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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!
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...

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...