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Adoption Ceremonies

The Celebrant by Your Side™

An adoption ceremony is an incredibly special ceremony where you gather to celebrate the arrival of this wonderful person onto Your family. It is a way to say, ‘Welcome, today we make our commitment as a family to love and protect you, to make memories to treasure for always.’ 

​Often, the adoption process can be slow and drawn out, making family adoption ceremonies very emotional and intimate moments. It is a ceremony full of joy in which together you celebrate the vibrant love that shines in your family.

“While you may not share the colour of my eyes, nor have dad's dimpled chin, we promise from this moment forward, you have our heart.”

Sue Anne, Your Celebrant

As The Celebrant By Your Side, I am here to guide you every step of the way to ensure your Adoption Ceremony is a true reflection of your wishes and family love.

Based in Fethard, Co. Tipperary, I am an Independent Holistic Family and Funeral Celebrant, as well as a Legal Wedding Solemniser.


I travel the length and breath of the country for ceremonies as I believe in the importance of marking the myriad of life’s events.

Your own unique Adoption Ceremony

While typically, the ceremony is celebrating the adoption approval, the ceremony can also celebrate a step-parent adopting a child, or a celebration of two families coming together and expressing their commitments to each other. 

Depending on the age at adoption, the children may be actively involved in the ceremony and its planning if they wish. They often wish to include their own words in the ceremony on ‘Adopting my Parents’.

Ceremonies by The Celebrant by Your Side are endlessly customisable! Your adoption ceremony can be personalised with a wish tree gradually filled with personal wishes from guests, candle lighting to signify the light and love of family, and can include poems, readings, and music.

While most Holistic Ceremonies are non-religious, you can of course incorporate prayers, readings, religious and traditional elements into your ceremony. Guests can be included in the symbolic elements of the ceremony, whether reading a poem or prayer, singing, or presenting flowers. 

It is particularly important to include the children when the ceremony is to celebrate you becoming a blended family. For instance, the addition of a sand ceremony can be significantly meaningful, with blending grains of sand symbolising the bond of family, love, and dedication to each other.

Many families also like to include signing of a certificate or include fingerprints on a keepsake memento of the ceremony.

When we meet to plan your adoption ceremony, we can explore the range of personal elements and incorporate the ones that feel right for your special day.

  Next Steps  

If you're interested in holding an adoption ceremony, here's what to do next:

  • Contact me by mobile or email me to check date availability.

  • We will meet or chat via zoom to plan the ceremony and decide what elements you would like included such as poems, stories, the adoption story, or the blending of our two families, music you may like to add to the service that holds special significance.

  • Decide  who you would like to include in the Ceremony on the day, this may include grandparents, other children, friends, and of course you can include guide parents/godparents if this is appropriate for you.

  • Decide who you would like to invite to your family adoption ceremony

  • Deciding on the number of guests will help you in choosing the venue that works best for you. 

  • Choose Readings, Poems and Enhancements for the ceremony, creating the perfect memorable day for your family.

  • Discuss the role of the guide parents in the ceremony, if they’re present on the day.

  • Agree the day, date, time and venue

  • I will arrive 45 -60 minutes before the ceremony to arrange the set up and to go over any questions you or the guide parents or those involved might have in advance of the ceremony.

  • If certain extra materials were requested to be included in the enhancement element of the ceremony, I will remind you of same prior to the day.

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