You don’t have to be married or get married to celebrate your love and commitment to each other.  There are no rules.  I can officiate and help you plan a celebration of your commitment to your partner at any punctuation point in your relationship.  It can be as ‘normal’ or quirky as you wish.  It can be just the two of you in a quiet spot exchanging vows; a field full or pub full of friends sharing your moment; it can be at any location; in any costume; and with any format…. you can play twister; or plant a tree or have a custard pie fight.  Nothing is off-limits.. and, as an Alternative, Independent Celebrant, i can help write speeches or vows, coordinate a celebration service, provide a memento of the occasion and help you with ideas and contacts…

I’ve been with John for 25 years.  We’re not married and have no intention of ‘tying the knot’ in the forseeable future.  However, celebrating our love and commitment to each other is something we absolutely love to do.  We have a massive celebration at 10 years, 20 years, and most recently our 25th …A celebration entitled 25 years of Happily Unmarried Bliss

my sisterin law wore the bridesmaids dress she had for my othere sister-in-laws wedding, 27 years previously – she said it might be the only chance she gets to be our bridesmaid !

Alongside a party with live music (a band and an open mic session), cake, and (rather unusual) decorations, I wanted to make a speech.  John is more of a behind the scenes man in that respect but ‘unaccustommed as I am to public speaking…” I was very keen to tell everyone how much i loved them all, how grateful I was to have them in my lives, and how fantastic my man actually is…my friend, my lover, my partner in crime, father of my children, my handyman, my sanity and the missing piece of my puzzle.

The cake, by one of my daughter in laws, went with their decoration theme ’25 years down the pan’ , very tongue in cheek, all decorations were made out of loo rolls centres and toilet paper, this cake was DELICIOUS

**yes we’re not married but we choose to use the terminology, daughter in law, son (even for step sons), husband… it’s just our way…  What’s your way. #daretobedifferent #anythinggoes #lifeisacelebration

Why have a celebration?  There are loads of reasons, here’s some for starters…

  • Vow Renewals
  • Anniversaries
  • Recovery after a Trauma
  • Just Because…