Going the Extra Mile

Going the Extra Mile

Being in the wedding industry means you are part of people’s biggest day. I am very privileged to work as a civil celebrant, and serve my clients by creating and conducting the ceremony itself.

Others contribute with their own specialisms. Who do you go to, if you want to organise a destination wedding? Or your honeymoon?

Obviously, a travel agent. There are a lot of them out there, though.

I recently met Uli Williams, who is an independent Travel Counsellor. When she had explained to me how she can arrange all this – and with the personal touch –  I thought I should share her offerings with you, my readers, so this week’s blog is written by Uli. Enjoy!

Turning Your Dreams into Reality

exotic wedding dinner (Neli)

Isn’t it exciting to organise your Big Day, looking forward to tie the knot with your loved one?

I know that planning your wedding day and honeymoon is one of the most exciting periods of your life – but it’s often among the most stressful! From grand arrangements to the finer details that make your wedding unique, there’s plenty to organise to ensure that you get hitched without any hitches. As your personal Travel Counsellor, you can relax while I take care of it all for you.

We can discuss your personal ideas and requirements to create your hen and stag dos, dream wedding day and honeymoon to remember.

Perhaps it’s against a backdrop of azure seas, with soft white sand between your toes. Maybe it’s a New York party into the early hours after a wedding in Central Park?

Whatever makes up your unique vision for the perfect marriage, I can make it happen for you.

Travel Counsellors offer a unique ‘Honeymoon Gift Registry’ which will enable your guests to give you the most memorable gift of all – the honeymoon of your dreams. This registry service works much like the usual department store wedding list, except that your wedding guests can contribute monetary amounts towards your honeymoon plans.

If you have decided to get married abroad, maybe just the two of you or with a close circle of family, why not have a wedding blessing after your return to the UK, allowing your wider family and friends to celebrate your wedding and share your happiness?

If you are looking for a memorable, meaningful ceremony, think about using a civil celebrant. With his/her advice and guidance, you can enjoy that unique experience that reflects your personalities and beliefs. Why not give Michael Gordon, at Vows That Vow, a call? He is passionate about making your day just as you want. www.vowsthatwow.co.uk


Get in touch with me for your personalised, professional wedding planning!

Contact: Uli Williams, Travel Counsellor

E: uli.williams@travelcounsellors.com

T: 07739 184865 or 01992 877 390

Webpage: www.travelcounsellors.co.uk/Uli.Williams


Thank you so much, Uli.

Wedding Day Health – civil celebrant and wellness consultant collide!

Wedding Day Health – civil celebrant and wellness consultant collide!

In addition to being a civil celebrant, I am a wellness consultant, so why not put my two areas of expertise together? Pleased as I would be to conduct your wedding, I’d like to help ensure that you enjoy wedding day health!

So here are a few useful tips.

Before the Wedding


In the run-up to your wedding, try and get as much rest as possible. I know, there’s often last minute planning, seating arrangements  or problems with suppliers to contend with, but you obviously want to avoid stress as much as possible.

At least, manage some early nights – and maybe a bit of pampering (massage etc.). Then you’ll perform much better.


Everybody should drink about 2 litres of water a day (on average) as a given. You certainly should not neglect that. Being hydrated can avoid back pain and can also have a positive effect on your skin.


You may well be focusing on how you are going to look on the day, but don’t neglect regular meals. Ensure you eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables.

During the Wedding

photo courtesy of Neli Prahova

Food (again!)

The bride, especially, is likely to find that everyone wants to talk and there’s little opportunity to eat anything. So if it’s a buffet, get someone to fetch a plate or two for you. At a sit-down meal, make sure you don’t spend all your time circulating. You should be able to enjoy your meal too. You do need to eat and keep your strength up (if only, to be able to cut the cake!).


There’s likely to be a lot of drink flowing, and why not? However, you might do well to have a glass of water between each glass of alcohol.


See if you can arrange a little quiet time to relax between the day and evening receptions.  That will enable you to get through a delightful, but demanding, day comfortably.

After the Wedding


Depending where you are going, beware of too much sun, especially early on. Don’t forget to drink plenty of water, if it’s safe (there are portable bottles with filter systems available).

Bring a mini-medical kit with you (we usually take a few magnets, actually!).

Finally – although this could have gone in the “Before Your Wedding” section – ensure you have received any vaccinations you may need.

Wishing you a healthy wedding and honeymoon!

With thanks to Neli Prahova (www.neliprahova.com) for the photo.

Michael Gordon is a civil celebrant based in London.