Love Stories – Sophie’s Story

Love Stories- Just when you stopped looking, it finds you Love, it’s just unstoppable. I know that. But sometimes, in these times, I can lose sight of how magnificent it is and get bogged down in COVID!  But it is there, waiting and nothing can stop Love when it decides to find you. Even if […]

Dying in France

Dying in France, A guide for English Speakers We have created a guide to help English Speaking families in France who are having to cope with the death of a loved one. We hope that you never need this guide. Losing someone you love is tragic. When this happens abroad there may be cultural or […]

Grief in an emoji?

Here at AltarNatives we have done everything we can to stay positive during these weird times. We have doubled DOWN on staying UP. We have watched weddings disappear and funerals increase. We have worked ON our business when there was no business to work IN. When life dealt us lemons we made lemon scented hand […]

Wedding Trends 2020/2021

Wedding Trends 2020/2021 The International Wedding Trend Report, which is published annually by the Wedding Academy, outlines the key trends for each year. Most weddings in 2020 have had to be cancelled due to COVID, so we wanted to  review the report to highlight those trends that we think will carry through to 2021. COVID […]

Nine ways to swap downsizing for personalising

Nine ways to swap downsizing for personalising #1- Your guest listWhy smaller really is more beautiful We have been to lots of weddings of all shapes and sizes. There is certainly something to be said for a huge party full of people having a great time.  For us though, the most beautiful weddings are those […]

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 […]