Below, you'll find some frequently asked questions.
Please don't hesitate to contact me with any additional questions or queries.
What is a celebrant?
A celebrant is someone who officiates or conducts ceremonies which typically mark life’s special milestones.
Celebrants are not required to be qualified but I hold a Level 3 qualification in Celebrancy, so you can be assured of a professional service. Unlike humanists and registrars, independent celebrants, like myself, are happy to include any religious or spiritual elements, including prayers, in their ceremonies. As ceremonies are not (yet!) legally binding, we are able to conduct unique, highly personalised ceremonies practically anywhere, inside or outside.
What are the main differences between registrars, humanists and independent civil celebrants?
Good question! It can be confusing, not helped by current U.K. law. Although there are similarities, a celebrant offers the most flexibility and choice.
Can I have a registrar present at my celebrant-led wedding ceremony?
It’s an expensive option but yes, absolutely! Registrars can come out to licensed premises to complete the legal formalities on your wedding day but your celebrant will conduct your bespoke ceremony. A popular option is for couples to complete ‘the legals’ (viewed by many as an administrative task) without fuss on a separate day. Doing this frees you up to hold an amazing celebrant-led wedding where and when you choose!
How long is a celebrant-led ceremony?
It depends on the type of ceremony and where it's held, really. Typically, a wedding or naming ceremony is around 30 minutes but they can be longer depending on the amount of content you require.
Does it matter what culture, faith, religion or sexual orientation I am?
Absolutely not! I embrace diversity!
I’m more than happy to offer same-sex ceremonies and ceremonies with or without religious content.
I don’t like public speaking. Will I have to speak at the ceremony?
Understandably, many people are uncomfortable with speaking in front of a group. Don’t worry! With a naming ceremony or funeral/celebration of life, it’s up to you if you'd like to say something or I can speak on your behalf.
With weddings and vow renewals, I’m happy for you to say as much as you like! Feel free to read something like a poem, an anecdote or your vows but if you’d prefer to keep it short and sweet with an “I do” then that’s okay too!
Is there a dress code?
Not necessarily. If there is, it’s set by you! For a wedding, you may opt for traditional dress or something altogether quirkier and more contemporary. You may even decide on a themed wedding, vow renewal or naming ceremony – wonderful! I always ask clients if they have a preference for what they’d like me to wear so that I ‘fit’ with the style of the ceremony.
With funerals/celebrations of life and memorials, for example, I am sometimes asked to wear black but also, on many occasions, clients request something colourful.
Can I include a family pet in the ceremony?
As far as I'm concerned, sure! As long as the venue permits it. Please check with the venue in advance.
How many guests/mourners can attend?
Despite the easing of restrictions in the U.K. regarding Covid-19, numbers are still capped in some venues. For example, some crematoria permit a maximum number of mourners.
I recommend you check the gov.uk or local council websites and individual venues for current information relating to your area. Alternatively, I’m always happy to help and advise if you’d like to get in touch.