Weddings and Renewal of Vows

A memorable wedding for your special day.  A bespoke and unique ceremony that reflects your character and values at the venue of your choice.

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Feel free to contact me without any obligation to either talk on the phone (Tel: 087 352 1588 or by email: to caroline@yourcelebrant.ie) or to arrange a visit where we can discuss how I can help you create your perfect wedding ceremony.

As a Wedding Celebrant, I write and perform unique, personalised wedding ceremonies.

I will travel all over Ireland to perform whatever type of personalised wedding ceremonies you require.  It’s your wedding, so have the ceremony of your dreams.  Your ceremony can be an expression of who you are.

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Ceremonies can be performed anytime, including evenings, in any venue, indoors or outdoors.  You can have your ceremony in woodlands, a beach, favourite place or your own home or garden if you want. I also perform personalised ceremonies at licensed wedding venues if required.

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A Celebrant led ceremony includes the exchanging of personalised vows between you. (If you want, I can help you create unique and meaningful vows).

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As an Independent Celebrant I can include religious readings, poems, music or any spiritual or pagan customs to your ceremony if you so wish.

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Additional elements such as Handfasting, Unity candle, Wine ceremonies, Unity sand or creating a unique canvas to frame in your home can also be included.  If you want your dog as a ring bearer, you can.  Parents, children, family and friends can all be involved in your ceremony if you want to include them.  It’s your ceremony, so do it your way.

There are many options for you to choose from to make your wedding personal to you

 

Marriage / Wedding / Vow Renewal Ceremony

 

Plan | Practice | Perform

 

Ceremony Menu

Exploratory Interview - Without Obligation

First Interview - Agree Draft Outline of Ceremony (1 Hour)

Telling your story (1-2 Hours)

Create Draft Ceremony (4-5 Hours)

Venue Liaison / Visit (1-2 Hours)

Draft Order of Ceremony (1-2 Hours)

Second Interview - Agree Order of Ceremony & Modify Draft (1-2 Hours)

Final Draft (2-3 Hours)

Final Interview & Practice (2-3 Hours)

Officiate Ceremony (2-3 Hours)

Civic Registration

This can take place either before or after the ceremony you share with your family and friends.  If necessary, I will help you organise this so that you can concentrate on your wedding ceremony.  This is charged directly by the Health Service Executive (HSE).  You will be responsible for paying this direct with the HSE.

SPECIAL CEREMONY ELEMENTS/RITUALS

Memorial Candle 

This is where a candle is lit in a lantern and kept with the wedding party for the day and is in memory of loved ones unable to attend the ceremony.

Signing and Witness Ritual

This involves the couple and 2-4 witnesses.  Each signs a keepsake parchment which is presented to the newlyweds.

Hand Wrapping Ceremony / Handfasting

A Celtic tradition where the hands of the couple are tied with ribbons/cloth to symbolise the bringing together of the two hearts in a marriage of strength and unity forever. The original meaning of “tying the knot”.

Wine Ceremony

The couple can either choose to pour one white glass and one red glass to create a blush that they will both drink from or there can be a pouring of one glass that they both will drink from.

  Unity Candle

This ritual has a universal meaning.  It symbolises the joining of the couple in marriage as well as the joining of their two original families.  The couple’s parents can light their individual candles for them as a symbol to show that they are moving on from their family to create a new family together.

Unity Sand ritual

This ritual symbolises the joining of two people/families.  Sand is poured into a glass receptacle of the couples choosing and is a symbolic representation for all to see and for the couple to keep.  The glass can sometimes have a stopper, sometimes not.  The stopper can then further be sealed with wax and a seal or crest used.  It can be a nice ritual to use where young children can be involved and the couple is looking for a ritual to involve the children.

Wine Box / Love Letter

The couple will write love letters to each other before the wedding which they will seal in an envelope.  They will choose their favourite bottle of wine or drink of choice and place these and any other memorabilia in the wine box. The box is sealed during the wedding ceremony and the couple vow not to open the box until an anniversary of their choice.  The only other time that the box can be unsealed is when they are having thoughts of separating at which time they will drink the wine and read the letters which will hopefully remind them of why they fell in love and chose to be together.

Rose Ceremony

The couple present roses to the mothers / grandmothers as a way of showing appreciation for their support.  Roses can also be presented as the first gifts the couple give to each other.

First Kiss, Last Kiss

The mother of both the Bride and the Groom are called upon to join the Bride and Groom near the end of the ceremony. The mothers gave their children there first kiss when they came into the world and they will give their last kiss as single individuals before sending them on their new journey as husband / wife / life partner.

Broom Jumping Ceremony

The Broom Jumping ritual is based upon tradition which symbolises the clearing away of negativity with a sweep of the broom and creating a threshold for the couple to cross over into their new life together. The besom broom can be decorated for the occasion in many ways.

  Breaking the Glass Ceremony

The Breaking of the Glass ritual is traditionally used at Jewish weddings; this ritual signifies the end of the ceremony and the time of celebration. As a health and safety concern, the glass (often two champagne flutes) are placed in a cloth bag prior to breaking.

LINKS to some great wedding venues

 

Midleton Park Hotel

Innishannon House Hotel

Bantry House

Springfort Hall Hotel & Country Club,, Mallow, Co Cork

Bayview Hotel, Ballycotton

Clonabreany House, Co Meath

Maryborough House Hotel, Cork

Ballyseede Castle, Tralee

Barnabrow Country House, East Cork

Ambassador Hotel, Cork

Blairscove House - Durrus, West Cork

Imperial Hotel, Cork

 A deconsecrated Georgian church in the Cork city centre

Triskel Art Centre, Cork

Radisson Blu, Little Island, Cork