Combined Ceremonies in Staffordshire

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I am delighted to have been selected as one of the Celebrants to participate in the ‘Combined Ceremonies’ pilot scheme set up by Staffordshire County Council. This is an innovative and refreshing approach to enable bridal couples to have the legal part of the marriage conducted at the same time as their Celebrant-led ceremony, and to promote the working together of the Registration System and independent Celebrants. If this is of interest to you for your forthcoming wedding, then please get in touch as soon as you can – it’s …

Working with wedding planners

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I have associations with different wedding planners, and can recommend the following companies. I have met with all of these wonderful women, who run such amazing businesses, with passion and fantastic attention to detail. I have no hesitation in passing their names on to you, the bridal couple, as they are just brilliant at what they do. If you are a busy person, perhaps with a full-time job, or maybe you have children as well, then the hiring of a wedding planner is a must. A wedding planner will fulfil …

Dry Barge

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Dry Barge in Castlefield Manchester is a unique party venue. We have been chatting about holding wedding ceremonies on board the barge, and they can cater afterwards for up to 60 guests. How about exchanging your vows and rings whilst drifting along the water, with some iconic Manchester landmarks in view – different? – certainly different, yes, and along with a tailor made, unique ceremony crafted for you by me, what a special day this would make! Contact me for more details, and take a look at their website www.drybarge.com …

International clients

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One of the things I am now used to is holding meetings across the world, using Skype or Zoom. I was first approached by a lovely couple who are originally from the UK – Dee from Scotland, and Martin from Chester – but now live in Cairns, Australia. They had found me while searching for a celebrant to create and conduct their winter wedding back in Cheshire. We had several Skype meetings to get to know each other, and for me to create their ceremony. These words from Martin after …

A gay wedding

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What a delight this was for sure! Jonny & Ryan were an absolute delight to work with, and the ceremony turned out to be everything they hoped for and more (read what they thought here). They contacted me almost a year before their big day and we worked together over the months to create the perfect ceremony for them to declare their love for one another. The day was fab – a wonderful atmosphere, gorgeous guests all dressed up, and they were very emotional when it came to exchanging their …

What is hand fasting?

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This post is all about handfasting – I am asked many times what handfasting is, so here’s a brief lesson! For more details, please contact me to learn about this beautiful ancient ritual – it’s where marriage began. The term Handfasting comes from an Old Norse  meaning “to strike a bargain by joining hands”. Orginally couples were joined together in this way in Britain before the 1750s when the Marriage Act ended the custom as the Church got involved. In ancient Greece and Rome garlands were made of magnolia, elder and roses which was …

Why choose a celebrant

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If you choose a Celebrant for your wedding, for example, you can also choose where, when, words, vows, music – no restrictions Your day, your way. Please note however, that under current English law, a Celebrant cannot carry out the legal bit (watch this space, as this will change in time!) – so you need to go to the Register office first – just as you would register a birth, you register the marriage.  You then get your licence to have your most personal and unique wedding celebration exactly how …