Weddings and Partnerships

Congratulations, you’re getting married!

Have you already envisaged your special day – what will it be like?

Exciting, romantic, personal, heartfelt, fun, creative, significant to you, sharing your beliefs and traditions?  With me as your celebrant you can be assured this is the wedding or partnership ceremony you will have.  It will be designed specifically for you and therefore like no other wedding.   A truly memorable ceremony, whether traditional, unconventional, formal, casual or a blend.

Where will your special day be and who will be celebrating with you?

Your day may include just your dearest friends and family or many hundreds of people.  It may be brief or over a couple of days.  It could be in the wild, on a beach, in your home or in a hotel, the venues are limitless!

You might want a theme, you may choose readings, music, hymns, songs, prayers or blessings.  You may not. These are all options I will discuss with you to ensure that your day is just the way you want it to be.

The heart of your celebration

Your marriage service or partnership ceremony is at the centre of your wedding day.  This is where you make your promises to the person you love, where you truly celebrate the journey you have already been on and commit to a future together.  I will focus on this area of your day, leaving all the other arrangements to friends, family or your event planner.  However, I do have experience of planning and advising on weddings and I will be able to support you as you find your way through the potential maze of preparations and developing your own concept.  The start of your married life will be as individual as you.

What next?

It would be fabulous to be able to meet at least once to discuss your thoughts and ideas.  You will then receive a proposed script for your day and you will have the opportunity to make as many changes as you wish until you are completely happy.

If you want your vision for your day to come alive then please do contact me.  It would be an honour and a delight to help you to celebrate your love.

If you’ve been married for some time but would like to renew your vows I would be delighted to discuss this with you.

Important, please note

Currently in England and Wales, only registrars and designated religious clergy and officiants can legally complete the paperwork for marriage and civil partnership documents.  This means that (for the time being) this part remains separate to your celebration ceremony.

You can arrange to visit the register office to formalise the paperwork at a time convenient to you – which may be on the morning of your celebration or a day or two before.  It is suggested that you don’t exchange rings before the registrar but save this for your ceremony.  There is no need to show me any documentation in order to conduct your wedding or partnership celebration;  it is entirely up to you when you hold your legal ceremony.  However please feel free to discuss this with me when we meet.

Wedding and Partnership - Love decorations

The Owl & the Pussy-Cat – Edward Lear

The Owl and the Pussy-cat went to sea
In a beautiful pea-green boat,
They took some honey, and plenty of money,
Wrapped up in a five-pound note.
The Owls looked up to the stars above,
And sang to a small guitar,
“O lovely Pussy! O Pussy my love,
What a beautiful Pussy you are, you are!
What a beautiful Pussy you are.”

Pussy said to the Owl, “You elegant fowl!
How charmingly sweet you sing!
O let us be married! too long we have tarried:
But what shall we do for a ring?”
They sailed away, for a year and a day,
To the land where the Bong-Tree grows
And there in a wood a PIggy-Wig stood
With a ring at the end of his nose, his nose, his nose,
With a ring at the end of his nose.

“Dear Pig, are you wiling to sell for one shilling
Your ring?” Said the Piggy, “I will.”
So they took it away, and were married next day
By the Turkey who lives on the hill.
They dined on mince, and slices of quince,
Which they ate with a runcible spoon;
And hand in hand, on the edge of the sand,
They danced by the light of the moon, the moon, the moon
They danced by the light of the moon.

Officiating at a wedding ceremony at The Inn on the Lake, September 2021