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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!

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...

How to Choose your Venue

How to Choose your Venue

Even in these troubling times, it’s well worth choosing your venue with care. Even if it’s a micro-wedding, you’re going to want the vibes to be right. That means seriously considering where you hold your ceremony. Don’t leave it to the last moment! Not least because...

How do I choose a Wedding Supplier?

How do I choose a Wedding Supplier?

Whether or not you are planning a micro-wedding or still hoping for a bigger one, you are likely to be looking for a supplier or two. Simple examples would be a photographer, florist or a civil celebrant. How do you know they’ll be any good, and what do you need to...

Planning a Successful Wedding

Planning a Successful Wedding

Wedding planning is a very delicate balancing act. First and foremost, bride and groom must see eye-to-eye. Secondly, other people may well be involved, and their feelings and opinions may not correspond to the couple’s. Thirdly, there is social distancing and all...

Marrying a Snowman?!

Marrying a Snowman?!

It could be that lockdownitis is getting the better of me, I realise ... The fact is that I went for a stroll on Sunday and a snowman caught my attention. One thought led to another, and I began comparing the snowman to a wedding. As one does. Well, I warned you! But...

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...