A personal and bespoke service
Hello, and thank you for visiting my website. You have probably found me because you are approaching a special moment in your life, or in the lives of your family or friends………you want to plan a ceremony. I am here to help. You may be welcoming a new child into your family with a naming ceremony, celebrating the love between two people in a commitment ceremony, wedding/civil partnership celebration, or a renewal of vows. You may be preparing to say your farewell to a loved one. There could be another unique and special moment that feels right for you, to mark with a ceremony. Please browse my site and contact me for further details, if you wish. I look forward to hearing from you.
How important is your name? It helps to define you. It tells people who you are.
To be given your name by those who love you and to be welcomed into your family is very special; a cause for celebration and ceremony.
This is an occasion for parents, supporting adults/guide parents, grandparents, siblings, to have an opportunity to make their promises before family and friends to this child in their lives. This will strengthen the network of love and support the child will receive as they grow and find their way in the world.
Renewal of Vows
You made your vows to each other. You have shared your lives. Perhaps it is time to re-dedicate your love – renew your promises. This could be just the two of you or to celebrate your love and lifelong commitment with your family and friends.
The path of true love is not always smooth. Maybe you have passed through some difficult times and come through even stronger.
Whatever your reasons, a renewal of vows ceremony may be just right for you.
A Commitment Ceremony
Commitment……..’dedication to a cause, activity or person’.
When two people find each other and share a strong bond of love, support, togetherness…….they may want to celebrate it. To share with family and friends, or just each other, a special moment when they declare their commitment to each other and seal their future happiness together.
………….a Commitment Ceremony. Could this be right for you?
A Wedding or Civil Partnership Celebration
“I can’t marry you……..” the words no person in love perhaps wants to hear!
It’s true. I can’t marry you, but if you are happy to ‘do the legal bit’ in licenced premises……I can certainly help you to celebrate this wonderful, joyous occasion.
This is where your imagination takes over…….where would you like your celebration to be? Who will be celebrating with you?
This is your ceremony done your way and in your own style.
Can I write my own vows? Yes
Can I choose my own music? Yes
Can this all happen outdoors, in a forest, by the sea? Yes, Yes and Yes.
Your celebration – your day – let’s make it perfect!
A Handfasting Ceremony
What about something different to celebrate your wedding and commitment to each other?
A Handfasting Ceremony could be for you.
This ancient tradition is almost as old as time itself but it has retained its symbolic meaning and spiritual connection for many people. A handfasting ceremony is beautiful, personal and extremely memorable. Step into the sacred circle as two and step out as a handfasted couple, beginning your new life together.
The End of Life
People choose to mark this occasion in many ways, all uniquely personal to them.
The end of life, the moment of farewell, is a time of great sadness. Sometimes we take this opportunity to not only mourn the loss of our loved one but to celebrate their life. It was their life to be remembered and celebrated their way.
It is so important and very special to make this final act, this moment of the ceremony, truly memorable.
Fees for each service may vary - all available upon request.
I can't recommend Mandy enough, she made our Wedding ceremony so special and so personalised in every way. She gave us lots of advice on making one beautiful ceremony, from hand-fasting, poems, writing our own vows to reading a short story of how we met and bringing some good jokes in there to keep the guests laughing, but also definitely brought a few tears. It was the stuff of dreams - and without Mandy we never would have dreamt of such a service. The whole process was so relaxing and enjoyable, from our meetings before going over ideas to the actual day - guests keep telling us how lovely the ceremony was - and that means the world to us. A true professional in making the most special occasions even more special.
Mandy was a fabulous celebrant, she made us feel at ease, and nothing was too much trouble. She was professional in her approach. Our family and friends were overwhelmed by how she made everyone feel relaxed with her humour. This was so special to us as it all happened within our own home and garden, brought together in such a short space of time. Thanks again Mandy you're a star.
You may wish to know a little more about me to help you decide if you would like me to be your Celebrant for your special occasion?
I am Mandy Helsby, a qualified Celebrant with considerable experience in planning and delivering personalised ceremonies to some of the wonderful people I have had the privilege to meet and support.
My qualifications include:
NOCN Level 3 Diploma in Funeral Celebrancy (QCF)
NOCN Level 3 Diploma in Celebrancy – Naming and Couples (RQF)
BSc (Hons) Applied Psychology
Postgraduate Diploma in Careers Guidance
Postgraduate Certificate in Post-Compulsory Education
But most of all I offer you my personal qualities – sincerity, compassion and a genuine desire to work with you to produce the ceremony of your choice.