"Now the questions been popped, and the answer was yes.
It’s time to pick a date, the venue and the rest.
There’s so much more to-do and the time will go so fast,
So I am offering up my services to write about the perfect match.
Everyone loves a love story, so why not tell me yours.
So I can write a ceremony, that I hope you will adore.
You’ve stumbled on my website, so why not take a look,
And if you wish to contact me, I’ll have my pen and notebook."
YOUR WEDDING CEREMONY
Your wedding day is one of the best days of your life- so why not make it memorable with a personalised wedding ceremony script that reflects who you are as a couple?
Let me, a trained wedding celebrant, into your world and I will write a wedding ceremony script that is tailored to you. From your readings, special elements and song choices, we will work together to make your wedding ceremony one that will be remembered. I mainly cover weddings in the North East but I'm happy to travel.
My wedding celebrant service also offers a 'our journey' poetry service. This service is exclusive to my brides/grooms, feel free to have a look at this section of the website and let me know if this is something you want incorporated into your wedding ceremony. This poem will tell your story as a couple, how you met, your engagement and beyond!
Wedding Celebrant Poem by Meg
Contact now to reserve your wedding date!
Contact me via mobile, email or my online form. Please include the date of your wedding (if booked).
I will be in touch to arrange an initial 'get to know you' appointment to primarily discuss your hopes and dreams for your wedding ceremony.
We will meet either in person or via skype/zoom. This is when I will start to get to know you both as a couple and what you want for your wedding ceremony on your special day. As your wedding celebrant, I want to know how you met, your family, your hobbies and everything that defines you as a couple, as well as gathering information such as your wedding venue, your theme and possible music choices etc.....
I will go away and begin drafting your wedding ceremony script for your big day. You will be involved in the whole process, every step of the way, and will be able to see drafts of your wedding ceremony script throughout.
We will meet again so you can have the chance to review your script. At this point, we can discuss a date/time for a wedding ceremony rehearsal if desired.
A final wedding ceremony draft will be confirmed 4 weeks before your wedding so there is time to make last minute adjustments.
Your wedding day is here! I will be present to perform your unique script as your wedding celebrant and you will be given a copy of your wedding ceremony script to keep as a memento of your day. Wedding ceremonies are usually between 20-45 minutes.
Wedding celebrant services start from £450 and includes:
Initial home visit/video call.
Unlimited telephone/email contact.
Wedding ceremony script draft.
Wedding venue liaison/visit.
Second Interview to review the first wedding ceremony script draft.
A final wedding ceremony draft completion and rehearsal.
Delivery of your wedding ceremony on your big day.
A copy of your wedding ceremony script as a keepsake.
Support throughout your wedding planning.
Some extra charges may be added if:
Your wedding ceremony is outside of my area (over 30 miles from Darlington).
You need extra props for your wedding ceremony e.g. for 'special elements'.
If you require more meetings before your wedding ceremony.
If you would like an order of service printed for your guests.
Accommodation (if required).
My official wedding prices list and questionnaire are located in the PDF links below:
The Legal Bit
Unfortunately, independent wedding celebrants in the UK cannot currently legally marry couples. (We are hoping this will change soon).
The legal part takes 20 minutes and can be done at your local registry office ideally the morning of or the day before your ceremony.
You must give your local registrar notice of your intend to marry and make arrangements as soon as possible. 2 witnesses must be present and you will get your marriage certificate signed at this point.
Choosing an element.
Adding 'special elements' to a wedding ceremony is becoming increasingly popular.
These can be adapted to reflect your relationship style and the theme of your ceremony.
Below are some ideas but you may have a unique idea you would like to try for your ceremony-
I love new ideas and creations so let me know!
Prices start from £30 per element.
Unity Sand Ceremony
Symbolising the joining of a couple. It involves both partners pouring sand, of two different colours, into a single container, symbolizing their life-long commitment and the joining of their two lives. Family members e.g. children can also be involved.
Roses are presented to the mothers and/or grandmothers as a way of thanking them for their continued support and for raising the person you love.
To signify the joining of two families, the mothers light individual candles to symbolise the couple moving on from their family to create a family together.
Involving one glass of white wine and one glass of red wine, which are poured into a separate glass to create a blush colour that the couple then drink from.
Wine Box Ceremony
The couple will write love letters to each other and seal them in an envelope. They then choose their favourite bottle of alcohol (e.g. wine, gin) and place it in a memorabilia wine box to open on an anniversary of their choice.
The couple face their guests and words of thanks are read out by the celebrant (to be agreed).
Hands are tied with ribbons and cloth to symbolise a relationships strength and unity of the couple and the bringing together of two lives, hearts and families. Literally ‘tying the knot’.
Handfasting can be customised as well to suit the couple e.g. different coloured ribbons to symbolise different strengths in the relationship, a variety of binding materials and different spoken words can be used.
The ring is passed guest to guest, to give good luck through silent wishes.
First Kiss Last Kiss
To include mothers of the bride and groom. They are called up to join at the front of the ceremony. The mothers gave the couple their first kiss when entering this world and they will give the last kiss before their child goes off into their journey of married life.
Flowers of Unity
Both sides of the family are given a different flower, the guests then each put their flower into a vase to create a bouquet to celebrate the coming together of friends/family.
A small tree is placed at the front of the ceremony and prior to the wedding each guest is asked to pick up a small card to write their wishes for you on. During the ceremony, the guests are invited to hang their wishes it on the tree.
'The Big Hug'
Like a Mexican wave, each guest hugs the next guest to spread the love.
Hand prints can work well if you have children in the family. The children will do theirs prior to the day and the parents adds their hand prints to complete the picture.
Ceremony Parchment including up to two witnesses
A brief ceremony involving the couple and two witnesses. Each in turn sign a keepsake parchment or certificate which is then presented to the newlyweds.
Other elements are available and can be discussed.