Wedding-day dog grooming packages! – Love Our Wedding

Get your canine companion looking dapper for your special day with this fab new package, from Armathwaite Hall and The Dog Room…
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365 Happiness Project 2019 – Quote 199 – Boho Weddings For the Boho Luxe Bride

This is a great post and really offers a focus for what matters. We all need to remember that no matter what has happened in our lives, a wedding is a time to be joyful. Put past relationships and mistakes behind us and move forward mindfully and positively.

365 Happiness Project 2019 – Quote 199
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What Flowers Should A Bride Use in Her Bouquet ?

This is a really difficult area to think about for your wedding day but you really should. Give it some thought that is and in plenty of time.

Natural hedgerow flowers can be used

There is the colour theme to think about. The Scent of the flowers, not all flowers smell lovely! Some can smell distinctly unpleasant. You need to avoid hard stems and certainly thorns and then there is the more complicated area of tradition in your family. It’s not just the royal brides that get stuck with wedding traditions.

Then there is the hidden meaning of the flowers that you choose, the symbolism that can say so much.

Lilies are often associated with death as well as purity

Lilies are a great example of how it can get complicated in a bridal bouquet. They are often associated with death. Their sweet smell was traditionally used to mask the scent of death. They can also stain a beautiful wedding dress in a heartbeat, so if you do choose these make sure the dark pollen stems are removed. Roses of course are our go to love flower but think again. The colour red is quite sensual and could look harsh against a white dress. I had a dozen red roses as my bouquet but my wedding was on Valentine’s Day so it seemed wholly appropriate and they did look really dramatic in the photos wrapped as they were in yards of red netting.

Freesias and lily of the valley are sweet smelling and very pretty but have a short season and wilt quite quickly too. So you can see it’s not so easy as choosing something that looks lovely. Availability must be checked for your big day.

I think that your approach to choosing flowers for your wedding bouquet should be as with all things wedding. Give yourself time to think it through and don’t let it slip onto the ‘too hard list.’

If your mum had roses and you don’t like them, maybe slip one in as a nod to family tradition. The mother of the bride will love telling that story.


Remembering others in your bouquet

If you want to remember those that cannot be at your wedding following their death a beautiful gesture is to have a sprig of rosemary in your flowers. This smells good and lasts well. It’s a small but thoughtful detail.

The most important thing is that your bridal bouquet can say so much and be meaningful to you. It isn’t just a collection of random flowers, it is an opportunity to say something, to express yourself, like the old Interflora advert used to say, “Say it with flowers.”

Always remember it’s your day and enjoy your choices. Don’t be overwhelmed. Be proud of yourself and make the most of every precious moment. As a Cumbrian wedding celebrant I’m well versed in tradition and symbolism but also in lots of creative and alternative choices.

Handfasting Ceremony

This is a beautiful way to show your love and the binding of yourselves to each other on your wedding day.

Handfasting was an old way of showing the commitment that two people had to each other. They were literally bound together until the formalities of marriage could be conducted.

The materials used today are as beautiful and varied as you like. From wedding ceremony themed colours to simple cords, even football scarves or a meaningful piece of fabric.

I use silk ribbons or cords decorated with meaningful charms such as, the tree of life or a Celtic knot, symbols of love and commitment. Your binding in love can be any colour you want, or I can advise you on symbolic colouring.

Top 5 Ways To Include Your Dog In Your Wedding Ceremony!

Will your dog experience FOMO at your wedding? Or do you want them involved? Here’s how.

We are a nation of dog lovers and it’s no surprise that there is an increasing demand to include them in your big day. So first thing to say is don’t worry you are not on your own!

So what can they do?

Well it’s a bit like considering what your 3 year old niece can do. Is she likely to throw a tantrum rather than the flower petals? You see my drift.

Give your dog a role that they will thrive in and let them be seen at their best.

1) Simply turn up looking fabulous. Dressed in a themed collar or with a matching ribbon. So they feel part of the day. In a celebrant’s led wedding and a dog friendly venue that’s an easy one.

2) Bring them down the aisle with the best man as the ring bearer. Make sure it’s secure !!! You cannot do this with a dog who loves to jump up and greet you if you’ve a white dress on!

3) If they do a high five. -let me ask them if it’s ok for you both to get married. Of course I’ll have gravy bones with me just to make sure !

4) If your pal is quite lazy or getting on a bit . They could be waiting for you at the front and just lay on a rug watching the whole thing from the front row !

5) They could even sign a special certificate with a paw print to give their seal of approval. I have lots of colours of inkpad. Some are just soft glitter so no risk of stains !

So, five top ways to include your four legged friend in your perfect ceremony.

Always remember to have a plan B and someone designated to take care of your dogs needs. We want everyone to have a great day !

Lots more great ideas too. Call for a chat and to book your big day with me.

