Frequently Asked Questions
Why choose a Celebrant?
A Celebrant can take the time to get to know you, and will write a bespoke ceremony to reflect your personal beliefs and your life together. You will be free to include anything you wish, whether that's religious or spiritual prose, modern poems or readings, song lyrics, live music - the sky's the limit.
Some couples choose to stick fairly closely to a traditional structure, while others opt for a completely different approach. The important thing is that you are comfortable with the ceremony, and a key part of my role is to help you draw everything together so that you have the special day you always imagined. (Click here to read my blog post "Top Reasons to Choose a Wedding Celebrant")
Can we choose our own readings?
Absolutely! You have the freedom to choose whatever you would like to be included in your ceremony: funny, sentimental, religious, spiritual - anything at all - and as many as you like. It can be a lovely way to include members of your family and friends.
What about music?
Again, it is completely up to you: the important thing here is to choose music you really like, and which has meaning for you - not something you think you ought to have! And don't think you can only have music for the bride's entrance and your exit; some couples choose to have a song instead of (or as well as) a reading. Or you may decide to invite your guests to join in and sing along, a bit like a hymn but with a song of your choice. You can use live musicians or recorded music - whatever makes your ceremony your own.
Do we have to use particular venues?
Not at all. You can hold your ceremony anywhere - inside or outdoors. It could be a fairly traditional wedding venue, such as a hotel or country house; or it could be a woodland or beach - even your own garden!
Is the ceremony legal?
As the law currently stands, the ceremony is not legal and binding. You must arrange your legal marriage at a Register Office, but this can be at a time convenient to you, either before or after your unique ceremony with your Celebrant.
At the Register Office, you will both say the declaratory and contracting vows, as required by law, sign the register and receive your marriage certificate. The whole process does not usually take very long at all. This is the legal registration of your marriage, rather than a ceremony, and usually you may have only your two witnesses in attendance (click here to read my Blog post "How to do the Legal Stuff".)
What Areas Do You Cover?
All over! I am based in Worthing, West Sussex, but I am happy to travel pretty much anywhere - including internationally - though additional travel expenses may then apply.
How do we book you?
Following our initial, no-obligation telephone consultation, you'll then receive a booking form (via email) for you to complete and return, and a request that you pay a non-refundable deposit of 20% to secure the date in my diary, with the balance due two months before the ceremony.
I Have Another Question.....
Whether you have one question or several please do get in touch and I'll be delighted to answer any queries. Always happy to talk ceremonies!!