"And wow the ceremony was just perfect!!! I can't thank you enough! Everyone was saying how lovely it was and how it was so personal! We definitely made the right decision to choose you to do our ceremony!"
... Wedding at Orange Tree House with Phoebe the dog as ring bearer!
You can choose your own music, readings and poetry and your family and friends, your children and even your pet(!) can get involved.
You can write your own wedding vows - and I can help!
There are some lovely extra elements that you may choose to include and you will find
some of these on my Special Elements page.
Your ceremony can be as brief or as long as you like but around 30 minutes is about right to include all the necessary elements: the welcome, the readings, the vows, the exchange of rings and the signing of the certificate.
We will have a rehearsal so that everyone involved knows what to expect of the ceremony and feels relaxed on the day. I can give a little coaching and 'insider
tips' to ease any nerves!
You may be surprised at how reasonable the costs
are. A specially-written, unique wedding ceremony often works out at a lower cost than a church ceremony or having a registrar conduct the whole service.
Important Legal Note:
Under the Marriage (Northern
Ireland) Order 2003, you must give Notice to Marry to the registry office.
A legal marriage ceremony can then be performed by a registered
religious or humanist officiant or a registrar.
As an independent celebrant, I can't do the 'legal bit' at your ceremony. So my couples usually
attend the registry office a few days before their wedding day for this. It's a very simple procedure that takes about five minutes and just involves repeating the registrar's words of solemnisation in the presence of two witnesses.
(For any legally binding wedding ceremony in a church or other venue you still have to collect your marriage certificate separately anyway.)
Then your marriage or civil partnership certificate is issued, you have your legal status and you're all set to enjoy your Big Day and your bespoke ceremony with family and friends.