Every couple’s relationship is unique and so it is fitting that with an Independent Celebrant you can have a ceremony that is as individual as you are. The words will reflect your personalities and are perfectly tuned to the love you share.
The joy and excitement you feel on starting married life together can be shared with all your family and friends.
I really enjoy the experience of working together with a couple and seeing their wedding ceremony evolve. Poems and readings are suggested, music is chosen and gradually their dreams take shape.
The Order of Service can be as secular or spiritual as you wish and I am happy to include an special elements or family traditions.
You are not bound by tradition (unless you wish) and you are free to let your imagination inspire you. Without the constraints of church or registry office, you can choose to celebrate wherever you wish.
It might be a quiet family gathering in your home, a wedding on a windswept beach, a wild party in a castle or a romantic, private tryst beneath an oak tree in a meadow.
I’m always happy to take part in weddings with a special theme and enjoy dressing to suit.
The legal part takes 20 minutes in your local registry office with two witnesses, prior to your celebration. You are then free to choose when and where you hold your wedding ceremony.
This is your special day and I will use all my professional skills, resources and enthusiasm to create a bespoke ceremony full of joy and beauty- just as you had imagined it.
“The ceremony was really our most favourite part of the day. Jane did such a wonderful job in helping us create such a beautiful tribute to our love story.
To walk through the green archway and step out into the sunshine in the glade and see everyone’s smiling faces is something I’ll never forget. I remember feeling so relaxed and comfortable, in Jane’s safe hands, and also knowing it was all so meaningful to us.“
Marriage / Wedding Ceremony Services/ Renewal of Vows from £500
“Hi Jane, Thank you for your lovely note. We can't thank you enough for making our ceremony absolutely perfect. It was truly more special and amazing than either of us could have pictured, thanks to your care and attention to detail. The posy, charms, ringwarming pillow, and Old Sarum pamphlet were above and beyond icing on the cake.
There are no words to express our gratitude sufficiently, but we will certainly do our best to capture it for you to have as a much deserved recommendation.
Again, cannot possibly thank you enough for everything - you truly made it our dream ceremony, and it was so lovely to get acquainted - we just feel so lucky to have found you!!"
All the best, Rae and Mike.
- Initial Interview (1-2 Hours)
- Draft Ceremony (4-5 Hours)
- Venue Liaison / Visit (1-2 Hours)
- Draft Order of Ceremony (1-2 Hours)
- Second Interview – Agree Order of Ceremony& Modify Draft (1-2 Hours)
- Final Draft (2-3 Hours)
- Final Interview & Practice (2-3 Hours)
- Officiate Ceremony (2-3 Hours)
- Presentation Folder
- Available for Photographs as required.
Below is a selection of additional ceremonies that can also be part of your Ceremony. They are based on old traditions, often with a quirky twist and can help add to the unique style of your wedding.
Handfasting from £50
Originally this is the historical term for wedding or betrothal. In this beautiful ceremony, the wrists of the couple are tied together with ribbons, each symbolising a special good wish or promise.. Members of the family may join in and it is a wonderful way of enhancing the joining of two families together.
Many people are turning to this ceremony in place of a full legal marriage, when they wish to celebrate their love and commitment with family and friends. I will supply ribbons, lace and braids and give suggestions for readings and wishes.
Ring Warming £30
I will commission the making of a beautiful little pillow that suits the colour and style of your wedding. On your wedding day, just before you take your vows the rings will be tied to the pillow and handed around all your guests. They will send loving thoughts, prayers and good wishes into the rings, until they are returned ‘warmed’ by all the loving attention. This is a lovely way of including everyone and is a happy and moving part of a wedding ceremony.
Unity Sand Ceremony from £50
This ceremony is ideal at any wedding and is especially relevant when families with step-children are coming together. A glass bottle is filled with different layers of coloured sand, each representing a person and the creation of one family from many individuals. I can source a selection of beautiful bottles both modern and antique.
Memory Box from £55
The couple write a love letter to each other, sealed in envelopes, choose a favourite bottle of wine and memorabilia from the wedding and put these all into the box, which is then sealed, only to be opened on a special anniversary.
I have a collection of unique vintage boxes, or I can arrange for a box to be hand painted and decorated to suit.
Breaking of Glass Ceremony from £40
Two champagne flutes (safely within a bespoke bag) are stomped upon and smashed. It’s a suitably dramatic way to celebrate the end of the formal ceremony and the beginning of the celebrations.
Wine Ceremony or Loving Cup Ceremony from £30 (depending on the choice of drink and the glasses)
These are ceremonies which can involve the couple or, if there is a small gathering, everybody can be involved. The couple can mix red and white wine to create a blush, and drink a glass each, or both drink from one special cup. A large two handled cup can be passed around everybody as they drink the couple’s health.
I have a selection of beautiful and unusual glasses which can be kept after the ceremony to use on special anniversaries
Rose Ceremony, Rosemary Ceremony from £30
Rosemary is said to bring good luck and good health and in the past it was carried by the bride and groom at weddings. It is also traditional to plant a Rosemary bush close to the door of your new home. The Rose Ceremony and The Rosemary ceremony can be combined. The Mother’s receive a rose from the bride and groom as a thanks for the love and care they have received and the Mother’s present a Rosemary bush each, to bring good fortune and happiness to the married home.
Unity Candle from £60
Lighting a candle has been part of important ceremonies since ancient times. In weddings it symbolises the couple joining in marriage as well as the joining of two families. The Mothers each light a smaller candle; the couple then use these to light the single large candle.
This is also popular in Naming Ceremonies. Parents and Specially chosen guardians or mentors all light the child’s candles
I can source either large ‘church’ or pure beeswax candles and will create bespoke candles which may be kept as a keepsake.
Ceremonial Bread from £35
A specially decorated loaf of bread is baked for the wedding. The Bride and Groom each take a bite, everybody joins in with an ancient blessing, ensuring food will always be on their table and they will be happy to share it. The bread is then shared by all the close family at the ‘top table’ at the reception.
Broom Jumping Ceremony – from £50
The Broom Jumping Ceremony is based upon tradition which symbolises the clearing away of negativity with a sweep of the broom and creating a threshold for the couple to cross over into their new life together. It’s a lively and visually impressive ceremony, especially if the broom is decorated to match the Wedding’s theme colours. I can source and decorate a broom for you.
Family Heirloom Books from £50
In the past family Bibles were used to record weddings and births. Couples choose a favourite book, maybe a novel or poetry. This can have the date and details of the Wedding hand written inside and be signed by the couple during the ceremony.
I can find First Editions, leather Bindings and all sorts of unique and beautiful books.
hope you're well, just a quick message to say thank you. The ceremony was so special at our wedding, it really meant a lot to both of us. It had just the right balance of humour + sincerity and flowed beautifully. Lots of people commented to us how much they enjoyed it. The words you wrote (and helped us to write) really encapsulated how we feel.
Thank you for making our big day so special, something neither of us will ever forget. The booklet you left us is something we will always treasure, alongside the memory.
If you ever venture to Sydney, let us know!"
Lots of love, Tom and Holly xx