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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!
Halloween already?!

Halloween already?!

No. I know it’s not Halloween, but this is all about nightmare scenarios! The following have happened at (or before) weddings that I was officiating at: A fireThe groom forgot the ringThe bride’s car got lostA staircase collapsedA photographer fell over backwardsThe...

Micro-weddings

Micro-weddings

It’s time to take a look at the relatively new trend that is changing the face of weddings across the UK (and beyond). I’m referring to micro-weddings. Of course, people are still looking at “traditional” weddings (bride in white, formal processions, receptions for...

Ceremony Music

Ceremony Music

When I’m planning a ceremony with clients, the question of music often comes up. Of course, some people know exactly what they want, but many need guidance. Advice will vary from person to person, but one thing to understand is that we’re not planning a standard...

Who needs Wedding Suppliers?

Who needs Wedding Suppliers?

Do we even need wedding suppliers these days? After all, with social distancing and government regulations limiting the size of ceremonies, we’ve moved towards small-scale ceremonies. Can’t we manage on our own now? Maybe, but I would be less than sanguine as soon as...

Thumbs up for the Tower of Babel!

Thumbs up for the Tower of Babel!

When I first became a celebrant (some 8 years ago, as I write), I thought it would all be quite simple. I’d meet the client, find out what they were looking for, send them a few draft emails, and then conduct the ceremony on the day at their chosen venue. That's the...

Same-sex engagements: how to plan the perfect proposal for 2021 Unfortunately, this guest blog disappeared recently. We thought it deserved another chance! Are you in a deeply committed same-sex relationship? In this article, Jack Jahan from Ramsdens Jewellery shares...

My Favourite Funeral?!

My Favourite Funeral?!

I’m often asked about memorable ceremonies that I’ve conducted. It’s very difficult to pick one out, because by their nature they are all different. They may stand out for the wrong reasons or for the best, but they are all special. In my early days, at one funeral...

Progress on the Wedding Front?

Progress on the Wedding Front?

As a celebrant, my first reaction to the government’s irreversible “roadmap” last week was relief. At least, we could celebrate weddings with no restrictions from 21st June. After all, it usually takes a good few months to plan a wedding, so we could probably get...

How to select a Celebrant

How to select a Celebrant

When you choose a celebrant, you know you’re going to be paying anything from a few hundred pounds to a four-figure sum. Whether you ultimately receive the value of that expenditure, or not, it’s still a significant amount of money to spend. It therefore pays to do...