Name a star
Weddings & Anniversaries
We are often asked to name stars after couples to
commemorate their wedding. Sometimes by friends or family - at other
times by the Bride or Groom themselves as a gesture of love, appreciation
The Certificate of Registration can be dated the day of
the wedding, of course, and is usually presented at the Reception. With
a star named after them, their Wedding Day will never be forgotten -
and the documents themselves will make fascinating heirlooms for future
The traditional constellation for couples in celebration
of Engagements, Weddings and Anniversaries is Cygnus - the Swan (see
Sometimes the Couple names stars as a thank-you for Bridesmaids
and Pages (Andromeda - "the Princess" and Hercules - "the Champion" being
popular choices). These would, again, be dated on the day of the wedding,
and make very touching presentations at the Reception. Last year we even
had a Groom name a star after the parents of his new wife - when we were
asked to name a star: "Thank You Bill and Mary"!
The Constellation "Cygnus" - the
This cross-shaped constellation is visible in UK skies all
year round, and appears to resemble a giant swan flying through the night
sky. It is also known as the "Northern Cross" and appears therefore to
resemble the Western symbol for a kiss - x !
Because of their elegant
arching necks, which often form the shape of a heart when swans are preening
one-another, and because of their graceful beauty, swans have long held
a romantic fascination. They are the subject of countless fairytales,
legends and works of art. Swans were once thought to hold special powers
because, being animals of the water, the air, and the land, they were
believed to live in all three of these worlds.
Despite their graceful
appearance, swans are courageous, fierce, loyal and immensely strong.
When swans select a mate, they are believed to mate for life, and it
is for this reason, in particular, that the constellation of Cygnus is
particularly appropriate to celebrate an important engagement, wedding
or wedding anniversary.
Some celebrities with stars named after them in
the constellation of Cygnus include:
HRH Queen Elizabeth II & HRH The Duke of Edinburgh ("Elizabeth & Phillip"),
Natalie Jane Appleton, Spandau Ballet, Simply Red (Mick Hucknall), Cliff
Richard ("The Sir Cliff"), Mohan Das Karam Chand (Mahatma Gandhi), Kate
Winslet, Brad & Jennifer Forever (for Brad Pitt & Jennifer
Aniston's wedding), Chita Rivera, Chris Robinson & Kate Hudson's
Star, Garth Brooks ("The River"), Harrison Ford, Liza Minnelli ("Lisa's
Eyes"), Joni Mitchell, Dr Ruth & Fred Westheimer,
Bob & Ginny Newhart.