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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!
Are Your Wedding Vows Simply Empty Words?

Are Your Wedding Vows Simply Empty Words?

Most wedding services contain wedding vows recited by the couple. These may be traditional or novel. The traditional ones will be of the “for better or for worse” type. The novel ones can be personal and unique (“I promise to walk the dog every day”), maybe with some...

What you need to know before booking your Celebrant

What you need to know before booking your Celebrant

Unless you’re lucky and have personal knowledge of a celebrant, or you’ve seen them in action, you may well be in the dark about celebrants. Clearly, they should have a website and this should give you an idea of what they look like and, possibly, sound like. You may...

Saving Money on Weddings

Saving Money on Weddings

Saving money on a wedding is an attractive thought, but how realisable is it? A wedding is (hopefully!) a once-in-a-lifetime event. You’re not going to skimp on things, if you can help it. You want everything to turn out perfectly. Quality matters. So it's reasonable...

Not so Woo-Woo after all!

Not so Woo-Woo after all!

One of the beauties of celebrant-led ceremonies is that you can include whatever you want. Well, virtually. You are not obliged to follow standard ritual or liturgy. You can mark your occasion anywhere and in, more or less, any way you choose. So that can mean that...

Is the Religious Wedding A Thing Of The Past?

Is the Religious Wedding A Thing Of The Past?

The religious wedding is undeniably in decline, but still has a place for many. Sometimes, it is the couple’s choice; on occasion, outside influences (such as family pressure) may dictate the decision. Whatever the reason, marriage in places of worship accounts for...

Making the Best of it

Making the Best of it

Being a civil celebrant has its challenges. I never know quite what to expect when I contact my next client. It may be relatively simple. The client is looking to mark a major event in a joyous way. Or fairly solemnly. Or even a mixture … The point is that the client...

That’s Not a Job for Me!

That’s Not a Job for Me!

Of course I’m not alone in failing to find my vocation at first. I started my working life (apart from student jobs) in a merchanting company. I was singularly unsuited for this, in truth, and lasted about 18 months. I then became a teacher. While I was at university,...

Controlling the Wedding Costs

Controlling the Wedding Costs

Almost by definition, weddings don’t come cheap! Indeed, for a wedding guest alone (in the UK), average spend is currently several hundred pounds. Don’t ask what it may cost to arrange a wedding! One reason for the high expense rate is that you are likely to need a...

Speaking Many Tongues (not forked!)

Speaking Many Tongues (not forked!)

I graduated more years ago than I care to remember. In fact, I’ve reached the age when it’s difficult to remember anything! Joking apart, I studied French and Russian (with Czech) at the University of Leeds in the 1970s. I knew I had an aptitude for languages, and...