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Ruth Graham

An Independent Celebrant based in the West Midlands and the surrounding areas
Ruth Graham - Independent Celebrant West Midlands, Birmingham, Sutton Coldfield, Lichfield

How to make love last

If anyone knew for definite how to make love last, they’d be billionaires. And whilst there is no one definite way to ensure you’ll stay together into old age, there are certain truths that crop up over and over again, to give us a clue. Mark Manson is a writer who undertook the task of […]

Ruth Graham - Independent Celebrant West Midlands, Birmingham, Sutton Coldfield, Lichfield

Case Study – Becky and Jay’s Traditional Wedding

This was a wonderful day, held at Calderfields Golf Club in Aldridge on June 2nd 2017 –  www.calderfieldsgolfclub.co.uk We met a year before the event for an initial chat. I always say to my couples not to make a decision on the spot, but rather for us to meet, and then go away and discuss […]

Ruth Graham - Independent Celebrant West Midlands, Birmingham, Sutton Coldfield, Lichfield

Poetry For A Mother’s Funeral

As a celebrant in Birmingham, I meet many families in many different circumstances. Sometimes a family is grief-stricken and needs a lot of guidance. Other times, their loved one’s passing may be a relief. Occasionally, I walk into a family at war… and others, there may be no family to deal with at all. But […]

Ruth Graham - Independent Celebrant West Midlands, Birmingham, Sutton Coldfield, Lichfield

20 Tips for an amazing Christmas Wedding

The date is getting closer, but with the whole country madly shopping and planning for their own events, it’s important to make sure everyone’s expectations are in line: Here are my tips from Ruth Graham – West Mids Celebrant for a perfect Christmas Wedding 1) Plan early!!! The minute you book the venue, let people […]

Ruth Graham - Independent Celebrant West Midlands, Birmingham, Sutton Coldfield, Lichfield

Talking about dying – before we die!

Several generations ago it was normal to die at home. Now death is sanitised and removed, and along with that comes an unwillingness to face the subject at all. That’s not a good thing, as we are less able to cope, and certainly, we are reticent as a culture to discuss the inevitable. How sad […]

Ruth Graham - Independent Celebrant West Midlands, Birmingham, Sutton Coldfield, Lichfield

Seven reasons to use a Celebrant at a funeral

1. We Have Time For You We have time to do it properly. Clergy men and women have church business to attend to, weekly services to write and pastoral care to undertake. The majority of them do great jobs, but when you have to juggle so much other work, it’s impossible to provide (at least […]

Ruth Graham - Independent Celebrant West Midlands, Birmingham, Sutton Coldfield, Lichfield

How to talk about death

Sometimes when I give my talks, I ask people to put their hand up if they believe they are immortal. Of course, nobody does. And then I ask people to put their hand up if they are comfortable with the fact they aren’t immortal. The results vary. And then I ask people to put their […]

Ruth Graham - Independent Celebrant West Midlands, Birmingham, Sutton Coldfield, Lichfield

What does a Registry Office Wedding/Civil Ceremony cost?

The purpose of this blog is to explain how, if you’ve booked a celebrant for your wedding or civil ceremony, you don’t have to spend a fortune on the legal bit at the registry office. You are able to book a basic, legal ceremony for approximately £50 (check with your local office though). Don’t get […]

Ruth Graham - Independent Celebrant West Midlands, Birmingham, Sutton Coldfield, Lichfield

Should I have a Tipi for my wedding?

If you’re looking for a festival-style wedding or a simply romantic and intimate venue with a twist – then tipis are the place to be seen! As a Midlands wedding celebrant, I meet a lot of couples – all with their own ideas of how they’d like their special day to pan out. Because I […]

Ruth Graham - Independent Celebrant West Midlands, Birmingham, Sutton Coldfield, Lichfield

What To Look For When Training As A Celebrant

What You SHOULD Get From Your Celebrancy Training  When I trained as a celebrant several years ago, I wasn’t to know at the time that I was getting the best of the best. I’m talking here about quality of training, the materials, the support afterwards (very important!), and the resources available. The journey for most […]