The Ceremony Company
Many people are not aware of the role of an Independent Celebrant, so here’s an overview:-
I am an ex-registrar (previously a Dales Headteacher) and I now specialise in writing for couples or families celebrating significant life events, for instance, weddings, renewal of vows, commitment ceremonies, naming ceremonies and funerals, which are a true celebration of life. The joy of the service I provide is that ceremonies are designed with individual clients in mind, making them person, memorable and meaningful. There’s none of the content, timing or location restrictions of a Registrar-led civil ceremony or Church ceremony.
Couples and families opting to use an Independent Celebrant giving them hugely increased choice has rapidly grown in popularity nationally. I offer the freedom of a bespoke ceremony held on any chosen date or time, in any location clients have permission to use, for instance, a marquee in a garden, a field, barn, hotel, stately home, castle, pub, beach or beauty spot, home or abroad!
Using the example of a Wedding Celebration Ceremony, I meet with the couple to arrange a video call well in advance (sometimes a year ahead) to get to know them and their unique love story, so they can feel confident that their ceremony will be very special and personal. Having listened to their ideas, I then design and write a bespoke ceremony reflecting their style and incorporating any content they wish, for instance, handfasting, their own vows or a blessing. I can offer a rehearsal beforehand to minimise any nerves on the big day and then perform their ceremony at their chosen location with as many guests as they wish, utilising my decades of experience in public speaking.
As an Independent Celebrant-led wedding ceremony isn’t legally binding, the couple will have a minimal marriage at a Register Office a few days beforehand to complete the legalities (usually lasting 10 minutes with 2 witnesses and no exchange of rings). This gives them the freedom of an extra special wedding celebration exactly how, when and where they wish, with bridesmaids, vows, exchange of rings and any content they choose, using myself as their celebrant to bring it all together for them – entirely according to their wishes.
I love what I do and take great pride in providing a bespoke, client led service under the auspices of The Ceremony Company, owned and founded by ex-Registrar, Louise Burns.
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