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