Why choose a celebrant?
The term ‘celebrant’ is still often unfamiliar to many people, although these days, most UK ceremonies are officiated by celebrants.
As your celebrant, I will meet with you to find out about what your ceremony means to you and what will make your wedding the day of your dreams.
Your bespoke ceremony will be written just for you, and will be completely personalised. I will then officiate your special day for you, including a rehearsal as required.
What you may not know...
Many people think there are limited options for wedding ceremonies, but what most don’t realise is that if you are arranging the ceremony of your dreams with your celebrant, you may just want a ‘certificate only’ service from the register office before arranging a beautiful personalised ceremony in the venue of your choice,
All couples must obtain a legal marriage certificate in the weeks before or after their wedding ceremony, much as a birth certificate is issued before a christening or baby naming ceremony. However, this can be a very simple process, and there is no obligation to have a full ceremony at a register office. The following words have to be said in a register office or licenced venue in order for your marriage to be recognised in law, and for a marriage certificate to be issued.
“I do solemnly declare that I know not of any lawful impediment why I (your name) may not be joined in matrimony to (partner’s name)”
“I call upon these persons here present to witness that I (your name) do take thee (partner’s name) to be my lawful wedded wife (or husband)”
These are the only words legally required for marriage. You must also formally identify yourselves to the registrar, and you must sign the marriage register in front of two independent witnesses and a registrar.
A little-known fact is that by requesting a ‘certificate only’ service from the registrar for less than £50, you may save hundreds of pounds and will have the freedom to have your full ceremony anytime, anywhere you wish. This extract from the official UK Government website makes it very clear:
Cost of registering a marriage or civil partnership
You must pay a fee to register a UK marriage or civil partnership – different fees may apply abroad.
This is £46 at a register office, but may be more at other venues.
Once you have obtained your certificate, everything else – such as exchanging rings and vows – is entirely your choice, and that’s where the sky is your limit!
The answer is YES!
One of the greatest joys of creating a celebrant-led ceremony is that almost anything goes and the answer is almost always “yes!” Those couples planning a wedding at shorter notice have the freedom to take advantage of late availability dates at venues, knowing that they don’t need to find an available registrar for their time and date.
Frequently asked questions are:
We’d like some prayers and hymns at our wedding ceremony – can a celebrant do this?
Can we choose to have our ceremony in absolutely any location, such as our garden, a park or a forest?
Can we include religious, faith-based and cross-cultural traditions?
We have had a bereavement and would like to acknowledge a loved one during our ceremony. Is this possible?
Can we have children and pets as part of our wedding party?
We were married overseas. Can have a ceremony when we return to the UK?
Can we write our own vows?
Can we incorporate elements such as baby welcoming, sand blending, a loving cup or making commitments to our children?
We’d like our ceremony outdoors – is this allowed?
Can we have a wedding ceremony certificate signing during our ceremony?
The answer to all of these questions is: YES!
Your celebrant will discuss your wish list with you and do whatever is possible to make it happen.
Other types of ceremony are also available: baby-naming, renewal of vows, commitment ceremonies, housewarming and friendship ceremonies… the only limit is your imagination. You can combine types of ceremony and we will work together to make this the occasion of your dreams.
Finally… Ask Your Supplier Anything!
Of course, weddings can be expensive affairs. However, it is always worth a conversation with your wedding supplier to see what options may be available to you. Always obtain written quotations, ask about testimonials, check out websites, and remember: no question is silly! It is much better that your wedding suppliers understand your needs than that you’re left disappointed on the day. You should be given as much information as possible. Any good celebrant will ensure that you have fully approved the entire script for your wedding ceremony. They will also be able to make any changes necessary to give you the day you have dreamed of.
Want to find out more? Contact Angie Jones Wedding Celebrant
I am a fully qualified professional celebrant and a member of the Association of Independent Celebrants. I am fully insured and am data protection registered with the ICO.
To discuss anything on this page, or if you would like more information about Angie’s services, please contact her directly.
Website: angiejonescelebrant.com – Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Telephone: 07972 825696 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/onelovecelebrant/
Photograph one by Tanya Alexanda taken at the wedding of Tom and Rita Ray at Woodhall Manor officiated by Angie Jones.
Photograph two taken by Day and Knight photography at the wedding of Julie and Marc Mills, officiated by Angie Jones.