Weddings

"Here's to love and laughter, and happily ever after"

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The Legalities

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As it currently stands, independent celebrants cannot complete the legal aspects of a wedding ceremony, so that will need to be done separately. Most couples do this by visiting the register office before their big day to complete the legal formalities with a registrar in a basic “2+2” ceremony; a short ceremony that includes the legal elements needed to perform a marriage. The only people to attend will be yourselves, your two witnesses and the registrar. It is the cheapest and shortest option available. It only includes a declaration, contracting words and an optional ring vow, chosen from a short standard selection. There is a small cost (check your local registration service for current prices) to this. 

This then means that your actual wedding ceremony can then take place whenever and wherever you like!

Why choose a celebrant wedding?

One of the best things about celebrant weddings is that they are not bound by any government regulations. So you can hold your ceremony anywhere you like – on a beach, in the woods, by a waterfall, under an oak tree, in a field, underground or over ground! The options are pretty much endless, allowing you to get married in any lovely place that means something to you.

Wherever you like...
Happiness
Whenever you like...

As your celebrant, I only book one ceremony per day, so I will be dedicated just to you and your ceremony. This means that your ceremony can be any day of the week and it can be at any time of the day, at sunrise, sunset, midday or midnight! Choosing me as your celebrant also means that if the bride is running traditionally late, or there is some reason that the ceremony may be delayed, you do not have to worry! 

However you like...

Working together, we will make sure that your ceremony will be completely unique and personal to you as a couple. You can write your own wedding vows, or I can write them for you, and you can have whatever readings/poems/music you like. It might be that you would like to incorporate some traditional elements into to your ceremony or you might choose to think completely outside the box. There is much fun to be had in crafting a  themed ceremony and, of course, we can include your favourite people and pets, (especially dogs) in the actual ceremony! Ultimately, the ceremony should be the star of the show (after the couple, of course!) so, together, we'll make it shine!

Why choose me as your wedding celebrant?

  • I am a complete perfectionist with an eye for detail - I will plan your ceremony with the same attention to detail as I did my own!

  • I am a professionally trained celebrant, accredited by the ICPC.

  • I am a confident public speaker, able to inject some natural humour if required!

  • When managing large groups of people, I am competent and personable, professional yet relaxed.

  • I am warm, friendly, adaptable and reliable. I am often told that I have a gift for putting people at ease.

  • I am smiley! That always helps to bring personality to your ceremony and helps to put you at ease.

  • Your ceremony should not be the 'boring' bit your guests have to sit through before they get the drinks, food and dancing! Your ceremony should set the tone for the rest of your day so, together, we'll make sure it is the star of your wedding show!

  • In terms of crafting ceremony scripts, I am creative and imaginative, able to 'think outside of the box' where required.

  • My family describe my planning and organisational skills as exceptional! I have fine tuned them, after all, over 20 years of teaching teenagers!

  • I have experience in planning large scale, high profile events - think Independent School Prizegiving, in a Cathedral, with hundreds of pupils, parents, staff  and dignitaries to coordinate and rehearse!

  • As a teacher, I developed a vast knowledge of, and respect for, religious and non-religious celebrations that mark the rites of passage of life.

  • I am calm under pressure ~ this comes in handy with any last minute venue hiccups on wedding days!

  • I have excellent communication skills - you'll always know how your ceremony is coming along.

  • I will listen to your ideas for your ceremony carefully, but can help you with suggesting some creative ideas if you need them.

  • I am happy working with children and animals! They always bring a special touch to wedding ceremonies.

  • I am, quite simply, in love with love!

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Ceremony enhancements are rituals that I can include in your ceremony that focus on unity, not only the unity of you as the couple but they can also be used to symbolise the coming together of families. They are designed to be inclusive, ensuring your guests feel that they are a special part of your union, and are full of symbolism, allowing us to add a lovely 'richness' to your ceremony. I would love to chat with you about how we could include a unity ritual for you. I have popped a few details about some of the most popular unity rituals below but this list is in no way a definitve list!

