Acorn 2 Oak Ceremonies

David Willis

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Hi, I'm David

Hi, I’m David.
My celebrant service is called Acorn 2 Oak Ceremonies because of my love for nature, the outdoors, woodlands, plants, trees and flowers.

I create ceremonies which honour all stages in our natural life-cycle, whether you’re welcoming your little acorns into the world, celebrating your love story, commemorating life events or saying farewell at the end of someone’s life.

Your own story is unique. My job is to listen and understand what your ceremony means to you. We will then explore ideas and options, so I can craft and deliver a beautiful service which reflects the aspects of life which matter to you most.

What's my ceremony style?

I am a creative and shameless romantic. Love is at the heart of all my ceremonies, whether you’re welcoming a new child, celebrating a family union, making a commitment in your relationship or remembering a life that has gone.

As an imaginative and empathic person, I will help you express and celebrate your love in a way which reflects your values, your personality and your way of living.

Whether you prefer romance, tradition, fun, solemnity, laughter, modern or eco-friendly, I will blend all your desired ingredients into a ceremony which captures your very own style.

I want your ceremony to be an exquisite “moment in time”, creating a precious, joyful experience for you and your guests.

Prices From

£190 - £495 depending on ceremony

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Why choose David?

In my current work and my previous career, I have supported families through the whole spectrum of life events for over 20 years.

Whatever your circumstances, my empathy and genuine care helps me connect with the emotions you are feeling. I’ll weave these into a ceremony which we can refine and tailor together, adding in creative, original touches which are personal to you.

I am particularly skilled at involving children in ceremonies in a meaningful way.

What do I offer?

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Weddings

Formal or informal, traditional or modern, inside venue or outdoors – what a range of exciting options to celebrate your love!

I will meet you in person or via video-link to understand your wishes and dreams. I will listen to you individually and as a couple, tailoring your ceremony to reflect who you are, and centred on what matters to you.

My approach will honour the values, beliefs and family heritage you wish to feature in your wedding ceremony. I will deliver your wedding ceremony in a warm yet dignified style, so that your relationship and union is celebrated and honoured in equal measure.

Please check out my website: www.acorn2oakceremonies.co.uk or follow me on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

I offer a wide range of wedding options to give you maximum choice and to fit your budget. Mid-week or weekend? Intimate micro-wedding, elopement or big-event-of-the-year?

You might like to feature an original unique and symbolic ritual, such as Hand-Fasting, Tree-Planting, Sand-Blending, Jumping the Broom or Ring Warming – to name just a few.

As well as liaising with your chosen venue, I will work with your photographer and videographer to ensure all the special moments of your ceremony are captured.

Prices From

Elopements from £195, Weddings from £295

Why choose David for your wedding?

Perhaps you have very clear ideas and a vision of what you want for your wedding? Let’s make it happen.

Or maybe you’re unsure, looking for suggestions and alternatives? In which case, I’ll guide you through options and ideas to help you decide.

If you want to involve children or pets in your ceremony, why not? We’ll design a service which meets their needs and yours.

If you want something a bit different, let’s blend our ideas and imagination to create a Wedding Day like no other!

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Naming Ceremony

Naming Ceremonies

I craft and deliver beautiful, personal and dignified ceremonies for all stages of life. Whether you are welcoming a new baby into the world, adopting a child into your family or blending a new family with children from previous relationships, I will write and lead a gorgeous welcoming occasion which will be unique and memorable.

If you have transitioned and you want to announce to the world and celebrate your new name and identity, I will work with you to create an amazing and dignified celebration for you to share with those who love you dearly.

I will meet with you in person or virtually to co-create your relaxed, enjoyable and deeply personal ceremony. I love to include tree planting as a beautiful legacy in a naming ceremony. I will work with you on what mini-ceremonies you may want to include to fit with the circumstances of your occasion. This could include sand-blending, a wishes tree or blessing box to name just a few. I will work with those people nearest to you who you may also want to include in your naming ceremony, for example, guide-parents, grandparents, your dearest friends. I will work with you, your friends and family individually so that your ceremony is deeply personal and involves some lovely surprises on the day.

Prices From

£195

Why choose David for your naming ceremony?

As a father of 3 children and experienced teacher and headteacher, I have a deep experience of nurturing, supporting and engaging children. I am passionate about the role, commitment and learning that is involved in being a parent. I have both personal and professional experience of supporting children and adults who are adopted and who are transgender.

