An Independent Civil Celebrant writes and delivers non-religious, semi-religious, spiritual or religious bespoke ceremonies. Unlike a Humanist Celebrant, who does not include any kind of religious or spiritual references, an Independent Civil Celebrant can weave any words, readings and prayers that have meaning to you into your ceremony.
Independent Civil Celebrant Weddings are not currently legal in the UK, however the law is likely to be reformed quite soon. More information on the Law Commission site.
Currently couples need to have a separate civil service in addition to your Celebrant Wedding. Many couples do the 'legal bit’ at their local Registry Office before their big day (this costs under £50 for a basic service). All you need are two witnesses, and couples often save exchanging rings and vows until the Ceremony. Your Celebrant led Ceremony is then a meaningful and personalised celebration of love and commitment witnessed by your friends and family.
For Funerals, Naming Ceremonies & Renewals of Vows, there are no legal requirements.
The beauty of a Civil Ceremony is that you can have it wherever you want. You can be at home, in a hotel, a castle, a beach, a pub, a park, a houseboat, a yurt, a community centre, an art gallery...If you can book it, it can happen.
I would be delighted to work with you on your vows if you wish. I'll help you find your own words that get to the heart of your love.
I'm lucky that I trained with the best, Civil Ceremonies Ltd, who have pioneered the Celebrant movement in the UK.
I have completed the highest possible qualifications in Celebrancy in the UK: Diploma in Celebrancy: Naming and Couples (NOCN Level 3) and Diploma in Funeral Celebrancy (NOCN Level 3). This means that I have been rigorously assessed for my skill and suitability as a Celebrant, and am able to create and deliver appropriate and unique Ceremonies with sensitivity and empathy.
I have Public Liability and Public Indemnity Insurance, and have a current enhanced DBS check.
I'm a member of the professional organisation AOIC, the Association of Independent Celebrants, and follow their core Code of Practice.