Welcome to my blog

This blog is a compilation of thoughts, musings and experiences of my life as a Civil Celebrant, mixed in with my reactions to relevant current events and news stories. There’s always lots to talk about!
Wedding-Day Nerves

Wedding-Day Nerves

There’s nothing wrong with wedding-day nerves. Totally natural, if you ask me. After all, your wedding should be the biggest day of your life. Together with your loved one, you’ll be centre-stage. Adrenalin can often enhance performance, although, to be fair, your...

How to personalise your Ceremony

How to personalise your Ceremony

Nowadays, fewer people are choosing a full religious service to mark their marriage. But the Register Office ceremony can be uninspiring, both regarding content and delivery. That’s why there’s increasing interest in celebrant-led ceremonies. These specialise in...

The Best-Laid Plans!

The Best-Laid Plans!

In my experience, a couple goes to a lot of trouble and expense to ensure that preparations for their wedding are comprehensive. Eventualities are considered and weighed up, and experienced professionals are usually employed. From my point of view, I ensure that the...

Wonderful Wedding!

Wonderful Wedding!

A few weeks ago (when the sun still shone!), I was reminded what it was like to conduct a wedding once more. I realise how much I’ve been missing! Becky and Chris are lovely people and very much in love. They make a perfect couple, especially as they share quite a...

Making Your Wedding Ceremony Different

Making Your Wedding Ceremony Different

Do you fancy a traditional full religious wedding service? Many still do, although these are becoming less popular. You know what you’re getting with such a service – and that’s precisely what drives some people away. They prefer a unique, personalised ceremony to a...

When’s a Good Time to Marry?

When’s a Good Time to Marry?

 No, no! Not “when you’re totally tanked up with booze”! What I’m actually referring to is the most advantageous time, day and type of ceremony for you. Of course, depending on the type of ceremony you have in mind and the venue, there are major decisions to be made....

What goes into a Mixed-Faith Ceremony?

What goes into a Mixed-Faith Ceremony?

A mixed-faith ceremony isn't always straightforward. How many religious elements is your service to contain? Will your two religions be represented equally? How do you judge that? And what do you leave out? Does your family have issues about you “marrying out”? If...

Weddings and Love

Weddings and Love

Love is easy enough when you’re infatuated. That first stage of a relationship is like walking on air. You’ve got no worries and it’s difficult to stop smiling. At some point after your engagement or even wedding day, that love changes and develops. It may not be so...

I remember Weddings!

I remember Weddings!

It must have been so hard for brides and grooms to have to face uncertainty about their wedding arrangements. Over months and even years. Should they marry, but postpone the celebrations, perhaps till the first anniversary? Do they just marry, and skip the...