Your day - your way
Say "I do" in a wedding ceremony especially created for your circumstances in a meaningful style that's personal to you. It's a special day to celebrate your love for one another. A day that is truly yours.
And the day is yours whether you are bride and groom, bride and bride or groom and groom. It is a privilege to conduct ceremonies for all couples.
Plan a relaxed legal marriage ceremony with witnesses at a Register Office when it suits you. Then enjoy exactly the wedding ceremony you want in a venue of your choice. The venue doesn’t have to have a license for your wedding ceremony. It can be in your home or garden, the local pub, on the beach, village hall or top grade hotel.
Vows can be your own, or they can be traditional. It's then time for celebrating with your guests at the reception in the same venue.
A celebrant-led wedding might include a candle lighting or sand ceremony. Whatever you choose, it will be a totally individual celebration at which your guests will feel welcome and a part of something very special. Whereas ceremonies attended by Registrars may not, by law, include religious content, at an independent ceremony you can have hymns or prayers if you wish, without the restrictions of a church ceremony.
Fun or formal, we can work together to make it entertaining, unforgettable - and perfect for you.
Your wedding questions answered
What paperwork do I need to prepare?
Contact your local Register Office to arrange an appointment for both of you to attend to Give Notice at least 28 full days before your wedding day. Include details of where you intend to legally get married. You have to have lived in the registration district where you are giving notice for at least the past 7 days. If you are planning a celebrant-led ceremony, you will first have a brief legal ceremony at the Register Office, sign the register and receive your marriage certificate. As a former Registrar and professional celebrant, I can give you any information you need.
Can I have my ceremony at any location?
Once you have completed the legalities. i.e. 2 visits to the Register Office (this may be a total of 3 hours – far less time than you will spend on all those other details for your Big Day), you are free to have your meaningful and personal ceremony with me – just about wherever you want. By a favourite lake, your local pub, grand hotel, on the beach, your garden. It can also be in a venue that’s licensed for marriages but with much greater flexibility than Registrars are able to give you. Have you a dream place? Give me a call. Let’s discuss it.
Will my ceremony be legally binding?
Your ceremony at the Register Office fulfils all of the legal requirements. Your marriage will be recorded in the Marriage Register. Once you have completed those legalities, you can plan your day your way. Independent weddings do not have legal status but they can be as similar to a legal ceremony as you wish, with a certificate presentation at the end as you hear your favourite music, confirming for everybody this is a couple legally married who want their family and friends to celebrate with them in a ceremony specially tailored for them.
"Thank you so much for making our wedding something really special. The personal touch was much appreciated. We together with our family and friends enjoyed the whole experience.
Once again our best thanks."
Caroline and David
"We wanted to thank you for your contribution to what Abi describes as her "perfect day". From our point of view we are unable to think of any way it could have been improved and we cannot think of anything that went wrong. It really must have been quite an event if we can say such things. Thank you for performing your duty so ably and with a light, gentle and humorous touch that was greatly appreciated."
Father of the Bride
"Just wanted to write a note to thank you very much for conducting such a nice ceremony for us. We were both so pleased with the way it was held. Everyone commented on how nicely it went. Thank you for making the most important part of our day so special."