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Special Days in

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Debbie Merritt

Independent Family Celebrant

Funeral Celebrant

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Special Days in Special Ways are committed to providing our best in customer service. We offer professional and friendly assistance to our clients. We have had the privilege of participating in our clients very special days, and we love it. Creating a relaxed and happy atmosphere whatever the location is essential, and it seems we’re rather good at it!

5 star!

Debbie was very helpful with planning our wedding blessing. It was a very last minute suprise for my husband. We got married with family and friends on the 5th March and had our blessing/handfasting on the 7th March. There was just my husband and I and Debbie and her husband. My husband is a proud Cornishman who loves the sea and the cliffs of Cornwall so where better to have it then on the cliffs by Tintagal. The sun shone, the wind blew, it was perfect. The ceremony was conducted beautifully and it will be something we remember forever! Thank you so much and hopefully see you next year :)

Nikki and Martin - March 2016

I don't know if anyone has sent to thank you for your guidance and

support with Dad's funeral the other week, but I will extend the thanks

and good wishes of the family anyway.

Keep up the good work.

Steve Stocker 02/16


Thank you so much for everything you have done and the sympathetic handling of the occasions.

Love, Beryl 01/16

Just to thank you for giving Mum such a beautiful send off. Your warmth and understanding helped Andy and I tremendously. Thank you so very, very much. Andy and Gillie xxx

Thank you for carrying out the Funeral service for us on Friday for our Mum, we were all extremely happy with the warm and friendly, yet professional manner in which you managed the short service and put us at ease at such a difficult time.

With very little notice you managed to mediate the most satisfactory compromise, which in itself is a real skill!

Myself, my Wife and our children feel that you got the balance between how my sister wanted  it to be and how we felt it should be, just perfect.

Chris 8/1/16

I know she is my daughter, but when my wife asked her to lead her funeral, I wondered if she would cope. After my wife passed I asked Debbie if she thought she could do it. Yes, she replied, it’s for Mum. I put the entire ceremony into her hands. In hindsight that was rather selfish of me.

What Debbie created was better than I could have hoped for, she really brought Joyce back into our memories, lifting all the joyous occasions back to us and reflecting her character, and the uniqueness that was Joyce.

So many of our family and friends have complimented me on the celebration of Joyce’s life that Debbie created. I am very proud of her.

John Barnes


I just want to say a massive thank you for the boys naming yesterday..was amazing day..
Thank you again. 
Jo, Martin, Alfie, Charlie & Max xxx   August 2015


Would just like to say thanks again for a fantastic ceremony. Everyone commented on how lovely and touching the ceremony was and Jowan and myself were over the moon with how it all went.

Was so lovely to meet you both, and I will spread the word to everyone about you Guys.

You made our day even more perfect than we could of ever dreamt of.

Lucie, Jowan and baby Ezra

Thank you both so much you were both brilliant you made it work all our family and friends really

 enjoyed being part of ceremony all commented on the lovely wording etc..... Sue and Rob


Lily's naming ceremony - A wonderful experience to see thoughtful gifts with meaning being given to your child, knowing the words shared are done so with great thought. The ceremony was very relaxed, without feeling 'religious' and the intent for Lily's future was given with love and with Lily's best interest at heart. All that was given to Lily, with any words, have been kept for her 18th Birthday, where she'll be given wonderful memories of the ceremony. Alan & Karen Snelson


Debbie and Steve discussed, prepared and performed the most perfect Hand-Fasting Ceremony possible. We were not quite sure what to expect, but had total faith in them both. The end result was not only better than we had hoped but so well received by not only us, but all our family and friends. Our special day included 27 guests, from all walks of life and differing beliefs, covering an age range from 17 to 65 and every last person was totally impressed and moved by the ceremony and Debbie and Steve as well.

Thank you so much for everything.

In love and peace, Alan & Angela


"The ceremony Steve and Debbie did for us was perfect, using just the right words for us. The atmosphere was warm and happy, and we were both so incredibly touched by the whole event. Thank-you, both of you for making our day so magical!"

Tim and Steffi


Our handfasting was everything we wanted it to be. You made us feel very comfortable & relaxed, just perfect, thank you.

with love and blessings

Nicki and Mark

Thank you so much for creating such a beautiful ceremony, and being part of our special day. Just magical!

Catherine and Jason Sept 2015

Thank you for writing such a beautiful and moving wedding and naming ceremony for us and Freya. A day the family won’t forget. Ollie and Jenny August 2015

Debbie is professional, compassionate and meticulous in planning. She made our wedding day an absolute joy from start to finish and we couldn't be more grateful. "Debbie and her husband Steve created a beautiful ceremony for us at 3 Wishes Faery Festival 2015; they came prepared for virtually every eventuality (in our case, forgetting our cords), so the day ran as smoothly as it could. Debbie supported us through each step of ceremony planning and the big moment as a result was poignant for both of us and touching for our guests. Richard and I will treasure these memories created for a lifetime. Thank-you."Highly recommended!

Steff and Richard  June 2015

Testimonial from John and Louise, who's ceremony we conducted at Newquay Zoo - between the Red Pandas and Red Macaws, who were fascinated!
As a special occasion for our 2nd wedding anniversary, we were looking to have a joyous and unusual ceremony with family and friends. Debbie and Steve offered us the ideal, personalised ceremony, encompassing all the elements of the earth for a truly unique experience. I cannot emphasise enough the fun we had - involving various members of our family reading passages from the Handfasting Ceremony€¯,Jumping the Broom€¯ (we ALL did it!!), the Handfasting Ceremony itself, personal vows. As a family event, it was second to none. So many family and friends called the following day to say how much fun the day had been. We recommend this experience to all those wishes to celebrate a special occasion it really is fabulous.  May 2015






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