Liverpool Celebrant: The difference between a wedding ceremony & registering a marriage…

This may not be the most interesting article that I will ever write.  But... if you want to be considered legally married, and you are not getting married abroad, it will be the most important one that you will read!  And even if you are getting married abroad, it may be of interest to you.


A wedding is the ceremony that you have to celebrate your marriage.  The marriage registration and wedding ceremony do not have to be in the same place, or on the same day.  Your wedding day is the ‘big day’ with family and friends; the day that you dream of, and plan for, and the date that you will, probably, choose to celebrate as your wedding anniversary.  


There are many reasons for choosing a Celebrant led wedding.  You may have been married abroad but want to celebrate with family and friends.  You may want your wedding at home, or in a location that is not approved, and licensed, by the local authority.  The registrars may not be able to attend your venue on the day, or at the time, that you want.  Or you may have chosen a Celebrant led wedding because you want your day to be unique and all about you and what you want – not what you are told that you can't have or have to have!  With a Celebrant led wedding, it is your day, your way.  It can be where and when you want it - unlike the registrars, there are no 'slots', no generic scripts with your name on a Post-it note!

Whatever the reason, if you choose to have a Liverpool Celebrant wedding, no one else will ever have a wedding the same as yours because every single Liverpool Celebrant led ceremony is written with, and for, you – and only you.  People will remember your wedding; it will stand out, in their memories, as a wonderful and special day that was very personal and all about celebrating you and your love and reflecting your personalities and your relationship.


A marriage is a legally binding contract, entered into for life, between two people who are free to marry each other.  If you want to get married in England or Wales, you need to give notice at you local register office (between 12 months and 28 days before the registration) and register your marriage (in the place stated in your notice), in the presence of two witnesses.  You will need to make an appointment to give notice.  Ensure that you do not leave this too late as register offices are very busy and there may be a long wait between booking and attending the appointment.


A marriage registration ceremony is a simple process and all local authorities, in England and Wales, have to make some provision for a simple statutory ceremony.  Many people, choosing to have a Celebrant led wedding ceremony, decide not to get dressed up or exchange wedding rings at the registration - they save that for their 'big day'.  Others, make the registration day an event, in itself, and enjoy marking the occasion by celebrating afterwards with their two witnesses.  


These ceremonies are generally much cheaper than a traditional register office ceremony (they are currently £120 - £46 registration fee, £4 for a marriage certificate plus £35 each notice fee).  Although councils have to provide these ceremonies you will probably find that the days, times and number of witnesses is extremely limited and they may not advertise that they provide them – so ask!


Currently, Independent Celebrants are not able to register a marriage, in England and Wales.  Marriage Law is being reviewed by the Law Commission.  The Association of Independent Celebrants has contributed to the scoping phase, of the review, but it will be some time before we will know if there will be a change in legislation.


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: or call: 0744 932 3988








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