Top 5 Valentines Day 2017 Ideas

Firstly, where did Valentines Day come from?  Just that word fill’s some people with horror (shall we call these – the less romantic?)

Well there are lots of differing facts one links it with the 14th Century when it got its name for “romantic love” from Geoffrey Chaucer’s poetry. 

There is also a connection to a Roman festival which celebrated fertility! 

Lastly there is an account of a “Saint Valentine of Rome”, who performed weddings for those whom marriage was forbidden.  His fate was execution and he wrote a farewell letter to the daughter of his jailer ending it with the words “Your Valentine”. 

Fast forward to 18th century England it had evolved to lovers expressing their love for each other with flowers, sweets or sending a card.  In Europe keys were given to lovers “as a very romantic symbol to unlock the givers heart”.  Sadly, in the 19th century beautiful handwritten valentines have given way to commercial mass produced greeting cards.

So this leads me nicely to my Top 5 Valentines Ideas – I don’t think Valentines Day should be about how much you spend, but if my husband writes me a letter and maybe buys me a single rose (hint) I’ll be a very happy girl!

  1. Write your very own letter (handwritten) declaring your love. Sorry this does take a little thought and work, but isn’t your true love worth it!  If you need any help, then do use good old Google.
  2. Make a handmade card for your valentines, be creative and write a poem…. Or you could buy a lock and key and give your valentine the key placed in the card to symbolise that only they can unlock your heart!
  3. Handpicked flowers – there aren’t that many wild flowers in February, I know!  Just Snowdrops or Iris I’m afraid! However, if you can afford Roses do buy these – they are the epitome of Valentines Day!
  4. Take a romantic walk, hand in hand in your favourite place. Note; so if you are working (as Valentines falls on a Tuesday) it might be dark, may I suggest either buy or take a torch with you.  If it is raining (British Weather!) then a lovely umbrella big enough for two– remember to wrap up warm!  Alternatively, if your favourite place happens to be abroad and you can afford it, then why not jet your valentine away!
  5. A romantic homemade meal for two at home (use Google for meal suggestions or cook their favourite), a few candles, nice bottle of bubbles, and then either share a lovely bubble bath or snuggle together watching a favourite film. 

If you are a very lucky valentine maybe your loved one will do all of the above – what an amazing Valentines Day that will be!

Louise & Team x

2016 Top Five Readings for Wedding Ceremonies

I wondered what my first blog should be about, so when I sat down and thought what is it that I get asked about most or for guidance with by couples ….. it didn’t take long ….. readings…

What to include, not include, should it be religious, emotional, funny or romantic? These are all questions couples ask. Finding the right reading for your ceremony is so important. 

These are the top five readings which have been included by couples within 2016 Wedding Ceremonies.

Number One – The Lovely Other Dinosaur

This is by far the most popular and I love it.  It is a children’s book but the meaning within is utterly lovely and funny.  Many couples have chosen to update the original story to include content which relates directly to them (which resonates with them and their family and friends). It is one that when asked I always recommend.

Number Two – Corinthians 13

Although this is a religious reading about Love, I believe that the sentiment within still stands today.  It is a powerful reading which has been included in Marriages for years.  Although this reading is not allowed to be used within a Legal Marriage by a Local Authority Registrar,  an independent celebrant can include it within their semi religious ceremony. The couple can have any reading they choose.  I have to say I do love this reading.

Number Three – The Mayonnaise Jar and the Wine/Beer

I don’t think that I will ever tire of this reading, I love the meaning of the golf balls/ping pong balls, the pebbles the sand and the wine/beer.  It is important for a couple to remember that there is always time to spend with friends sharing a beer or glass of wine or two!

Number Four – I like you

This reading is adorable and has increased in popularity over time.  It is both appropriate for a wedding and fun with the added sentiment.  It always makes me smile

Number Five – He Never Leaves the Seat Up

This always gets guests smiling as it is a very entertaining poem.  If the couple are young they will laugh along with guests at the

There are lots of readings that didn’t make my top five which are fantastic and if they are chosen by the couple or the reader for the couple any reading is wonderful.  It brings personality to a ceremony and if read correctly can bring a sense of emotion or fun to any ceremony. 

The one that almost made the list “Marriage is Like Owning a Dog”  a favourite of The Ceremony Company celebrants as we are dog lovers!