I’m very excited! It’s been almost two years since I last conducted a wedding, and my next one is at the weekend! Woo hoo!

Weddings are something I’m passionate about and have really missed through the lockdowns. Not just financially, although that has been a consideration, of course. But it’s being part of the creative process, and all that goes with it, which is something you can’t put a price on.

It’s so rewarding to work with the couple (not necessarily over such a big time span is in this instance!), making suggestions, offering ideas and guidance. Getting to know them and their beliefs and wishes. Talking their plans through and making sense of sometimes vague ideas.

It’s wonderful how the couple’s excitement grows, as they see their vision building towards fulfilment. The reality of it all dawns gradually, and it’s so satisfying to be able to realise and achieve for the couple whatever their dreams for the ceremony may be.

Of course, nothing surpasses the day itself. The warmth and love that surround the couple, starting with the groom welcoming the guests. There is good humour, bonhomie and committed support, and all that helps to dissipate the nerves the groom must be feeling.

The arrival of the bride is typically a moment of high drama. Whether or not there is a procession, or even music, the bride’s arrival is a highlight, and she always looks resplendent centre-stage.

The ceremony is special too, of course, the culmination of much collaboration and work. As celebrant, when I’m up there with them, I do my best to encourage the couple and put them at their ease. I facilitate the event smoothly and calmly and make it personal for the couple and meanignful for all. I try to make the guests feel included. It’s not about me, I well understand, but I am a vital part of the proceedings nonetheless.

Most people will only marry the once, and they will want the day to be unforgettable. My memory is not so reliable these days, but I can vividly recall my wedding back in 1999. For all the right reasons! I always welcome those recollections.

So perhaps you’ll appreciate why I’m so glad to be back marrying people once again. I can’t wait, and I think, on this occasion, I may well end up just as excited as the couple!

Photo: www.elwood photography.co.uk