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A Christmas Wedding at Rhosygilwen

Garod and Kirsty’s New Year’s Eve Wedding. I can’t believe we’re nearly half way through the year already! As I looked over some photographs of the ceremonies I’ve officiated so far this year it was hard to imagine the cold, damp New Year’s Eve on which Garod and...

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Wedding in a Week!

On the second Saturday of this year I received an email from a chap called Richard asking whether I could perform a wedding within 6 days. His friend David and David’s fiancée Alyson had “been trying for a long time to get married” and could I call him that evening?...

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The Need for Ceremony

A lifetime of ceremonies has given me the conviction that creating the right ceremony at the right time, whether for a birth, coming of age, marriage or death, follows a basic human instinct. In the absence of religious rituals, this need can be fulfilled by the use...

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Seasonal Celebrations & Other Stories

Exciting times! I’ve been asked by a lovely couple to create their wedding celebration ceremony for them to be held on New Year’s Eve! They had planned to use a registrar, but there’s only one available on that day so they couldn’t book the time they wanted. However,...

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A Uniquely Traditional Wedding

A Uniquely Traditional Wedding Why would someone who wants a traditional wedding choose to have a celebrant - led wedding? And did it feel like a "real" wedding to everyone there? Read on: "At the end of July I was celebrant for a gorgeous wedding in Haverfordwest, at...

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Baby Naming, Choices for New Parents

The Nurture Show earlier this year was a new kind of event for me. I've been to wedding fairs to talk about my couples ceremonies but this was a day all about conceiving, giving birth to and nurturing babies and children, so I was talking to the parents about naming...

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The Perfect Resting Place

Yesterday, Friday 10th July I officiated at the funeral of a lady in a little village between Newcastle Emlyn and Aberporth. I met Ron, her husband, and her daughter and son a few days before the ceremony (as normal) and created the ceremony (as normal). But that's...

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Happy Funerals, A Celebration of Life

I think I'm going to gatecrash a few funerals when I feel like being cheered up. This in response to the excellent article written recently by John Kelly and published in the Guardian. It reflects the move in recent times to see a funeral as a "time to be joyful" and...

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