A full religious wedding may not be your cup of tea; nor may a Register Office wedding, which is strictly non-religious. Both have their fans, but each must follow a formula and barely differ from one ceremony to the next. You may well want religious elements, but may be marrying someone of a different religion to you – or your own church won’t accept your marriage for whatever reason.
Hurrah! There is a ‘middle ground’, which is where I come in. I can help you create a tailor-made ceremony, offering you ideas and guidance, as you choose the elements that you feel will meet your needs, personalities and personal beliefs. Then I conduct your service in an appropriate, professional way.
The one restriction to bear in mind is that no wedding is legal without the involvement of registrars. Why not go (with two witnesses) and get legally married (hours or days) before our ceremony, leaving you free to really relax and enjoy the occasion? Or you can even combine the two ceremonies, with the registrars marrying you in front of your guests and the civil ceremony following straight on!
Your Civil Wedding can take place at virtually any time, and, subject to the legalities already mentioned (and permission, where relevant!), you can marry anywhere you like – from gardens to hotel to hot-air balloon to wherever your imagination takes you. The size of the event is down to you, as are its style and the ceremony wording and choreography, the type and use of ritual, and even the celebrant address.
I specialise in mixed-faith ceremonies.
As a linguist, I may be able to help you, if you want part of the ceremony in a foreign language.
You really can have your big day just the way you want it!
Following the fabulous Windsor Wedding Fair, I now have Shendish Manor (22nd October) and Denham Grove (29th October) to look forward to. Please come and join me at one of these.
The Grims Dyke Hotel is a marvellous setting for a handfasting.