Family Naming Ceremony

Having a Naming Ceremony is a wonderful idea to introduce a new baby into the family. It is a meaningful and unique celebration for all concerned where the child is named in front of family and friends.

Susan – a big thank-you for making it so special!

The happy parents and baby after the ceremony.

Time to Celebrate

A ceremony that I conducted recently, was a celebration to welcome the new baby and his family back to England from another country, in this case, Australia. Only the immediate family had spent time with him abroad and this was an opportunity for everyone to meet up and renew family links and for the other children to get to know their cousin or family friend.

The ceremony was beautiful!

The arrival of the very special boy and his mum!

The Celebrant and the Family together create the ideal ceremony

The creation of a ceremony is a joint effort. I work closely with the parents to ensure that they are happy with the script and that we all see the whole ceremony as a collaboration between us all. I furnish the family with a questionnaire including questions about the child, his position in the family, his character, his pregnancy and birth and the dreams and aspirations his family hold for his future. We then discuss the type of ceremony they want and the venue and how it will be dressed. We talk about music, poetry and readings and gradually through a process of knowing what they don’t want as well as what they do want , this truly personalised ceremony starts to take shape. This could happen over a few days or weeks, sometimes months depending on the timeframe.


‘Great advice and ideas! ‘

This is a responsible time for parents and other members of the family such as the grandparents, guardians/guideparents and sisters and brothers. For this particular ceremony, the grandparents, who live in England, had organised the celebration and had met with myself on a number of occasions to share the family’s wishes and ideas and I had created it with their blessing.

Chatting with the guardian about his part in the ceremony.

The Role of the Parents and of the Guardians

The family normally choose a number of guardians or guideparents for the baby. They will make promises to care for and support the children alongside their parents. In this case, the baby’s aunt was one of his guardians as was a very good family friend who had come over for the occasion from Canada. This was in addition to the parents who had chosen to declare their love and their commitment to their child through personalised promises and hopes for his future life.

Involving the Rest of the Family

Other siblings could be involved in the ceremony depending on their age. They could sing, read a poem or play a musical piece. In this case, as she was quite young and in a strange environment, the baby’s sister sat and enjoyed the ceremony with her grandparents and at the end she came up and was very happy to be photographed with her mum and dad and baby brother.

Parents, baby and his new guardians!

Other types of Naming or Welcoming Ceremonies

Sometimes a family will take the opportunity to celebrate the Naming of more than one child and have a ceremony for two or more children. Again if they are older they may take a more central role in the ceremony, singing a song, reading some words or a poem about the special event.

A Naming ceremony may take place to welcome an adopted child into a family. Or if two people have or are going to get married they might decide to have a joint Wedding and Naming ceremony to demonstrate the blending together of two families into one.

Nanna reading her own special poem to her grandson

Special Moments During the Ceremony

As part of the ceremony , the family may choose to light candles to demonstrate their love for their baby or family members can enjoy taking part in a Sand ceremony where different colours of sand are mixed together in a glass container to demonstrate the coming together of the new family. There are other rituals such as preparing a Time Capsule for the baby’s 18th birthday or having a Memories Book which would include a photo of each of the guests at the celebration and alongside it a personal message for the baby. There are so many ideas to choose from.


‘You were very helpful and friendly!

The End of the Ceremony! An opportunity for photos!

These ceremonies can be performed in a venue or at home as an expression of love and togetherness. Inside or outside; in a private garden or in the grounds of a venue. They can be at the weekend or during the week , the couple can choose what suits them best depending on their lifestyle, their location and whether family and friends are local or further afield.

‘Everyone had a fabulous time too!’

My role as a Celebrant is to create a unique and personalised ceremony that each family will enjoy and remember with fondness.


We could not have wished for a better Naming ceremony!
Once again, many thanks!’

A Handfasting

A Summer Festival of Love  

 I was very happy to conduct the wedding of Sarah and Andy this summer in a wonderful woodland venue at Cotesbach in Leicestershire! They wanted their wedding to have festival vibes and it certainly had those! There was a beautifully decorated marquee,  plenty of tents to accommodate the guests over the weekend and a big field, woodland glade and a treehouse to explore and enjoy! 

The ceremony has begun in the woodland glade.

