Your Perfect Ceremony Portugal
I have seen a lot of posts about what is involved in your ceremony when you choose a Wedding Celebrant.
Questions like, is it legal, how long does it take and what is the difference between a Celebrant and a Humanist? so I hope to answer all these questions for you and also give you inspiration for your own wedding ceremony!
Weddings are without doubt the happiest and one of the most memorable events in a person’s life. It is the time when a couple stand in front of their friends and family and express their love for one another.
What is to say that ceremonies have to be traditional to be less meaningful? Working with a wedding celebrant can be more reflective of who you are as a couple, it is definitely a unique wedding ceremony and certainly more memorable, than any traditional ceremony.
The best part about having a celebrant is the ceremony is tailored made for you both. If you have children they can be included. You can bring Religion into your ceremony if you would like, your friends and family can say poems, prayers, readings, it is completely up to you. If you choose a humanist for your ceremony, religion cannot feature at all in your ceremony.
A celebrant led ceremony is completely flexible, we do send out a structure for you to look at, there will be vows and exchanging of rings but we can also offer unique aspects to the ceremony and lovely memorable touches. We also liaise with your musicians and you can play any music you like there are no restrictions. This is the beauty of working with a celebrant and why celebrants are getting much more popular not only abroad but also in Ireland and England.
As a celebrant I like to get to know the couple this is typically done through a short questionnaire and skype call if the couple want to chat. Most of all I like to get couples thinking about why they love each other and what they would like to say to each other on their wedding day. You can write your own vows if you like or if you are not a writer I can do them for you. I want you both to be completely relaxed for your ceremony and enjoy every minute of it!
Ceremonies typically last 20-30 minutes . They are not legal (but no one at your wedding has to know this!) You can sign a registrar at the end of your ceremony to take away.
A nice touch to your ceremony abroad, along with the exchanging of rings and the vows is having a unity ceremony. Here are a few ideas to get you thinking which would represent you and your family the best.
The Shell Ceremony
This is a lovely way to include your guests if you are having a beach ceremony, and especially if you have kids as guests. Get them to hand shells to your guests as they arrive (even get them collecting shells on the days leading up to the wedding) and during the ceremony the celebrant will ask your guests to warm the shells and wish good thoughts to you both, the shells can be collected at the end and kept in a glass jar as a memory of your amazing ceremony.
The Sand Ceremony
It think this ceremony is beautiful and if you have children it is a great way to include them in your special day. You all have a little vessel with coloured sand or sand from your favourite beach (maybe the beach you are getting married on!) This vessel represents you all as individuals, you pour all your vessels into one jar, where the grains of sand can never be parted and this vessel represents you, your new family from that day forward.
The Rose Ceremony
The Rose is considered the symbol of love. It is the perfect first gift to each other on your wedding day. I, however would not just choose a Rose, pick a flower that has it’s own meaning to you, like maybe the first flower your husband to be ever gave you, or your favourite flower as a child. Pick a flower that expresses you and your relationship.
The HandFasting Ceremony
This is where a couple bind their hands together during the wedding vows. It traditionally was a pagan ceremony dating back to the Celts. There are many variations of the traditional handfasting. After the bride and groom both declare their intent to enter into this union, the hands of the couple are clasped and fastened together with a cord or cords just before, just after, or during their vows are made to one another. The wrapping of the cord forms an infinity symbol. The handfasting knot that is tied is a symbolic representation of oneness between the couple. In a show of unity, they become bound to each other. You can choose any sort of cords from ribbons, to laces, maybe your families colours.
The Wine Ceremony
Your first shared glass of wine is always a very special way to finish your ceremony and to celebrate your love for each other. As the grapes have been blended together so have your stories, lives and future, a wonderful ceremony if you both share a passion for wine!
I hope this helps you write your own magical, memorable and unique wedding ceremony, if you have any questions you can contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org or 00351 934110695