Wedding and Partnership Ceremonies

I'm so glad you're here! Your visit to my page means you're most likely considering options and choices for your special day.

Would you like to create a unique and personalised ceremony - one that reflects the people you are, as individuals and as a couple?

Perhaps you're considering something non-traditional, where your input is key?  You'd like something more than a registrar, or clergy led ceremony.

Maybe you'd like to choose your own officiant, someone you feel you can relate to well, who would work with you to create what you want?

Your own, perfect day is possible...

In the UK, more and more couples are choosing to create their day, their way.

 

This involves separating the legal part of the marriage or civil partnership from the celebratory part of the ceremony.

There is a simple process which involves a very short legal ceremony at the local Register Office, in front of two witnesses, where promises are declared and a contract signed.

 

This type of ceremony can cost as little as £46.00 across East Anglia, but book early as these slots get filled very quickly.

There is no requirement for special clothes or personal vows, it is a very easy way to obtain legal status for your marriage.

 

Couples often do this before their wedding party or celebration, although it can be done (appointments permitting) on the same day or even afterwards. 

Creating the ceremony of your dreams...

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Your ceremony can be as traditional, or as creative, as you wish, in fact, the only real limitation is your imagination!

If you choose me to be your celebrant, you can be assured of a bespoke service, great communication, and a calm, friendly approach to planning your ceremony.

What happens when?

Most couples book their weddings well in advance - popular venues and locations often get snapped up a year or more ahead of 'the day'.

 

When your venue or location is secured, research your options. There are lots of civil celebrants across the UK, each one offering something different, according to their skills and personalities.  Shortlist 2 or 3 that you feel will fit in with you and your wishes, then make contact with an initial email or phone call. Remember, good celebrants are often in demand and get booked up quickly, particularly during the summer months.

Everyone works in their own way, however, if you work with me, this is my process:

I reply to your initial contact in a timely manner - I aim for less than 48 hours

We will set up a meeting - in person or via social media, depending on your location and availability. 

I will hold your date in my diary for 10 days following this meeting - if you do not contact me within the timeframe I will open up that date to other couples.

When you contact me to book, I will send out a Booking Form and a copy of my Terms and Conditions, which clearly explain a lot of frequently asked questions. 

I ask that you return your form with an initial payment of 50% of my fee. This secures your date, ensuring you have my undivided attention on the day. I will never accept more than one booking on any given date.

If, and I hope it won't, your ceremony gets postponed or cancelled, I will honour your new arrangement wherever possible. 

In the event of cancellation, I will usually retain a pro-rata payment for work already undertaken, including correspondence, administration and turning down other bookings for that day. If the ceremony is cancelled with less than 28 days to the event, my full fee will apply.

When your booking is secured, along with your receipt, I will send you some additional resources, questionnaires, ideas, support for writing your vows (if needed). 

Communication during the first few months will be to gather information and touch base to see how things are progressing.

Around 4 to 5 months before your wedding, you will receive a first draft of your ceremony, for you to check, correct, edit, make additions etc. 

This process of revisions can be short or lengthy, so we'll be in more regular communication.

Twenty-eight days before 'the day' I will send out an invoice requesting the balance of payment, followed by a receipt when it is received.

A week before the ceremony, I will send you a final copy to be agreed.

On THE DAY, I will arrive early, check things over (to do with the ceremony) and be available for any queries etc. before taking part in, what will be, a beautiful occasion, making wedding dreams come true.