Why choose a celebrant for your wedding or civil partnership

Many people wonder why they should choose a celebrant for their wedding or civil partnership, well hopefully this blog will tell you.

If after reading this blog you have more questions, or would like a free no obligation discussion about how I can help create your bespoke wedding or civil partnership ceremony then please do not hesitate to contact me.

Planning a wedding or civil partnership is such an exciting time and an opportunity to create a truly special and memorable celebration.

For many, a church wedding is not really what they are looking for so feel compelled to look at a registry office or a registrar led ceremony at a licensed venue.  But there are a multitude of other options available to those who chose to use a celebrant for their special day.

Unlike registrars a celebrant is not restricted on content, time or venue which means that you can create the most amazing, personalised and unique ceremony, which truly reflects you as individuals and as a couple.

Is a celebrant-led ceremony legal?

As yet celebrants cannot yet legally marry couples in England so you still need to give formal notice of marriage or civil partnership through a registry office at least 15 days before the day and either attend a registry office to complete the minimum legal requirement for marriage or have a registrar attend a celebrant-led ceremony.

Many couples choose the option of a simply attending the registry office to complete the formalities, which essentially involves making two statements before the registrar and two witnesses.

Alternatively, you can opt to have a registrar attend at the ceremony to complete the legal requirements, however using this approach will limit your choice of location as registrars can only conduct their role in licensed venues/locations.

Why use a celebrant if we also need a registrar? 

There are fairly strict guidelines about what a registrar can and cannot include in a ceremony, there is a limit on how long the ceremony can be and ceremonies must be conducted during certain hours of the day.

A celebrant is not bound by those restrictions so you really can have the ceremony that you want.  If you want to include a bit of religion or spirituality that’s fine if you want the ceremony at sunset or sunrise also fine and the ceremony can also be as along or as short as you want it to be.  It really is about making it unique and personal to you.

But perhaps the most exciting part of using a celebrant is the venue.  Registrars are only allowed to conduct ceremonies in licensed venues or locations.  This is not the case for a celebrant so, with the exception of consecrated places of worship or private land without the owner’s permission you can have your ceremony pretty much anywhere.  Perhaps you might choose the place you met, a beach, the park or in your own home or garden, wherever you choose this can be accommodated.

What does the celebrant do?

Once you’ve chosen your celebrant, they will work with you to create the perfect ceremony.  They will offer advice, guidance and make suggestions about things you might like to include but the important part is that you have complete control of the script.  It’s your day so it’s up to you how you want your ceremony to go.

You may already have lots of ideas about things you want to incorporate but if not have a look at my blog – Including a personalised act or symbol in your ceremony which may give you some ideas.

On the day itself your celebrant will conduct your beautiful, bespoke ceremony, ensuring you and your family and friends celebrate your day in the most memorable way.

How much does a celebrant cost?

Costs vary depending on what you want to include.  Most celebrants offer a free no obligation quote, so the best thing is to get in touch.

I’m Claire, an independent celebrant creating beautiful bespoke wedding and civil partnership ceremonies across the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley.

If you are interested in finding out more about how I can help you create you perfect ceremony, please get in touch.

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