That’s a really good question! A Celebrant is someone who will create a personalised, unique ceremony for your Wedding, Vow Renewal, Elopement, or Commitment Ceremony, all carried out to reflect your own style and ideas. A Humanist Celebrant belongs to a particular belief group and follows a Humanist non-religious philosophy, and differs in many ways from myself, an Independent Celebrant, who is not affiliated to any faith or belief group or philosophy, and is free to include religion, culture, heritage, ritual and other elements in the ceremony.
Choosing an Independent Celebrant gives you the freedom to hold your Ceremony anywhere, at any time, and gives you the chance to input your own style and ideas. You can be as creative as you wish, and adapt and include symbolism and custom, blending the traditional with the modern.
Yvonne was truly a wonderful person to perform our ceremony. She took the time to meet with us, understand what we were about and showed passion in wanting to deliver a meaningful, bespoke ceremony for us, which she did 100%. (Shereena Nain)
I often describe my ceremonies as “traditional but with a modern twist”. The elements that are familiar, such as the I DO, the Vows and Ring Exchange, enhanced with storytelling, and symbolic rituals which are created specifically for you. There is no template or standard text, every ceremony is an original. Popular rituals chosen to represent the joining of two people and their families, are the Unity Candle Ceremony, a celtic style Hand Fasting, a romantic and emotional Ring Warming and for couples with children, a family Sand Ceremony. New ceremonies can be created using your own ideas, customs, traditions, and heritage, and you may also wish to have your ceremony in more than one language!
Yvonne, thank you for putting together such a wonderful personalised wedding ceremony for us! You weren’t given much time (about a week if I remember rightly) to pull everything together, from chatting with us to see if we were the right fit, to writing a personalised ceremony which we wouldn’t change in a million years, even given more time. I wish you every success with your business and to anyone looking for a warm, loving and caring celebrant to conduct their ceremony I can’t recommend Yvonne enough. (Chantell and Simon)
BILINGUAL CEREMONIES (ENGLISH/GERMAN)
I am able to offer ceremonies in both English and German, which is a lovely way of ensuring all of your guests are able to really enjoy this wonderful occasion with you. My bilingual ceremonies are proving to be really popular this year, so get in touch if you are thinking of holding one, as I have lots of ideas and suggestions in how to bring language and heritage and culture into your ceremony!
Yvonne created the most beautiful wedding ceremony for me and my wife She created a bilingual wedding ceremony, my wife is german and she spoke the vows in English, I am English and I spoke the vows in German – to show respect to one another and to our family. It was simply beautiful all our guests had the possibility to understand everything and told us both how wonderful it was to see. (Katja and Hayley.)
VOW RENEWAL and ELOPEMENT CEREMONIES
You may decide to Renew your Vows, or to Elope (or even do both!) – in which case, you have full flexibility in terms of the day, time, place, and content for these ceremonies. Without the need to sign any documentation you have the option to hold a beautiful, emotional, sincere, private ceremony anywhere. This could be a Renewal at your home, or even the place you were proposed to.
Perhaps you might like to elope to Europe and renew your vows in beautiful locations which allow you to have a second honeymoon? Taking time for yourselves and being true and authentic is so important. Get in touch with me and find your own true inspiration.
It was an absolute joy to work with you and have you as our celebrant! The ceremony you wrote was so special and captured our love so perfectly! (Kellie and Eddie, October 2021 Elopement)
I offer ceremonies in Europe, and specialise particularly in Austria, Switzerland and Germany.
As wedding planners, we have had the pleasure to work with Yvonne for several of our wedding ceremonies. She is a fantastic wedding celebrant and wrote the most heartfelt ceremonies for our couples – be it for an elopement with just the couple or for larger weddings with more guests. I can only recommend Yvonne to any couple who wants an intimate and highly personal ceremony for their wedding day! Thank you, Yvonne. (Peach Perfect Weddings)
CEREMONY DESIGN AND CONTENT
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 with warmth and sincerity plus a bit of personality, in front of your guests. If you wish to include religious content or hymns, then please let me know, I am happy to include faith and ritual, – as an independent Celebrant I am under no restrictions at all, and just want to help you enjoy your day by taking all your dearest wishes on board.
Together we create a ceremony which can be traditional or modern and, we can include your guests too! For example, we can invite guests to take part in a “Ring Warming ceremony” before you complete your vows and exchange your wedding 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! A Celebrant can work in any location and in licenced or unlicenced venues. 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. Where necessary you will of course need to ask permission, but the options that are available to you mean that you can let your imagination soar!
We can involve children or other family members in the ceremony, making it a truly special occasion, and because it’s written totally for and about you, it will be unique and unlike anyone else’s wedding ceremony!
Yvonne is a superb Celebrant who did a fantastic job with our wedding in June 2019 in London. On the day she was great at delivering the words we had chosen together, and spoke very clearly and with warmth. She has a happy presence, and very professional, and put us all at ease, making it much easier than it could have been! We would have no hesitation in recommendng her! (John and Julie)
HOW WE WORK TOGETHER
Working together using email, text, phone or Skype or when possible meeting face to face – we create the ceremony you’ve dreamed about! With unlimited drafts you’re always in full editorial control. We can have a few surprises though – perhaps you’d like to keep your personal vows as a surprise on the day? No problem – I just omit them from the draft script until your wedding day!
On the day itself I will arrive early to introduce myself to your key guests, family, readers, and your other wedding suppliers so that everything is smooth and seamless. But there is no rush. The whole day is blocked out for you, and I will be there, with a huge smile on my face, to support you, and deliver your perfect Ceremony!
I love being a Celebrant! This is one of my lovely couples, Kate and Peppy, at Ham Yard Hotel, London, on their breathtaking Rooftop Garden and Lounge! A beautiful personal ceremony full of love and laughter!
REGISTERING THE MARRIAGE
The current Marriage Act in England is under review, with a promise to offer more choice to couples, but as it currently stands, it doesn’t allow Independent Celebrants to Register a Marriage.
However to do this, it is really simply a question of booking an appointment with a Register Office, where during a short civil ceremony that costs around £50 to £60 (although please check as many offices vary their fees) you will make a 32 word Declaration and Marriage Contract, in front of two witnesses. Every Register Office must offer an office based service at their premises, but please check well in advance as naturally these may be booked up very quickly. You can give notice of your marriage up to 12 months beforehand. Your music, vows, and Readings will be checked as they cannot contain any religious or spiritual content.
During the Register Office Standard Service, you don’t have to dress up if you don’t want to, and you also don’t need to say any personal vows or exchange rings, as this is not a mandatory part of the Marriage Service. You can save that for your privately conducted celebratory ceremony, led by your chosen Celebrant, who will have worked closely with you over many months, to get to know you both, and create a totally tailored ceremony for you, with no restrictions in terms of format, content, time or location.
Personally I have loved being able to respect and work with my couple’s wishes, values, lifestyle and beliefs. I have included hymns, prayers and worked alongside family priests and clergy too, who’ve taken part in my ceremonies at certain points like Blessing the Rings, or giving a religious reading.
Get in touch and let’s begin this wonderful creative process together! Pop your details in to the form below, and I will be back in touch, excited and ready to hear all about your plans!