Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Independent celebrant: Where would you have your dream Wedding Ceremony?

Photo by Greg James

One of the reasons that many people chose to have a Celebrant is that this gives them the chance to have their ceremony whenever and wherever they wish.

Most couples visit their Registry office mid-week and get the legal part of their Wedding done and then they are free to celebrate in beautiful places that hold a special meaning for them.
There is no need for a special licence, as long as you are not trespassing, you may have your ceremony just about anywhere you can imagine! 
A flowery meadow?

An empty beach?

The wild moors?

There are so many romantic places the adventurous can choose.
Perhaps you love Steam Trains,



Photo by Maria Dragan

Stately Homes?

Or Paris?

The choice is yours... the only limit is your imagination...

Sunday, 8 May 2016

Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Wedding Planning Workshop, near Salisbury, April 5th 2016

Have you just got engaged? Are the two of you beginning to think about getting married? Are you already planning your ceremony but still have so many questions to ask?
Well, the Wedding Planning Workshop is just the place for you!
Kismet Photography organise these highly popular events regularly and their April one is nearly upon us.

I'm proud to have been invited to be part of this exciting event.
 Tuesday 5th April is the date of the next workshop.
If you are thinking of or planning your Wedding, this is a perfect chance to talk to some of the top professionals in the field.

The evening is held relaxed and beautiful surroundings at Longford Barn. There will be delicious food and cocktails, a talk full of planning tips by Bellissimo Weddings and a host of friendly people to answer your queries and questions.
An evening not to be missed.
For more information or if I can help in any way, please message me here, phone 07706 617 838 or contact the organisers.

I look forward to seeing you there!

Tuesday, 8 March 2016

Independent Celebrant | Styling your Wedding | Vintage

If  you choose to have an Independent Celebrant, you have the chance to create a wedding ceremony as individual as your choice of dress!
I love being involved in ceremonies with a vintage theme and I am very happy to dress accordingly.

At the Vintage Nostalgia Show

I know many local traders and experts and I can also direct you to forthcoming Vintage Fairs and events. These are fabulous places to find unique and beautiful treasures for your wedding day.
Here are some tempting examples.
It's such fun hunting for stylish and unusual table decorations:

French Champagne bucket and posy vase

Linen napkins with handmade rings
Perfect for posies

Charming cherubs!
You can find books to give advice on every situation...


And the clothes! You can be sure you will be elegant and stylish, there are so many beautiful and unique choices. Here are a couple of my favourites.

Original Wedding Dress 1920s/30s


Pretty floral silk

There are a multitude of elegant accessories too:


And lace veils and silk slips to suit the most romantic of buyers


Recently I found a Victorian wax garland in perfect condition, delicate blue flower head-dresses and ribbons galore!


There seems no end to the beautiful things you can find:

Eiderdowns for the marriage bed..

Little porcelain flower brooch

An heirloom quilt

So if you are planning your vintage style wedding, why not give me a call and I will direct you to your nearest treasure trove!
After all, where else can you find a moustache cup and a pair of doves under one roof?

Jane Arnold

Independent Celebrant

Mobile: 07706 617 838

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Tuesday, 1 March 2016

Independent Celebrant | Just the two of you - the ultimate Pop Up Wedding

The is no doubt about it, Spring is on its way!
Does your romantic heart long for a wedding with just the two of you, having a picnic on a sunny day and celebrating your love simply and spontaneously?

It may seem an impossible dream...
There are so many obstacles in your way, not in the least the English weather.
But it can be done!
I mastermind the ultimate in spontaneous 'Pop Up' weddings.
Phone me or email me and I will tell you all about this wonderfully romantic option.

Jane Arnold   
Mobile  07706 617 838
Email  jane.arnold@uksoc.com

Sunday, 14 February 2016

Independent Celebrant | St Valentine's day | Choosing your favourite love poem

It is easy to be cynical about the commercialisation of this day but I love the old English belief that today is the day that the birds choose their partners and if you listen closely to the dawn chorus, you can hear them singing with especial passion.
I have a great love of books and of poetry, so I have chosen three very different love poems to mark this romantic day. Maybe one will inspire you for your Wedding readings?

