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The wedding march.

Posted by Claire Oxenham on February 20, 2013 at 4:55 PM

This week I want to talk about the all-important wedding march the bride makes to her husband and me (the celebrant) I wonder why the official name is wedding march??I’ll look in to why another time.

During the pre-wedding meet I always stress to the bride, DON’T stress out if you are behind schedule with your hair and makeup, don’t worry!! let’s face it the ceremony can’t start without her, and I’ve said in a previous blog I only ever perform one ceremony a day so I have time. I say take your time walking down the aisle, people are going to be taking pictures, as you all know I like my couples to feel relaxed!. Well some of them try to walk slow, but I don’t know if its nerves to get the day started, or just the pure excitement of the day or both, but to me they seem to run down the aisle to us, the shoulders are hunched through nerves, some physically shake I can see them.

But…… as they take their place beside their husband and face all of their family and friends, I can feel the tension go, their shoulders relax, the shakes go and a beaming smile comes across as I start the ceremony, again as I have said before emotions are high and tears of joy and a sense of relief that their day has officially started.

So remember girls just because it’s called a wedding MARCH it is not in the literal sense!!

;) xx


Weddings facts

Posted by Claire Oxenham on February 11, 2013 at 5:30 PM

This week im going to look at weddings facts, I love finding out the why and hows, and I belive as a celebrant I should at least know a few!!

We all have a budget for our wedding, spening to what we can afford, and its hard to divvy out the money to see where it goes.

DID YOU KNOW that the most expensive wedding cost $44 MILLION 

and some one paid about $3 MILLION to have Sir Elton John sing at their wedding!!

Well I say if you have that type of cash, then go for it... just make sure its your only wedding you have.

and a more serious fact is: The Catholic tradition of “”posting the banns”" to announce a marriage originated as a way to ensure the bride and groom were not related.

so you see some facts that have been around for centuries, we still use and for very good reason, I know that finding out if you are related to someone before you marry them is alot easier now then it was then, but its still handy to know.

see you soon


Why we have St Valentines day

Posted by Claire Oxenham on February 4, 2013 at 4:20 PM

Being a wedding celebrant in Tenerife, is as I have said before a fantastic job!!

But again I like to look into why we have the traditions we have, why we have certian days set aside for different Saints ( Tenerife is still a very Catholic country so we have many Saint days)

But here is an insight in to why we have St Valentines day.

This excerpt was taken from a fellow Celebrant in the Uk, and makes  a very interesting read.

Claudius II of Rome, needed to increase the size of his army for campaigns around Europe, but there was a lack of new recruits. Soldiers tired from years of battle, wanted to stay at home with their wives and families, returning to an honest life as farmers or merchants.

Outraged with the lack of new volunteers and support, he passed a law forbidding young men to marry, stating single men would have more focus as soldiers.


Valentine, a priest of Rome, encouraged the act of marriage and continued to perform wedding ceremonies in secret. He found candle lit rooms and performed blessings in woods and privacy became the lover’s sanctity.


He was captured shortly after performing a ceremony, and possibly gave himself up so the newlyweds could make good their escape.

Imprisoned and sentenced to death, many young couples began to visit him in his cell, leaving flowers & messages of thanks.

One young girl, the jailer’s daughter became his acquaintance, bringing him messages from the outside and then listened to his stories, preaching love and hope. It was believed that she was blind and her sight was restored though faith.

On the day of his execution, he asked for a pen and paper, leaving a note for his new friend, thanking her for her love, loyalty and support. He signed it “love from your Valentine”.



The Surprise ceremony.

Posted by Claire Oxenham on January 29, 2013 at 5:45 PM

This week I’m going to talk about renewal of vows ceremonies that are a surprise for either the husband or the wife.


This is a VERY nerve wracking experience for me as well, as its all the sneaky emails are being send, in the back of my brain I’m thinking…..god I hope this turns out ok.

So far they have turned out amazing!! Obviously each couple knows their respective partner and knows it will all go well, but my goodness it doesn’t stop the heart pounding!!

Also the look on the surprises face is a picture; they are completely overwhelmed by it all, and can’t believe that the surprise managed to organize this from their home!!

Have a look at a testimonial of Ian and Julie Rainey, his face was an absolute picture he was told about it about 5 minutes before the car came to pick them up, so a very bewildered Ian managed to hold it together for the ceremony, and then slugged a very large glass of Champagne after!!

see you soon





Wedding rituals

Posted by Claire Oxenham on January 21, 2013 at 5:25 PM

Ok this week I’m going to take a look at the rituals of a wedding that are still used today.

Being a wedding celebrant and also a very inquisitive person I like to know why we have the traditions we have and where they came from.

So I did what we all do now and googled it!!

These excerpts are taken from the website; I have also booked marked so I can have a nose around after!

There is only a brief description of each and of course not all of them but you can have a look for yourself if you want.


Bridal dress

• Wearing a new white dress to be used only for a wedding ceremony is a tradition that is only about 150 years old. Before that, few women could afford a dress they would wear only once.

• White traditionally symbolizes youth and innocence.

• Red and orange are popular in Asia and the Middle East, where they are considered joyful and festive colours.


• Engagement rings originated from the custom of exchanging rings to seal an important agreement.

• Rings are circular and without end to symbolize eternal love.

