I am a little early I know, but I hope you all have a really special Valentine Weekend and day. For those of you planning that special little surprise for your partners, you have time to get over your celebrations before coming along to this wedding fair and having a talk about what a Celebrant led Ceremony can offer you, you would be in for more surprises. Looking forward to meeting you and talking about your cerebrations.
I wasn’t sure how today would pann out, a) I am getting over cold and am at the coughing stage, which is not the best when you are expecting to talk to several couples. b) the weather was forecast not to be good.
The morning didn’t actually start out good when we were late setting off, we got to the Marine hotel with about ten minutes to spare to opening. Then David realised he has left my banner on the driveway! So he had to come back home to collect it, which was just as well because we had quite a lot of rain here in our absence. Given those two things, one lady came upto me and complimented me on the set out of the stall and how quickly I had managed it, saying that I must be used to setting up at wedding fairs. I suppose I am really and it must have looked to good to everyone else who were set up and waiting to see this person blow in at the last minute and have everything looking good by the time it was opened, wish it was supposed to have been that way! The lady was with her daughter and it was their first wedding fair so that had arrived as early as possible, and as it was opened to exihibitors at 8am that could have been very early!
To begin with the fair was slow but towards lunch time it started to pick up with lots more couples and families passing through, I think I managed to talk to most and although some had already booked their wedding and venue there were those that were still not sure what they wanted and they were interested in a Celebrant led ceremony and the options and choices that it gave them. There was at least one couple who had booked with the registry office but once I spoke to them were regreting it but having paid deposits it was too late for them to change their mind. One lady who hadn’t booked a venue was quite open about the fact that she would probably go for a church weddng but took a leaflet ‘just in case’. It good that couples now have a variety of choices and that is what we are all about. I have no problems with couples going with the Church or Registry Office so long as they have been informed about all choices.
The Marine Hotel does have three Registry Office licenced rooms but they are still opened to helping a couple who wished to have a Celebrant wedding and took some of my leaflets so they could hand them out to those interested.
So what started as a bad start to the day ended up being a good day and it was and always is a pleasure talking to everyone. Oh yes and the coughing was kept to a minimum and I managed to hold off whilst talking to anyone.
More good news, we have now had confirmation that our chosen venue is willing to allow us to hold our show onn Relections on Death and Dying. So now all systems are go, we have quite a few people waiting to hear from us on this confirmation. The date is already set, it will be the Saturday 23rd April 2016 and will be held at the Zion Baptist Church Hall, Tenterden. It is a fabulous venue with a large front room, usually the Church area, a smaller room at the rear with a kitchen and a room upstairs where we are hoping to hold talks, and although it is upstairs the venue does have a disabled lift, which is perfect! More news on who will be at the venue will be given later. We have a meeting with our friends and the people who run the venue on Friday morning. They are all very keen to make it a success and we have some good feedback from the leaders of the Church, who I know wish to work with us on this project. It is so exciting!
Staying on theme, we are also holding a ‘Death Cafe’ on the 24th February 2016, at the Cosy Kettle, Hamstreet at 7.30pm, please do come along and have coffee and cake (not free unfortunately but the venue is) and to chat about any concerns you have to do with Death, Dying or Funerals. This is our second ‘Death Cafe’ and the first one was so relaxed and in its way fun to chat and air concerns and tell our stories tragic and funny, so come along and join us.
More good news!
We now have a facebook page that relates to general information that could help you before you have to organise a Funeral and for when you have to arrange a Funeral. We are hoping to continue to give you as much information as possible to help reduce your costs and also to look at natural funerals. For the page look for lifeceremonies say goodbye naturally.
We are also hoping to launch our new website wwww.saygoodbyenaturally.co.uk in the next few days, there is something to see now but it hasn’t had its final tweeking so bear with us but again lots of information for you and if you wish for other information or think we should include something that we have missed let us know through the contacts page.
The date for our next Death Cafe is Wednesday 24th February, 7pm at the Cosy Kettle, Hamstreet, Kent. The Cosy Kettle is opposite the Shop/Post Office in Hamstreet. Please do come along, it is an evening of discussing how death effect us or you in particular, how we deal with death, our experiences of death. It isn’t morbid but a very open discussion to help people through losing a loved one, coping with someone dying or just a what you think about death and dying. Coffee and cake will be available to be purchased, our contribution to the owners of the cafe for allowing us to use their venue free of charge.
We had a lovely meeting with Katie and Jon this morning to discuss their ceremony, such a lovely and loving couple it was a delight to talk with them. Also lovely that at the end of the meeting they are so excited about the ceremony and looking forward to their day.
Once back home, we had a message from a FD asking if David was free for another funeral, this time from a lady who had attended a funeral that David had taken a couple of months ago and ask for him in particular. That is also lovely, it show that we are getting things right for you all out there.
We have a long but very good meeting yesterday with the lovely Holly from The Curved Coffin. Holly is helping us to put on the Death Show in Tenterden and we have now decided that the show will be called “Reflections on Death and Dying”. There will be talks from very knowledgable people from 10.30 until 3.30pm, each talk will last half an hour with a fifteen minute interval. Several people have already signed up to be there so it is all very exciting!
We went into one of our favourite coffee shops in HamStreet the other day, The Cosy Kettle, just for a coffee and the Owner said she was glad we had gone in because only an hour before she had been talking to someone about our Death Cafes, which we hold at her establishment, and they were interested in coming along to the next meeting in February. Nothing better than word of mouth.
Last week, we bumped into Karina from Simply Ceremonies UK so we had a lunch and catch up about weddings ceremonies, venues and Wedding fairs etc. which again was lovely.
Monday I have a first meeting with one of my couples to go through their ceremony and what they will wish to include, all very exciting again because each ceremony is different and you never know what will be requested but everything can be achieved.
David has a meeting tomorrow night with a Gentleman who has recently lost his wife, he said that David had come highly recommended to him so he is looking forward to meeting him.
All good, all good !
So all the annual winter celebrations are now over, we have had a good Christmas, celebrated with family, a very quiet New Year and now my Birthday is out of the way. David treated me to visiting Kensington Palace, very interesting as with all the old buildings. It is hard to believe that when first built it was in the countryside away from the big city! We then had high tea at the Royal Garden Hotel, lovely and highly recommend their veggie option sandwiches. After tea we made our way to theatre land and dodged the rain by going into The Strand Hotel for a coffee while we waited for our Theatre to open its doors. Lion King was fabulous and another recommendation if you haven’t seen it. Brilliant costumes and singing.
Bit different today with a quiet walk on the beach with the dogs.
It will be back to almost normal in the coming weeks. I have already taken bookings for 2017 and I haven’t been to any wedding fairs this year yet. The first one is at the beginning of next month, will post closer to the time.
Other exciting things to come will be our first venture into organising a show that will show everyone that there are options to everything to do with funerals. We are doing this in partnership with Holly and Andy of The Curved Coffin. We are waiting to hear that our venue has been approved then it will be all systems go with letting everyone know more details.
We are still working on our posters and promotions for The Healing Weekend so another item to watch out for.
Busy, busy year along with all the weddings, vow renewals and baby namings coming up.