It is absolutely likely that you will have questions about the process and I hope you find the answer below. If your question is not answered, please feel free to email or call me to discuss your special event.
How much notice do I need to give you to be my celebrant?
As much as possible!
Weddings, vow renewals and naming ceremonies get booked up quite a way in advance. we will have to liaise to make sure I am available. Funerals have quite a quick turn around and will always make every effort to make the date work for us both.
Do I need to register my marriage separately?
You have a legal responsibility to register your marriage with the local authority. You will need to complete the legal paperwork at a registry office prior to the ceremony. (This is usually takes place at an earlier time the same day or the day before).Your wedding ceremony can be completely separate to this.
I am a celebrant and not a registrar.
Every registration district sets their own fees apart from the statutory ones which are governed by the General Register Office. At the moment (2022/2023) you can be legally married for as little as £46.
The cost for a register office marriage or civil partnership is £57 which consists of £46 for the registration and £11 for one certificate. The fee is payable to your local authority and non-refundable.
During 'our' ceremony, we can still include the process of signing your 'wedding ceremony certificate' (and I'd recommend you do this. It allows your guests to see you sign to say that you are married and enables them to get the 'staged' signing photo that everyone loves to see! This is not a legally binding certificate but can be designed in any way you would like it..
Can I have a religious element to my ceremony?
Yes, you can. I am not affiliated with any religion so I am happy to say or perform a ceremony that you have in mind! This is something we would discuss at our meetings and aim to include in your ceremony at the right moment. See my Rituals page to see some of the elements you could add to enhance and make your ceremony stand out. You may have some of your own that want included from your culture or faith. I did at my wedding and my aunt's funeral!
I don't live in the areas that you cover. Would you be willing to travel?
Yes, but it really depends on where you are. We may need to discuss travel and lodging.