First impressions

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By Richard Rawlinson

You want celebrants to say good things well, but how do you want them to dress? If you’re opting for a civil funeral, do you want them business-like in a dark suit or to join in any sartorial theme requested by the departed? If you’re opting for a religious funeral, do you prefer traditional vestments or those favoured by the more progressive clergy?

 

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Jon Underwood
10 years ago

Brilliant photos, thank you.

I love the tree motif. Perhaps it could go even further like this? http://img.alibaba.com/img/pb/412/637/268/1285418890226_hz-cnmyalibaba-web3_58538.jpg

Charles Cowling
10 years ago
Reply to  Jon Underwood

Ha! Should secular celebrants disguise themselves as giant lilies?

Richard
Richard
10 years ago

I found the ‘progressives’ images on badvestments.com – rainbow mitred bishopess and interfaith robe with…zip front.

Poppy Mardall
10 years ago

I like the inclusion of the cigar. Very James Bond. Is this part of the outfit?

Belinda Forbes
10 years ago

These are the vestments all those who are serious about their faith should be wearing:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/comedy/clips/p00f4f37/blackadder_miriam_margolyes/

Evelyn
10 years ago

Love the pics! Not sure what attire we who are on the frivolous end of the faith spectrum should adopt. I always wear fairly casual attire to visit families – it seems to put us all at ease and feel that we are on a level. However, on the day I wear smart – usually a suit. In a way it helps me adopt my role as ‘person at the front’. It is interesting though that many people do ask the question: what do you wear? Robes and vestments give an instant authority perhaps. They also confer respect in certain… Read more »

Phoebe Hoare
Phoebe Hoare
10 years ago

Important point Richard…definitely no robes or suits for me! Casual all the way.

Richard
Richard
10 years ago

And I had you down as a girl who enjoyed dressing up on occasion, Phoebe! Predictably, I like trad vestments (image 1), and priests who smoke cigars (2). I can’t take the final three seriously – ritual turned panto. But each to their own.

Phoebe Hoare
Phoebe Hoare
10 years ago

Well you’re right about me dressing up for the occasion! Cigar one is my favourite, but the others just don’t do it for me I’m afraid. I think another dissertation needs to be written about clergy and celebrant wear at modern funerals; reveals a lot about who we are and what we aspire to be…or not to be!