Blue Sky Celebrants adopt a Charity!

Blue Sky have adopted a Charity that is close to our hearts. So many people suffer from a hidden illness. This illness is so insidious that it is often not noticed until it’s too late. A footballer may break a leg, a bowler strain a thigh or a netballer rupture an ACL. Mental Health problems hit people across the board and sadly it can prove FATAL! Particularly amongst Young People who are subjected to a maze of unhealthy stresses and strains in their lives. As with all who suffer from Mental Health problems, often it is difficult to talk to anyone about them. BUT talking to someone is the best medicine. It means that the issues are shared and there is someone who cares. The Charity we have adopted is called PAPYRUS – Prevention of Young Suicide.

PAPYRUS offer a telephone Care Service called  contactable on 0800 068 41 41 or 07786 209697 or pat@papyrus-uk.org Below is an extract from their website:

HOPELINEUK is a specialist telephone service staffed by trained professionals who give non-judgemental support, practical advice and information to children, teenagers and young people up to the age of 35 who are worried about how they are feeling or anyone who is concerned about a young person.

In order to raise funds for this fantastic cause we have set up a Facebook Fundraiser so please visit and donate generously or go directly to PAPYRUS please – it really is a matter of life or death. Thank you so much. Here is the link:

Andy’s Facebook Page

Please help me celebrate….

PAPYRUS Prevention of Young Suicide

Good day everyone. I am about to celebrate 🎉 a biggish birthday although my dear mother-on-law reminds me often that l’m not as old as she is, which is true!! To mark this occasion I have started a #fundraiser on my Facebook page. It is with #PAPYRUS Prevention of Young Suicide. I have set a very modest target 🎯 of £150 which I hope will be smashed through with your generosity and that of my Facebook friends. As I’m sure you know that Mental Health amongst young people is a huge problem. It is as dangerous as any life-threatening illness. #PAPYRUS offer a help line for young people to call so their lives can be saved. Also #PAPYRUS can help those who are worried about someone they know who may be suffering (https://papyrus-uk.org/).

Please visit my Facebook page and be as generous as you can for a very worthy and important cause. Thank you so much 😊

Not sure which way to go…?

BlankSignWe know that when you are faced with organising a Life Celebration you face a multitude of choices. Choices that, in everyday life, you will not have to make. At Blue Sky Celebrants we would like to help you make some of those choices a little easier. No, we can’t help with the choice of dress, godparents or which funeral director to use (Although on our ‘useful links’ page there are some suggestions which we cannot endorse but can signpost you to). However, when it comes to deciding what content you would like in the ceremony or celebration we really can help you. We work with you to design bespoke ceremonies to celebrate, well, anything really. Would you like to include a ‘sand ceremony’ in your wedding celebration or to mark the blending of a new family? Would you like to ‘jump the broom’ or light a unity candle. Perhaps you would like a ‘rose ceremony’ to celebrate the passing of a loved one. Maybe put together some vows for a naming ceremony or celebrate an adoption. All of these things are ‘rites of passage’ where we, as humanity, move from one thing to another. These can be super-stressful moments that will have a lasting impact on your life and the lives of those around you. Marking these changes with a ceremony or celebration helps with the changes we face. Gives us a moment in time to look back on. Gives us vows or promises made that can shore up difficult times. Reminds us of the love that surrounds us through our family and friends, our values and our beliefs.

Different places to get Married

Have you ever thought of having your marriage ceremony and celebration in a coffee shop. This is a service offered by Dave at Heathers Coffee Shop, Rowntrees Garden Centre, Congresbury, N. Somerset (01934 835555). Dave has room for around 120 guests inside and 85 outside with full catering. Please contact Dave to discuss arrangements at the location and Blue Sky Celebrants to discuss the ceremony itself. Also please browse these pages for more information. Wedding celebrations don’t have to be vastly expensive and niche locations, like Heathers, can add to the all-round experience.

