If you're planning on a civil ceremony, or maybe you got married in lockdown and want to renew your vows in front of more of your family and friends when the rules allow, then a wedding celebrant could be the perfect choice for you.
Now, you could be thinking... well you would say that Katie, you are a wedding celebrant and you'd be right, I am one, but I also very much believe in what I do and what it can bring to a wedding celebration or vow renewal.
Here's my 5 reasons why I think hiring a wedding celebrant is a good idea.
1. You can have it where and when you want.
A registrar can only marry you in approved wedding that have been solemnised. By using a celebrant, you can choose any venue, any room, you can have it in your garden, on the beach, or even abseiling if you want... there are endless possibilities and I'm up for most things, but if you decide to get married jumping out of a plane, then I might recommend a colleague to conduct your service.
You also aren't restricted on what time you get married either, I have always worked weird and wonderful hours, so whether you want to get married at sunrise or sunset, then I will be there.
2. You can have a unique ceremony.
One of my favourite parts of my job is the bit where I get to know the company, I find out all about their love story, how they met, where they got engaged, what they enjoy doing together, I love to find out everything! This really helps me work with you to help craft a ceremony that is perfect for you as a couple.
With a celebrant, you can include whatever you want, you can write your own vows, you can include a mini ceremony such as handfasting, drinking from the Quaich, you can light a unity candle, we can do a sand ceremony, your family can offer words of wisdom.... if you want your pet dog to walk you down the aisle, that's OK too!
Together we will create something that represents you as a couple.
3. You can include everything that you want.
Some couples, whilst not religious might want to include a slight religious element, in the form of a short reading, prayer or hymn.
It might be you want to include something that recognises your heritage or has significant meaning to you.
With a celebrant you can include all of the elements that are important to you as a couple and your family.
4. Your ceremony can be relaxed.
Getting married can be stressful, most couples who choose to use a celebrant, will visit a registry office either the day before their ceremony or on the day itself, to do the legal bit, by doing this, they know at the ceremony itself, they are already legally married and they can relax and enjoy their day.
5. You'll have my unlimited time on the day.
In the run up to your ceremony, I will be in contact with you throughout, making sure that everything is going OK and you're happy with the service I'm putting together.
On the day itself, I will be there in plenty of time, I'll never have more than one wedding a day and so you'll never feel rushed or like it's a race against the clock.
I will be there for as long as you need me.
So, hopefully, that has given you an insight into why hiring a celebrant is a good idea, and if you'd to talk to me about your wedding or vow renewal, then please feel free to get in touch to check my availability, I have some dates free for this year and my diary is open for 2022 and 2023. Once a date is confirmed then I'll meet with you to find out more about you as a couple, how you want the ceremony to walk and start to talk you through some initial ideas.
I'll be with you every step of the way and together we will create something amazing that is a true representation of you as a couple.