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The best-kept secret in the wedding industry….
My name is Angie Jones, and I am a civil celebrant. The term ‘celebrant’ is still often unfamiliar to many people, although these days, most UK ceremonies are officiated by celebrants.
This blog will tell you a little more about what a celebrant is, and some of the things to be aware of when arranging your big day.
Angie Jones Wedding Celebrant
Naturally, people look forward to having their ‘dream wedding’, and most will plan this in fine detail. However, it is sometimes one of the most important aspects – the ceremony itself – that can be overlooked, sometimes resulting in disappointment on one of the life’s most important occasions.
So what is the ‘big secret’?
Many people think the options for wedding ceremonies in the UK are purely at a church or a registry office. However, times have changed. I have spoken to Many couples who have booked their appointment at the registry office, and been sold a ceremony without realising that they don’t need to do this at all. If you arranging the ceremony of your dreams with your celebrant, you may just want a ‘certificate only’ service from the registry office.
All couples must obtain a legal marriage certificate before a wedding ceremony can take place. However, this can be a very simple process, and there is no obligation to have a full ceremony at a registry office. The following words have to be said in a registry office or licenced venue in order for your marriage to be recognised in law, and for a marriage certificate to be issued.
“I do solemnly declare that I know not of any lawful impediment why I (your name) may not be joined in matrimony to (partner’s name)”
“I call upon these persons here present to witness that I (your name) do take thee (partner’s name) to be my lawful wedded wife (or husband)”
These words are the only legal requirements for marriage. You must also formally identify yourselves to the registrar, and you must sign the marriage register in front of two independent witnesses and a registrar.
Save Hundreds of Pounds
A little-known fact is that by requesting a ‘certificate only’ service from the registrar for less than £50, you may save hundreds of pounds and will have the freedom to have your full ceremony anytime, anywhere you wish. This extract from the official UK Government website makes it very clear:
- Cost of registering a marriage or civil partnership
- You have to pay a fee to register a UK marriage or civil partnership – different fees may apply abroad.
- This is £46 at a register office, but may be more at other venues. Ask the registrar or religious minister for details.
- The marriage or civil partnership certificate costs £4 on the day of the event or £10 after.
Once you have obtained your certificate, everything else – such as exchanging rings and vows – is then entirely your choice, and that’s where the sky is your limit!
The answer is YES!
One of the greatest joys of creating a celebrant-led ceremony is that almost anything goes and the answer is almost always “yes!”
Frequently asked questions are:
- Can we have our ceremony at home/ in a local hotel/ on a beach/ in a garden?
- We’d like some prayers and hymns at our wedding ceremony – can a celebrant do this?
- Can we include faith-based and cross-cultural traditions?
- We have had a bereavement and would like to acknowledge a loved one during our ceremony. Is this possible?
- Can we have children and pets as part of our wedding party?
- Can we have a ceremony abroad?
- We were married overseas. Are we able to have a ceremony when we return to the UK?
- Can we write our own vows?
- Can we incorporate elements such as baby-naming, hand-fasting, a loving cup or making commitments to our children?
- We’d like our ceremony outdoors – is this allowed?
The answer to all these questions is yes.
A good celebrant will discuss your wish list with you and do whatever is possible to make it happen. My recent ceremonies have included a very personal service in the couple’s garden, a romantic Disney theme and a festival in a beautiful meadow… almost anything is possible.
Other types of ceremony are also available: baby-naming, renewal of vows, commitment ceremonies… the list really is as long as your imagination, and your celebrant can help you put together something appropriate for you.
Must we use a qualified and experienced celebrant?
The simple answer is no; in the UK there is no requirement for a celebrant to be qualified, and anybody you want to can conduct a ceremony for you. However, as most of us are aware, ‘you get what you pay for’ can be quite a wise adage!
Some friends and relatives can do an amazing job helping at your wedding in all sorts of ways, but ask any wedding professional – celebrant, photographer, florist or cake maker – about some of the horror stories they have been asked to try and put right, and it soon becomes obvious why your wedding day is not a day to be left to chance.
Finally… Ask Us Anything!
Of course, weddings can be expensive affairs. However, it is always worth a conversation with your wedding supplier to see what options may be available to you. Always obtain written quotes. Ask about testimonials, check out websites, and remember: no question is silly! It is much better that your wedding suppliers understand your needs than that you’re left disappointed on the day. You should be given as much information as possible. Any good celebrant will ensure that you have fully approved the entire script for your wedding ceremony. They will also be able to make any changes necessary to give you the day you have dreamed of.
Want to Find Out More? Contact Angie Jones Wedding Celebrant
To discuss anything in this article, or if you would like more information about Angie’s services, please contact her directly.