Can I have my ceremony anywhere?
Yes you can! If you choose a celebrant to lead your wedding then you can have a ceremony literally anywhere. Plus you’d get a much more personalised and bespoke ceremony. But it does mean you would need to complete the legal paperwork separately, e.g. at the register office.
Can a celebrant perform a legal marriage?
The law currently means that celebrants cannot perform the legal aspects of a marriage. However, the paperwork is not the fun part of a marriage - that's where a celebrant comes in! Usually a couple using a celebrant will have the legal aspects of their marriage carried out a day or so before their wedding celebration. Usually this will just be the couple and two witnesses. The real celebration happens with their family and friends and all the 'traditional' aspects can be done during this, such as best man, bridesmaids,ring exchanges and vows.
We were so pleased that Helen agreed to be the celebrant for our wedding. I have worked with Helen for many years, and when she became a celebrant shortly after we were engaged, we decided to ask her to officiate our wedding and help us create something special and unique. Having someone I’ve known for years leading the wedding was just amazing! Helen carefully scripted a ceremony we were really happy with. It was personal, unique, funny and emotional – our guests were wowed by how lovely it was, with many saying it was the nicest ceremony they had ever attended. Helen is kind, approachable, very easy to get along with and has an eye for detail. She will work to make sure your celebration is exactly as you want it to be. From the lovely moment when I asked if she would be our celebrant….to the day itself and chatting about it afterwards – it’s been a very special time. Thank you, Helen, for being such an important and wonderful part of our wedding!
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