• A wedding ring is worn on the third finger of the left hand because it was believed that a vein or nerve ran directly from this finger to the heart. (this was thought by the Egyptians)

Some interesting facts I think you’ll agree

See you soon




The first wedding ceremony of 2013

Posted by Claire Oxenham on January 14, 2013 at 5:00 PM

What can I say!! It was amazing, a stunning location, again on the rooftop hotel overlooking the sea, a sax player entertained us whilst we were waiting for the bride who was fashionably late.

Then the music changed to “somewhere over the rainbow” and the flower girls came down the aisle.

Then the entrance of the bride came….. She walked down the aisle to the theme tune to “wonder woman”!!! Absolutely amazing, funny, light hearted and according to friends and family completely her!

As always there were tears shed, emotions were high for everyone, the couple wrote their vows themselves, a rare occurrence I find, they were again light hearted and funny vows, which reflected the couple.

The ceremony ran smoothly, more so now as I have teamed up with a wedding planner to make sure that all goes to plan and the couple has the ceremony they have always wanted.


Careful planning went into the ceremony as with all of them.

The constant contact between me, the wedding planner and the hotel is crucial if we want the day to go without a hitch.

And I think I can say were very happy.


Until next time



Valentine packages

Posted by Claire Oxenham on January 7, 2013 at 4:45 PM

Well that’s Christmas and New Year over with; it’s time for Valentine’s Day!!!

As a celebrant in Tenerife, I’m continually looking for ideas to promote myself and ceremonies, so I have put together two packages for anyone wanting to hold a wedding or renewal of vows ceremony throughout the month of February, saying I do on the most romantic day of the year is a wonderful thing and the thing is as well no one forgets your anniversary!!

I have friends who were married on a beach in Mexico on valentine’s day and my brother who I pegged as the most UN romantic person ever.. Married his beautiful wife on this day.

It’s hard enough to choose a date to be married on, school holidays and weather play a massive part, summer or winter ceremony?

The choice ultimately is down to you, but with these packages I hopefully would have made the financial burden a bit easier.

The option to add things are of course there, they are not for the whole day, just for the short hour or so for the ceremony, but as a UK super market says…… every little helps!

see the "February packages 2013" page to have a look

see you next week





The last wedding ceremony of 2012

Posted by Claire Oxenham on January 2, 2013 at 5:25 PM

I’ve got a bit behind on the blogs!! Christmas and New Year have gotten in the way, but hopefully I’ll be back on track.

This week I want to talk about the last ceremony of 2012, it was a wedding ceremony held on the roof top terrace of a hotel in the south of Tenerife.


It was very romantic and beautifully decorated. The weather however was cloudy, but still has rays of sunshine coming through the cloud, so it was still very nice but not the typical weather couples come to Tenerife for to have their ceremony.

It was a very intimate ceremony with only the bride and groom, their daughter and the bride’s mother. The idea of a big wedding for the couple was just not their thing.

The ceremony lasted about 20 minutes, the bride was choked up with the vows I had written it was very emotional, for me as a celebrant I know I have done my job properly when the words I have written go straight to the heart, I know that this couple will take those words and cherish them for their life time, they will show the ceremony and certificate to their family and friends, they can actually say “this was written for us” I wonder how many couples can say that??

After the ceremony, champagne and photos they then went to the gala evening in the hotel, I bet they were the best dressed people there!! What an absolute great Idea for a reception.


Until next time




The last ceremonies of the year.

Posted by Claire Oxenham on December 26, 2012 at 4:15 PM

Sorry about the lateness of this post, Christmas day happened to fall on my blogging day, and rather than being a celebrant…. I was just a mummy for the day (and now a shattered one at that)

I hope you all have had a fun and safe Christmas day and are continue to enjoy the season’s festivities.

I still have two ceremonies to deliver before the end on the year, which just goes to show that Tenerife really is a great island to have your ceremony.


The penultimate ceremony is on the 27th December is in a private villa overlooking the sea, it is an absolutely stunning location, and until the owner of the villa contacted me to hire me I never even knew it existed!!

And the last ceremony is on New Year’s Eve on the roof top of a hotel, so the both are equally romantic and special in their own way and I can wait to be a part of their special day.


Merry Christmas and a happy new year.




Conducting a wedding ceremony on the last repetitive day of the century.

Posted by Claire Oxenham on December 17, 2012 at 5:00 PM

When the email came through in September a wedding planner wanted to hire me for the ceremony, I didn’t think too much about the date, 12th December, nothing unusual.

It wasn’t until I put it on my calendar that I realized it was 12/12/12 and the time for the ceremony 12!! I feel like a bit of a scratched record when I say it, I can’t stop saying 12!!


The day came around and in true Tenerife style the weather was a comfortable 20 degrees. And a really beautiful setting in a golf club house by the pool a flower arch and gazebo was just perfect. ( please see the featured venue)

Surprisingly the bride turned up on time as well.

The ceremony was beautiful as always!! And lasted about half an hour, and thankfully there were no fly overs!! (The golf course is directly under the flight path for Tenerife south airport)


The groom was a very ill man but he made it through the ceremony and held out for the photos, he literally was laying down until I fetched him for the start and laid down after the photos for about half an hour to get ready for the reception.

It was a small wedding with about 20 people max so it was very close family only.

I’m sure they had a great time; I asked if they were going to engrave their rings and they when they return to the U.K it will be inscribed with the roman numerals.

I feel privileged to have been a part of that day in history it was nice.

see you soon