. You are grieving, everything in your life has changed and you may not have close family and friends around you straight away […]

What’s in a name-ing ceremony

What’s in a name-ing ceremony So you’ve decided you would like to have a naming ceremony for your baby or child; you’ve booked the venue and found a celebrant who will be coming to meet you in a few days. Now you’ve started to wonder “what exactly is a naming ceremony?” In a nutshell, it […]

One wedding, no funeral but always remembered. Auntie Barbara (Babs)

One wedding, no funeral but always remembered. Auntie Barbara (Babs) I have only been a bridesmaid once. I was about 7 and my sister was 5 – I still remember it because it was one of the best days of my life. The couple were my Uncle John and Auntie Barbara. A few weeks ago […]