• Laura Bell

Planning a Celebrant-Led Naming or Wedding Ceremony

Updated: Jul 28, 2020

A bespoke ceremony led by a certified celebrant is a beautiful way to welcome or celebrate a child or celebrate a marriage your way. When you choose Fox & Star, you will be expertly guided every step of the way.

The first thing to do is to decide on a date. This way you can ensure your special day is confirmed in your celebrant’s diary. Once you have confirmed your date, you can reach out to external suppliers and organise your venue, catering, entertainment and invitations.

When deciding on the time of the ceremony, take into account your child’s nap time if applicable. Also if you’re looking to save on costs on catering, having your ceremony later in the day means you can cut out a meal from your budget. Twilight ceremonies are beautiful for weddings, however might not be ideal for young children.

When you book your ceremony with Fox & Star you will be sent a questionnaire to go through. This will be followed up with a consultation in person, or via zoom. By filling in the questionnaire, this allows your ceremony script to start to form shape. Sample questions include:

  • Who is the naming / wedding ceremony for?

  • What is/are your / child/ren’s name/s?

  • Why would you like to have a naming / wedding ceremony?

  • Will you be having guideparents?

  • Would you like to include any readings or poems within the ceremony?

  • What rituals would you like to include, e.g. water blessing, Unity candles?

  • Will you present your child/ren / significant other with a gift during the ceremony?

Depending on how much time you have between booking and the date of the ceremony, Fox & Star will present 2 drafts of your ceremony script within 8 weeks of the returned and discussed questionnaire.

Once your script is signed off, Fox & Star will touch base a month before the ceremony date and the week before. Included in the silver and gold package is a ceremony rehearsal and a venue visit which brings much reassurance to families.

The special thing about celebrant-led ceremonies is forming a friendship from your time planning together. For people who suffer with anxiety, this can help hugely with the confidence to stand up in front of family and friends.

Celebrant-led ceremonies are non-legal so they can be held in any place of importance or significance. Some places will require the landowner’s permission and in some cases a fee may be payable, but they will in turn help provide a private experience.

Dorset has some beautiful beaches, woodlands and properties. Get in touch today for your no-obligation consultation to discuss your requirements. Say hello: hello@foxandstarevents.co.uk

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