Ceremony

Holding the Moment - Why We Still Need Ritual in Modern Life

Tiu de Haan | Posted 17.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Tiu de Haan

When Grace Gelder's self-marriage hit the headlines last week, it started a conversation about what it means to celebrate single life with a ceremony. I was the one who led Grace's ceremony that spring day. I'm what is known as a "celebrant" - someone who helps people create meaningful ceremonies that celebrate life.

Unusual Funeral Ceremony Requests On The Rise Including 'Wild West' Themes

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 03.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle

If you thought your friend or family member's wedding was the last time you'd have to wear an uncomfortable outfit or bite your tongue at the question...

BAFTA: A Mere Mortal on the Red Carpet

Viki Imrie | Posted 03.08.2013 | UK Style
Viki Imrie

Sitting in the launderette reading a copy of last week's TV Guide, I contemplated my upcoming BAFTA attendance. More specifically, I'd just worked out that by the time I'd stuck my smalls in the dryer and lugged them all the way home down Balham High Road I would have just under one hour to prepare.

Death, Maggots and Other Suitable Wedding Readings.

Matt Glass | Posted 12.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Matt Glass

Wedding readings are undoubtedly the most heinous of all ceremonial speeches. No witty irony, no jokes, not even a personal nod-and-a wink to the married couple. Just an unapologetic slurry of schmaltzy cliches that wade knee-deep through a syrup of every single balk-inducing stereotype the English language has ever been able to muster.

Planning a Funeral? Why Information Is Power

Poppy Mardall | Posted 20.03.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Poppy Mardall

One thing we all have in common: we're going to die. We won't all get married, have children or see Niagara Falls. But every single one of us will die. Yet the vast majority of us only think about death when we have to.

Funerals: Where's the Meaning?

Poppy Mardall | Posted 16.12.2012 | UK
Poppy Mardall

It is interesting to find out that we don't have to hold a funeral at all. There is no legal requirement. Something has to be done with the body, but the funeral ceremony, celebration of life, memorial or thanksgiving - we hold these ceremonies because we want to, not because we have to.

AIM Independent Music Awards Nominees Announced

Lara Baker | Posted 26.11.2012 | UK Entertainment
Lara Baker

Since starting to work on the AIM Independent Music Awards a couple of years ago, it hasn't escaped my attention that every time a list of music award nominees is published, a large-scale debate and healthy amount of criticism and cynicism inevitably follows. I suspect this is because of the subjective nature of music; the concept of judging it is arguably flawed.

Scottish Fashion Awards 2012

Christina Miller | Posted 13.08.2012 | UK Style
Christina Miller

The annual Scottish Fashion Awards were held on Monday at the Clyde Auditorium in Glasgow in association with InStyle, and the fashion elite attended in their finery to honour the achievements of the fashion industry's brightest stars.

My Baby Blessingway - An Alternative Baby Shower Report

Alice Grist | Posted 02.07.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Alice Grist

A Blessingway ticks many of the boxes of a baby shower. It's a gals event only. We all gather together under one roof, food and drink are partaken of and afterward much chatter and gossip indulged. The massive and most important difference however is that no gifts are requested or exchanged.

Sunset Ceremony In Wootton Basset

Posted 31.10.2011 | UK

PRESS ASSOCIATION - A moving ceremony at sunset has marked the end of repatriations through Wootton Bassett as the Union flag on the town's high stree...