Symbolic Gestures Image courtesy: Kirstie De Garis You can read more about different kinds of symbolic gestures here. While some symbolic gestures are perceived as being tied solely to marriage ceremonies – many symbolic gestures have been adapted from traditional declarations of commitment separate from – and in some instances dating from before – marriage ceremonies as we would recognise them. As such they can also work very well in a Civil Partnership should you wish to include them. Your celebrant will be able to talk you through lots of options, and give you lots of ideas so you can decide what you might want to have as part of your Civil Partnership ceremony. You may even choose to create your own symbolic gesture – if there is a part of your life that you want included in your ceremony you might want to think about how you could incorporate that – your celebrant will be happy to discuss any ideas you may have. Readings and Music Here are a few poems that are well suited to readings at a Civil Partnership ceremony. You may also find additional inspiration about reading options here and music options here. Promises While you do not make legal declarations in a Civil Partnership, you can still choose to include promises that you wish to make to each other. For example: “I, (name) choose you above all others to share my life. I promise to honour this pledge as long as I live.” Or you might want to create more specific personal promises – maybe promising to care for and support each other, if you have children acknowledging the respect you have for each other as parents – or even promising to always save your partner from spiders. Your celebrant will be able to talk you through lots of examples too. There are some more examples here that would also work in a Civil Partnership ceremony.