If getting married in a church or registry office doesn’t fit in with your wedding dreams, then you may find the benefits of a blessing are endless. A blessing means that you can have a ceremony that is very personal and unique to you. There are no limitations of sticking to tradition or fixed vows. You don’t have to worry about laws or sticking to licensed areas or staying under a roof. Between two old trees in the Cider Orchard is a lovely spot for ceremonies. There isn’t a wedding license at The Grange but you are welcome to have a blessing. With current laws there is still the need to do the legal bit before or after your wedding day.
A key benefit to having a blessing is who performs the ceremony is your choice and this could be a family member or friend, a Humanist or Independent Celebrant.
I had the pleasure of meeting Bec Gee who is co-founder of Once a few years ago through a friend. Once – arts & ceremonies are a company of independent celebrants.
“We work with couples and families to create something truly unique. We believe in making ceremonies that really celebrate the people we work with. Over the years we have carefully developed a process to support our clients to find and then clearly express what they wish to say to their communities.”
Once work on lots of creative projects as well as ceremonies and what struck me when I first came across them is their ability to celebrate something as simple as a local park or the changing of the seasons in a fun and meaningful way that involves the audience and in the process creating memorable experiences. With their attention to detail and care, the beauty of working with Once for your wedding is they can offer something different, you know you will be looked after, leaving any worries behind you have about the process of a blessing.
“Our wedding ceremonies are fun, meaningful and true rites of passage.”
With years of experience they work with clients in the months leading up to a ceremony to write a script and craft the right activities to involve family and friends.
“We love finding ingenious ways to involve congregations as witnesses and ensure everyone is comfortable but feels they really took part.”
“Family histories and cultures are complicated things and we really embrace working with couples to celebrate bringing their unique situations, beliefs and families together.”
Here’s what people have said about some of their wedding ceremonies:
“All our guests are saying things like …”this is the best wedding I’ve ever been to”…”why aren’t all weddings like this?”… “it was so you two, every part of it”…” There’s no doubt in our minds that this was because of the work we did with you on the ceremony and the day, keeping us and our love at the core of everything. Thank you.
Adam Blake, groom, Bristol, September 2015
We’re loving married life, I know people often say it doesn’t feel any different but I think it really does. I put it down to our sessions with you in the run up as I think it helps highlight that it’s a very real transition.
Sharon Foxwell, Bride, Devon, September 2010
We wanted to let you now how much we loved and appreciated the wonderful ceremony you conducted for Adam and Emma last Saturday! It was quite a magical experience for us, and must have had a profound impact on many of the people present. We can’t think of a better springboard for a long and happy married life for them… You conducted the ceremony itself with such grace and joy, and in a way that blended perfectly with the happy and “fun” approach that we know that Adam and Emma wanted.
Bob Newman, father of Groom, RSA London, October 2010
Once offer an initial free consultation with couples to find out about their work and see how you might work together. To find out more contact Bec at firstname.lastname@example.org or call them on 07969 746720.