‘designed for you’
Conventional weddings and civil partnerships take place at registry offices, religious ceremony sites (e.g. churches) and specific licenced locations - and all of these events stick to a defined format. But you have other options.
The only legal requirement in the UK to register a marriage or civil partnership (and to get a certificate) is say some ‘Declaratory words’ and ‘Contracting Words in the presence of a licensed person and two witnesses (who could be complete strangers to you).
“I do solemnly swear that I know of no lawful impediment why I ...... may not be joined in matrimony to ........”
“I call on these persons present to witness that I ..... take thee ..... to be my lawful wife / husband (slightly different wording for a civil partnership…”).
The rest of the service, including exchanging rings and saying vows to one another, is purely ceremonial and can happen anywhere you want it, in any format you want it and at any time you want it.
Many people want a truly memorable event that is tailored to them and not just a standard ‘off the shelf’ ceremony or service (albeit very well done). As your celebrant, I will give you the ceremony you want, in the style you want it, where you want it and at the time you want it.
You choose the venue - home, garden, beach, pub, marquee, boat, historic site, woodland, sports field, hot air balloon, whatever
You choose the timing - daytime, night-time, by candlelight or by moonlight.
You can register your marriage quickly and cheaply at a registry office and then, sometime later, have the wedding ceremony you have dreamt of.
As your wedding celebrant, I will work with you to design and script a ceremony to give you exactly what you want. If you can picture it, I can make it work for you.
Please contact me to talk about how I can make a difference to your special day.
“William conducted our woodland hand-fasting ceremony and wedding blessing, as well as acting as Toastmaster during the reception. He was an absolute consummate professional and everything a celebrant and toastmaster should be; articulate, charming, funny and efficient. Plus, he also takes sensational 3D photos! We cannot recommend him enough!”
Kate and Dominic Flood
William Freeman. Celebrant and Toastmaster.
Tel 07718 914739 or 0208 9792710
Wedding Celebrant for Surrey, Middlesex & London www.weddingcelebrantsurrey.co.uk
Member of The Fellowship of Professional Celebrants