Whether your wedding is for hundreds of guests or just you two, it is one of your life's milestone moments and it should be conducted by someone who has taken time to get to know you and what you want - and that is what I do. Your wedding ceremony should be created, and cared for, by someone that you have had the opportunity to get to know and trust.
My aim is for each 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.
I offer unlimited contact from enquiry to the day itself. I get to know most of my couples really well - because that is what they want - and that’s how their ceremony becomes bespoke.
Others, I get to know less well - because that is their choice. These couples have told me that, for them, one of the reasons that they wanted me as their celebrant was for my professionalism and reassurance - they know that they can feel relaxed and secure, in the knowledge that their ceremony will be exactly how they want it to be; they know I am there for them, and I have everything under control, on their behalf.
I will let you know if I will be going on holiday, or will be away for any other reason. I will remind, and encourage, you to get in touch with me, about your ceremony, as often as you want to, and when you do I will always do my very best to respond as promptly as possible.
You will receive access to a private online resource page. This includes my exclusive compilation of 150 readings, examples and ideas for your ceremony, and guidance for writing personal vows and promises.
Of course, you are free to use, adapt, or ignore any of my suggestions, they are only intended to help you. If you want something completely different that’s absolutely fine (in fact, it's brilliant!) and I will look forward to hearing all about it and working with you to make your dream ceremony a reality.
I will ask you lots of questions about what the commitment that you are making means to you and what makes you 'tick', what made you 'click' and, if you would like to tell me, 'what gets on your wick' (not that I'm suggesting anything does!). You don't have to answer all (or any) of my questions, but the more that you tell me, the more I get to know you and the more personalised I can make your ceremony.
I will create a draft outline, for your approval. Once you have agreed the outline, I will write your script, usually about a month before your ceremony. Some people prefer to see all or part of the script, in advance, others like to wait until the day itself - it is entirely up to you.
If you have requested a run through, prior to the ceremony, it is usually one or two weeks before - or whenever suits both of us. It isn't usually a 'word by word' rehearsal, with all of the wedding party - although we can do that, if that is what you want.
On the day itself, I will arrive at your venue between 30 minutes and an hour before the start time (or longer, if requested - we will discuss this and you will know what time I will arrive by). I will work with your venue, and other suppliers, to ensure that your ceremony goes as smoothly as possible.
If required, I will bring my portable speaker, microphone, reading stand, copies of any poems, readings or vows and a commemorative certificate and a fountain pen.
If requested, and part of your ceremony, I will bring other items such as candles, glass crystal holders and tasteful tapers (for lighting the candles - much nicer than a lighter).
I can also provide sand blending sets and handfasting ribbons and I will ensure that they are beautifully set out, ready for use. Of course, this will all be agreed during our planning discussions.
Before your ceremony I will greet your guests as they assemble for the ceremony and help them feel welcome - if you have ushers I will support them.
Then, it’s time for what it has all been about: your ceremony...
Once your ceremony has finished, I will gather up my belongings and tidy the ceremony space; if you aren’t too busy (you probably will be!) I will come and say “bye”, but I will, most often, simply and quietly leave - my part of your day has ended and you’ve got the rest of your celebrations to enjoy!
I will either leave your keepsake ceremony script, in a safe place, at your venue, or post it to you within 10 days of your wedding.
If you have asked for a bespoke book, of your ceremony, it will usually be ready approximately 2-3 weeks after your wedding, I will post it to you as soon as it is finished.
I hope that this overview has helped, please don’t hesitate to contact me if there is anything that you would like to ask...
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