I have been in the wedding industry for over 30 years, and trained as an Independent wedding celebrant 6 years ago. I have worked closely with over 150 couples in this time, creating personalised ceremonies which have been held across the UK and even northern France. As a wedding celebrant, I create bespoke wedding and vow renewal ceremonies created and written for each individual couple, tailored to their specific ideas.
I work closely with my couples and always meet them in advance to get to know them personally. I love finding out about their interests and hobbies, their likes and dislikes, how they met, where the proposal was, and why they want to marry each other. Their stories, told to me with trust and in confidence, then get woven into a wonderful and personal ceremony to be shared with all of their guests.
Quite simply, I am the storyteller at your wedding. The choreographer who brings your personality to this key part of the day. Where everyone can observe, join in with, celebrate and enjoy. Complete engagement for the moment you promise your heart and soul to each other in front of your witnesses.
Whether this is your first wedding, your second, or even your second to the same person, I aim to create a ceremony that is memorable for all the right reasons. Fun, lighthearted, and as formal or informal as you wish. As traditional or as quirky as your heart desires but most importantly, a wedding ceremony which celebrates you both as a couple along with your personalities, your wants and your desires.
A celebrant-led ceremony is not a legally binding ceremony. However, there is simply a legal declaration and some contractual words within a marriage ceremony which, under the Law of England and Wales, form the legal binding of a couple. Declaring that you know no legal reason (impediment) why you can’t be married is the declaration, and the contractual wording is when you call upon those persons here present to witness that you take each other as husband or wife.
Likewise the exchange of wedding vows and rings do not from a legal part of the marriage registration, so these gorgeous and memorable moments can also be incorporated into a celebrant-led ceremony. And because the legal marriage registration is held separately, there are no rules and definitely no restrictions on what you can include.
There are many ways that you can bring your own personality into your wedding ceremony with a celebrant. You can choose religious readings and music, or have the opportunity to fuse cultural with spiritual elements. Have you ever seen a traditional Jewish ceremony fused with a Celtic Hand-fasting? Trust me... it’s been done!
Sadly, at the time of writing this blog, all weddings have been cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. But not cancelled forever, as for the majority of my 2020 couples, weddings have simply been postponed until 2021 or 2022.
Whilst this is absolutely gutting for you, and trust me, as a wedding supplier who has gotten to know you over the months, I feel your pain too. But there is light at the end of the tunnel, and whilst your current wedding date is cancelled, your love for each other isn’t! Your Love cannot be cancelled. It’s there within you both, within the family and friends who are desperate to celebrate with you and it’s not going away.
So, what can you do about it? Why pick a celebrant for your postponed ceremony? Because we are there for you, and only you. We have been there with you from the start of your planning. We have got to know you. We are there to ensure that when you finally get to say “I do”, you do it in style. Not in a one-size fits all ceremony, but one where it is possible to truly involve your guests, to be funny, to enjoy yourselves at the same time as making a solemn commitment to be there for each other, for the rest of your lives.
Once lock down is over and weddings are back on track, what better way to thank your guests for waiting, than with an element where everyone commits to support you by taking you into their homes and into their hearts, and you commit and make a promise to them to do the same.
Why not involve your guests right from the minute they sit down to enjoy your ceremony by encouraging them to offer their blessing on your wedding rings and warming them with the love that they sent you via Zoom on the day you should’ve had your wedding. Only now, they can do it in person - subject to hand sanitiser, ring boxes and your security-conscious ring bearer, of course!
Just remember. Love wasn’t cancelled. Hopefully it was strengthened, and now you have every reason to celebrate in style. As to whether the social distancing rules will still apply next year, we won’t know for a while. But even if they are, we can celebrate together.
If you would like to know more about celebrant-led wedding ceremonies, or want to renew your wedding vows, head over to Simply Ceremonies, get in touch with Karina here, or even call her a call on 07970 513715 for a friendly chat about your day.
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