Meet the team at the Writing Forge

Couple getting married Credit: www.therebelvoyage.comThe Writing Forge is a new company based in Lancashire.

"My wedding was planned for June 2020, bad timing - Yes, I know," says Adam Doyle, the director and head writer of The Writing Forge. "Like thousands of couples across the country, we faced the stress of cancelling suppliers and rearranging dates. We had gone for a very simple rustic outdoor wedding celebration, with a ceremony at the registry as we had both been married before. A year later, we were ready to go despite having half the number of guests we had originally planned.

"We wanted a more intimate ceremony during the day in front of all our guests, but finding the right kind of ceremony and vows proved to be a challenge. We are not particularly religious and wanted something that reflected us, our personality, and what we had been through. We settled on a hand-binding ceremony and set about finding the right words. When planning a wedding, you think of all the big stuff, dress, photographer, cake, venue, etc, but how much time do you set aside for vows, speeches, and toasts? It’s one of the things that people remember the most and can make the day extra special.

"For my wedding, I looked at all the usual places, Pinterest, and hundreds of websites, but nothing was truly original or reflected us. So, I decided to write our ceremony, taking elements from our journey together, my Irish heritage, and our memories. We also chose our ribbon colours for the hand-binding ceremony with each colour having a special meaning. The ceremony was completed by a toast of mead and the traditional Irish Slainte!

"After the wedding, I had lots of guests asking about the vows, commenting on how special they were. I realised that this was something that was desperately needed in the wedding industry, and The Writing Forge was born.

"Weddings can be hugely stressful and daunting, and trying to think of everything you have to do is a huge task, The Writing Forge aims to take that pressure away by providing a bespoke writing service.  Whether it be traditional vows or completely out-of-the-ordinary ceremonies.

"I offer a personal service with a set fee, so there is no stress around budget, including as many phone calls, meetings, and rewrites as are required to produce the perfect words.

Hand-fasting ceremony Credit: www.therebelvoyage.com"It’s okay to take lots of different elements of what you like, from traditional to alternative, and make it your own, for example, my brother carried out the hand-binding ceremony, and here is an excerpt from our vows: “I ask you to join hands as a symbol of the union you are making here today. I’d like you to think about the hands that you are holding, these are the hands of your best friend, these are the hands that will countless times wipe the tears from your eyes, tears of sorrow but also of joy, and these hands will give you strength when you need strength, tenderness when you need tenderness.”

"For me, it’s all about the words and the meaning and what you as a couple or individual want to say, whether you are religious, atheist, pagan or just simply wanting to share your love before your witnesses. Make sure you add vows and ceremony to your to-do list along with the dress, venue, and cake, it’s a massive part of your day and something that you and your guests will take away as a precious memory."

To find out more about the Writing Forge, visit www.thewritingforge.co.uk

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