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!
Expectations

Expectations

There's no ignoring it. We've had Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Christmas is looming and a new year is beckoning. It's been difficult to plan weddings or celebratory events, never knowing when the next lockdown might be imposed. In fact, it's turned out to have been...

Who’s your wedding officiant?

Who’s your wedding officiant?

You’re getting married? Congratulations! Have you decided who will be the officiant? Will it be a priest (or equivalent), a registrar or a civil celebrant? Did you even realise that you have a choice?! [This post is designed for English or Welsh couples, although laws...

Why I love Funerals

Why I love Funerals

People can't understand why I am passionate about funerals. Weddings, OK, but funerals ...??? The key reason is that I get a lot of satisfaction helping people when they are (often) at their lowest ebb. I come in, usually as an outsider, and give them information they...

How do I Deal With a Wedding Supplier?

How do I Deal With a Wedding Supplier?

One of the questions I am often asked is “how do I deal with a wedding supplier?”. For many people, this is a new experience. What do you need to ask them? How do you decide between two (or more)? How do you know you’ll get what you want, once you’ve chosen? First...

The Roles at a Wedding

The Roles at a Wedding

I confess that I am approaching this subject tentatively. When I last wrote about it, a year or so ago, micro-weddings were almost the only type of weddings taking place. It made no sense to talk about wedding trains, processions, and the like. Things have changed...

A Very Special Day

A Very Special Day

Of course, you want your wedding to be a very special day! It’s an important and (hopefully!) unique occasion; it’s natural to invite lots of friends and family to share your joy. One thing you don’t want is to have to worry about suppliers on the day. That definitely...

Planning Your Wedding

Planning Your Wedding

Planning a wedding is an exciting activity but comes with challenges. You want to get these right. Of course, no two couples will do exactly the same as any other. One thing you're likely to need to do is to set a budget (and agree who will be on the decision-making...

Judging the Value of your Celebrant

Judging the Value of your Celebrant

How do you judge the value of a celebrant? Yes, you expect a well-presented wedding ceremony, but is that the limit of your expectation? And what price do you put on that, anyway? To some extent, the same goes with any supplier. They name a price and you decide...

The Value of a Civil Celebrant

The Value of a Civil Celebrant

Most people don’t really know what a civil celebrant can offer or why they should investigate using one. A fallacy is that a celebrant is the same as a registrar. Although a proposal to change things so a celebrant’s ceremony can be legal too is going through...