I am qualified as an independent family celebrant with the Fellowship of Professional Celebrants, and would love to help you have a wedding which is bespoke to you as a couple.
Perhaps you want to say your vows in your back garden surrounded by family and friends, or up in a hot air balloon just the two of you?
I like to meet couples for a no obligation first consultation as soon as possible so that we can discuss your vision & how I can help you achieve that.
You will have to adhere to a number of do’s and don’ts during the ceremony.
Ceremonies have to take place in an ‘Approved (Licensed) Venue’
Between 10am and 4pm
No religious content (including music).
Ceremony words are the same for each couple.
Any Civil Marriage recognised in law must be solemnised in the presence of
(a) Two witnesses, &
(b) The superintendent registrar & a registrar of the district in which the premises are situated.
The legal part of a civil wedding is made up of three basic steps
1.) Declaratory words
“I do solemnly declare that I know not of any lawful impediment why I…….. may not be joined in matrimony to……….”
2.) Contracting Words
“I call upon these persons here present, to witness that I……… do take thee………… to be my lawful wedded husband / wife”
3.) The signing of the marriage register
You do not need to exchange vows or rings
On the continent it is normal and accepted for couples to go to the municipal building first to legally marry in the morning, and then hold the meaningful ceremony in front of family and friends in a much more picturesque location later in the day.
We just need to educate everyone that there is nothing strange in choosing to get married in this way.
When a baby is born you register its birth and then have a naming day or christening to celebrate its arrival into the world.
When you die the death is registered before the funeral & wake.
So why not register the marriage and then hold the meaningful ceremony after as well?
Individual bespoke ceremony
Any location, any time
Non-religious or semi religious
Can include symbolic ceremonies