Bath and North East Somerset Register Office
These are popular alternatives to traditional ceremonies. Bath Weddings can help you create a beautiful, meaningful ceremony for your special day.
• Legal Ceremony + Blessing – a short, intimate ceremony at a venue licensed for marriages followed by a unique Wedding Celebration Ceremony (or blessing) in an appropriate setting of your choice. Bath Weddings also prides itself in offering unique ceremonies tailored to your needs. We recognise the changing times and that current marriage law can be confusing to couples. This is why we are happy to carry out your legal ceremony in a licensed venue and also conduct a blessing in a setting of your choice.
• Sunrise or Sunset Ceremony - now you can marry at any time of day and make the most of some of the iconic museums and galleries available at no other time!
• Hand fasting - an ancient Celtic custom, especially common in Ireland and Scotland, in which a man and woman came together at the start of their marriage relationship. Their hands, or more accurately, their wrists, were literally tied together. This practice gave way to the expression "tying the knot" which has come to mean getting married or engaged.
• Unity candle - the addition of a unity candle allows for the Bride and Grooms parents to take part in the ceremony. At the beginning of the wedding ceremony, a representative from each family (usually the mothers of the Bride and Groom) light two taper candles. Later in the ceremony (usually after the legal vows, the Bride and Groom use the two taper candles to light the large pillar (unity) candle together. It is sometimes performed to symbolize the joining together of the two families, and their love for the bride and the groom, into one united family.
• Sand ceremony - represents the coming together (or unity) of the bride and the groom, and their two families , to form a single, indivisible whole. The flowing sands and blending colors of the Unity Sand Ceremony symbolize the bringing together of two lives into one. The two separate sands symbolize everything that the bride and groom have been in the past combining into a bright future – one that can include parents, children and close friends too. Once the two or more sand colors are poured into the unity vase, they can never be put back into their separate vases. They are forever entwined and interconnected.
• Renewal of Vows - which can include a Hand Fasting or Sand Ceremony element.
• Commitment Ceremonies - with the option of the symbolic lighting of a Unity Candle.
• Baby Naming Ceremonies.
We will spend time with you to plan and create your bespoke ceremony. For a small fee we can also provide the additional option of a rehearsal to calm any nerves.
For more information on renewal of vows or naming ceremonies please have a look at the council's website.
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