Throughout the ages and in every culture, humans have always used ceremony to mark life’s most important occasions. From births, to weddings, to honouring someone who has died, ceremony and ritual create a dedicated space to honour each other, to mark milestones, to bear witness, and to celebrate.
Despite differences in culture and traditions, there is always a desire to celebrate a wedding. Having a dedicated space, time, and place for a couple to come together and declare their love and dedication to one-another in front of friends and family really does matter.
This may be one reasons why it is so disappointng and saddening when we are prevented from having ceremonies. At this time, as we are in the midst of a global health crisis caused by the spread of the COVID-19 virus, many couples have been forced to cancel or postpone their weddings. However, it is important not to despair. Delays are not denials. Your ceremony can, and will, go ahead and it will be all the more special and poignant.
Being prevented from coming together to celebrate and commemorate underlines not only the importance of ceremony, but also how valuable choice and freedom are to us all. For now, we must postpone our ceremonies but when this crisis passes we will, once again, have the freedom of choice and be able to celebrate together.
In the meantime, you can continue planning and preparing for your ceremony. Contact me to discuss your ideas and start looking ahead to your ceremony.