About Me

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 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.

Confidentiality: I adhere to the GDPR principles issued by the Information Commissioner and abide by GDPR best practice for managing information. All personal information provided by clients will be treated as confidential according to my privacy policy, which will be provided to all clients. I will not pass your personal data on to any other third parties without your written consent.





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

Anne Marie was the celebrant at our wedding where we originally had a registrar, but due to moving dates (covid), we couldn’t get the date and time with them. We can honestly say it worked out for the better. The ceremony was so much more personal vs a council legal wedding, where Anne Marie spent a lot of time getting to know us personally and really took care putting together our story to share to everyone on our big day. Everyone told us how beautiful the ceremony was. We can’t recommend Anne Marie enough! Thank you!!

Luke and Emily

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.

Mike H

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

Laura and Guy Wedding ceremony with umbrella

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.

Laura and Guy

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

Pete and Stella at the conclusion of their Handfasting Ceremony

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

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.

Lisa B

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

Sand Blending Wedding Ceremony L & G and their children

Thank you for all the time and effort you put into our ceremony, it was such a pleasure to meet you and we enjoyed our afternoon in the garden telling you the tale of how we met, you translated this into such gorgeous piece capturing  both our personalities within the humour you injected into your speech. We cried with laughter when we first read it and again at the wedding. We all (including the guests) loved it all. The sand ceremony was extra special allowing the kids to be part of it all.

Laura and Guy

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



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.