What’s the difference between a celebrant and a registrar?
A registrar is employed by the local authority and the content of the ceremony is very restrictive and time constrained. A registrar may have a number of ceremonies to conduct in a day and so the ceremony can be quite short. Religious content is also not permitted and any readings need to be approved prior to the ceremony. You would unlikely meet your registrar prior to your wedding. You are also restricted to having your wedding in a licensed venue.
A Celebrant is self-employed and will take time to get to know you and work with you to create a personalised, unique ceremony that reflects who you are as a couple.
You do not have to get married in a licensed venue – in fact you can get married whenever and wherever you want to! A celebrant will be there with you every step of the way, from the initial consultation to your big day, and you will have the freedom to be as creative as you want!
Although they are commonly seen in weddings, celebrants can also conduct other ceremonies like vow renewals, baby naming, and funerals.
Can Our Dog Attend Our Wedding?
Yes, yes, yes!
The best thing about having a celebrant led wedding is that you can throw the rule book out the window. There are lots of companies out there who offer a dog chaperone service where they will bring your beloved pooch to your wedding and look after them after the ceremony. You may want to have your pooch walk you down the aisle or be the ring bearer. Believe me, dogs at weddings are always a huge hit!
Can A Celebrant Legally Marry Us?
In short, no.
To make it legally binding, you will attend the Registry Office before or after your ceremony to complete the legal requirements, saving the vows and exchanging of the rings for your celebrant ceremony. Most couples choose to do this the day before the wedding and it costs around £60.
In England and Wales, celebrants are unable to legally marry a couple. However, in Scotland, Jersey and Northern Ireland you can have a legal celebrant-led wedding if you use a humanist celebrant.
Can You Come To Our Rehearsal?
Of course! I can attend your rehearsal for an extra fee which we can discuss nearer the time.
Can you include religion in a ceremony?
As an independent celebrant, I put your beliefs and customs before mine and will write your ceremony based on what is important to you.
Where Are You Based?
I live in Bristol which I love! But I am more than happy to travel all over the country and am not restricted to the South West.
If you are considering a destination wedding please get in contact – I am available to travel internationally too.
How Long Can A Ceremony Be?
They can range typically from 20 minutes to 45 minutes, depending on what you would like to include in your ceremony.
Can We Get Married Outside?
An outdoor wedding ceremony is a very popular choice for a celebrant-led wedding. Ceremonies can be officiated on beaches, woodlands, open spaces, clifftops, gardens, the choice is endless. Since a celebrant led wedding doesn’t require a licence you have the freedom to choose wherever you like! You may wish to marry in the spot you got engaged, or a place which holds a special significance to you or your family.
Can We Write Our Own Vows?
I always encourage couples to write their own vows as it is incredibly personal.
I can help with vow writing and can recommend readings, poems and music.
If you don’t want to exchange vows, you could write a letter to each other either to be read out at the ceremony by a member of your wedding party or myself, or you can seal this in a box to be read in private after the ceremony.
If I sound like I’m the celebrant for you, I would absolutely love to hear from you!