Getting married is one of the biggest changes in life you can make. And it’s not something you plan on ever doing again! You're marrying for the rest of your life and that’s what makes your wedding such a significant event. You want your wedding or civil partnership ceremony to be as special and individual as you are. My role is to make sure that happen.
As a professional celebrant I can create a unique event which includes whatever religion or spiritual content you require - or none at all. I can work with you to write an individual, bespoke ceremony tailored totally for you to celebrate your relationship and your love.
We can meet as soon as you set the date so that I can get to know you and your desires for the day as well as your beliefs and values. The journey of marriage begins with the planning of your wedding.
Each wedding ceremony script is written from scratch, with elements, ideas and symbolism that has meaning for you. You may want to include something special such as a hand-fasting, lighting a unity candle or jumping the broom. As I am independent, I am free to include religious prayer, hymns or any other symbolic aspects that are important in your life. The script will develop over time and is not finalised until you are totally happy.
You can use traditional vows or write your own. You can also pick your own words for when you exchange rings and choose your own readings, poems and music. The whole structure and content of your wedding will be designed around the two of you to create a ceremony that perfectly fits you as a couple.
To be legally married in England and Wales, you still have to complete the basic legal requirements of marriage in front of a Registrar at a suitably licensed venue. This legal Marriage Registration part of the wedding usually takes place separately, probably a few days before the wedding day. This is just like registering a birth followed by a christening. Once the necessary legalities are completed, a wedding celebration can be held anywhere - you’re not tied to licensed venues - and at any time.
There are many beautiful wedding venues from stately homes or grand hotels to simple guest houses and family homes. You can use any venue (whether it has a civil licence or not) for a celebrant-led wedding. You may prefer to hold your wedding out of doors; in private garden, a meadow or woodland. Weddings can be hosted in marquees, yurts and tepees - the perfect solution for a relaxed atmosphere.
I am happy to fit in with whatever style of wedding you envisage – whether this is in a stone circle, under an oak tree, or in the grand surroundings of a stately home – all my ceremonies are unique and meaningful. I am very happy to create wedding ceremonies or civil partnerships for same sex couples.
I am happy to include a short handfasting as part of your ceremony or to use the full Celtic ceremony.
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