Here are the answers to some of the questions that I get asked the most, please let me know if you have any others.
How do I secure my booking with you?
I will send you a booking form and my terms and conditions for you to sign. Once you have paid the save the date fee I’m all booked in for your special day.
What is the cost of a ceremony?
A wedding ceremony is £480
A Renewal of vows is £380
A naming day is £300.
Is a celebrant led marriage legal?
Currently in England unfortunately not.
Why should I choose a celebrant ceremony over a civil ceremony?
A celebrant led ceremony is all about personalisation and finding what is important to you both, no two ceremonies are the same. There are no restrictions and you can include the mention of any religion or belief and can incorporate symbolic ceremonies should you wish. With a civil ceremony the words are the same for each couple, with only a couple of areas for choice, and there can be no religious content (including music), which must be checked in advance by the registrar. Celebrant ceremonies can be light-hearted or serious, we can mention religion or films and have song lyrics as readings. They really can contain whatever you want, and I’m very flexible with my style. After all, all love stories are unique so why shouldn’t all ceremonies be?
A celebrant ceremony can take place at any time, outside in uncovered areas or on a boat. A registrar ceremony can only take place under a non-moving structure in an ‘Approved (Licensed) Venue’. All “outside” ceremonies must take place underneath a licensed structure which has a roof.
What’s the difference between a celebrant and a registrar?
A celebrant is an independent professional. A registrar works for the government and has to adhere to a number of do’s and don’ts during the ceremony.
What’s the difference between a celebrant and a humanist?
A celebrant is open to including all faiths within the ceremony regardless of their own beliefs. Humanism is a belief in itself and a way of life that people adhere to. As a non-religious movement it will not allow the mention of any religion within your ceremony.
What do I have to do for my legal ceremony?
In order to get legally married you need two people who want to get married and two witnesses.
The legal part of a civil wedding is made up of three basic steps
1.) Declaratory words
“I do solemnly declare that I know not of any lawful impediment why I…….. may not be joined in matrimony to……….”
2.) Contacting Words
“I call upon these persons here present, to witness that I……… do take thee………… to be my lawful wedded husband / wife”
3.) The signing of the marriage register solemnised in the presence of
(a) Two witnesses, &
(b) The superintendent registrar & a registrar of the district in which the premises are situated.
You do not need to exchange rings and do not need to say vows.
How long is a usual celebrant ceremony?
Depending on the amount of content that you give me to include, and how many readings you would like, my average ceremony would be around 20/25 minutes.
Can I include any religious content in my ceremony?
Yes, all faiths are welcome to be included within a celebrant ceremony.
Will a celebrant wedding feel less real because it is not legally recognised?
Not at all. My ceremonies follow the same structure as the standard wedding but include lots of personalisation. Guests often leave my ceremonies knowing more about the couple than they did when they sat down, making them in fact feel even more connected to the couple.
Can you give us examples of readings?
Yes, I have a large selection of example readings I can share with you.
Can we write our own vows?
Yes, I actively encourage you to write your own vows to make your ceremony totally unique to you. Use me as that impartial person to run your vows by.
Does our wedding have to take place under a structure?
No, celebrant ceremonies can take place at any location, and can truly be out in the open air.
Are there any symbolic ceremonies that we can add to the ceremony?
Yes, there are many additional ceremonies that can be added depending on your preferences.
Examples include: Sand Ceremony, hand blessing, tree planting, jumping of the broom and handfasting.
I want my friend to conduct my ceremony, can you write the script for them?
As your ceremony is not legally binding anyone can conduct your ceremony. You many have someone in mind to do this but would like someone experienced to write the ceremony. I can write the ceremony for you and will just charge you for the writing. Please note however that not everyone is comfortable with this style of public speaking, and although it may seem a good idea for friends to conduct the ceremony, closer to the day quite often the person chosen to speak can get very nervous.
Why should we choose you to conduct our ceremony?
Past couples have called me:
A wealth of information
A calming influence