Ceremony Enhancements

Handfasting
A Sand Ceremony

Handfasting is one of the most popular unity rituals chosen by couples. It is a ritual that dates back to ancient Celtic times and is where the expression 'tying the knot' comes from! I will wrap either tied ribbons, or a cord, around your hands, whilst explaining to your guests what we are doing and why. The ties represent the bind of the vows you have made whilst the knot represents the way in which a good marriage will strengthen under pressure. The colours of the ribbons or cords we use will be chosen for what they mean to you as a couple. Some couples like to choose pieces of material that symbolise something or someone special e.g. lace from a mother's wedding dress, a college scarf, material from granddads favourite shirt. As with your ceremony, the flexibility I can offer you with handfasting will help to make your ceremony sparkle!

This lovely ritual offers a unique way to symbolise two lives becoming one and is also a fabulous way to incorporate children or other family members into the ceremony. Typically, each person has different coloured sand and take turns pouring it into one clear vessel (lots of options for this that I can share with you!)  forming a layered but blended effect. I especially love this ceremony, not only because it is so visual and provides you with a lasting keepsake, but it is a perfect ceremony to symbolise the blending of families where one or both partners have children. 

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Ring Warming

A ring warming involves members of your bridal party, or all of your guests if your prefer. Your wedding rings will be (carefully) passed around with each person holding them to warm them with their love, making a silent wish for you as a couple.  As you then exchange rings, you will do so in the knowledge that they are not just a symbol of your union but also a symbol of the love, support and wisdom of your loved ones. This can be performed just before your ceremony starts or just before the ring exchange.

Unity Candle Ceremony

This ritual can be placed anywhere you like within your ceremony. You would both light individual taper candles which you would then use to light, together, a large centre candle. There are some lovely variations on this ceremony for example, you could ask your parents to light your individual candles for you. I love the symbolism of this ritual; the merging of two families whilst maintaining individuality. It's another lovely ritual to include older children in. You may choose to have a poem recited whilst the candles are being lit, or you might prefer to have a favourite piece of music played or performed. The choice is yours and I would be happy to help inform that choice.

...and many, many more!

Oathing Stones, Wine Box Capsule, Tree Planting, Time Capsule, Tea Ceremony, Rose Ceremony....the list of little rituals we can include in your special day is endless but I would be happy to work with you to make suggestions if you need me to in order to ensure that every aspect of your ceremony is personal to you and your family.

Creating your Ceremony...

A no-obligation chat

Just for me to find out a little more about you and for you to find out more about me! It's important that you find out whether we 'click' and whether I am a good fit for the type of ceremony you'd like. Hopefully, you'll know your date at this stage so I can check my availability with you. We can have this initial chat over the phone or on Zoom if you prefer. 

Ggetting to know you

A favourite part of my role as a celebrant is finding out all about you! Meeting wherever suits you (but I'm always partial to coffee and cake!) this is the stage at which I'd gather all of the key information I would need to begin to craft your ceremony for you. Your love story is at the heart of what we'll be creating so I'll need you to share it with me! I would ask you to complete a questionnaire for me, in your own time, to support the information you give me during this meeting

Next I will write your bespoke ceremony script to include your music, reading and ritual choices and your vows if I'm writing them for you. I will also, where practically possible, visit your venue to help me get a feel for where we will be and to meet the staff there. The final script will be delivered to you about 3 months before your wedding day to be checked and signed off. You can call, text, chat me as much as you need to during this time.

Crafting your Ceremony

The Big Day!

We may arrange to have a rehearsal before the ceremony. On the day itself, I will arrive at least 90 minutes before your ceremony so that I can ensure everything is in place to ensure the ceremony runs smoothly. I will check that anyone immediately involved in the ceremony knows what they are saying and doing and when! It will then be my privilege to deliver your ceremony for you!