The short answer is: "Yes" (and, actually, so is the long answer - but you may want to read it anyway)
Quite often couples get in touch with me because they can't get a registrar for the day or time that they want, or they have had a basic legal ceremony with the minimum number of witnesses (or as many as they were allowed) and want to celebrate their marriage with a wedding ceremony for a larger group of family and friends at a later date (as you can imagine, this has been especially true since the coronavirus crisis).
But, just because you are asking for something similar to a registrars ceremony, that doesn't mean that it can't be (and feel) personal. I will still begin with a blank page, as I always do; I will create a ceremony that is unique, one that has never been heard before and won't be again - because it will have been written just for you.
This is what one of my couples wrote after their wedding:
"We're so glad we couldn't get a registrar for the time we wanted because we would never have come across you Lorraine!
We had a register office ceremony, with a registrar, earlier in the week but had you for our actual wedding and you were amazing.
It was so personal and lovely. We loved how you involved our little girl in passing us our vows in the scrolls.
The registrar we had earlier in the week was lovely but it was all very cold, formal and had no personal touch.
You made our day so special in our eyes..."
This was feedback from another couple who were unable to book a Registrar:
"Having experienced difficulties finding an available registrar for our preferred wedding date, a friend recommended Lorraine as an alternative...
Wow, were we glad we had to go to a plan B! Lorraine was a delight. She was so helpful and accommodating and we instantly warmed to her, feeling so natural and at ease.
We had some input into the ceremony, but Lorraine tied everything in perfectly, with some beautiful words and unity candles and we were able to have a ceremony not only personal to us, but a funny, heart-warming service that all our friends and family enjoyed so much too!
We would highly recommend Lorraine! As it was the best wedding ceremony we could have wished for."
Whatever kind of ceremony you want, whether it is simple or elaborate, for lots of guests or just you two, it is one of life's milestone moments and it should be conducted by someone that you know and trust.
I offer unlimited contact from enquiry to the day itself. I get to know some of my couples really well - because that is what they want. Others, I know less well - because that is what they want.
Irrespective, my aim is for all of my couples to feel confident that they have entrusted their ceremony to safe, capable, hands and to always be able to feel, and remember, that that their wedding was very, very, special.
If I am your Celebrant, you are at the centre of EVERYTHING: it is your day, I promise that I will do everything that is within my power to ensure that you have it YOUR WAY...
If your perfect wedding is for one (or both) of you to walk down the aisle, say familiar vows, exchange wedding rings and sign a commemorative certificate before walking back up the aisle together - after being announced as newly-weds, that’s great! - we can do any (or all) of those things. If you want to, we can also add additional elements, perhaps to include people who are special to you, or to tell the story of how you met. There are many other ways of making your ceremony personal, but you don't have to do any of them: nothing is compulsory..
I will always be absolutely delighted to do anything that I can to help you to have the wedding celebration that you want, but, like any other reputable professional, I must abide by any national and local regulations that are in force on the day of your ceremony - e.g. lockdowns, social distancing and/or maximum numbers.
I really wish that I could say there aren't any restrictions at all - I used to love to be able to say 'there are no rules', but coronavirus has changed that! (for now, at least). Hopefully, sometime soon I will be able to update this blog and take out all of the references to coronavirus - won't that be a wonderful day!
Having said that, whether we are in the midst of a pandemic or not, you will find that I am much more flexible and accommodating than the Registrars and here are some of the reasons why:
I don't have 'slots' - your ceremony can be at any time that works for you
Your ceremony doesn't have to take place in a specific approved venue - it can be anywhere
I don't (and won't) add extra unnecessary rules
You will have my direct number and email address and I will be responsive to your calls and messages
I will genuinely care about you and your wedding
I will always want to help you have an amazing day, filled with happy memories
Your special day is pretty special to me too...
If you would like to check my availability, or would like more information, please don't hesitate to get in touch and I will come back to you as quickly as I can.
To contact me please email: email@example.com or call/message: 0744 932 3988
Hi, I am Lorraine Hull, an award-winning 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 really love getting to know the couples and families that ask me to be part of their special celebration, whether that is for a Wedding/Civil Partnership, Renewal/Reaffirmation of Vows, Naming/Welcoming, or Celebration of Life/Funeral
I love hearing, writing and telling love and life stories (and also finding out about hopes and dreams - which are the stories of the future!)
I love to create and conduct unique, meaningful, non-religious ceremonies that are perfect for each couple, individual, and/or family.
I love helping to create and celebrate happy and poignant moments, which form memories that will last a lifetime (that also includes the memories that I get to keep too - what's not to love?)
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 think for myself and act for others. I advocate anti-racism, the appreciation and celebration of diversity, justice, equity 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 am accredited by Humanists UK and a recommended LGBTQ+ Equality Weddings supplier. 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 Independent and Humanist 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