Welcome to my blog

This blog is a compilation of thoughts, musings and experiences of my life as a Civil Celebrant, mixed in with my reactions to relevant current events and news stories. There’s always lots to talk about!
Does a Celebration justify the expense and effort?

Does a Celebration justify the expense and effort?

Finances are not easy for many of us. We are often reluctant to spend. It’s natural to want to hold on to what one has got. Organising an event, even with the help of professionals, can be daunting. And expensive. So why bother? The Attractions One reason for a...

Sorting Out Roles at a Wedding

Sorting Out Roles at a Wedding

Just as there may be flexibility about the roles at a wedding so there is often a little confusion. Let's see if we can uncloud the waters. As far as one can generalise, here are my guidelines. Bride The star turn – everybody looks forward to the bride walking down...

How to Choose the Best Wedding Venue

How to Choose the Best Wedding Venue

Let’s set aside cost for the moment, shall we? What (else) is going to make you opt for one venue over another? It’s important to get this right, as so much will depend on the venue. Obviously, location, atmosphere, facilities and accessibility are likely to enter...

Making it all Worthwhile

Making it all Worthwhile

It's really nice to be appreciated! I recently received this thank-you email, and it made all the work so worthwhile! "First I would like to thank you from myself and Allan and family for the wonderful order of service you gave at my brothers funeral. Your help was...

Saving Money on your wedding

Saving Money on your wedding

Weddings can cost a shedload of cash, of course. You may well choose to use professionals, and, as their name suggests, they’re going to want paying. It’s not unreasonable, as they will be giving up time and drawing on valuable experience and expertise, not to mention...

Starting the New Year off with a Bang

Starting the New Year off with a Bang

Welcome to my first newsletter of the year! May your year be exciting and full of good health, prosperity and contentment. I wonder whether you go in for New Year’s Resolutions at all? It’s quite a good idea to reset your targets and aim for new, beneficial...

Looking Forwards and Back

Looking Forwards and Back

It’s the season for reflection and stock-taking. Perhaps you’d be willing to hear about my year? Health issues dominated, as in 2022. Almost a year ago, I had successful cataract eye surgery. Less good news was the fact that I have also had to undergo quite a few...

Clearing up the Confusion

Clearing up the Confusion

One of the hardest battles that confront me is persuading couples to use my services! Not that I am not a good celebrant (I believe most would say I’m a very good one!). But the real reason is that, if they’re not having a church wedding, they assume that they can...

Who’d Have Thought It?

Who’d Have Thought It?

You don’t always know where fate is going to lead you. When I was at school – and, later, at university – I knew only one thing about my career: that I would not become a teacher. So, of course, I ended up in teaching, and had a fairly successful time of it. However,...