Sandy Caldwell

Ceremonies performed: Weddings, Naming Ceremonies, Funerals

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For me, humanism is just common sen...

I started my adult life working in business management in Glasgow. Business expansion brought me to Edinburgh where I continued working in the same field. I was lucky to be able to take a career break and scratched an itch to write and completed several screenplays.

Born into a family riddled with divorce, I was stubbornly single, commitment phobic and emphatically unwilling to have children. Having met a fast-talking lawyer I was, by 1998, married and by 2001 we had the first of our two children. I became a househusband and primary carer.

More recently, I realised my role as homework helper had all but disappeared and even my previously near full-time job as the family transport consultant had dwindled away. I felt I wanted a new challenge. I’d always been impressed with humanist funeral ceremonies and knew I had a lot of the requisite skills and experience.

Becoming a celebrant has given me opportunities to meet people with wonderful stories. Being instinctively empathetic, I truly consider it a privilege to be invited into their lives to help them put together a unique and personal ceremony. Every ceremony is different and with, I’m repeatedly told, a naturally warm and rich voice, I try hard to make sure I set the right tone in every respect.

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Wedding & Civil Partnership Ceremonies

Weddings and civil partnerships are great fun and for me it’s such a privilege to be asked to help people celebrate their love. We can meet and get to know each other before you book, then we can decide what style y...

Here are some comments from happy couples:
"We just wanted to say a huge thank you for all your effort on the day and in the lead up to it all. You made our day so special, and you really understood what we were hoping to achieve in terms of atmosphere. Lots of our family and friends commented on how great you were and how much they loved the personal touches in the ceremony, and although we provided some of the words, it would be nothing without you bringing it to life. How special that you get to play such an important role in the lives of so many happy couples."

"A quick message to say a huge thank you for delivering the perfect ceremony for us. We think it had the right balance of humour and gravitas. The ceremony is definitely one the highlights of our day and we are delighted that we chose you to deliver it for us. We’ve had lots of compliments on how good you were and wanted to let you know."

"Just to say thank you so much for helping make our day so perfect! Everyone was well impressed with the beautiful ceremony and your fantastic wording and delivery."

"We absolutely loved the whole day and thought the ceremony was fantastic."

"Thanks again for being our celebrant and all the help and advice provided along the way. We had a fantastic day, in no small way thanks to you."

"Thank you so much for everything over the last few weeks and of course for delivering such a beautiful, truly amazing ceremony on the day."

This couple, due to Covid restrictions, had to keep changing venues and plans. "Thank you also for doing such a great job of guiding us through the process. You were a calm voice of reason when we were having to constantly adapt our plans. Your patience and flexibility were very much appreciated."

"We would like to thank you not only for conducting the ceremony but also for the help, support and guidance in the run up to the main event, we sincerely appreciate it. So many of our guests have commented on what a lovely ceremony it was and how well it was conducted by yourself."

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Funeral Ceremonies

Recently, I got this really nice feedback: “The whole process and how you conducted the initial discussion and follow up, keeping in contact, was perfect and helped us all deal with the preparation for the ceremony....

I will meet with family and friends and work together carefully to create a meaningful and personal tribute, crafted from your own words, stories and memories. The final ceremony, music and readings we agree on together will reflect your loved one’s life and character. Of course, there is sadness, but also the opportunity for smiles and sometimes laughter.

For me, it is such an honour to be able to support families through a challenging time of their lives.

And a little more feedback:
“I can only thank you from the bottom of my heart for the beautiful tribute and all your kind words for my husband. It is something I will never forget and always treasure.”

“Wishing you success for the future to continue doing what you do so well.”

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