• Martin

    Individually crafted celebration ceremony for you

     

    Having over ten years experience designing and delivering religious and non religious celebrations, I will work with you to make your ceremony truly unique. Whether it's a wedding celebration, renewal of vows or naming ceremony, the day will be truly memorable for you, your family and friends. I am a member of the Fellowship of Professional Celebrants in England and have all the resources to make your celebration perfect.

  • Welcome to planning your Celebration

     

     

  • Wedding Ceremony

    A truly unique ceremony

    That special place.

    In your garden, at a chateau, or on the beach.

    I will work with you to make your wedding day the most wonderful and memorable day of your life. Whether your ceremony is simple, with a handful of friends or a Grand celebration with hundreds of family or friends and anything between, your ceremony will be very very special.

    Those special words.

    We will sit and discuss face to face.

    After discussion, I'll send you a draft script as a starting point, then working together we'll create a ceremony unique for you. Guidance and help with your choice of readings, poems, prayers and preparation of your vows.

    This special Symbol.

    A coupling tradition

    Some couples like to include Handfasting or Salting in their ceremony or something else special to them, perhaps Grandad's old watch that he left you, to show that spiritually he is still with you. A Yogi Smudging is also used to create a clean spirit and space for your new life. The choice is endless and yours.

  • Photos

    Some of our celebration ideas

    Here comes the bride

    Sittin' on a bench at West Town Mall

    He sat down in his overalls and asked me
    You waitin' on a woman

    I nodded yeah and said how 'bout you
    He said son since nineteen fifty-two I've been
    Waitin' on a woman

    Exchange of rings

    I give you this ring to wear with love and joy.

    As a ring has no end, neither shall my love for you.

    I choose you to be my husband, this day and for evermore.

    Love D'vine

    Express your love for each other in the beautiful open air in the vines of the Aude

     

    Salting

    From Hebrew times and throughout history, salt has been used to seal covenants, contracts and promises. Being one of the earths purest elements made from water and sun, it has both life giving and sustaining elements. Salt symbolizes loyalty, honesty, purity and it represents all that is lasting and preserved.

    Martin and the registrars

    Marcus and Dannielle wanted a personal bespoke service within the confines of legislation, working with them and the registrars I was able to help them realise their dream.

    Handfasting

    Sarah and Roy, your hands are bound together now, so your lives and spirits are joined in a union of love and trust. The bond of marriage is not formed by these cords, but rather by the vows you have made.

     

    Diamond Celebration

    Barbara and Peter celebrating their Diamond wedding anniversary after their renewal of vows and 60 years of marriage!!

    Poem

    Here is an extract of a poem that can be read by a friend or relative. I have many examples that you can look at

     

    Religious reading

    If you would like a reading from the Bible or spiritual reading we can find an appropriate text

     

  • Renewal of Vows

     

    or "I do" part two

     

    A vow renewal ceremony is a wonderful way to celebrate your marriage,

    at a special anniversary, after a difficult time in your relationship or at a time of suffering

    and a great excuse for a party!!!

     

     

    No matter how many years you have been married never forget to say "I love you".

     

    What better way to declare your love for one another that to publicly renew your wedding vows in front of your children, family and new friends.

    Tell the story of your marriage, include some of your favourite songs,

    funny stories, perhaps a testimony.

    Tie the knot a second time with a Handfasting ceremony

     

    Many years on

    Sample text we can use

     

    May this ceremony, renewing the vows you took to become husband and wife on your wedding day, remind you that despite the stresses of every life, your love, respect, trust and understanding of each other will continue to increase your contentment and heighten your joy.

  • Naming Ceremony

    Welcome

    Ceremony Inspired by Love

    I will work with you to choose the words, readings or poems so that your ceremony reflects your family.

    Your ceremony can be a small intimate occasion or a large celebration involving family and friends where everyone can take a role in this exciting day.

    The Naming Ceremony can be held wherever you like: at home, in your garden or at a special venue. Celebrate afterwards, with a party or just a quiet time together, the choice is yours!

    The ceremony will be personal to you

    As parents, during the ceremony, you can make promises or commitments to your child and also include Guide Parents or Godparents. You can use this opportunity to acknowledge the unique role of grandparents, aunts, uncles and close friends. Older children, can also be included in the celebration, they may like to read a poem or say a few words to welcome the new member to the family.

    Symbolic gestures

    A Naming candle can be lit to symbolise lighting the way in life for your new baby. Sanding can be introduced into the celebration to show individuality and family unity.

    Any age Any reason

    Traditionally naming takes place with a baby, however, in changing times these ceremonies can be beautiful at any time in life. The adoption of a older child, two families becoming one, after SRS or simply changing your name.

  • Fees

    Wedding Ceremony

    Fee includes: initial meeting, face to face or via Skype, preparation of ceremony script, all subsequent email and Skype correspondence for finalisation of ceremony script, review of personalised vows, plain container for sand or salt ceremony, simple coloured ties if handfasting included. Personalised engraved containers available, price on request. Full rehearsal on the day before the wedding, wedding day ceremony. I shall arrive 1 hour before the ceremony to ensure all is in place for the celebration. The fee will be €445,00, 50% due on booking (non-refundable), remainder payable one week before the ceremony.

     

    Mileage. 2 round trips of up to 200Km from Gruissan, Aude, is included in initial fee, over 200KM 0.40€ per Km. If venue is over 150Km from Gruissan overnight expenses will be charged up to maximum of €60 for the night between rehearsal and wedding ceremony.

    Renewal of Vows

    Fee includes: initial meeting, face to face or via Skype, preparation of renewal ceremony script, subsequent email and Skype correspondence for finalisation of ceremony script, review of personalised vows, plain container for sand ceremony, coloured ties if handfasting included. Personalised engraved containers available, price on request. Renewal ceremony. I shall arrive 1 hour before the ceremony to ensure all is in place for the celebration. The fee will be €295,00, 50% due on booking (non-refundable), one week before ceremony.

     

    Mileage. 2 round trips of up to 200Km from Gruissan, Aude, is included in initial fee, over 200KM 0.40€ per Km.

    Baby Naming

    Fee includes: initial meeting, face to face or via Skype, preparation of naming ceremony script, subsequent email and Skype correspondence for finalisation of ceremony script, Naming candle, Naming ceremony. I shall arrive 1 hour before the ceremony to ensure all is in place for the celebration. The fee will be €300,00, 50% due on booking (non-refundable), one week before ceremony. Sanding ceremony can be included at no extra cost for plain container, a personalised engraved container or candle available, price on request

    Mileage. one round trip of up to 200Km from Gruissan, Aude, is included in initial fee, over 200KM 0.40€ per Km.

  • Contact me

    Gruissan, Aude, salt from these etangs will be used in the ceremony.

    La Voile D'Oc
    Gruissan, France
    +33 6 27 26 36 20