Renewal of Marriage Vows
Vow renewals are a way for a married couple to renew their commitment to each other and demonstrate that the vows they took are still considered sacred.
To some couples the ceremony offers the chance to celebrate the wedding they never had. Perhaps the original wedding was at a time in your life where plans weren’t to your liking and on reflection you would like to renew your vows with a ceremony to your liking. Maybe you were married in another country and family and friends couldn’t attend. Or the ceremony was at a registry office. Or it was too large (arranged by parents) and you didn’t have things as you would have liked. Maybe you have come through health issues or separation at some stage. Renewal of vows don’t involve any legal paperwork or requirements so there are no rules as to how you plan your ceremony. As with a wedding I can write a ceremony for you to your requirements and will conduct it with dignity and grace.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude,
it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.
A naming ceremony is a non-religious alternative to ceremonies such as christening. The purpose is to recognise and celebrate the arrival of a child and welcome him or her in the family and circle of friends. The naming part of the event is of course significant, but the most important aspect of a naming ceremony is that it offers you the chance to focus on your child’s future development, welfare and happiness and for you to affirm that you will try to be the best parent you can.
There are no set rules or formats, it’s entirely up to you what direction the ceremony will take. For your family and friends, a naming ceremony is a way for them to declare that they would like to be involved in your child’s life. So choose a time when everybody can be together. For adoptive children of any age, a naming ceremony is a great way of welcoming them into your life and binding the new family unit. Naming ceremonies can also have particular importance if parents belong to different faiths, if they are unmarried or single parents, and if there are children from a previous marriage involved. Suggestions are reading of a poem (grandparent), writing special messages to be read by your child at a later time, planting of a tree, lighting of candles. Siblings and other children being involved. As with all my ceremonies I can write a ceremony for you to your requirements and will conduct it with dignity and grace.
May the strength of the wind and the light of the sun,
The softness of the rain and the mystery of the moon
Reach you and fill you.
May beauty delight you and happiness uplift you,
May wonder fulfil you and love surround you.
May your step be steady and your arm be strong,
May your heart be peaceful and your word be true.
May you seek to learn, may you learn to live,
May you live to love, and may you love - always.