Why use a celebrant?
A celebrant enables you total freedom to have a ceremony with no restrictions in content or time in a venue or outside space of your choice. Maybe you are beach people, love hot air balloons? Perhaps there is that favourite park where you got engaged, or you just want to celebrate your love in your own home, anything is possible! You can really let your imagination flow.
You can opt to include content with or without religious or spiritual beliefs, combine more than one faith or venture into more adventurous unknown territory! And why stop at weddings and baby naming?! If you have an occasion that needs celebrating I am happy to help.
Is my wedding ceremony legally recognised?
No. At present the law In England and Wales does not allow for ceremonies conducted by celebrants to be registered as a legal ceremony. In order to be married legally you will need to have a civil ceremony (arranged through a register office) or attend a place of worship that is an approved venue for weddings.
The General Register Office guidelines state you should be legally married first before embarking on any other kind of ceremony. I will be able to advise you on all aspects of this and help you make the necessary arrangements, it need not be very expensive or elaborate. take a look at my cost comparison page for further advice on your legal ceremony.
Can I combine a celebrant and legal ceremony into one ceremony?
If you marry at an approved civil wedding venue i.e. a hotel this may be possible (at the discretion of the register office) but not at the register office or place of worship. The legal part will need to be completed first ( and need not be done in front of your guests), this part can be very brief allowing you to then concentrate on the main event with the celebrant.
What will the cost be?
For my full wedding/vow renewal service detailed below the fee is £550, baby-naming from £300 (excluding travel and accommodation where relevant).
Included in my fee are;
An initial (no obligation) meeting with you to see if you would like to work with me.
Additional meetings (in London) that you require to discuss the ceremony in more depth and create ideas including the script, running order, choreography and music.
A rehearsal of the ceremony either at the venue or a mutually agreed location.
Liaison (on the day) with external agents such as the photographer, venue and musicians to ensure complete coordination on the day.
A printed copy of the script and a marriage/baby naming certificate to be presented on the day.
Limitless availability by phone, email and Skype leading up to the big day.
Public liability insurance.
Can you work abroad?