Would you like a hand-fasting, a zombie-themed wedding, or a non-religious funeral?
Then you need a celebrant who will help make your day reflect your personality.
Former registrar Jane Grayer set up her small business Create Ceremonies because of the desire to give people the individual ceremonies they need.
Monmouthshire-based Jane, 52, carries out weddings and commitment ceremonies, funerals, and naming and family ceremonies.
Recently, she created a special ceremony to mark the adoption of a child.
“It was a lovely day,” says the former stage manager and charity worker.
“I haven’t heard of anyone else creating ceremonies like that for when adoption becomes legal and the process in the courts has ended.
“The ceremony marked a welcoming of the child into the family.”
Supportive adults, a non-religious version of god-parents, were chosen. They help and support a child throughout their life.
“I thoroughly enjoyed my four years as a registrar, but registrars are bound by the law. They can only carry out a ceremony in a permanent structure with walls and a roof,” Jane says.
“I can offer ceremonies outdoors, or in places which haven’t been licensed for marriage such as a number of castles in Wales.
“The couple would have to legally have a Register Office ceremony too, but some people like to have their own ceremonies afterwards in places which are special to them. They can write their own vows, and make their commitment in their own way.”
Non-traditional ceremonies can also create special roles for people such as step-parents and step-siblings.
People feel increasingly confident to ask for something different for their family ceremonies, Jane says. Her clients come from all faiths and no faith.
Some of the commitment ceremonies she offers are perfect for those who want to show their commitment without having a legal marriage. They include hand-fasting and broom jumping.
What’s behind the business?
Jane is a member of the UK Society of Celebrants. She gets to know her clients and their personalities and offers them a bespoke and personalised service.
More people are asking for non-religious funerals so Jane works with the families to create ceremonies which reflect the life of the person they have lost.
She also creates non-religious baby naming ceremonies for parents who prefer to welcome their child into their family without a traditional christening ceremony.
Jane, who lives with her husband and two teenage sons in Monmouthshire, carries out ceremonies across South Wales.
To find out more about Jane’s work, go to www.createceremonies.co.uk. Or you can call 07733 201158.
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