Celebration Ceremonies following a formal marriage at a Registry Office are now very popular. Similar to the weddings on the Continent a couple have to carry out the legal marriage part of the ceremony at a Registry Office. Each Registry Office have to provide the facility to offer a simple marriage at the cost of around £50. There is no need to use a Ceremony Room in the Registry Office and the marriage takes place at the Registrars Desk with two witnesses.
Following the Registry Office requirement a ‘Celebration of Wedding’ can take place in any place and at any time. A Civil Celebrant will write and conduct a unique ceremony for you to share your wedding with your guests. There are a number of Associations supporting Celebrants. It is important that a couple choose a Celebrant who is experienced and a member of a recognised association, more importantly that they have insurance to cover both Public Liability and Professional Indemnity. Don’t be afraid to ask for a copy of their insurance certificate.
Wedding Celebrations can be held on beaches, in pubs, clubs, restaurants and even on farmers fields. Using a Celebrant also allows more flexibility with the words in a ceremony, the use of hymns and prayers are permitted.
Celebrants also conduct Renewal of Vows Ceremonies and ceremonies when a couple have married abroad and not been able to take all their friends and family. Even more important are those occasions when the Registry office are unable to conduct a wedding because they are not able to attend a licensed venue at the time the couple wish to hold their wedding. In these cases a Celebrant can save the day by conducting a celebration ceremony.
In cases where a couple cannot legally marry for one reason or another a Celebrant will also write and conduct a ‘Commitment Ceremony’ for the couple.
All ceremonies are ‘bespoke’ to the couple. They often include a ‘Love Story’ so that all the guests know about the couple, how they met and what they like doing together.
For useful information contact www.independentcelebrants.com