The established church discriminates against gay and lesbian people and this carries over to society at large. Recognising and challenging this, Phoenix Ceremonies are designed to honour your individual beliefs, tradition and wishes, regardless of your sexual orientation. Our hope is to offer a ceremony that you, your friends and family, enjoy on the day and remember for all time. Each ceremony is bespoke, uniquely chosen by you. Whilst at present commitment ceremonies and gay weddings confer no legal status they are experienced by the couple as just as valid as any legally sanctioned marriage ceremony and the promises or vows made are taken just as seriously by the couple. We often feel attracted to the traditions of wearing splendid clothes, processing, speaking of our love before our loved ones, exchanging gifts and relating friends and families by our promises.
A Phoenix celebrant will contact you to plan the occasion, including music, any promises or pledges, symbols such as sharing bread and wine, the wish tree, readings, singing or verse. He then submits to you a draft Order of Service for your approval. ( see Partnership page for an example )
Fees for the ceremony vary, typically from £325.
To inquire further e-mail or telephone as at top of page.
Further resources provided by LGCM. You choose the language for your ceremony e.g. for the religious, some prefer God as Lover, or Great Gay Spirit, Lesbian God...
Kate Gordon in her book “ Alternative Weddings” has an example of An Order for the Celebration of the Union of Two Men, easily adaptable for the union of two women. The traditional marriage service with it’s masculine language can be reformed to reflect the feminine in a bespoke commitment ceremony
Click here for Gingerbeer = London’s Lesbian Guide
For more resources try Pink Weddings, the UK’s leading gay and lesbian wedding planning service