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How to make love last

HOW TO MAKE LOVE LAST If anyone knew for definite how to make love last, they’d be billionaires. And whilst there is no one definite way to ensure you’ll stay together into old age, there are certain truths that crop up over and over again, to give us a clue. Mark Manson is a writer who undertook the task of discovering what made a successful relationship. He spoke to 1,500 long-term couples, and was amazed to see the same advice repeated by everyone. www.westmidscelebrant.co.uk has boiled all this advice down into smaller chunks to ensure you all get a chance…
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Case Study - Becky and Jay's Traditional Wedding

Becky and Jay’s Traditional Wedding was a wonderful day, held at Calderfields Golf Club in Aldridge on June 2nd 2017 www.calderfieldsgolfclub.co.ukWe met a year before the event for an initial chat. I always say to my couples not to make a decision on the spot, but rather for us to meet, and then go away and discuss if I’m the right person. However, we all got on so well, it was apparent from the off that we were a match made in heaven!I heard their story, how they’d met 12 ½ years beforehand, but the time hadn’t been right. And…
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Poetry For A Mother's Funeral

Poetry For Mother’s Funeral As a celebrant in Birmingham, I meet many families in many different circumstances. Sometimes a family is grief-stricken and needs a lot of guidance. Other times, their loved one’s passing may be a relief. Occasionally, I walk into a family at war... and others, there may be no family to deal with at all.But regardless of the circumstances, I always endeavor to produce something personal, and meaningful, with light and shade to the service, that give people plenty to listen to and think about.I really enjoy my role as a celebrant in Birmingham, and the more…
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20 Tips For An Amazing Christmas Wedding

20 TIPS FOR AN AMAZING CHRISTMAS WEDDINGThe date is getting closer, but with the whole country madly shopping and planning for their own events, it’s important to make sure everyone’s expectations are in line:Here are my tips from Ruth Graham - West Mids Celebrant for a perfect Christmas Wedding1) Plan early!!! The minute you book the venue, let people know with an informal e-mail. Something like;‘We’d love you to be with us for our wedding. More information will follow, but in the interim – please put xxx December into your diary.”2) Do Not Stress If People Say No. Although it’s your…
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TALKING ABOUT DYING

TALKING ABOUT DEATH – BEFORE WE DIE !Several generations ago it was normal to die at home. Now death is sanitised and removed, and along with that comes an unwillingness to face the subject at all. That’s not a good thing, as we are less able to cope, and certainly, we are reticent as a culture to discuss the inevitable.How sad it that? Our parents die, and we don’t know what they wanted. Our partners die, and we don’t know where to look for the paperwork. People die and leave no will – catapulting those left behind into a maelstrom…
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SEVEN REASONS TO USE A CELEBRANT* AT A FUNERAL

SEVEN REASONS TO USE A CELEBRANT* FOR A FUNERAL1. We Have Time For YouWe have time to do it properly. Clergy men and women have church business to attend to, weekly services to write and pastoral care to undertake. The majority of them do great jobs, but when you have to juggle so much other work, it’s impossible to provide (at least on a regular basis) an individual beautiful service that’s truly meaningfulA celebrant has the time to do a fully-personalised and appropriate service, because it’s all we do! 2. WarmthWe have chosen this job because we know it’s a…
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HOW TO TALK ABOUT DEATH

HOW TO TALK ABOUT DEATHSometimes when I give my talks, I ask people to put their hand up if they believe they are immortal. Of course, nobody does. And then I ask people to put their hand up if they are comfortable with the fact they aren’t immortal. The results vary.And then I ask people to put their hand up if they have made funeral arrangements, or talked about end of life plans, or even made a will. Around 50% admit to not having done so.This reflects the western attitude to death completely. We know it’s coming, but we shut…
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WHAT DOES A REGISTRY OFFICE WEDDING/CIVIL CEREMONY COST?

WHAT DOES A REGISTRY OFFICE WEDDING/CIVIL CEREMONY COST? The purpose of this blog is to explain how, if you’ve booked a celebrant for your wedding or civil ceremony, you don’t have to spend a fortune on the legal bit at the registry office.You are able to book a basic, legal ceremony for approximately £50 (check with your local office though). Don’t get drawn into spending more than you need to on bigger rooms, flowers etc. Save your budget (and all the lovely personal bits of the ceremony) for the event with the celebrant!What Does The Registry Office Fee Cover?You do…
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SHOULD I HAVE A TIPI FOR MY WEDDING?

If you’re looking for a festival-style wedding or a simply romantic and intimatevenue with a twist - then tipis are the place to be seen! As a Midlands wedding celebrant, I meet a lot of couples – all with their own ideas of howthey’d like their special day to pan out. Because I meet so many people, it’s a real privilege tosee first-hand how wedding trends come and go – and this year is most definitely the year ofthe tipi wedding! They’ve been quietly stealing a march on the traditional marquee for a whilenow, and with four tipi weddings booked…
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What To Look For When Training As A Celebrant

What You SHOULD Get From Your Celebrancy Training  When I trained as a celebrant several years ago, I wasn’t to know at the time that I was getting the best of the best. I’m talking here about quality of training, the materials, the support afterwards (very important!), and the resources available. The journey for most people when they are thinking of taking this up is to browse a few websites, and possibly chat to anyone they know who does the job too. Then they’ll want to know what the work is really like, and if there’s enough of it. Celebrancy…
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