When I first told some of my friends that I'd trained as a wedding celebrant, their first response was "oh are you Joey from "Friends" now?"
The answer is ... sort of, but more Nottinghamshire than New York based and I wont be dressed as a soldier for the ceremony... unless it's a theme wedding and then we can have a discussion!
Some people assume it means I'm now a vicar, which I'm not.
So, I thought I'd explain exactly what it is I am, and what I do.
As a wedding celebrant, I am the perfect choice for a couple who want to create a bespoke ceremony, that is truly unique and meaningful. I can reside over a wedding ceremony, but I am not legally invested to marry you.
A couple who choose to use a celebrant have a couple of options when it comes to making their marriage legal.
They can go to a registry office the day before and sign the legal paperwork, so on the big day itself, they are already legally married, but they get to have a ceremony to celebrate that union, which is without any limitations.
A registrar can attend on the day itself, so a couple can still have a truly unique ceremony, but the registrar will take care of the legalities.
As a wedding celebrant, I am professionally trained by the Academy of Professional Celebrants and I am fully insured.
By choosing to use a celebrant to conduct your wedding ceremony, it means that you can have the wedding that you want, without any limitation, wherever you want to have it (as long as there legal bit is done!)
You can have your ceremony on a beach, a clifftop, in a forest, wherever you fancy as there are none of the usual restrictions surrounding location.
You don't have to repeat the traditional generic vows, you can create vows that really show who you are as a couple and express your love.
If you want to include a unity ceremony element such as handfasting, a sand ceremony, candle lighting ritual, drinking from the Quaich, using an oathing stone, including a painting ritual (the possibilities are endless!) then you can!
If you want to include friends and family in the ceremony then again you can, you can even have your dogs walk you down the aisle!
There are so many things you can do to make your wedding ceremony as unique as your love story, that using a celebrant helps create so many more options.
If you'd like to talk to me about your wedding, 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.