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Lorraine Montgomery

Ceremonies performed: Weddings, Naming Ceremonies, Funerals

Before becoming a celebrant, I had 33 years experience in paediatric nursing which I enjoyed enormously. I love spending time with my family, particularly my six beautiful grand children and newest member of the family, my little dog Mabel. Since leaving nursing, I can now devote my time to being a Humanist Celebrant and support those who invite me to do so.

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Wedding & Civil Partnership Ceremonies

My approach to weddings.
The 1st step is to have a meeting with the happy couple to have an informal chat soon after the initial request. This will hopefully give both parties a feel for how their big day could be. If the couple are still happy that I am the celebrant for them, then I send them some paperwork to explain the process thereafter.
The next step, is another meeting about 3 months before the wedding date, where I gain all of the information I need, to write an initial draft script which will be sent 6 weeks before the wedding day for approval and any changes/additions that the couple may decide. This will be an on going process over the next 6 weeks until the final script is complete. We are now good to go. All that needs to be done then, is turn up on the day and relax knowing that everything is in hand, enjoy, eat, drink and be married.

What I love about weddings.
I love the great outdoors, non convention, surprises and informality. So if you happen to be getting married in a field in wellies, or in the Lost Valley in Glencoe or even in your garden or front room, then I would be delighted to be part of your day. Having said that, weddings held in more 'conventional' venues are definitely not off limits. Also, to expect the unexpected which can add some drama if not fun to your day. There is, rightly so, some need for formality during the legal part of the ceremony, but basically the rest is up to you. As long as it is dignified and safe for all, then there should be no worries. Thank you for taking time to read this profile and I wish you all the best for your future together.

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Naming & Welcoming Ceremonies

My approach to the naming ceremonies.
The 1st step is to meet with the proud parents and of course "The star of the show" and I thoroughly enjoy hearing the stories of this life changing event for you. We then plan together what you would like to happen on the day. When we meet, we will discuss things such as: How your baby has changed your lives, why you have chosen those specific guideparents, if you would like any other family member or friend/s to be part of the ceremony, e.g. poetry, reading or toast etc, any rituals, and promises to be made by parents and guideparents. Once I have the information I will then draft a script and send it to you for your approval and any changes you would like to make. Sorted!!!! The next step is easy. Just show up on the day, relax and enjoy the celebration of having brought this precious little person into the world.

What I love about naming ceremonies.
The unexpected! Rarely do things go to plan on time but if you already know this there is nothing to stress about. I love that we have the luxury of creating the day to individual wishes, therefore making it a very personal, fun and special event specifically for your family.

Thank you for taking time to read this profile.

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Funeral Ceremonies

My approach to funeral ceremonies.
The first step is for me to arrange to meet with the family at a time and location that suits all concerned; usually as soon as possible. When we meet we discuss who your loved one was, how they lived their life and what they meant to you, among other things. We also discuss music, poetry, inclusion of others (If you wish) and the process of what happens on the day of the ceremony.
This information then enables me to write a very personal script which will hopefully portray a true reflection of who your loved one was and reflect on just some of your memories of them.

What funeral ceremonies mean to me.
I feel deeply privileged to be asked and to be part of and trusted with, this very personal part in you and your loved one's lives. I take this role very seriously and strive to make this ceremony a celebration of the life of someone who contibuted to the lives of others.

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