What's different about a Your Three Days wedding?
‘It was so, so touching - how you phrased your words and how they were delivered. I have to say your ceremony was the most beautiful ceremony we have heard at a wedding. It was absolutely perfect.’ Tobiah - Tobiah Tayo Photography (Top 50 UK) | The short answer? Everything. For example, I don’t rely on a planning meeting or recorded answers to create my Your Three Days wedding scripts. Instead, together we would work through a genuinely unique creative process with three enjoyable, manageable and rewarding phases to it. I would then write our script with your actual words, words you'd have had the time and space to write both separately and together, with my help every step of the way. There really is a fundamental difference in how I do things, a quality and depth that’s shown in every one of my 500+ testimonials. See the Approach section on my site to learn more.
What qualifications and experience do you have?
‘Hannah is more than a Celebrant: part wedding planner, bride counsellor and chief calmer-downer. There was never a time when she didn’t deliver great advice to any kind of drama! I think she has probably seen it all. It showed.’ Rachel | Back in 2010 I trained with the British Humanist Association (now Humanists UK) in weddings, namings and funerals and have been accredited with them ever since. This was long before online Celebrant training was a thing, with pre-selected entry and in-person training taking place over a period of months. I’ve since designed, written and led nearly 400 Your Three Days ceremonies, 250+ of which have been weddings and renewals of vows, becoming a wedding specialist in the process. Offering a full ceremony range not only considerably enriches your performance experience but, as you’ll see from my testimonials, means you also have the privilege of returning to some clients multiple times.
Where do you work?
‘It was everything we could have wished for: kick starting the day and setting the tone. You’re brilliant. So many said it was the best wedding ceremony they’d been part of: the perfect mix of love, sincerity and humour. Magical.’ Jo + Sam | Based in the characterful Pennine village of Marsden, West Yorkshire, I regularly work throughout Yorkshire, Derbyshire, Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Cheshire, Nottinghamshire and Staffordshire. I’ve led Your Three Days ceremonies in myriad places: castles, 5* hotels and country estates; tipis, tents and a polytunnel; a windswept Northumberland beach and at sea on a historic boat; a recording studio, art gallery and palm house; a brewery, zoos and the deep end of a swimming pool (empty) and at 30 St Mary Axe (aka the ‘Gherkin’) and ‘Swan at the Globe’ in London. As I explain in my last answer below, the wider bespoke writing I also create travels nationwide.
Do you do the legal part of the wedding as well?
‘It was the epitome of bespoke and consequently meant all the more. We’ll treasure the words forever, knowing they were just for us and true to us. The vows we made in our humanist ceremony were unquestionably our wedding vows.’ Becky + Ric | No, I’m not a Registrar, but don’t worry, I can easily talk you through the straightforward options. These days it’s not so uncommon to have a separate legal ceremony - after all, ‘popping to the Reg’ was good enough for Amal and George Clooney back in 2014, after their main wedding ceremony the day before (a religious blessing). Granted, said Registry Office was in fabulous Venice, but you can’t win them all can you? Whatever’s chosen, nothing detracts from the incomparable beauty of your bespoke ceremony experience. Clients often say they actually preferred having two separate ceremonies, for all sorts of reasons. Two halves of one very happy whole.
What are your fees?
‘I KNEW you would do an incredible job the moment I called. If you’d charged 5 times as much, I’d have paid without flinching. I just don’t think we could have imagined how perfect it would be on the day.’ Layal + Rob | As you’ll see from the Investment page on my site, my pricing revolves around the idea of a ‘core fee’. For weddings, these are usually between £650-£750 (+ travel), with many falling mid-range (£695). You can pay flexibly, if time allows, with 25% deposits and monthly instalments, meaning your initial payment to secure the date could be well under £200 (see the examples on the same page). If you’re understandably tempted to pre-judge these numbers, perhaps comparing me with another who charges less, do first explore my site and my 500+ testimonials. I say that not out of arrogance, but 13 years earning a reputation for value for money I’m very proud of.
Do you create other bespoke wedding writing too?
‘We absolutely LOVE it! It's beautiful, engaging, funny - a perfect reflection of our relationship and story. The vows are spot on, exactly what we'd like to say. Thank you, thank you, for writing such a beautiful piece for us.’ Amanda | I certainly do. I’m first and foremost a Celebrant, but the more ceremonies I’ve designed, the more I’ve realised the wider potential my bespoke writing has. So now Your Three Days also has 2 sister businesses - Words and Wisdom and Portraits in Prose - and all 3 sites are linked so you can easily move between them. Whereas Your Three Days ceremonies are usually limited by geography and my availability, with my other writing I don’t need to be physically present at any point. I can write for anyone, anywhere. If you’ve questions, just let me know, it would be a pleasure to hear from you.
