Music, poems, readings, rituals

After booking your ceremony, you will receive a client resource folder, including ideas for all of the elements of a ceremony; poems, readings, songs, suggested rituals, as well as recommended reading material.

Music is an integral part of any ceremony. It sets the tone and mood, bringing particular emotions to the fore. Whether you prefer the classic “Here comes the bride” or Van Morrison's "Have I told you lately that I love you", the music you play will define you and the ceremony you want.

Likewise, poems should be selected to reflect you and your relationship. You might like to include something to say how you were swept off your feet with love at first sight, or how you were friends for a long time before love grew between you. You might select a poem that acknowledges little ones you have brought into the world, or loved ones who have passed on. The possibilities are endless and so are the resources available.

Note that music played as part of a marriage ceremony is exempt from copyright, although poems and readings must always acknowledge the author.

Rituals, such as lighting unity candles, sand blending, handfasting, etc, add a personal touch to your ceremony. You can include any special elements you like and I can suggest a variety of options to suit you.

Here is a beautiful, but simple reading that I included in my own ceremony... "Today I marry my friend" by Bertrand Russell:

"Today I marry my friend
The one I have laughed with and cried with,
The one I have learned from and shared with,
The one I have chosen to support, encourage and give myself to
Through all the days given us to share;
Today I marry the one I love."