Your wedding day is the day for you and the love of your life to stand in front of family and friends and make that life long commitment.
It is about your story of how you came together and sharing it . Wherever you want to get married -in a field at harvest time, on a beach on a beautiful summer evening or in a beautiful garden – the choice is yours.
Whether it is traditional or wearing national dress – the kilt does it for me or all dressed up for a themed day the day is yours and I will dress accordingly too although my bikini wearing days are over!
With an Independent Celebrant there are no restrictions on the service and you wouldn’t be choosing your ceremony from a generic script. It can include any readings, poems or songs which you like. It can be totally Humanist or it can include a measure of religion and spirituality (perhaps some of the family would have preferred it to have been a Church wedding).
Don’t let anyone tell you what you can’t do or have – you can do and have anything with an Independent Celebrant. A ceremony which reflects you as a couple perfectly.
You will get
♡ A guaranteed booking of your wedding day
♡ First meeting to get to know each other, discuss ideas and thoughts you may have. Investigate traditions and options – Quaich or sand ceremony, handfasting or a unity candle are just a few of the options.
♡ A questionnaire for you to fill out together and some bits separately to tell me all about your relationship.
♡ Second meeting where I will read you the first draft of the Ceremony firming up details.
♡ Help writing your vows if necessary
♡ Advice on readings and any other details of the wedding. Is anyone else taking part?
♡ You may contact me any time to check on things, either by phone or email. No point is too small for me to deal with. My job is to make the whole preparation stress free.
♡ My attending the wedding rehearsal if needed
♡ A personalised Wedding Certificate which you can sign during the Ceremony if you wish.
♡ Complete assurance that your day will be as special as I can possibly make it.
Questions you may ask
What is the difference between an Independent Celebrant and a Registrar?
A Registrar has a template script and whilst readings can be included you will not be permitted to have anything with religious or spiritual content. There is usually a limited choice of vows – unlikely you can use your own. You may meet the Registrar before the ceremony for a very short time and it may be the same person attending the venue, though not necessarily. The slot is usually 20 minutes and the bride cannot be customarily late!
As an Independent Celebrant I will spend as much time as you wish getting to know you both and I will create a unique Ceremony just for you, reflecting your interests, your beliefs and your wishes with spiritual and religious content if you wish. You may come from different cultural or religious backgrounds and I can combine both into a single Ceremony. You can write your own vows or I can help you making them meaningful to you both.
I only do one wedding a day and so you can have as long or short a Ceremony as you wish. I am in no rush and if the bride chooses to be fashionably late then she can be, knowing that I am ready and waiting for you with your loved one.
Can you legally marry us?
No. Just as you register a baby and have a Christening or Naming Ceremony at a later date you can do the legal side at the registry office at any time. Most couples choose the week before but it can be done at any time.
The statutory service costs around £50 depending on where you are in Britain and there are fewer than 50 words. Once you have done this you can have the Wedding Ceremony with all your family and friends wherever you wish at a time to suit you.
How much does it cost?
A wedding within two hours travelling from Canterbury will cost £550.
Further away may incur more expenses but this would be discussed at the time of our first meeting. This equates to the same or slightly less than having a Registrar come to your venue.
For any event, your wedding, your vow renewal, your baby naming or the funeral of a loved one, let me help you to make it your own and include everything you would like in your Ceremony.
I want to get to know you.
Many of the assembled guests had not seen a Quaich Ceremony and it was just perfect.
Thank you once again.
– Zoe and Stewart Howie
– Alison and Jim Phinn