The Wedding Ceremony

Sarah and Andy wanted a romantic and magical ceremony that involved their family and friends. We met at a super old hotel in nearby Lutterworth, the Greyhound Inn, one Saturday and discussed their ideas and dreams for the day. They decided to include a symbolic ceremony as part of the whole affair. This would be a Handfasting ribbon ceremony to seal their love! 

The ribbon is doubled up and placed over the couples’ hands with the loop nearer the guests. 

The Handfasting Ceremony 

There are many types of Handfasting ceremonies and Sarah and Andy chose to have the Ribbon ceremony in which their hands would be tied together. As the groom’s family has Scottish roots they decided to have a tartan ribbon from their Clan. They wanted their mothers to take part in this symbolic ceremony too. So the two mothers tied on their own red ribbons to demonstrate their love and support for the newly married couple.

The ends are being pulled through the loop.

The Colours of the Ribbons 

There are thirteen colours that are used for Handfasting and each has multiple meanings! By using a tartan ribbon Sarah and Andy virtually covered the whole range of colours! In addition, they chose red for their mums. This colour represents all these qualities: love, passion, health, courage,  strength, fertility and vigour!

The ends are through and being tightened!

The Different Types of Fastenings

Ribbons of different colours, widths and materials can be used for the Handfasting. If the couple prefer they can have a twisted cord made up of three or more colours which can be made in advance of the ceremony or the ribbons/cords can be made into a cord during the ceremony with family and friends each adding a different coloured cord to represent their blessing for the happy couple. 

The ribbon is fastened up.

The Background to Handfasting  

The photos below demonstrate the ceremony.  It can take five minutes: it can take fifteen minutes depending on the loving words and poems that the couple choose to demonstrate their feelings for each other and their future live together. This ceremony has no legal status but is an ancient custom that dates back over a thousand years and is from whence the expression’ tying the knot’ originates. This part of the wedding ceremony was wonderful as the woodland setting  gave the Handfasting a magical and timeless aura.

The mums are tying on the red ribbons

Step by Step

Sarah and Andy faced one another and took each other’s right hand as if to shake it; with plenty of room for the guests to see. Then, the 2m long ribbon was doubled up and placed over both their hands with the folded part of the ribbon hanging away from me. I then took this and threaded the two ends of the ribbon through the loop. This then tightened the loop and allowed the two ribbons to be easily decorated by the two mothers. The red ribbons were about a metre long and each was tied into a bow which everyone could see. The couple kept the ribbon on and then at the end of the wedding ceremony , easily slipped it off and passed it over to their Maid of Honour for safekeeping.  

On both sides.


May your love and marriage be as steadfast and tightly bound as your lovers’ knot.

Thanks to: Photographers: https://www.truereflectionphotography.co.uk

Venue:  https://www.cotesbach.net/weddings

Venue: https://www.greyhoundinn.co.uk

Romance and Paris

World-wide Paris is known as the city of love.It is one of the most popular holiday destinations for couples. It is often the place where a proposal of marriage takes place and these days you can even elope there and have a Celebrant-led ceremony next to the Eiffel Tower!

When I visited Paris last week, my fiance and I had decided to spend the weekend at just two locations: the Palace of Versailles and the part of Paris known as Montmartre. We wanted to enjoy the sights, smells and tastes of the city ; not hurrying from one tourist sight to another but getting to know them well and having the chance to stop and feel the moment with one another.

Of course, Paris is full of tourists , especially in June, however, we took advantage of this and enjoyed sitting at cafes, people watching and enjoying the local food and drinks. At other times, we sauntered in the quieter streets of the city and at Versailles walked to the Petit Trianon and visited the beautifully restored country retreat of Marie Antionette.

Even, just in Montmartre there were so many places to visit , such as Sacre Coeur and Le Moulin Rouge and so many restaurants from which to choose.

Romance is something to cherish: first as a young couple in the first flush of love or as a married couple relishing all that such a city can offer!

It’s a place that we plan on returning to soon.

As Audrey Hepburn said in the film Sabrina: Paris is always a good idea!

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Photo acknowledgement: A Emmerson

Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy for Visitors to Celebrate With Sue

This Privacy Policy explains how I, Susan Denton Celebrant manage and administer the processing of  visitors’ information when they use this website.

Who’s Who and What This Privacy Policy Covers

Who I am

I am Susan Denton and I am an Independent celebrant. I manage this website which is hosted by  WordPress. I am also the administrator and I am responsible for processing all information accessed through this website.

