Congratulations! Either on thinking about asking, saying yes to having been asked or in full swing of wedding planning mayhem! It will get clearer from here!
Having a celebrant led wedding ceremony gives you the freedom to create anything you desire. This is because the Wedding Ceremony is your Event.
Together we can craft a beautiful, unique and contemporary wedding ceremony that will reflect the personalities of both you and your partner.
You will be able to choose to write your own wedding vows, choose your own reading without having to submit them for authorisation and have any song , tune, or music you like - again without having to have anyones approval. You can create your own format for the day or opt for a more traditional format. Your ceremony will be completely tailored to you, by you, with me.
You can even include symbolic and cultural traditions such as a prayer, a glass smash, a shared cup, or a hand fasting to name but a few. In addition to traditional venues, I can conduct weddings in any setting . . . be it standing by the sea, in a woodland, a grand stately home or a beautiful garden. It doesn’t have to be a licensed venue.
A Career in Theatre Management, 2 decades in events, a theological upbringing and a creative arts hons degree gives me the experience, education, insight , passion and creativity to visualise, inspire and realise your dream day, in all its glory.
A bespoke ceremony enables you to make the most of the setting by creating an atmosphere that truly reflects your own style. If you are blending differing beliefs, and cultures, you can even tailor your ceremony to include specific traditional or religious elements.
You will need to obtain your marriage certificate before (or after - but before is better and much preferred by most venues!) your designer ceremony. This is the bit that is usually the eye opener. A wedding ceremony is the ‘Event’, like a Birth is the ‘Event’ and a Death is the ‘Event’. All of these ‘events’ do not need to have the priest or the Registra present. Why would you want a stranger in the room at any of those life events?
What you do need to do is go to REGISTER that event. In this instance, therefore, Please visit the registry office to arrange the appropriate legal declarations with two witnesses, asking for the ‘Registration of Marriage’ appointment. You can of course make the registration a bit of an ‘event’ too so you can always ask the Registra about the rooms available for that. Alternatively, you could have a Vicar Marry you in church with close family, and then have your big ‘Wedding’ ceremony with me in your venue of choice later …. its all about CHOICE.
Funerals - planning your loved ones or your own
You may be reading this because there has been - or you are preparing for - a death, therefore please take your time and feel free contact me when you are ready.
I am here purely for you – to make you feel safe and re assured that you are in good hands at what may be a troubled time, but what will become a celebration of life. I hope to offer you choice, flexibility, and a moment of light on a dark day, to let you be sorrowful but to offer you hope with a dusting of joy as you remember, mourn, reflect and celebrate the stories, feelings and person of the life lost.
My name is Helen Noble and I am a fully trained and certified Independent Family and Funeral Celebrant. I am a member of the Fellowship of Professional Celebrants, which is recognized, recommended and approved by NAFD.
I truly believe that we should all be given the choice to incorporate the elements, cultures, traditions, beliefs and rituals that make us who we are, but more importantly, who your loved one was when putting together their important final milestone so it can be the best and last thing you can do for them.
There is always CHOICE. You don’t have to do everything at once, and you don’t have to do it in the order you expect, and you can also separate the elements of the process up.
For example, you may wish to have a cremation, but you actually like the idea of a natural burial too…. so you could have both. Its called an Internment of Ashes (the Ashes get Buried) I can guide you through this process.
You may wish to solely celebrate the life passed in a Celebration of Life ceremony and not actually have a coffin in the room or want to witness or share the actual ‘disposing of a body in a dignified manner ‘ - be that through Burial or Cremation, and this is also fine. You have the choice, and I have the flexibility . I work very closely with families and funeral directors, and together we shall create the right process for your loved ones and yourself.
If it is you that I will be meeting for your own funeral preparations, I shall guide you through your thoughts and ideas, your worries and your wonderings, to create, with you a ceremony that you’ll be sorry you are missing but one that you have every confidence in - so that no one else need worry.
I also have experience with Dignitas, so shall work with you in working through this delicate choice should this be relevant
I am Independent Celebrant (rather than Humanist, priest or registrar). So am therefore able and happy to include spiritual and symbolic ceremonial elements. I have studied Religious Studies and have an interest in theology and cultural studies in this area so am more than happy to incorporate and take inspiration from your own cultural backgrounds or inspirations.
