Weddings

Julie Wilson

Independent Celebrant

 

Ceremonies created with you, for you.

''You don't have anything if you don't have the stories,' Leslie Marmon Silko.

Celebrant Leicestershire Plus

 

'Julie, we want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the amazing way in which you conducted our ceremony. It absoultely exceeded all of our expectations; the way that you included all of those special details about our relationship means to much to us. You listened to our requests intently and guided us when we needed help. All of our guests sang your praises and we felt such a warmth from you. We honestly couldn't have asked for more on our special day!' S&R, 2014

 

 

 

 

If you don't want to get married in a church, the traditional alternative has been to use a Register Office. Register Offices are busy places, and several ceremonies are conducted back-to-back on popular days. A Register Office wedding will last 20-30 minutes and will usually be based on a set script. By law, there can be no religious content and the use of music is limited.

 

Celebrants do it differently ...

 

There is no set script, no restriction on content and no rules about music. In fact, there are no rules at all! Even better, using a celebrant works out cheaper ... no expensive licensing costs and no cost for two registrars to visit the venue. Aside of the cost to you for the legal aspect of your marriage (see your local council website for this), a celebrant will charge a one-off fee.

 

I have conducted weddings in hotels, back gardens, fields, Spanish mountains, ruins and a village hall. Each one has been different and unique. Each one has been designed by the couple with me and each one has included an address written by me that is personal to them. Ceremonies have included live singing, readings delivered by friends or family members, symbolic ceremonies (e.g. hand fasting), even a flash mob. Some have been based on very straightforward ceremony models and some have been elaborate affairs. They all have one thing in common - they were joyous occasions, made all the more wonderful by the personal aspect only a celebrant can bring.

 

How it works

 

After an initial conversation or email, I will visit you so that you can meet me and decide whether I'm the right person to conduct your wedding. If you want to go ahead, I will send you a booking form and ask you to pay a non-refundable booking fee in order for both parties (yourselves and me) to commit to the date. I will also send you my ceremony guide for suggestions, inspiration and ideas. We then begin communicating via telephone and email to get the ball rolling, and at a suitable point I will visit again to meet with you and begin drafting a ceremony script based on what you want for your big day. Feel free to present all of your ideas - this is your day! My time with you may also include meetings at the wedding venue and a rehearsal if necessary. On the day, I will conduct the ceremony as planned.

Fees 2014-15

Full wedding/civil partnership - £350.00

This includes meeting with you, phone and email contact, conducting the ceremony, copy of the ceremony and ceremonial certificate if required.

 

Vow renewal - £275.00

'We firstly want to start by saying a massive thankyou for what was a completely unique and memorable service. If that was anything to go by then you will definitely be booked solid in the future. Every single one of our guests have commented on how fantastic you were and how spot-on the ceremony was. It is truly something that we will never forget and we both want to do it all again.'

S & P, 2014

'Just wanted to say a massive thank you again for Saturday. The service at the hall was so professional and personal - you picked out so many great points! It really all added a wonderful dimension to the day that we'll always remember.' V & S, 2015

'Thank you so much for yesterday - we were so pleased with our ceremony and everyone has commented on how personal and enjoyable it was.' L & O, 2015

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