Below are some answers to commonly asked questions.
However if you have a question that isn’t covered below, or would like to talk in more detail, then please do not hesitate to contact me. I’d love to hear from you.
How can we book and secure a date for our ceremony with you?
I offer a free initial consultation. If you’d like to complete the contact form, or contact me via email or phone, we can arrange a convenient time to meet up either face to face over a tea/coffee/drink or via video link (with a virtual tea/coffee/drink!) and talk through your plans and any questions you might have.
Within 24 hours of our meeting I will send you via email a summary of our discussion along with a booking form and contract. Your date will then also be held for 7 calendar days.
To secure a booking you will need to do the folloiwng:
- Sign and return the booking form and contract. This will then form the Professional Agreement between us.
- Pay a 25% non-refundable deposit using bank details provided in the booking form.
Upon receipt of you deposit, your date is then held securely for you.
The balance of the fee is due 4 weeks prior to your ceremony.
What is the difference between a Celebrant and a Registrar?
In the UK a Registrar is a person who is employed by the local authority to keep official records, especially of births, marriages, and deaths. They are also authorised to conduct legally binding marriage and civil partnership ceremonies. They usually work from a standard ceremony script and it is unlikely that you will meet them ahead of the ceremony day.
A Celebrant is independent and therefore not restricted by some of the legalities that Registrars are. This means Celebrants are able to create and conduct a ceremony that is completely bespoke and truly reflective of you as a couple. You can also have religious elements incorporated into your wedding should you wish. They also have far less restriction on where the ceremony can be performed which means you have far more choice to make your ceremony truly personal.
A big difference is that a Celebrant will work closely with you to create a ceremony that is unique and personal to you. They spend time getting to know you and therefore on the day it’s not a stranger conducting your wedding ceremony, it’s a professional friend.
The legalities are covered by attending a short appointment at the Registrars office (known as a “no frills” appointment) to sign your legal marriage paperwork and declare your willingness to commit to each other in the eyes of the law. In fact, legally you are only required to say the following:
I do solemnly declare that I know not of any lawful impediment why I (your name) may not be joined in matrimony to (partner’s name)
I call up these persons here present to witness that I (your name) do take thee (partner’s name) to be my lawful wedded wife / husband.
This takes approximately 10 minutes and while costs vary region to region, you should expect to pay in the region of £57 for this appointment. You will not have to exchange your personal vows or exchange your rings during this appointment, saving these for your wedding ceremony in front of your nearest and dearest.
Is a Celebrant led ceremony legally binding?
A Celebrant ceremony happens in two parts;
1 The legalities are covered by a short appointment at your local Registry office
2. Your Unique Wedding Ceremony
Many couples believe for your ceremony you have two choices: 1. in your place of worship by a recognised minister, or 2. by a Registrar in a licensed area of a venue.
However there is also a third option – virtually anywhere you like by a Celebrant! Yes really, you can have you wedding ceremony on a river In the middle of a woodland. At the bottom of your garden. At the top of your favourite hill, the possibilities are vast.
Now imagine marrying the person you love. In the exact location you love. In a ceremony which has been created entirely just for you and therefore is truly reflective of you both – just perfect! So how do you make it legally binding…
The Legal Bit
For any marriage to be recognised in law as a legal marriage, it must be registered at your local registry office. This can be undertaken by selecting the basic appointment with the Registrar. This lasts on average around 10 minutes where you sign your marriage paperwork.
Costs can vary but you should expect to pay in the region of £50 for this. Most importantly you do not need to exchange rings or your personal vows at this appointment. These can be saved for your beautifully bespoke wedding ceremony,
The legal paperwork at the appointment at your local registrar office can be undertaken before or after your ceremony. Providing you have given the correct notices.
Many couples chose to attend the Registrar appointment in the days leading up to their ceremony. Therefore they can relax and enjoy their wedding ceremony knowing everything has been taken care of.
With this flexibility you are able to have a completely personal ceremony truly reflective of you both and brilliantly unique to you as a couple. It’s your ceremony, your way.
If you’d like to find out more then please do not hesitate to contact me
Will a Celebrant wedding ceremony feel and look different to a Registrars ceremony?
It will be more personal and may incorporate additional mini ceremonies should you wish to, but it will still look and feel like a Wedding. Your guests are unlikely to see any difference and the chances are that you may have already attended a Wedding that was led by a Celebrant but not realised yourself.
When it comes to signing the Register (which you will have already done at the Registry Office), you will be presented with a Wedding Certificate to sign as a beautiful reminder of your bespoke wedding day. This will provide you with a great photo opportunity that most couples look to incorporate.
Are you insured?
Yes, I hold £5m public liability insurance and £1m professional indemnity insurance through the Institute of Professional Celebrants (IoPC).
What if I change my mind?
You have the right to cancel the contract within 14 days of entering into the agreement. You are not obliged within this time frame to give a reason for your cancellation.
Full terms and conditions of cancellation outside of the initial 14 days will be detailed in the contract and detailed on your booking form.