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Renewal of Vows

I craft and deliver beautiful, personal and dignified renewal of vows ceremonies. I love outdoor vow renewals and woodland vow renewals in particular. I will meet with you in person or via video-link to understand your wishes and dreams. I will work with you individually as well as a couple so that your ceremony is deeply personal and involves some lovely surprises for you both. I will work to honour any values, beliefs or family heritage you want to feature in your vow renewal ceremony. I will deliver your vow renewal ceremony in a warm and dignified style so that your relationship and union is celebrated and honoured in equal measure.

Please check out my website: www.acorn2oakceremonies.co.uk or follow me on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

I offer the full range of vow renewal options to give you maximum choice and to fit any budget.
From mid-week intimate events to a weekend occasion involving a range of unique and memorable mini-ceremonies like hand-fasting, sand blending, tree-planting or ring warming to name just a few. I will work closely with your photographer and videographer to ensure all your special moments are captured.

Prices From

£295

Why choose David for your renewal of vows?

Having been married myself for 25 years, I know that the path of love and marriage is not lined with rose petals. As my wise mother-in-law once told me, “You’ll have as many Monday mornings as you will do Saturday nights”. But I am a creative and shameless romantic. I will embrace your real love story so that this becomes the centre stage of your vow renewal ceremony.

As a patient and empathic person I will co-create a deeply personal and beautiful ceremony for you which reflects your values, your personality and your dreams. I will deliver your ceremony with dignity, gravitas and humour where appropriate.

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Funerals

As well as cremation services, I also write and deliver ceremonies for burials, at a cemetery or at a woodland burial site, the internment or scattering of ashes and memorial services.

If you are organising the funeral, I will meet you and family members/friends in your home, at the chapel of rest or other venue, or via video-link – whichever is preferred. Alternatively, if this is not possible or desired, the service can be discussed and arranged on the phone and through the exchange of emails.
I will take time to learn about the person who has died, their personality and life story, and to understand their wishes, along with those of family and/or friends.

My approach will honour the values and beliefs you wish to feature in the funeral service. I will help and support you with the selection of any music, readings and other elements which are desired.

On the basis of our conversations, I will write the eulogy and send it to you for checking, so we can refine it as needed, to ensure that all the details are correct and that you are happy with the measure and tone of the service.

I am a fully-trained member of the Institute of Professional Celebrants.

I will deliver the funeral service in a warm and dignified style so that the life of the person who has died is celebrated and honoured in equal measure.

I will provide you with a commemorative copy of the service to complement any printed order of service.

I am a fully-trained member of the Institute of Professional Celebrants.

Prices From

£190

Why choose David for your funeral?

As a patient, caring and empathic person, I will co-create a deeply personal and dignified funeral service, which reflects the values, personality and the wishes of the person who has died and their family.

I will deliver the funeral service with dignity, composure and compassion, weaving in a gentle, respectful celebration of life.

I will work with you, your family and your funeral director so that your ceremony supports those who are attending the funeral.

If children wish to be involved in saying goodbye at the end of someone’s life, I will help craft an approach where their needs are meaningfully and sensitively met.

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Reviews for Acorn 2 Oak Ceremonies

Total Reviews: 8

Average Rating: 5

reviews (8)

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David was perfect in the delivery of my Mums funeral service

5 Stars
Paul Holmes

Funeral | 03/18/2021 | City Road Sheffield

I can’t praise David highly enough. The way in which he helped me and my brother Jeff create such a fitting tribute to our mum really did help us in what was a very emotional time. At the funeral service, every person in attendance commented on how well David delivered a service that really did represent mum and the balance between celebration and reflection was perfect. Mum would be proud!

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Sensitive and professional, highly recommended

5 Stars
Roy Sayles

Funeral | 09/22/2020 | Hutcliffe Wood Crematorium, Sheffield, S. Yorkshire

I am very happy to recommend David as a professional Celebrant. We used him for my brother’s funeral and I am very pleased we did. We had a pre-funeral meeting to discuss the details, he was sensitive, professional and knowledgeable about the options and choices we could make. He communicated well prior to the funeral regarding music choices and readings and delivered the funeral service with great dignity and clarity. He clearly has strong public speaking skills and I have no doubts that he could deliver any service with great professionalism. I don’t feel that I could have made a better choice of celebrant.

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Perfectly pitched ceremony

5 Stars
Liz & John

Funeral | 11/24/2020 | Sheffield

David conducted a moving & perfectly pitched ceremony. It really allowed us all to say our goodbyes to mum.

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