Limiting Beliefs

Today I went to School of Rock at the Dame Gillian Lynne Theatre in the West End. It was fantastic. Right from the start it was clear to see that the main character, Dewey Finn, was a dreamer. He dreamt of being a Rock Star. Trouble was no one believed him. Only himself. His energy was absolutely amazing as he followed his dream and made it in the end. Those of you who know the story will remember that he takes a whole class of posh kids with him. Kids whose lives were limited by the expectations put on them by their parents and school. But the cellist became a rock bass guitarist. The pianist went on keyboards and the show began. Numbers like “You’re in the Band” and “Stick it to the man” brought the house down. The message was about not being limited by stuff. Be free and follow your dreams. With a bit of hard work, energy and enthusiasm they will probably be realised. BTW it’s a great show to read an in-depth review visit http://www.TheRosieWord.com. Thanks for reading. TheRosieWord

Legal Marriage in the UK

We are often asked if an Independent Celebrant can register a legal marriage in the UK. The short answer is no. However, that is not the end of the story so please do read on for more information.

For full details of how to get legally married in the UK please follow the following link Marriage in the UK. To become legally married in the UK a couple must say some prescribed words (about 50 in total) in front of a Registrar with two witnesses who are over the age of 18 years. The rest is up to you….

As Independent Celebrants we love to celebrate 🎉, it’s in the blood! We want to help you celebrate your commitment. Although the “legal bit” must be done by a Registrar, we can include the exchange of vows, exchange of rings and any other content you, as a couple, would like. Remember we design bespoke ceremonies of celebration with you, for you. The celebration can take on whatever theme you like and will be as unique as your relationship is. Remember, this is all about you as a couple who are taking the courageous step in announcing your commitment to each other to the world.

Baby Naming Ceremonies

You will have noticed an addition to the ceremonies offered by Blue Sky Celebrants. This is an addition to the list which is certainly not exhaustive! We can put together a Celebration Ceremony for anything really. All you need to do is ask by visiting our  Contact Page and getting in touch.

Baby naming or Baby Welcoming Ceremonies are not a new thing. Known as Christenings or Baptisms these ceremonies used to take place in church or other religious institution. However, more and more these days people are holding these welcoming ceremonies at home or in a garden, field or hotel space.

As Independent Celebrants we will help you plan and deliver the Ceremony within the celebration or party you have in mind. As always the Ceremony will be created with you and will be unique to you and your family and friends. Please do look at our Baby Naming Page for more information.

You will see mentioned the G-Parents. Traditionally a baby boy will have two Godfathers and a Godmother and a baby girl will have two Godmothers and one Godfather. But it does not have to stop there! You can choose to have as many as you like and you can call them whatever you like. Those who may want a degree of religion or spirituality within the ceremony may stick with the name Godparents but they could be called Guide-parents or Guardian-parents or anything else you choose.

Also these Welcoming Ceremonies could be used to celebrate an Adoption or long term Fostering. The subject of the Ceremony need not be a baby but could be a child, teenager or any addition to the family. These Ceremonies can be used to celebrate the beginning of a modern day “blended family” although a Wedding Celebration may be more appropriate.

We could include in the Ceremony, joyful and interactive symbols such as Unity Candles, Sand Ceremonies or Hand Fasting.

The choice is yours so that the important celebration or thank you for something new and exciting can be celebrated in the best possible way.

For those reading this via social media please don’t forget to visit us at Blue Sky Celebrants

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Individually designed ceremonies following or during a legal marriage will be coming soon. Jumping the broom, unity candle celebrations and sand ceremonies to name but a few ways to celebrate your commitment.

We want to help you celebrate your commitment. Watch this Space.

Here’s an Update. Wedding Ceremonies coming very soon. In time for Autumn and Christmas Weddings. Please do get in touch for mor information. Tell your friends and family and anyone else who needs a Wedding Celebrant 🎩 👰🏼 or 🎩🎩 or 👰🏼👰🏼. Let’s Celebrate 🎉