Weaving symbolic elements into your bespoke ceremony

Susan Foxall Ceremonies, Weddings

An increasingly popular wedding ceremony ritual is where the couple drink to each other from a traditional Scottish Quaich. The Scottish word ‘quaich’ comes from the Celtic word meaning ‘cup’. It is a wide, shallow two-handled bowl, and in very ancient times it was used to welcome guests, to establish trust, putting them at their ease about accepting food and drink from their hosts. And then in 1589 a quaich was given by King James VI of Scotland to his wife, Anne, from the royal house of Denmark, on the …

Use a check list to reduce your stress levels!

Susan Foxall Ceremonies, General, Weddings

As wedding season approaches I imagine stress levels might be running a little high – use a checklist and make sure you keep in regular contact with your suppliers. If your wedding is in 2020/21 and you’re just setting out on the planning journey, please ensure you choose and book your Celebrant early – good celebrants get booked up way in advance, and we all hate to tell you that we’re unavailable! Remember that choosing a celebrant to create and conduct your ceremony means that you have so much choice …

Cheshire Bride magazine ‘Something Old, Something New’, featured in their 2019 edition

Susan Foxall Ceremonies, Weddings

I was recently contacted by the editorial department at Cheshire Bride to write a contribution to their article about wedding traditions and different elements from around the world that can be woven into ceremonies. They used a great photo of a couple whose ceremony I conducted at Cheshire Woodland Weddings – a beautiful setting at Blakemere Village. The couple had a hand-fasting and drank from the Quaich or Loving Cup as a symbol of trust and sharing. Please follow and like us:

Featured in County Brides latest edition – February 2019

Susan Foxall Ceremonies, News, Weddings

Check this out! – a lovely write up in County Brides magazine, featuring a ceremony I officiated at Vale Royal Abbey. The lovely Kirsty and Matt got married last year at this beautiful location, choosing me to create and conduct their bespoke ceremony. They talk about the choices they were able to make in personalising their ceremony, and included a Celtic hand-fasting so that the ceremony was completely unique to the two of them. Take a look at the gorgeous photographs and get in touch to find out more – …

You’re engaged? Congratulations!

Susan Foxall Ceremonies, Uncategorised, Weddings

No doubt the vision for an Instagram wedding is well under way. With increasing choices as to how we say I Do, it can be tough to decide who will officiate such an important ceremony. In our view, couples might do well to consider the role of a Celebrant. We’ve teamed up with Susan Foxall, an OK! Magazine featured, award-winning Celebrant, to enlighten our How to I Do readers on how accessible, fun and meaningful a bespoke wedding ceremony might be. Planning Your Wedding Ceremony When planning a wedding, it’s …

Spending your wedding budget

Susan Foxall Ceremonies, Vow Renewals, Weddings

There are so many demands on your wedding budget, that you could be forgiven for forgetting the one reason that all your guests are there. Yes, of course you want a beautiful venue for them – and you two – to enjoy. Naturally you want sumptuous food, glorious flowers, and fantastic photographs. Not to mention the dress, the cars, the cake, the music… the list can seem daunting and endless if you’re to do justice to your special day. But… go back to that question – exactly why is everyone …

Bespoke luxury wedding ceremony at Carlton Towers

Susan Foxall Ceremonies, Hints and Tips, Weddings

As you are well into all the planning I’m sure you already have a ‘to-do’ list that’s a mile long – but I’m going to add something that needs to whizz right to the top of that list: – your ceremony. The most significant words you will ever say I know that there’s masses of ‘stuff’ on Pinterest and social media and you can all too easily get side-lined by what everyone else thinks you should have, but don’t lose sight of the most important part of your day – the …

Choosing your funeral celebrant

Susan Foxall Ceremonies, Funerals

A podcast recording by Tony Piper of ‘Meet your Funeral Celebrant’ – so you can find out a bit more about me Just click the play button to hear the audio…   Many people are still unfamiliar with the term ‘Celebrant’. A celebrant is trained in Celebrancy and takes on the role of providing choice as to how a funeral service is written and delivered. Celebrants can provide a funeral service with or without religious or spiritual content – it’s up to the family of the loved one, and their …

Why did I train to be a professional Celebrant?

Susan Foxall Ceremonies

So, why did I train to be a professional Celebrant? It might sound a bit corny but, the answer is that I wanted to make a difference! I wanted to show couples that it isn’t a straight choice between Church and Register Office – that there are many inspiring ways to create your bespoke ceremony and truly own it, making their ceremony all about them as a couple; allowing them to say the words they have chosen themselves on this very special day, instead of being told what to say …


Susan Foxall Ceremonies, Weddings

So, here we are just coming towards the end of the winter months… warmer days ahead and lots of planning to be getting on with for your wedding. There is much to consider and organise as you approach your big day, but have you given any thought to the most significant words you will ever say to one another? Many brides get caught up in all the other aspects, such as flowers, the dress!, make up, photos and so on that they don’t give enough time to consider their options …