Are you a registered member of a reputable trade association, for Celebrants, and do you have Public Liability and Professional Indemnity insurance?
For your own peace of mind, you should ensure that your Celebrant is part of a professional support network and has adequate business insurance.
Why would we want a Celebrant to deliver our ceremony instead of a registrar?
A registrar, like a church, will have a limited choice of what can be included in your ceremony. You can ask for certain words, poems, and readings to be included, but often there are restraints on time and around what can be said. A Celebrant creates a unique ceremony, every time, and no two ceremonies are ever the same, just as no two couples are ever the same.
What’s wrong with a register office or church wedding ceremony?
Absolutely nothing is wrong with a register office or church wedding. However, when you consider the time you spend on the look of the wedding, the invites, the clothes, the make-up and hair, the food and flowers, you may wish to consider the impact a completely bespoke ceremony will have and how it will make you feel to have an utterly unique wedding ceremony.
Where can we have our wedding ceremony?
Any venue that allows you to. Just about anywhere, inside or out. This could include a hotel, woodland, a beach, a marquee, a cinema, your garden, the place where you first met.
It can be, but does not have to be, a venue licensed by the local authority.
A Celebrant led ceremony cannot be held in a church or register office.
When can we have our wedding ceremony?
At any time that suits you and your venue. Most Celebrants will only conduct one ceremony a day and will fit in with the time that you want. Some couples choose to use a Celebrant because the registrars diary is full for the date or time that they want.
How many ceremonies will you be conducting on the day of my wedding?
Most Celebrants will only conduct one ceremony per day, but ensure that you ask.
If they are only conducting your ceremony, there should be no rush. They are not on a tight deadline, and there is no one else out in the corridor, or at the next venue, waiting their turn. Your Celebrant should be there for you, and only you.
Will the Celebrant register our marriage?
No, the legal registration has to be done in a register office (or church). The registration can take less than 10 minutes, in a register office. Many couples do this in jeans and t-shirts and they save the dressing up and exchange of wedding rings for the BIG event: the Celebrant led wedding ceremony with family and friends.
It is important that the legalities are not disregarded, further information can be found here
Does a registrar have to be present at my wedding ceremony?
No, remember this is not a legal ceremony; most couples do the ‘legal bit’ either before or after the main event. A registrar has to be present at the registration, not the wedding ceremony. By keeping the two parts separate, you will have complete control over your BIG day – the wedding ceremony with family and friends.
If we wanted our ceremony to have some religious element to it, is that allowed?
You can have whatever you want in your ceremony; after all, it is your day, not the Celebrant’s day. The same would apply for those couples who want no reference to religion. It is your ceremony so you decide. Your day, your way.
We want to write our own vows that are personal to us.
Is that okay?
Of course you can. It is a great way to personalise your wedding. You have no constraints. You can say anything that you want and make any promises that you wish. Your Celebrant will work with you to make your day special and unique to you.
I have heard about old traditions that can be included in my ceremony, like ‘Jumping the Broom’ and ‘Handfasting’.
How can I find out more about them?
During one of the first in-depth conversations you have with a Celebrant, they should offer you the opportunity to include these and more.
Every good Celebrant will make you aware of what choices you have to include any number of old (or new) traditions. If you know of a tradition that your Celebrant has never heard of, rest assured, if you want it and it is possible, they will research it and build it into your ceremony.
How much does a Celebrant charge?
Much less than you probably think. The costs vary according to the Celebrant and what distance they have to travel to your wedding. As part of the enquiry process, a Celebrant should give you a clear indication of their fee and also provide you with their terms of business.
Hi, I am Lorraine Hull, an award-winning Independent Celebrant, based in Liverpool.
I am most usually asked to conduct ceremonies in North-West England and North Wales but I am happy to travel anywhere within the U.K. or abroad.
At the risk of shouting (and sounding extremely cheesy) "I LOVE MY JOB".
I love to create and conduct personal and personalised Wedding, Partnership, Commitment, Naming, and Celebration of Life ceremonies; anyone, and everyone, is welcome to ask me to work with, and for, them.
I believe that all people (and animals) should all be treated kindly, fairly and with respect.
We are all unique and we all matter.
I advocate kindness, fairness, respect and equality for all through everything that I say and do: Love is Love, Family is Family, Life is Life.
You may also like to know that I hold Public Liability and Professional Indemnity insurance, I adhere to a strict code of conduct and I am committed to developing and sharing best practice with my Celebrant colleagues, so that we can all be the best Celebrants that we can possibly be.
To contact me please email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call: 0744 932 3988