10 UK celebrants who can make your wedding ceremony a unique occasion
03 May 2018
Discover how a celebrant can add the personal touch to your wedding ceremony and find a celebrant in your area
Have the wedding ceremony of your dreams by hiring a celebrant who can create and conduct a bespoke ceremony written just for you. While a celebrant-led ceremony isn't legally binding - so you will have to conduct the legalities beforehand, it means you can have your main wedding ceremony exactly as you envisage it.
Don't let formality or tradition dictate the flow or content of your ceremony; allow your ceremony to reflect your love story and your personal beliefs, with a beautifully crafted set of vows to boot. Plus, with a celebrant you can hold your ceremony in a location of your choice and to your desired timing.
Take a look at these 10 celebrants around the UK who are passionate about what they do and promise a personal approach to each and every wedding ceremony they deliver.
Circle of Life East Anglia (based in Norfolk)
Circle of Life East Anglia offers couples the choice to have their wedding ceremony exactly how and where they want. As a former registrar, Sue Dewing became increasingly frustrated at the restrictions placed on couples regarding what they can say and do on one of the most memorable days in their lives. Sue's experience helps guide couples in the legalities required before giving them the freedom to create and enjoy their day. The only boundaries are a couple's imagination. A wedding ceremony should be enjoyed and remembered for all the right reasons; it doesn't have to break the bank. A family gathering in a lovely garden or the local village hall can be just as memorable as in an approved venue. The choice is yours. Sue offers a personal, bespoke ceremony which you are in control of from day one. Her role is to help make your ceremony a dream come true.
Ste Weddings (based in Suffolk)
No two relationships are the same, every couple’s journey of love is unique and special. Tradition is what you’re making with your partner; you’re coming from different worlds, different beliefs and different paths, but when you met you started your story. Your wedding is a celebration of your journey thus far, as well as your continuing adventure in life together. Your ceremony becomes more than just a date and a booking. With a wedding celebrant, it all starts by exploring your requirements, your wishes and having the chance to truly reflect on why you want to get married. Your wedding celebrant will meet with you then write a ceremony tailored for you. It will be beautifully constructed, as traditional or non-traditional as you wish, and with added personality.
Sharon Topple's services extend to naming and baby shower ceremonies, civil partnerships, same sex ceremonies and renewal ceremonies. Sharon even presents each couple with a bespoke stunning presentation box which includes your personal ceremony and a gift, created by Pearls & Fizz.
Cornish Celebrants (based in Cornwall)
Cornish Celebrants can offer you a unique ceremony which will ensure that your commitment to each other takes centre stage. Cornish Celebrants favour the continental approach to marriage: attendance at the register office to do ‘the legal bit’, followed by the celebratory ceremony either later the same day or a few days afterwards to allow you to enjoy a bespoke celebration with family and friends, wherever and whenever you choose. After a full consultation with you, they will write a unique, personalised and bespoke ceremony, which can include rituals such as handfasting, alongside the traditional elements of a wedding.
Helen Parsons Celebrant (based in Cumbria)
‘Ceremonies from the heart not from a script’. Unique and beautiful wedding ceremonies, Helen invites you to spend time with her, writing your own vows and commitments and discovering many meaningful rituals. Together you will design a unique ceremony that speaks of the love you have for each other. Each ceremony can be spiritual, part religious or non-religious. Helen specialises in handfastings and outdoor ceremonies and is happy to officiate ceremonies in many beautiful indoor and outdoor locations, such as Castlerigg Stonecircle or by the side of Ennerdale Lake. Helen will even officiate your ceremony on a mountain if it will make your day special. Whatever your preference, Helen will craft a ceremony that creates beautiful and lasting memories.
Image: Andrew Bowley Photography
Wiltshire Celebrant (based in Wiltshire)
With couples becoming more aware of choices to be made around making their wedding ceremony unique to them, they are turning more often to celebrants such as Teri Stout. Teri is based in Wiltshire (ideally placed for Avebury and Stonehenge weddings) and is able and willing to travel further afield to help make your wedding day truly memorable. You choose all the other elements of your wedding, from dresses and cakes to photographers, so why not choose the words for your ceremony too? Your wedding, your way, in a place special to you... can it get much better than that?
