That’s a really good question! A Family and Wedding Celebrant is someone who is trained in providing you with a custom made ceremony for a whole range of occasions, incorporating your own style and ideas. I was trained by the UK College of Celebrancy in 2011 and am a Member of the Fellowship of Professional Celebrants.
Hiring a Wedding Celebrant gives you the freedom to be creative and include lots of additional touches; perhaps lighting Unity Candles, holding a Sand or Handfasting Ceremony.
I will help you to develop your ideas, create, manage and co-ordinate all the aspects of your ceremony and be there to support you on the day itself, and will conduct your ceremony in front of your guests. If you want to include religious material or hymns, then that’s fine – Celebrants are there to help you enjoy your day and can take all your ideas and wishes on board.
Getting Married in England – the legal bit!
To legally marry in England involves a very short civil ceremony at a Registry Office,where you make a 32 word Declaration and Marriage Contract, in front of two witnesses. Fees vary but are often between £50 and £60 for a Standard Ceremony. You don’t have to dress up if you don’t want to, or even have to exchange rings at this stage if you want to save that for the privately conducted celebratory ceremony, led by your Celebrant. Many couples believe that marriage is more than signing a piece of paper, and are looking for a more meaningful intimate and personal ceremony, and choose a Celebrant to help them create the occasion just the way they want.
Your Celebrant- led Celebration of Marriage
Working with a Wedding Celebrant means you can separate the “legal” from the “ceremonial” and are are free to hold a truly personalised Wedding Ceremony that allows you to relax, and be fully involved in your ceremony. We write your story, your way. Together we create a ceremony which can be traditional or modern and as there are no restrictions on time, place and content, we can include your guests too! One popular way to is include them is in a “ring warming ceremony” before the couple complete their vows and exchange rings.
Your vows can be traditional or created just by you, for you. There is no need to follow any “standard” text and I am here to guide and advise you on writing your vows if you wish.
Perhaps you’d like to say your vows in a favourite place? No problem! You could make your promises to each other on the beach, on a boat , in a forest, at home in your garden or almost any where you wish. I often conduct ceremonies outdoors in parks and by lakes but they can also be in any licensed or unlicensed premises. We can include children and family members into the ceremony, making it a truly special time for everyone to remember, and will be totally different from anyone else’s wedding ceremony!
I will be happy to discuss ideas with you, answer any questions, and look forward to helping you have the perfect Wedding Day and Ceremony that you have dreamed of!
Just fill in the contact form below, or you can contact me directly by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or just call/text my mobile 07800 543 426 or landline 01923 519 417.