To keep things simple, in this Privacy Policy I’ll refer from now on to the users of the services I provide  as “Users. ” Users can read, published content and interact with the website through features such as the contact page and  comments. The role of this Privacy Policy is to help Users understand the information I collect about them and how this information is used and disclosed.

What personal information do I collect about the Users?

When a User leaves a comment on the website I collect that comment and/or completed  query form. The User provides along with the comment,  information such as their name, their telephone number, the date of their ceremony and their email address.

Reasons for this collection

There are a range of reasons for this collection, for example, because the User has registered an interest in the business ‘Celebrate with Sue’,  has asked me to contact them or has asked me to work with them.

Personal Information provided by third parties

Please be aware that I do not receive information about a User from third parties.

Monitoring communications and keeping information secure

I will only hold on to phone texts  and emails for contracts that come to fruition . If the User decides not to enter into a contract with myself then all contact details are destroyed within a month of first contact. If a contract is signed for a ceremony, then I will securely store the phone texts and encrypted emails plus any written or electronic notes for no longer than the end of the year in which the ceremony takes place (for December weddings this will be the January of the following year) and then they will be destroyed.

All contact details are stored electronically with the permission of the User and the information will not be transferred outside the EEC or via third parties outside the EEA.

I will not share the User’s information with any individual or other organisation without their  written consent.

I will endeavour to secure the User’s personal data by keeping my devices’ anti-virus protection up-to-date however, in using this website the User acknowledges that the use of the internet is not entirely secure therefore I cannot guarantee the security or integrity of any personal data that is transferred from the User or to the User via the internet.

Who the information may be shared with

Legal Requests: I may disclose User information in response to a  court order, or other governmental request.

To Protect Rights and Others: I may disclose User information when I believe in good faith that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect the  rights of or/and lives of Users or the public at large. For example, if I have a good faith belief that there is an imminent danger of death or serious physical injury, I may disclose information related to the emergency without delay.

The rights of the User

The User has the right to request their information at any time using my contact details below with proof of identity. This may incur a fee.

The User has the right to require me to correct any mistakes in their information.

The User can ask me to stop contacting them for direct marketing purposes.

This Privacy Policy has been published to make Celebrate with Sue fully compliant with the Data Protection Act 1998 and the General Data Protections Regulations 2018 and will be updated as and when it is required by the government.

Contact Details:

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Susan Denton Celebrant

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Phone: 07877 995469

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Words, Music and Love – The Wedding Ceremony!

As a celebrant I see the wedding ceremony as all about you! The sky’s the limit! Tell me about your dream ceremony and let’s get started!

So, when you get in touch with me, my first thought is am I the best person for the job? Initially, we always meet-up, face-to-face: in a pub, at the venue or via Skype. In this way we can all be sure that we get along and we have enough interests and ideas in common to make the relationship work.

So far, it’s been a 100% track record!

It is at this first and subsequent meetings or communications that I really get to know you both! Watching you interact together and listening to you talking about your hopes and dreams for the ceremony and how you fit together as a couple.

I can learn about your feelings for each other, what you love about each other, what you have in common such as a love of travel, hobbies or a TV programme. You will have the same values and will share dreams and aspirations for your future together. It is this information that helps me create your personal and unique ceremony.

My focus for writing the script will be this meeting and the details in the questionnaire I will send to you to complete. Here you will give me your vision of what the ceremony will be like. Maybe you will talk about a ceremony you have attended as a guest in which there was a Handfasting or you want to include members of your family in the ceremony, maybe your brother to sing a favourite song or a close friend to read a poem. These ideas help me to start to create the sort of ceremony that reflects your personalities and ideas.

Sometimes, you may not be sure about whether you want a symbolic element to the ceremony such as a unity candle, a loving cup or Jumping the Broom, the list of choices goes on and on… Maybe you want to have vows and ring promises but are not sure whether you want to write them yourself or even say them on your own. I can help! We can discuss these fundamentals over time and I can share my resources with you and then focus on what you are keen on and what you feel comfortable with.

As your celebrant, I can ensure that you remember the ceremony for all the right reasons with the people, animals! elements and emotions you want to share with your chosen friends and family.

I am passionate about making the ceremony totally yours!

 

NYE Celebration for New York Couple!

It was a great experience! I was so pleased to share in the Renewal of Vows Ceremony for Kelly and Henry at Stapleford Park, Leicestershire on New Year’s Eve last year.