Choosing Your Perfect Wedding Venue

When I looked out and saw my favourite place, as I walked towards my soulmate, I knew this time was forever.

So a garden wedding might not be for everyone but for this couple it was everything that they wanted. They loved their home and had worked really hard to build it together. They have had their fair share of scrapes and bumps in life but now they were ready to make those roots solid.

The festival vibe of the venue was just perfect for a wedding, which like the couple, was all about family and music.

There was so much fun and love in this gorgeous festival wedding .

Being outdoors in a lavender field is not for everyone but I loved it too. The dressing of the Betty’s Tipis event was staggeringly gorgeous. Everywhere was festooned with flowers and fairy lights. The bride and groom had used their music theme to great effect with CD covers denoting the name of guest’s tables. The photos by Mahoneys Wedding Pictures were picture perfect.

Beach Weddings are so romantic but again its not everyone’s cup of tea.

Beautiful and romantic beach weddings but the sand does get everywhere and you do need to arrange an early evening as this was to avoid the hot sun. This was Florida on the Mexican Gulf and it was hot but the beautiful wildlife as the sun was setting was awesome. We even had a dolphin fly by and a perfect visit by white ibis birds. Totally fitted the theme and this plaque.

The joy of a celebrant led wedding is the flexibility that can be offered. Religious elements alongside popular culture or even a pagan hand fasting ritual.

Your venue should be meaningful to you. It should be personal and precious. A beautiful building or a stunning view, your own home or a friends garden. I love building the ceremony around the couple, their wedding theme, if they have one and the venue. Its such a special thing to do.

I am currently developing a couple of new venues that I love and hope to be able to launch them here soon. One a golf club with stunning views and a relaxed, informal vibe. Perfect for a second time around wedding. Great facilities and the food is fab too. I am going to be their preferred celebrant and I love to add value to your day so I will be making a very special offer. One you just cant refuse !

Review of Weddings

This is an important step forward for the wedding industry. The issues are that there is too many rules and these have become muddled. People are unsure about how they can get married, where and when.

Much has moved on since the days of the civil partnership. Some in government are concerned for the fragmentation of family life and the increase of single parents. The issues are wider. Child poverty and the costs of benefits and tax credits. The growing issue of wedding debt.

As a celebrant I can legally marry you in Scotland if I apply for the paperwork but not in England. As I live on the borders of Cumbria and Dumfries and Galloway it becomes ridiculous. No wonder brides and grooms are confused !

A celebrant cannot legally marry you in England but can in Scotland !

So it’s long overdue. Why shouldn’t you be able to marry in your own home. It’s a common occurance to marry in one’s garden in Australia or America. A celebrant in England cannot perform the legal contract which means you must complete this at a registry office.

I’m getting married for the second time. Do I have to say the same words ?

There is currently a trial of a joint ceremony of legal registrar and celebrant ongoing. This offers the flexibility of venue but seems cumbersome. However , it would help those who feel torn – that the ‘real wedding ‘ is the registry or the ceremony. It’s all a bit complicated. As a result people limit their wedding options and commit to a registry office wedding. The same words for everyone. Literally a tick box of choices for phrases that will change your life forever. It’s just not good enough. Especially if you are a second time around couple. Having to repeat the same words and the same promises that you did when your marriage has failed is an unnecessary blight on your special day.

A beautiful wedding is about words and commitment not sweet carts, swanky venues and table favours

Until the law changes, choice is limited with a registry office wedding. So think about a celebrant led wedding. It’s the only sensible choice. Push past the notion of ‘real wedding’ and have a statutory session in a registry office. Three sentences and you are done! Then have your wedding whenever and wherever you like! It’s amazing, it’s liberating and can be a lot cheaper too.

Contact me to find out how to make your wedding dream a reality.

Tracy x

The Wedding Ring

The ring is a circle of precious metal. The metal has varied over the years and there are definite trends. I considered the heavy dark metals for my second marriage as I wanted to have something different. However, when I looked into it I found that the use of gold was a tradition to show the brightness and represent the rising of the sun. So I fell back in love with the idea of a traditional gold ring.

Gold like the sun

The wedding ring is a symbolic and traditional representation used to signal the unending commitment of love.

I often smile when I look at it. It is a sunny 18ct gold. A little softer than 9ct but brighter. It is a plain band of gold but symbolises so much. When you are buying your rings, remember you have many choices. The metal, the design, the embellishments such as a diamond. But the most important thing about sporting a ring that states love never ending is that you mean it.

The best way to show your love is through your ceremony. In making your vows, your promises and wedding day commitment in front of your witnesses you are declaring your intentions.

With this ring ….

As an experienced wedding celebrant I will guide you, help you to choose the words that say exactly what you are feeling. They are important as like your wedding ring they will last a lifetime.

A circle remains unbroken and never ending let me write your perfect ending