Brenda Woods, Celebrant

Brenda Woods

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Available for

Countries Covered

I travel Nationally & Internationally

Specialisms

symbolic ceremonies, inclusivity of family/friends including children

Affiliations

Fellowship of Professional Celebrants

Languages

English

Hi, I'm Brenda

Unique and personalised ceremonies to celebrate the key milestones in life.

I’m a romantic and believe passionately that everyone deserves to have special ceremonies. Traditional or quirky or both. I am always inclusive – you can involve family, pets or friends in your ceremony, I have many ways that we can do this. Or, if you are looking for simplicity – that is also fine by me.

If you are looking for a ceremony as the sun rises or sets, a handfasting, sand ceremony or to to exchange rings warmed by the blessings of your guests, that would be wonderful. At home, on the beach, in a barn or on an airfield I will work with you and write and deliver the ceremony you want and ensure it is personal to you. This is the approach I take to all ceremonies – in my mind one size does not fit all.

What's my ceremony style?

I specialise in writing and delivering unique ceremonies, small or large, formal or informal. Personal and sometimes quirky . I am happy to incorporate humour, music and even dance.

Your ceremony, your way.

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Why choose Brenda?

My starting point is always .. What’s your vision and what’s special to you? Music, poetry, or colour? Your ceremony can include what’s important to you. It can be formal or informal. Large and boisterous, or a small intimate gathering. Traditional, modern or downright irregular. Whatever the focus of the ceremony, wedding, naming, funeral, healing or moving forward, it will reflect you and your interests. It will be written for you – with a sprinkling of humour and fairy dust.

What do I offer?

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Weddings

I’m a romantic and believe passionately that everyone deserves to have special ceremonies, especially on their wedding day. Traditional or quirky or both. I am always inclusive – you can involve family, pets or friends in your ceremony, I have many ways that we can do this. Or, if you are looking for simplicity – that is also fine by me.

During 2020 weddings have had to change a lot but I have continued to work with couples to plan their weddings, either on the original date or for future. We can be creative, marking the day and using technology and planning for the future when everyone can be together, or planning a mini wedding with a vow renewal in the future.

I believe in providing unique and personalised ceremonies to celebrate love and life in a way that fits you as a couple. I particularly enjoy including personal details, telling the story of your love and your hopes and dreams for the future.

If you have children together or blending across families, why not involve them in the ceremony? I can include symbolic ceremony such as exchange of roses or sand ceremonies, traditional ceremonies including a quaiche or toasting ceremony, or why not create your own?
I am flexible on time of day and location. Let’s talk about your dream ceremony.

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Why choose Brenda for your wedding?

My starting point is always .. What’s your vision and what’s special to you? Music, poetry, dance? Pets, flowers, shoes, costume or colour? Your ceremony can include anything and can be written in a style that speaks with your voice. It can be formal or informal. . Be traditional, modern or downright irregular whatever the focus of the ceremony, wedding, naming, funeral, healing or moving forward.

I will work to create your unique dream wedding, involving what ever is important to you, and adding a good helping of humour and fairy dust during the process!

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Naming Ceremony

Naming Ceremonies

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Why choose Brenda for your naming ceremony?
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Renewal of Vows

I’m a romantic and believe passionately that everyone deserves to have special ceremonies. Traditional or quirky or both. I am always inclusive – you can involve family, pets or friends in your ceremony, I have many ways that we can do this. If you are planning to renew your vows you may want to involve people who have been part of your marriage journey since you said ‘We do’. Or, if you are looking for simplicity – that is also fine by me.

If you are looking for a ceremony as the sun rises or sets, a handfasting, sand ceremony or to to exchange rings warmed by the blessings of your guests, that would be wonderful. At home, on the beach, in a barn or on an airfield I will work with you and write and deliver the ceremony you want and ensure it is personal to you.

Saying ‘I do’ again to the one you love is really special. I try to tie the renewal ceremony into your wedding ceremony – maybe using the same or adapted vows, music or venue. I often encourage couples to renew their ring exchanges as well as their vows, either ‘warming’ their existing rings or exchanging new rings or items of importance.

Vow renewals can take place at any time of day and in any venue – I have planned and delivered a ‘surprise renewal’ at an evening party and a ‘Sunday lunch renewal’ involving people from different countries via webcasting. Be creative and let’s talk.

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Why choose Brenda for your renewal of vows?

My inclusive approach means that we can create a ceremony involving children, pets or people scattered across the world. Big can be beautiful or small and simple can be just perfect. My experience in planning and delivering heartfelt and ceremonies in different settings, from a pub carvery to back garden mean that I can help you make memories that will last forever.

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Funerals

Funerals are an important part of my role as a celebrant. What a privilege it is to help families and friends celebrate the life of their loved one and say goodbye.
I work closely with the Funeral Director and the funeral venue to ensure that all goes smoothly. The core principals that underpin all my work of equity, inclusivity and creativity are used in helping to ensure services are tailored to the individual.

I am happy to provide a traditional service, religious input or solely a celebration of life without religion.

I provide funeral services at crematoria, burials , interments and memorials. The services that I write often involve poetry, readings, music and sounds – I have included bird song, the sound of a vintage motor cycle and ringing of a mobile phone at the request of the family. I am happy to take a lead role or to support friends and family who want to lead a service with support.

I am happy to help clients plan and write a funeral service before their death, or to support the chief mourner or family after a death.
I always provide the family with a printed and bound copy of the service.

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Why choose Brenda for your funeral?

I can provide a heartfelt celebration of life and a final good bye for yourself if you are pre-planning your funeral or for your loved one. I can keep in contact in different ways, including Zoom, webinar, and electronically or at present socially distanced face to face. I am experienced in writing and delivering funerals for many different people.
I will endeavour to be inclusive in involving key people in the writing and delivery of the service.

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Reviews for Brenda Woods, Celebrant

Total Reviews: 7

Average Rating: 5

reviews (7)

Funeral thanks

Funeral thanks

5 Stars
L & D

Funeral | 06/10/2020 | Cambridgeshire

Hi Brenda,I just wanted to say, on behalf of mum and myself, a big thank you for the service today. You did a fantastic job, and We both really appreciated your help and professionalism.Many remarked how nice the service was and I think Dad would have been both moved and grateful. Thank you also for the bound copies.Take care, be safe, and hopefully see you when we bury Dad’s ashes.L & D

A Lockdown Funeral

A Lockdown Funeral

5 Stars
E & M

Funeral | 06/02/2020 | Cambridgeshire

Dear Brenda Thank you so very much for guiding us through A’s funeral. It was a great comfort to us all to have such a warm service, full of reflection and love for A. I thought of my brother, her father who of course doted on her, and how he would be pleased that she had a very gracious and dignified farewell. That is a great comfort to me.Thank you also for the three copies of the service, which we will send to the few relatives who were not able to be with us.Our very best wishes to you as you continue to support those who need your help.E & M

Thoughtful funeral

Thoughtful funeral

5 Stars
The Wealleans

Funeral | 01/23/2020 | Cambridgeshire

I wanted to email to thank you so much for yesterday, you led the funeral in such a beautiful way.So many people said how beautiful the service was, some even saying it was the best funeral they had ever been to! You did him proud!

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