Have you heard of a celebrant before? Before I get started on the benefits of using one, how about I tell you just what a celebrant is?
To be legally valid, a UK marriage ceremony must be performed by an authorised person (for example, a registrar, a vicar or a priest) and be witnessed by two people. This means couples must choose between: an approved religious ceremony, a registry office ceremony, or a registrar who will attend the wedding at a licensed venue.
With this in mind, a celebrant led ceremony means you won't be legally married but you CAN personalise you service, with your own vows, & elements such as hand fasting (tying yours & beloved hands together with ribbons), sand ceremony (couple mixes sands within a glass to symbolise unity), butterfly release...
You can also have your celebrant ceremony ANYWHERE - in the woods, on the beach, in the gardens of your childhood house... You're not tied to a legally recognised venue, which opens up the possibilities so much!
There are SO many ways to create your own ceremony, a number of my couples opt to take 2 witnesses with them to the registry office, have a small, legal service & then have a celebrant led ceremony in front of their guests. To the untrained eye, you wouldn't know this pretty ceremony wasn't legal, & there are countless options available to you with a celebrant led ceremony.
I have worked with several celebrants over the years & would be happy to discuss options with you, so if this sounds like something you'd like for your own wedding day then please get in touch on firstname.lastname@example.org
I'm a qualified wedding planner dedicated to designing & creating weddings for alternative couples. Because everyone deserves a wedding as unique as they are