Wedding Ideas: Celebrants and Toastmasters
Celebrant weddings are fast becoming one of the most popular ways for couples to celebrate their love. Whether you're looking for a celebrant-led wedding in the UK or you want to jet off for a destination wedding, who better to get all the info from than a registrar-turned-celebrant? We spoke to Debbie Skyrme of Celebrant Spain to get her tips for celebrant weddings...
As Celebrants, Minister and Priests we would like to congratulate you both on finding the partner of your dreams! You probably set out when planning to get married that the big day was about the love you have for one another and the promises and vows you wanted to make to each other. Yet often, in all the business of planning and preparing for the wedding ceremony, the actual marriage vows seem to have become lost under all the other arrangements. Your relationship to one another is unique so your marriage service should be a ceremony which reflects the love you have for one another in a way that is meaningful to you both. There for the atmosphere, the visual setting, and most importantly, your words and actions is our prime concern. Professionally trained wedding celebrants, priest or minister celebrate with you the wedding ceremony of your choice. From the traditional marriage nuptials to any customs or rituals, such as handfasting you may choose. Your ceremony may be religious, of mixed faiths, or just simply very romantic! Each ceremony is a bespoke one because it is written just for you and conducted just as you want it to be. You do not need a licensed venue and you can have the ceremony outside or in any room at a place of your choosing. Your life-long and precious commitment should be expressed in a way in which you and your guests will never forget for all the good reasons. With a Celebrant your options for your marriage ceremony are only limited by your imagination.
The Professional Toastmaster has been part of the Social and Banqueting for centuries and it is, perhaps, at weddings when one can really see him involved in close up and obtain a good impression of his character, his passion for his work and the way he ‘manages’ the event, liaising with key personnel so that it flows smoothly and to perfection.
Toastmasters are the masters of ceremonies. The role of the toastmaster is to ensure the smooth and efficient running of the reception and, wearing his wearing his ceremonial clothes adds to the pomp and splendour of the occasion.They discreetly go about their duties co-ordinating, directing and announcing the ceremonial procedings with panache, whilst providing confidence and a calming influence on the bridal party.The professional Toastmaster will organise and run your day exactly how you wish it to be so that the you and your families can really relax and enjoy the day with full confidence in its success.The Toastmaster will also help your guests making wedding speeches to know when to stand up, helping them relax during the rest of the reception.
When toastmaster Peter York turns up at a wedding complete with scarlet jacket, white tie and tails, he has an uncanny knack of making the whole occasion run like clockwork-without any of those dreaded hitches. "It's funny really. When I'm at a wedding and ask a guest to do something they'll do it immediately, whereas if a family member asks them, they'll often ignore the request" he said.
Those who have not been present at a Partnership Celebration may be concerned as to what to expect, however I have found there to be little difference between a Partnership Celebration and a traditional Wedding Breakfast.
The couple, whether male or female, will set the scene for a perfect day to suit their individual style, incorporating as many or as few of the traditional features to make the day special to themselves.
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