Destination Weddings in Spain!
your perfect day,
Your own UNIQUE way...
Are you having a destination wedding in the sun? Do you want a very personal end of life ceremony for a loved one who has passed? Where will it be, on a beach, on the side of a mountain, or in a beautiful garden, or somewhere as beautiful as the Alhambra Palace? Will it be full of fun and laughter or serene and intimate? Whatever the ceremony or service, and wherever you want it to be, you want it to be well written, unique to you, and you want it to tell your story your own unique way. You want the perfect day! Welcome to my world, a world of composing, writing and delivering stories. I spend a lot of time getting to know those involved, hearing what they want to say and the style they want to say it in. Only then will I put pen to paper. So, if you want creativity, love, passion and compassion, someone who is passionate about getting it just so, then you are in the right place. I am a storyteller, composing, hand writing and delivering unique and very personal ceremonies and services in Southern Spain and the UK.
I trained as a Celebrant having attended numerous weddings and funerals, and hearing it was nice but… I felt I could add something more. I wanted to give people the ceremony they had always dreamed of, a unique ceremony handwritten and created just for them, to be held at the place and time of their choosing. It’s their day and it should reflect their desires whether it be a wedding or an end of life celebration.
A wedding ceremony is one of the biggest days of your life, you want it to reflect your personality and you definitely want it to be a day to remember! An end of life ceremony is your final chance to say goodbye to a loved one, and you want that to be perfect, you want to hear their story in a way which shows their character, their life and the love you had for them.
Each ceremony I write is written through conversations with you and is bespoke and unique to you. Working together we will create the ceremony you want. If this sounds like something you are looking for, then do get in touch, and we can chat some more!
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Wedding Ceremonies in Spain
Everyone is welcome no need to ask, let’s make your day unique, from first to last! After all, love is love and it transcends all!
We all have our own ideas of what our perfect wedding day should be! It may be the location is the most important to you and you want a destination wedding on the beach or at the top of a mountain. It may be the dress (so many to choose from) or the party afterward. Have you considered your actual ceremony? Do you want to say the standard wording, have a quick 15-20 minute ceremony? Or, would you rather have something bespoke, written just for you, telling your story? If the answer is the latter, well then you are exactly where you should be, as that is what I do. I compose solely for you! I am a storyteller, the writer of your story, let’s tell it together!
Would you like to have both sets of parents involved in the ceremony, or perhaps you have children you would like to take part? With a Celebrant led wedding you can have family and friends involved as much or as little as you wish – anything goes! With me as your Celebrant, we will work together to make your day as romantic and intimate, as fun-filled as it could possibly be. Working together we will create and make your special day an everlasting memory.
I will spend time getting to know you and hearing your story. We start with an initial chat, either in person or through telephone/video calls, I am used to working with many time zones, so if you live on the other side of the world, this really isn’t an issue! This will give us a chance to get to know one another and will give me an idea of what you are looking for in your ceremony. We may have several conversations, and then I will then write your ceremony based on those discussions. We talk as little or as much as you wish and go through as many drafts of your ceremony as is necessary, it has to be right – it’s your day your way!
I can assist with ideas for vows, poems, readings and additional ceremonies which will make your day a true reflection of your personalities and definitely make it an event to remember. Call me for a chat and let’s get started, it’s always a perfect day for a wedding!
Vow Renewals in Spain
€€€Couples renew their vows for many different reasons, you may have been through some particularly difficult times in your life and you want to reflect on how you came through this, or it may just be that you want to re-live your wedding day with all the friends and family who were with you first time around! You may just want to take the time to reaffirm your love and devotion to one another. Whatever the reason, I can definitely help you make this day a day to remember.
You may want to consider involving your family and friends, particularly any little ones, in your ceremony or it may be that you just want it to be you. It’s your day, do it your way. Do you want it to be intimate and romantic or informal, filled with fun and lots of laughter? Do you want to add a special ceremony to involve all those there, if so, let’s do it!
We will start with an initial chat this will give us a chance to get to know one another and give me the chance to listen to your life story, and for you to let me know what you are looking for in your ceremony. We will, I am sure, have many conversations. I will then write your ceremony just for you based on our discussions. We will have as many conversations, and go through as many drafts as it takes, it has to be right – it’s your special day!
Baby Namings in Spain
You may not follow a religion however, that does not mean you cannot have life mentors, moral or honorable guardians, those who can pass on life skills and experience and help with the nurturing and development of your child as they journey into adulthood.
If you are adopting children or have step-children, why not create a ceremony to bring them into your family. There are many additional ceremonies that can be incorporated within your ceremony, these too will be written for you around your needs and wishes. These are a great way to get them involved, bringing them into your family and formally introducing them to all your friends.
Funerals in Spain
It’s hard to know where to start with a funeral service as most people will not have been to a Celebrant led funeral. With me as your Celebrant leading your service, the words will come from you, written by me. You can have any music you wish, be it a family favourite hymn, or maybe a favourite pop song which meant a lot do your lost loved one. Anything goes. Funerals do not need to be sad, we are after all, celebrating the life of your loved one. We are telling their story and remembering the life you had with them. We will have a conversation where I get to know about the life of your loved one and, from your answers, I will begin to write a service just for you. You will always have final say over the wording and once agreed I will then lead the service for you.
This is your time to say goodbye in the manner and surroundings you choose. Whatever you choose, I will work with you ensuring your final goodbye incorporates all the words you want to say.
The handfasting ceremony is where the term “tying the knot” came from and may be used in many ways during your ceremony. We would work together to get the perfect ribbon or cord, colours, textures, etc that will portray your personalities on the day. I explain to those present what a handfasting means and what will happen, and then the couple will hold hands – this is to show they are entering into the marriage of their own free will, they can hold one or both hands. The cords are then wrapped around the couple’s hands, and as this takes place I will read some words, the couple may then either say some special vows they have prepared or we move forward to the part of the wedding ceremony where they exchange their rings or other items of meaning. I will work with you to ensure it is just as you want it to be.
The Covenant of Salt
This ritual dates back to ancient times when salt was a precious commodity and was used as a way of showing a connection with someone, there is an ancient Arabic saying “there is salt between us”, this means they have eaten, made that connection and become friends. Today we use the salt ceremony as a way of asking that the love and devotion within the relationship be “preserved” by the salt. This can be carried out in several ways, such as placing a few grains on the tongue, pouring salt into a decorative container or we can write a ritual just for you around the number of people you wish to be involved.
This is a beautiful ritual where the wedding rings are passed around the immediate members of the family or the whole congregation (depending on size!) and as they hold them in their hands they can either make a declaration out loud to the couple of their love and best wishes for their life together, or they can silently pass on their love into the ring. I have a lovely ceremony which requires the assistance of a younger member of the family and this makes a lovely addition to any ceremony.
This is a ritual that goes back to ancient times when a coin of gold or silver was broken into two pieces, one half was given to the women and the other to the man as a sign of their pledge to one another. Now we use 13 coins in many different ways during the ceremony which may involve the just the couple or include members of the family.
Included in every package:
- Initial consultation
- Meetings: either in person or via Skype, Facetime, WhatsApp or Viber
- Communication with friends and family nominated by you to provide background
- Writing your bespoke ceremony (unlimited drafts)
- Performance of ceremony
- Presentation copy of written ceremony and certificate (if signed as part of the ceremony)
Packages available at discounted rates; please contact me to discuss.