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Vow Renewals

Surprise 35th Wedding Anniversary – Vow Renewal Ceremony It was a changeable summers day and a couple that had flown in from Indiana with their grown-up children had no idea how their day was going to change. I had been liaising with Bridget, their daughter, for a number of weeks to organise a surprise Vow…

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How to get married in Ireland

What are my options for getting married in Ireland? What do I have to do to get married in Ireland? How to get married in Ireland For those wishing to marry in Ireland you will need to start with the HSE (The Health Service Executive (Irish: Feidhmeannacht na Seirbhíse Sláinte). See link at the end…

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What is a Baby/Naming Ceremony

What is a Baby Naming Ceremony? A Baby Naming Ceremony is a ceremony when the parents of a new baby will introduce their new child to their community of friends and family.  It would be similar to the traditional Christening or Baptism ceremony, except without the church. A Naming Ceremony can be held in any…

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What is a Non-Religious Funeral Ceremony

Non-Religious Funeral Celebrant I am a Cork Celebrant and work as a non-religious Funeral Celebrant where I perform funerals that are life centred. The question frequently asked is “What is the difference between a religious and a non-religious funeral ceremony”.  My response is as follows: A religious ceremony is one where the ceremony is conducted…

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Broom Jumping

Broom Jumping This is one of the oldest marriage traditions, predating even the handfast cord. Some scholars have traced the broom-jumping tradition to a centuries-old Welsh custom, priodas coes ysgub, or “broom-stick wedding”. The broom as it is used today in marriage ceremonies represents the threshold of the home, and jumping the broom is symbolic…

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Celebrant or Humanist?

What are the differences between a Celebrant and a Humanist? The obvious difference is at the end of a ceremony conducted by a Humanist, you will be legally married; however, there are other things to consider before deciding. Using a Celebrant for your wedding gives you the freedom of your imagination when planning your special day. …

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Handfast / Handfasting

Handfast/Handfasting So what exactly is Handfast or Handfasting and what are its origins? In reality the origins are probably lost in time; however, this ancient Celtic custom has been around for many thousands of years. Its origin was that of ‘Striking a bargain by the joining of hands’. The etymology of the word suggests it…

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