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!
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...

Wedding Music

Wedding Music

A wedding is one of the important ceremonies imaginable. Whether it is formal or informal, traditional or modern, beautifully chosen music can add significantly to the character and atmosphere of any ceremony. A celebrant can contribute greatly here. Although these...

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....