A bit about me…
My name is Anne-Marie Ledson and I’m a professionally trained independent celebrant based in York. I conduct ceremonies across Yorkshire, the North East and the North West of England.
I decided to become an independent celebrant because I wanted to help people to create truly personalised ceremonies. I gained the skills to provide this service for people at significant moments in their lives through my work, my qualifications and my hobbies. I have had a varied career and I have a wealth of experience working with people in many settings, including at difficult and emotional times.
How I work
I believe every ceremony that celebrates or commemorates a significant life event should be unique and reflect the uniqueness of those involved.
Whichever type of ceremony you’re planning, I will meet with you to find out exactly what you would like to include in your ceremony. I will listen to your wishes, discuss your options and then create your bespoke, unique ceremony.
For me, being a celebrant is more than just a job – I care about every couple and family I work with and work hard to ensure their ceremony is perfect for them. You can rely on me to be professional, calm and approachable throughout the planning process, and on the ceremony day itself.
Qualifications and code of practice
I take my responsibility as a celebrant seriously so you can be sure you’re in safe hands when working with me. I am fully trained, insured, and bound to a code of practice to make sure I’m the best celebrant I can be.
Qualifications: I hold an NOCN Level 3 Diploma (RQF) in both Funeral Celebrancy and Naming and Couples Celebrancy. I also hold the Level 3 Advanced Spritual Celebrant Training. I trained with Civil Ceremonies Ltd – an OFSTED Outstanding Provider which offers the highest UK qualifications available in Celebrancy.
Membership: I am a member of the Association of Independent Celebrants (AOIC). The Mission Statement of the AOIC is: ‘To provide our membership with the best possible support and resources to be the most professional celebrants in the UK and overseas.’
Code of practice: I am bound by the code of practice of the AOIC and I have also adopted the Funeral Celebrant Accord, which defines the attributes and skills required of an excellent funeral celebrant and is intended to set standards by which all celebrants offering funeral services should be measured.
Insurance: I have Public Liability and Professional Indemnity Insurance through the AOIC.
Luke and Emily
Anne-Marie is a very professional celebrant, who made us feel relaxed and excited about our big day. If we had questions she would always be on hand to answer them quickly and in detail. Our day couldn’t have gone any better; having Anne-Marie guide us made the entire experience beautiful and it was full of joy. You won’t find anyone better!
Sammy and Mikey
We made it! We wanted to thank you for being such a big part in our wedding journey. We will be forever blessed to have been able to meet and work with you. Thank you for everything, you’ve been a true rock for us throughout this. Thank you so much for sticking with us and making this experience a bright and joyful one.
Ross and Sheena
We chose Anne-Marie to be our celebrant for our wedding ceremony. She took the time to really get to know us and wrote a fantastic, personalised script for the day and had such a way to piece together our life and present it to our guests. On the day she delivered it perfectly. All our guests commented on how fantastic she was, and we couldn’t have made a better choice. Thank you Anne-Marie, for everything.
Andy and Lisa
The service Anne-Marie provided from start to finish was personal, thorough and exceptionally professional. She left no stone unturned throughout the process and oversaw and explained every step to make sure we had the most perfect ceremony. Our day went better than we could have ever imagined, due to the exceptional work ethic and keen eye for detail that Anne-Marie has. We are so thankful to have chosen to have a Celebrant ceremony as it enabled us to bring our story to life for our friends and family and this was made possible thanks to Anne-Marie.
Beth and Tom
Absolutely amazing ceremony for my Grandson’s naming ceremony, Anne-Marie was amazing, she included all our family and close friends, including memories of special people. She made me cry, she made me laugh most of all she made the day so special.
I cannot recommend Anne Marie enough! She deserves way more than 5 stars. Our wedding ceremony was perfect, and Anne-Marie took the time to get to know us both on a personal level to create our unique ceremony. All of our guests commented on how perfectly the ceremony was written and Anne-Marie has even sent us a copy to keep. If you are looking for a celebrant look no further!
Sarah and Devon
Absolutely amazing. I lost my Dad and asked if Anne-Marie would conduct the ceremony at the graveside. She went above and beyond and made my Dads send off the best she could. I couldn’t fault anything. And for that I’m so grateful. Everyone that attended the ceremony said how beautifully conducted it was. Would 100% recommend Anne-Marie.
Anne-Marie was lovely to work with when we were planning our ceremony discussing all the details that made the ceremony go without a hitch. Anne-Marie literally tied the knot for us during the beautiful handfasting ceremony that she performed, it was absolutely perfect and a moment we will never forget.
Stella and Pete
Just attended a naming ceremony officiated by Anne-Marie. What a lovely ceremony! Her readings were beautiful and thoughtful, she made them relevant to the baby, did not feel like a generic ceremony. There was humour in there too, she got the balance just right. Would highly recommend Anne Marie for any ceremony!
Thank you for everything you have done, it means a lot to me and my family. Even down to taking the time to get to know us and understanding things about us. Your compassion is so appreciated at a time so scary and upsetting for me, made more bearable by such a lovely caring kind person.
Dionne and family
Thank you so much for your excellent presentation, everyone I have spoken to all complimented you. At the start of the service there was a lot of charged emotion, as you started your presentation, people were visibly listening, and their emotional state started to improve. By the end of the service, people were smiling. People mentioned to me they had learnt a lot about Bryan. Once again, a big hearty thank you, you helped the H family and friends through a difficult day.
I just wanted to say thank you for all you did today and in the build up. You really did my mum proud and made it very special for all of us. I know she would have loved it. I also really appreciate all the preparation you did too. You obviously put a lot of time and effort and also care into everything and words cannot describe how grateful I am that you were there to see mum off.
From the first phone call with Anne-Marie to enquire about conducting our father’s funeral she put us at our ease and gave us confidence that the ceremony would be in capable and secure hands… Anne- Marie’s advice, attention to detail and professionalism helped us put together a very personal ceremony which was appreciated by family and friends alike and which did our father proud.
Alison and Jane
What a lovely lady. Due to Covid we couldn’t have as many guests as we wanted at our official ceremony. I have to say, I am pleased that was the case. The ceremony was far beyond our expectations and much better than the legal one. Anne-Marie was amazing at extracting information about how we met and how our relationship works. When she sent the proof to read prior to the day she had us crying with laughter. She also made sure everything was as it should be at our venue. Couldn’t recommend her enough.
Guy and Laura
Get in Touch
Whichever type of ceremony you’re planning, I’d be delighted to help. Feel free to get in touch any time for an informal chat through your ideas.