Marriage Celebrant, JP & Funeral Celebrant
Ritual Elements for Weddings
A candle to represent the combining of the couple’s families and may be lit by the bride and groom as a symbol of their marriage.
Also for a Naming and Christening as a welcome into the family and community.
The white dove is a universal symbol of faith and fidelity and embodies the hope of new beginnings.
That is why couples choose to include white doves in their wedding ceremonies.
The butterfly symbolizes new beginnings and rebirths.
This part of thae celebration is usually at the conclusion of the ceremony.
A handfasting is a wedding where traditionally the wrists of the couple are bound together with a cord or ribbon.
This symbolizes the commitment and the coming together as one also known as “tying the knot”
The bride and groom have each chosen a vase that contains sand of their favourite colour.
The sand colours represent their personalities and individuality.
As the sand is poured into the Vase, their personalities combine to become one inseparable entity, this is symbolic of the sand never being separated again.
The bride and groom each take a carafe of wine and pour it into a single glass, which they both drink from, two different lives coming together to make one life, when red wine and white wine are poured into one, the wine becomes a rose.
The rose is symbolic.
The bride and groom exchange two red roses or other colour of your choice, symbolizing the giving and receiving of their love for each other.
Each stone represents a special wish that the couple can take with them to reflect on during their married life together all guests can place a stone into the thier jar or bowl as a special wish to the couple.
Warming of the rings:
With a ring warming not only is it a gift from each other but a blessing from all family and friends that are there to celebrate your happy marriage and life together it is past around to each guest giving thier wishes and blessing before the exchange of rings during the vows.
From an ancient custom, you can “lock each others love” to your beloved who is important in your life.
Engraving your names and message on a love lock is a way of saying “I love you” and setting a special meaning to your relationship the love of your life.
Jumping the broom:
This “leap” into a new life is performed in the presence of families and friends.and “sweeping away” their previous single lives, and jumping over the broom to enter upon a new life as husband and wife.
There are many more rituals that also can be included, maybe you have one you wish to use.
Garland or Lei Ceremony:
Breaking of the glass:
Ritual colours and thier meanings
Red : Love, Passion, the strength of the will, Fertility and courage
Green : Nature and renewal, health, riches, prosperity, beauty and luck
Yellow : Joy, a sunny disposition, optimism, consistency, friendship, attraction
Light Blue : Peace, patience, tranquility, good health or understanding
Dark Blue : Strength and virility, longevity, loyalty, trust, commitment
Purple : Royalty, strength, health and vitality, power, sophistication
Pale Pink : Love, truth, playfulness, happiness, tenderness or unity
Hot Pink : Romance, “girl power”
Brown : Nurturing and caring, home
Black : Wisdom, strength, success, sophistication
Silver : Vision, protection, inspiration and glamour
Gold : Wealth or prosperity, strength, unity, prestige or success
White : Peace, innocence
Champagne : Refinement, conservative, traditional
Types Of Symbols And Memorabilia Used for Funerals/Memorials
These memorable symbols are a part of their loved one and is displayed during the funeral as a comfort of rememberence
Scattering Of Ashes:
Would a loved ones wishes be to have thier scattering of ashes at sea or under a rose bush, it is a wonderfull idea to celebrate thier life. Casting ashes or scattering ashes.
Casting or scattering ashes is what most people think of when they think of scattering: throwing the ashes into the wind.
Casting ashes can be done in nearly any location.
At a casting or scattering, one person can be responsible for scattering the ashes, or everyone present can have a portion of ashes that they scatter.
Trenching can also take place on a beach.
You can dig a shallow trench in the sand near the water’s edge and fill the trench with the cremated remains.
You can leave the ashes uncovered in the trench, or you can cover them with sand.
As the tide comes in, the ashes will be swept out to sea.
If you’re thinking about trenching ashes on the beach, you might want to check the tidal schedule to make sure that you’re at the beach when the tide is coming in. (If the tide is going out, the water will not come up to reach the trench.)
Raking ashes is the process of scattering ashes in a garden or in the soil and then using a rake (such as a garden rake) to incorporate the cremated remains into the earth.
Raking can be done in a garden at your home, at a meaningful spot or on a meaningful piece of land, or in another location.
At a raking, one person can be responsible for raking the ashes, or everyone present can take turns raking the ashes into the soil.
If you’re thinking about raking ashes in a public place, such as in a park, make sure that you have the legal right to do so in that place.
Scattering over water
Ashes can be scattered over water in a number of ways.
You can scatter ashes over a river, a lake, a pond, or the ocean.
If you’ll be scattering the ashes over a large body of water, you might want to take a boat out onto the water and scatter the ashes from the boat.
If you don’t own a boat or have access to a boat, there are many companies that can either rent you a boat or can scatter the ashes over water on your behalf.
You can scatter the ashes over water as you would when casting or scattering ashes over land, by simply tossing the ashes over the water.
If you’re thinking about doing this, be aware of the direction of the wind; make sure that the wind is blowing away from the boat and anyone on the boat.
You can also scatter ashes over water using a water-soluble “scattering urn.”
With a water-soluble scattering urn, the cremated remains are placed in the urn and then the urn is dropped in the water, where it will dissolve, leaving the ashes in the water.
Ritual Elements for Naming/Christening
Balloons: A balloon release to represent hopes and good fortune.
Wish Box: Everyone writes a wish or personal message for the child and kept in the box as a special keepsake.
Fairy Dust: Used as a blessing special words/wishes as they sprinkle the coloured dust over the childs feet.
Tree Planting: The parents and godparents and guests can help pour the soil for planting a tree as a symble of establishment of the childs home roots.
Photograph/Signature Poster: A large canvas is set up for everyone to write or place a photo or message for the child as a momentum of the day to cherish.
The ceremony is also a way of family bonding for adoptive and stepchildren.
Naming Ceremony can be performed for parents whether they are married or not. It does not have any impact on the spiritual or religious beliefs or ethnic and cultural background. The ceremony may be held in any place of your choice and at any time.
Naming Ceremonies or any of the documents issued have no legal status.