I believe there is a love poem to suit every love and every couple. I've also learnt that every couple has a very different idea as to what makes their wedding romantic. When two people decide to celebrate their love with family and friends, as an Independent Celebrant, I feel it is vital that I create a ceremony that is as individual as they are.

 W.B. Yeats
He Wishes for Cloths of Heaven
Had I the heaven's embroidered cloths,
Enwrought with golden and silver light,
The blue and the dim and the dark cloths
Of night and light and the half-light,
I would spread the cloths under your feet:
But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
I have spread my dreams under your feet;
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams
Rock doves by Pippa Unwin
Edwin Muir
The Confirmation
Yes, yours, my love, is the right human face.
I in my mind had waited for this long,
Seeing the false and searching for the true,
 Then found you as a traveller finds a place
 of welcome suddenly amidst the wrong
Valleys and rocks and twisting roads. But you,
What shall I call you? A fountain in a waste,
A well of water in a country dry,
Or anything that's honest and good, an eye
That makes the whole world bright. Your open heart,
Simple with giving, gives the primal deed,
The first good world, the blossom and the blowing seed,
The hearth, the steadfast land, the wandering sea.
Not beautiful, or rare in every part.
but like yourself, as they were meant to be.
Adrian Mitchell 
Celia, Celia
When I am sad and weary,
When I think all hope is gone,
When I walk along High Holborn
I think of you with nothing on
If you are thinking of having a ceremony and simply can't remember the title of a poem you once loved, please don't hesitate to contact me. I love tracking down poems and readings!
For beautiful carvings and sculptures do have a look at this talented sculptor Pippa Unwin.

Saturday, 6 February 2016

Independent Celebrant | Readings and Poetry | Poems for Winter

 We have just passed "Imbolc" which marks the very beginning of Spring according to Celtic and Pagan calendars. Within the Christian church, this festival is known as Candlemas. Snowdrops and candles are linked to this day and I always try to have a posy of snowdrops by my desk and a lit candle in the window.

Winter is on its way out, so today I have hidden myself away from the wild wind and rain and enjoyed looking through my books to find some examples of poetry.


I love these last lines of Samuel Taylor Coleridge's poem:

                  Frost at Midnight

Therefore all seasons shall be sweet to thee,

Whether the summer clothe the general earth

With greenness, or the redbreast sit and sing

Betwixt the tufts of snow on the bare branch

Of mossy apple-tree, while the nigh thatch

Smokes in the sun-thaw; whether the eave-drops fall

Heard only in the trances of the blast,

Or if the secret ministry of frost

Shall hang them up in silent icicles,

Quietly shining to the quiet Moon

The poem was written for Coleridge's son Hartley. In it he hopes baby Hartley will become a 'Child of Nature', so this would make a lovely reading for a Naming Ceremony.

Still on the subject of new life at the turn of the year, this poem was written by an expectant mother, just before the birth of her first child.

             Last days before the Beginning

  I am fat and tight as a lilac bud.

  I am waiting

  Still and quiet as a bulb in the dark earth.

  Soon all Spring will be

  pushing, bursting, blossoming forth.

  As for now

  I like to watch for the early flowers

  The slim, frail snowdrops give me courage

  That I too will be brave when my time comes.

  It's hard to imagine a new life inside me

  But as the poet says:

  " Nothing is certain, only the certain Spring."

I will finish with a four line poem by one of my favourite poets, Edward Thomas. It is simple and captures perfectly the elusive changing of the seasons:


  Over the land freckled with snow half-thawed

  The speculating rooks at their nests cawed

  And saw from elm-tops, delicate as flowers of grass,

  What we below could not see, Winter pass.




Wednesday, 3 February 2016

The Civil Celebrant: UK Society of Celebrants Annual Awards 2015 | Winn...

I'm honoured, surprised and very happy to be one of this year's winners.  I couldn't have done this without my wonderful tutor James Convery. The celebrants at UKsoc are very supportive of each other, so I'm just as excited about the other winners!

The Civil Celebrant: UK Society of Celebrants Annual Awards 2015 | Winn...: Better late than never as they say.  And the Winners ARE.... Celebrant of the Year 2015 | Julia Hill Julia Hill Competition...