‘Our humanist wedding ceremony was the highlight of our entire day: emotional, personal and encapsulating our relationship perfectly. It lasted 43 minutes: 43 minutes of pure joy, everyone captivated from start to finish. We didn’t want it to end. For us, it was such an important and symbolic part of our day that we really wanted something extraordinary. The level of emotion, mixed with both sincerity and humour, made for a magical ceremony that truly represented us as people. It would not have been possible without Hannah's expertise, knowledge and amazing presence. She goes above and beyond her role as a humanist wedding Celebrant and we cannot recommend her enough. At the start of the process she is your Celebrant, but by the end she leaves a friend.’
‘We deliberated every decision about our wedding and looked at countless options for most things. You were absolutely the best choice we made. You have this utterly lovely combination of authoritativeness and warmth as a Celebrant that completely put me at ease, all your details having a seismic effect on the ceremony’s feel. I’ve never seen so many people cry at a wedding, even the string quartet were in tears. We’d never met!!! Your delivery was brilliant and you really held the energy and filled the space. Our humanist wedding felt so safe and sacred (not a word I’ve used before). Just really perfect. A massive, heartfelt thank you to you for giving us such an enormously precious day and the happiest of memories. It was all we could have hoped for.’
‘Choosing a humanist wedding Celebrant seemed an impossible task – we both knew deep down we wouldn’t know we’d made the right choice until the wedding was over. Yes, we had cheaper quotes, but after a lovely chat with Hannah we decided to trust our instincts and booked her. BEST. DECISION. EVER! Personal, emotional and warm, our humanist wedding ceremony was just perfection – we were both completely blown away. An amazing (and extremely critical) professional cellist who we’re close friends with played during our ceremony. He literally goes to hundreds of weddings every year, so when he told us that our humanist wedding, and Hannah as the Celebrant, were the best he’s ever seen, we knew we’d nailed it! We don’t have the words to thank Hannah enough.’
‘Our heads are still spinning with the wonderfulness of it all: far and away the best day of our lives and you were a massive part of that. You guided us through with utter calm and the humanist wedding ceremony you put together was overwhelmingly beautiful, as evidenced by barely a dry eye in the tent. So many people have commented how you must have known us for ages to have been able to put together something so personal and fitting. The time, care and attention you put in was overwhelming, even down to timing arrivals so the songs we’d chosen had maximum impact. You are so, so good at what you do as a Celebrant Hannah and clearly believe in it completely. No amount of thanks is enough.’
‘Our Your Three Days humanist wedding ceremony was beyond our wildest dreams. I can’t tell you the number of people who came up to us saying it was the best ceremony they had ever been to, the most personal and filled with so much genuine emotion. One of our close friends messaged me the next day to say that we were the couple everybody wanted to be and it was the ceremony and wedding that every couple wanted to have. So much of that was your doing: your beautiful writing, coordination and delivery on the day. Craig and I agree that choosing you as our wedding Celebrant was the best decision we made. We can’t thank you enough for the ceremony you created for us. It completely made the day.’
‘We cannot thank you enough for making our dream wedding come true. The wedding quite honestly would not have been what it was without your recommendations on room layout, logistics, your amazing delivery of the ceremony and stage presence and not least your crowd control skills. From the moment we entered the room the atmosphere was electric: the ceremony was so personal to them and us there was not a dry eye in the congregation. There was so much love in that room. We played the ceremony out with you and in our heads many times, but on the day it was one million times better than we could have ever imagined. Everyone is still talking about it. It will forever be the best day of our lives.’
‘Where on earth do I begin? There aren’t enough superlatives to describe how we both feel about the ceremony you gave us and yourself as a person. It was everything we had dreamed of and to say that is quite something. The whole process was wonderful and we looked forward to our ‘homework’ every time, becoming an incredibly enjoyable part of the run up. I was bowled over by the compliments I received about the ceremony and yourself. You are an absolute delight and we were honoured to have you conduct our ceremony. I could go on and on and on and on and on but I won’t. Except to say that your support has been invaluable and you did the most sensational job. Hannah, it has been our absolute pleasure.'
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