For those couples trying to organise their dream day there can be a number of obstacles to get around and an awful lot of compromise. Venue, menu, number of guests and the list goes on and on.
Many couples come to a Celebrant because there seems to be quite a few restrictions at venues as to what you can and can’t have.
For example, you might wish to have a summer wedding in the garden of a beautiful country house but they are only licensed for the inside areas; this means that a registrar has to (by law) marry the couple inside. Or maybe your favourite place doesn’t have a wedding license…not a problem with a Celebrant.
With a Celebrant, you can have your wedding celebration anywhere you like. Literally anywhere…on a mountain top, in a garden, in a field, on the beach…This is because a ceremony performed by a Celebrant is not legally binding. Many couples choose to have their legal marriage abroad or have simple Registry Office marriage on the morning of their wedding celebration, or a few days before.
To have a wedding celebration where you can freely plan every detail to perfection, knowing it will be accepted and will be doable is so liberating and makes your day so much more personal. If couples do not choose to legally marry then a very similar ‘commitment ceremony’ can be held instead, which, apart from a small bit of wording, can include the same content as a wedding celebration.
The great thing about a Celebrant led wedding celebration is that you can have any content you wish, it can be long or short, include symbolic acts such as a sand ceremony or candle lighting, include readings from friends and family of all faiths and none, and be the perfect combination of a couple’s personalities and family traditions. Vows, rings and hymns can be included or we can create something different and truly unique. Some couples want a big traditional handfasting, which are such fun, or a small, private ceremony with just their nearest and dearest; whatever you choose, you really can stamp your personality all over it!
© Ellie Lomas 2017