What's the difference between a Celebrant and a Registrar?
Registrars are employed by the local authority and are authorised to conduct legally binding marriage and civil partnership ceremonies. They are also responsible for the administration of registering births, marriages and deaths. Celebrants are self-employed and conduct non-legally binding celebration. If you choose me as your Celebrant you will have a ceremony that is unique and personal to you. A celebrant will get to know you in advance and work closely with you on the script. A registrar usually has a standard script and it is unlikely you would meet them before the ceremony day. Some registrars will offer you a short video call but that's it
Can I include any religious or spiritual content in my ceremony?
Yes, you can. You can have any combination of religious, spiritual and secular content that you want. Let me help you plan these in your day
How do we choose readings and music for our ceremony?
Music is a passion of mine and I can help you choose.
Is a celebrant-led marriage legal?
PLEASE BE AWARE THAT AN INDEPENDENT CELEBRANT CANNOT LEGALLY MARRY YOU AND YOU WILL NEED TO ATTEND A VERY SHORT LEGAL CEREMONY AT A REGISTRARS OFFICE OR SIMILAR WITH TWO WITNESSES. PLEASE CONSIDER THIS BEFORE REACHING OUT TO ME
Will a celebrant wedding feel 'less real' because it is not legally recognised?
Definitely not, celebrant-led weddings are becoming increasingly popular as people want a service that is personal and truly reflects them as a couple. The legal part involves the formal process of signing a register and confirming your commitment in front of two witnesses. The ceremony itself is what makes your wedding so special.
Can we write our own vows?
Absolutely, many couples choose to do this as it adds a real sense of meaning to the ceremony. I can guide you and if you need inspiration I am more than happy to help or make suggestions. You can provide me with copies of your vows so I can include them in the script and print copies onto cards for you to read during the ceremony. If you would like the vows to be left out of the draft script, so that they remain a surprise for the day, just let me know. I can also suggest some vows that reflect your personalities.
Can I have a celebratory ceremony at anytime?
Yes, you can have your celebratory ceremony at any time and of course my flexibility is my strength.
Can we exchange rings?
Yes, you can exchange rings during the celebratory ceremony. Or you may exchange string or jewellery. It's your special occasion.
Do we get a certificate?
You will receive a commemorative certificate, which will be presented to you at the end of the ceremony. This is not a legal certificate but if finishes off a ceremony beautifully.