Creating Ceremony (based in West Sussex)
Claire Bradford of Creating Ceremony is passionate about weddings, especially those which are laid back and full of personality. Recently crowned national winner of the ‘Celebrant of the Year 2018’ title at The Wedding Industry Awards, Claire is friendly, approachable and fun to work with. You choose wedding clothes, cake, décor or music to match your tastes, values and style, so why would you choose a one-size-fits-all ceremony when you could have one that truly reflects you and your love story, delivered by someone you have come to know and trust? Claire specialises in working closely with couples to create bespoke wedding celebrations that will be remembered for years to come (for all the right reasons).
Image: Bobby Mills Photography
Bespoke Ceremonies for Every Occasion (based in Wiltshire)
Emily Westlake and Julie Lane launched Bespoke Ceremonies for Every Occasion in September 2016. Their two decades of work within the registration service gave them a unique insight in to what clients wanted for their ceremonies. Having conducted thousands of legal ceremonies, Emily and Julie are able to explain and help with the legislation involved, allowing the couple's focus to remain on the important planning of the big day.
The ceremonies can be traditional, modern, inside, outside, non-religious, semi-religious - the only restriction is the client’s own imagination. Emily and Julie meet each client as many times as is required, either face to face or via video conference. A chat and an informal questionnaire allows them to write the couple's very own love story and weave this, along with their promises and vows, chosen readings and music, into their Bespoke Ceremony. They receive so many compliments on their style and believe it is quite unique – just like you.
Heartfelt Ceremony (based in Bristol)
A dedicated, professional, communicative wedding service for YOU.
Increasingly, couples choose a ceremony which reflect their interests and their values, in a place significant to them. Heartfelt specialises in the unique and individual; conducting creative, quirky, homegrown, alternative, vintage themed and LGBTQI ceremonies.
Kate Mortimer of Heartfelt is passionate about making your day stress-free and magical. Whether you know exactly what you want, or need further expertise and creative input, she would be delighted to meet you. Kate's communication and organisational skills, from many years as a NHS and independent therapist, allows her to truly understand your hopes and wishes, and make your wedding happen your way. An MA in Creative Writing means Kate can enable you to express your emotions, love and dreams through words written with YOU in mind, as well as conduct your ceremony.
Susan Foxall Ceremonies (based in Cheshire)
Newly engaged and thinking about the wedding ceremony? Don't want a church wedding and not thrilled by the idea of a one-size-fits-all register office wedding? Then you need a celebrant – your chance to have a perfectly crafted ceremony, with tailor-made vows created with you, for you, and about you, with no restrictions on location, content, or time. Plus the opportunity to weave in beautiful symbolic elements that allow the two of you to express yourselves in exactly the way that you would wish to. Your ceremony is the most significant part of your special day, so don't leave it to chance.
Sue Foxall is an experienced and professional celebrant who offers a no obligation and no charge meeting to find out how your ceremony can be as unique as you are. Take a look at Sue's glowing testimonials and gorgeous photos from previous happy clients' bespoke wedding ceremonies.
Ruby B Ceremonies (based in Nottinghamshire)
Ruby B Ceremonies offers unique, personal and meaningful ceremonies planned, prepared and presented just for you. Every couple is unique so every ceremony should be too. Ruby B Ceremonies would love to hear your story and weave that into your ceremony, helping you to think about what readings, music and other contributions you might include to inject that wow factor into your ceremony. If you want to write your own vows, they can advise you on doing that too.
If you prefer visual ways of expressing your love rather than lots of words, consider a unity candle or unity sand ritual or a handfasting (where the phrase 'tying the knot' comes from). A celebrant-led ceremony can be held anywhere which gives you the opportunity to choose just the right place for you. Get in touch to find out how you can ensure your ceremony isn’t boring or bland but fabulous and unique to you.