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About Patricia Bentley – civil celebrant
Ceremonies to mark special family occasions once revolved around religion and church services but it is now possible to create meaningful celebrations of your own at home, at an hotel, on the beach, or even in a forest clearing.
And, whether you would like to mark the naming of your baby in a special way, or celebrate your marriage or vow renewal, civil celebrant Patricia Bentley, who lives in Uckfield, can help add a special touch to the event.
Patricia is qualified to conduct civil ceremonies and, having started out as a registrar of births, deaths and marriages, she is enjoying the flexibility that is now possible when planning celebrations of life’s milestones.
You really can organise a ceremony of your own choosing, making it formal or spiritual, or a convivial party with family and friends joining in.
Whatever setting you might choose, or ritual you might follow, it is you who is in control and Patricia can help to create a unique occasion.
She says her role is to add dignity, character and a personal touch to ceremonies marking turning points in your life, finding and expressing the right words for the occasion – not everyone is comfortable with public speaking.
Patricia can help with weddings, partnerships, baby namings, renewals of vows, funerals and memorial ceremonies. She will start by meeting with you to talk through ideas, and how music, words, and personal gestures can be combined to make an event unique to you.
During a baby naming ceremony candles can be lit to signify a family’s wishes to provide a light to guide and protect their child throughout life.
A tree could be ceremonially planted to express the hope that it will grow and flourish as the child grows and flourishes. Or there could be a special book in which all present could write their personal message to the baby on this special day, putting into permanent words their wishes for the child’s future.
If you have been married abroad and would like to celebrate with family and friends at home, or if you would like to renew your wedding vows, then Patricia can help here as well. Ceremonies can take place daytime, evening or night, at home, in a private garden, restaurant, grand hotel or marquee. Or they can be hosted in a woodland setting, or a meadow, or on the beach.
Patricia said: “The ceremony should be as beautiful and as personal as all those special touches planned for the rest of the big day.”
She added that her passion is to help make the important moments in people’s lives as special and as significant as possible.
If you would like to talk to Patricia about your own special occasion then please call her on 07554 342697, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit her website at www.sussexceremonies.co.uk.