Choosing an independent celebrant to preside over the ceremony of your choice gives the freedom to break away from the more traditional set up should you wish too.
Together, we can create an unforgettable and meaningful occasion that is completely unique and honours the life passed
From concept to delivery, I will guide you through the planning process. Alternatively, if you have a clear idea of the type of ceremony that you would like, I can help you to create your vision.
A baby naming or welcoming ceremony can be a wonderful alternative to a traditional christening or other religious ceremony that can take place in your home or garden or at a special personal venue, and one that marks the safe arrival into the family.
This kind of ceremony gives the child freedom to choose their own beliefs when they grow up whilst still being able to mark this rite of passage of welcoming the child into your life and celebrating theirs.
It is important that you get to choose the music, poems, readings,or blessings for these wonderful occasions whilst also incorporating family traditions which reflect personal beliefs and values.
You may wish to add a few elements to recognise your new roles or symbolically welcome your child: designating guardians, lighting candles, giving gifts or planting a tree, as well as being able to outwardly declare your vows toward the child.
The idea of water for cleansing and light for guiding are strong symbols which can also be incorporated as part of your ceremony. It’s not about being religious, but it can be about recognising your and the child’s cultural heritage.
Renewal of Vows
The renewal of vows ceremony can be the perfect way to say “I still love you" whilst honouring your ongoing commitment.
Whether you rededicate your rings, acknowledge the joy of children/grandchildren, give each other new rings or simply affirm the strength of your vows, remember it’s your ceremony and imagination is your only limit!
Reclaim of Self
This ceremony marks a new positive chapter in your life and closes the chapter you have left behind. This ceremony focuses on your strengths as an individual moving forward.
You may have just had your divorce finalised and feel the need find yourself? Or perhaps you have overcome an illness and would like to mark the occasion.
Your children may have left home and your nest feels empty but you need something to kick start your new found freedom.
A Reclaim of Self Ceremony is the perfect way to do that.
This can also be part of a ‘becoming an elder’ ceremony for those who are feeling lost and are finding this time in their life very difficult. This ceremony will focus on their new role as an elder within society and their own family unit.
Coming of Age
Young people can feel that they need a right of passage; an acknowledgement of the transition from child to adult.
A coming of age ceremony is a two-way partnership between the parents and the child and sometimes the God Parents too.
This is a wonderful opportunity for the parents to say that they trust their child to do the right thing, but that their rules still apply. The young person is given the opportunity to acknowledge their new freedom, with the promise to respect their parents final word.
This can be a very emotional ceremony as the parents can learn to let go a little and the teenage or young person can learn to spread their wings.
House Blessings can be used for a variety of purposes including moving into a new home, cleansing any negative energy left behind or simply renewing the flow of positive energy around your house.
Home is where the heart is, but if it isn't a spiritually healthy place for you or your family then a sacred ground can be created with a house cleansing ceremony.
Herbs such as sage can be burned to purify the area as used in Native American Ceremonies.
This ceremony is a wonderful opportunity to invite friends and family share in this new chapter of your life, to share stories and special memories. Display photos of those that have lived or will be living in your home and share stories about them.
By using a cleansing ritual and incorporating Feng Shui practices, it can make a new home feel like YOUR home and the start of some new and cherished memories for you all.
Divorce can be a difficult time for couples but it can also be a time of healing and acceptance.
A divorce ceremony is normally conducted in private, to mark the transition from marriage as a rite of passage into a new life. Friends and family can be integrated into the process which can often help the person come to terms with the divorce.
Through working closely with the client we can work on the tone and words that symbolise empowerment and release, allowing their new life to be embraced.
The combination of these elements will be designed to help the person on their individual journey into happiness, joy and forgiveness.
An adoption ceremony can be a poignant way to welcome a child or children into a community of friends and relatives
Like a naming ceremony, the adoption ceremony is an opportunity to bring together all the important people in your life to celebrate your family. It allows you to declare your deep and heartfelt intentions as you look to your lives ahead together and for friends and family to express their good wishes and support
Your adoption ceremony can include specially chosen music, words, poems and symbolism to reinforce your wishes for the future.You may also wish to choose guardians to play a special role in the life of your child
I will help you to create a beautiful ceremony that helps you to create the bond of togetherness at the very start of your journey.