Kelly and Henry had married in Mexico eighteen months ago and wanted family and friends to share and experience together a traditional wedding ceremony at this amazing country house hotel!

The wedding party included all of their parents and brothers and sisters who were able to attend and this made the ceremony very special to Kelly and Henry.

The Orangery was perfect for the ceremony as the candles surrounded by beautiful white flowers shone in the winter twilight. The guests were animated and there was plenty of laughter as well as some tears. Afterwards the Wedding Party returned to the main house in their golf buggies to be joined by their guests ready to party the New’s Year’s Eve night away!

Congratulations Kelly and Henry and all the very best for your future life together!

Acknowledgements: Kelly and Henry and the staff at Stapleford Park, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire

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Scandinavian Wedding Celebration

It was my pleasure to conduct the wedding ceremony of Ingrid and Adam at the historical and atmospheric Belgrave Hall in Leicester!

They chose to do the short legal formalities first and then to have family and friends attend the main ceremony afterwards with myself in one of the other beautifully decorated rooms in the Hall.

Ingrid’s and Adam’s families enjoyed watching the couple say their ring promises and there wasn’t a dry eye in the house. There was a lot of laughter too, especially when Adam’s ring needed a firm push onto his finger.

The afternoon light was already fading as the ceremony ended and the newly married couple, their family and friends went into the gardens to have their photos taken. It was rather cold, to say the least, but you wouldn’t have thought it! The bride looked radiant!

Congratulations to you both Ingrid and Adam! Best wishes for a fantastic future together!

Acknowledgements to Ingrid and Adam Smith and to the staff of Belgrave Hall.

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Childhood Sweethearts

In October this year, Aimee and Chris got married abroad – it was their ‘summer wedding’! Then a few weeks ago they had their ‘winter wedding’ at Wincham Hall in Cheshire and I was their celebrant.

There were tears, smiles and laughter during the ceremony. It was a joyous occasion for the two childhood sweethearts and their family and friends and they were over the moon that they were all able to enjoy the ceremony and their wedding day together!

The ceremony was unique and personal to them! We had discussed their wishes for a romantic and fun occasion and that is what we all shared together; with their mothers taking part in the Unity Candle Ceremony and two close friends reading two poems which perfectly matched the theme of the wedding which was love and happiness!

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Congratulations to you both and very best wishes for your future life together!

Acknowledgements: Aimee and Chris and the staff at Wincham Hall Cheshire

First Look

This is a developing tradition here in the UK for the romantic and modern couple-to-be! It takes place before the ceremony with just the two of them and their photographer, ready to capture those precious moments when they first lay eyes on each other.

Why do couples choose this different approach to their day?

There are lots of reasons – some choose to do this to ease their nerves before the ceremony. While others want to keep that moment for themselves without interruptions, such as over enthusiastic relatives or busy phones and iPads.

Others want to develop the First Look approach to their photo shoot such as the First Look of father at daughter or child with mummy. These photos convey the wonder and love of family members and make the wedding  day shoot extra special.

What do you think? Is it something you would do?

 

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Photographic Acknowledgement – Thank you to all the Pinterest members and photographers included in this Blog.

Winter Weddings

Even though we are not yet in August, planning Winter weddings is my main focus at the moment! I am working with my clients to create the wedding ceremony of their dreams in November and December this year! I am busy adding ideas to my Pinterest Winter Wedding board and sharing it with my excited brides!

A winter ceremony can be so many things: it can be glamorous, and elegant, or boho, or rustic. Maybe you want a ‘Beauty and the Beast’ theme or a Winter wonderland.  A gothic experience or a cool and modern effect!

What about your palette of colours? Stunning and sparkling silver gives you the opportunity to include shades of grey and black as well as ice white for a fantastic wedding dress!  Or maybe copper, grey and black to create a modern chic effect or a warm and elegant metallic theme; copper with bronze and gold. And don’t forget such additions  as magical snowflakes,  fairy lights , hot chocolate and snuggly blankets!

So, if you are thinking of having a wedding ceremony with a celebrant maybe after an  overseas wedding or a Register Office ceremony then do get in touch and we can chat about how we could plan a fantastic winter ceremony this year or in 2018!

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Acknowledgements: Images from my Pinterest Account , many thanks to all the contributors.