Celebrant led Wedding Ceremonies

Liz Thompson Liz Thompson

Tradition with a Twist… Celebrant led Wedding Ceremonies that really stand out from the norm.

Have you ever been to a wedding ceremony that could have been and probably was, written for just about anyone and everyone? What can you remember about it? At a guess, not very much. More and more of us are voting with our feet and choosing to have a wedding ceremony that reflects our beliefs, values and lifestyles.
George and Amal Clooney’s recent wedding highlighted what has long been happening around the world. People do the legal bit by signing the register in a quick civil ceremony and have their proper wedding ceremony elsewhere. Your venue doesn’t need to be licensed because you have already signed which means you can have it anywhere you like.

A ceremony that is personal and unique and you’d be amazed at how creative people can be with their ceremonies when they realise that they don’t have to stick to the standard format. This is when their personalities really shine out and all because their celebrant has taken the time to get to know them, their personal stories as individuals and as a couple and the shared history that has brought them to their wedding day.
A church or civil ceremony is pre written for the masses with very little choice over content. Ceremonies are often delivered in a time crunch, conveyor belt style. The venue would need to be licensed and the fee goes up considerably depending on day, time or public holidays, there is very little room to include your own personality or opportunity to meet your registrar because they work to a rota.

I always know that people who choose a celebrant are going to be a little bit different anyway. I use the term ‘tradition with a twist’, a short way of saying that anything goes. Couples choose to include elements of tradition or none at all, they might include a religious prayer or reading, symbolic elements for example hand fasting, unity candles etc. Or something else that says this is us, this is who we are. Guests are often surprised when they witness something so completely unique that it blows them away and that for me makes my work so worthwhile.

Celebrants are becoming increasingly popular for all sorts of personalised lifestyle ceremonies such as naming and welcoming children to the family, also funeral Celebrants offer personalised and respectful services at this sensitive time when you need to be confident that you can be open about your relationship.
You don’t get another shot at the perfect wedding day and not all celebrants are professionally trained so check out their credentials, a good celebrant will be happy that you have checked that they are up to the job. I trained with the Fellowship of Professional Celebrants who are a National and widely respected organisation.

So, leave your pre conceptions at the door, relax and look forward to a great personal experience that will stay with you and yours for ever.

Liz Thompson
Unity Civil Celebrancy
www.unityindependentcivilcelebrancy.co.uk