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!
Finding the right Wedding Venue

Finding the right Wedding Venue

Unless your ceremony is taking place at home or in the back garden, you’re going to be looking to hire a venue. That’s something you should take seriously, as the atmosphere and facilities can make all the difference to (probably) the biggest day of your lives....

Wedding Fails

Wedding Fails

As last week’s blog (about outstanding ceremonies) seemingly aroused some curiosity, I thought I’d continue the thread. This time it’s about things that didn’t quite go to plan ... This example takes some beating, I think. Maybe not the right sort of Conduct I am...

“Oh, just another ceremony!”

“Oh, just another ceremony!”

I’m often asked to tell a story or two about my experiences as a civil celebrant. Here are a couple that have stood out for me, among the many. “Best” Funeral I suspect there will be no topping the funeral I conducted for a 92-year-old. It turns out that he died in...

Value for Money on Weddings

Value for Money on Weddings

Although micro-weddings can sometimes be the cheapest option, the accumulation of expenses associated with a wedding can seem relentless. Why the expense? Some suppliers sense ‘easy pickings’ when a couple approaches them. Prices can be raised just because it’s for a...

Staying put for a wedding?

Staying put for a wedding?

Considerations for getting married as an expat abroad With the (slow!) relaxation of travel restrictions, destination weddings are coming back into consideration. We welcome a guest article from Property Guides for some practical suggestions for the expat. More than...

Save your Money!

Save your Money!

There are some expenses, when you arrange a ceremony, that may be indispensable, but others that you only think are. You don’t need to spend money on a wedding planner … If your ceremony is going to be very small and simpleIf you’re prepared to source and reserve the...

Ceremony Crystal Ball

Ceremony Crystal Ball

In March 2020, I wrote a blog entitled “COVID-19 Musings”. We had just gone into (first) lockdown and were all stunned. I made it clear that I had no crystal ball. Some of my predictions would confirm that! Funerals Social distancing was being introduced. I deplored...

Is it a Struggle choosing a Ceremony Supplier?

Is it a Struggle choosing a Ceremony Supplier?

Most people have little, or no, experience of putting together a ceremony. The internet can offer some help, but consulting a professional is wise. However, how do you know which supplier is going to be a match for you? Of course, you’ve got to decide what you want...

Which Wedding Officiant?

Which Wedding Officiant?

I’m often asked what is my role. How can I conduct a wedding? Surely, that’s got to be  either a priest (or equivalent) or else the registrars? What people often don’t realise is that those are not the only options. As we’ll find out, there’s also a civil...