Weddings and Civil Partnerships

Anne-Marie talks about what a celebrant can offer couples

Click on the photo to watch a video of me talking about the service I offer

See below for ideas for a truly unique ceremony, what’s included and my fees

Coronavirus Impact on Weddings and Civil Partnerships

November 2020 – At the moment ceremonies cannot take place in England and a number of Registration services are not open to rearrange cancelled weddings.

I am so sorry if you have had your special day disrupted by the coronavirus situation. I understand that this will be extremely upsetting for you when you have been planning your perfect day and looking forward to declaring your love in front of all your family and friends.

If you’d like to organise a unique and intimate ceremony once restrictions are eased and then arrange for a registration of your marriage with the registration service when they reopen on another date please get in touch and I can explain how to do this.

Are you planning an intimate wedding with a celebration for all your family and friends at a later date? Why not include a short ceremony at the beginning of your celebration?

I can conduct a unique Wedding Celebration Ceremony at the beginning of the celebrations so you can renew your vows in the presence of ALL your family and friends. You can include music, poems, readings, symbolic rituals and an exchange of rings in your fully personalised ceremony. (See below for some ideas)

There will be a discount of 10% on my fees if your original plans have been disrupted by Coronavirus restrictions.

I have availability for 2021 or 2022 for a truly personalised ceremony

Let the Excitement Begin!

Handfasting Wedding ceremony conducted by Celebrant Anne-Marie

Make all your dreams come true!

At this very special moment in your life I will listen to all your dreams and wishes for your ceremony and help you to make them come true. Your wedding or civil partnership ceremony is a unique event, with a celebrant led ceremony you don’t have to be limited by legal requirements or religious rites.

By choosing me as your Independent Celebrant
you can fully personalise your ceremony

Let your personalities shine through ** Personalise your own vows ** Put your own twist on traditional elements ** Use symbolic acts from different traditions and cultures or create your own ** Involve your family and friends as much or as little as you wish

Choose your own words for your vows and when you exchange your rings

(Nikki Bowling Photography https://nikkibowling.com/, Simply Beautiful Photo and Film https://simplybeautifulphotoandfilm.com/, Jenny Appleton Photography https://www.jennyappleton.co.uk/)

I’ll meet with you to find out exactly what you would like to include in your ceremony. Then I’ll create a ceremony about you, for you and your guests, reflecting your personal views, values and beliefs.

** Hold it anywhere and at any time ** Formal or Informal ** Traditional, Culturally Significant or Alternative ** Secular, Semi-religious or Spiritual ** A themed Ceremony **

Saapatia Ritual – smash the decorated clay pots to release the gifts – Nature’s Bounty, Wealth, Health, Sweetness and Harmony

(Nicola Dixon Photohttp://nicoladixonphotography.com/)

A Woodland Handfasting, A Quaich Ritual – a symbol of trust and friendship

Gail Secker Photography http://www.gailsecker.com/ and Laura Beasley Photography https://www.laurabeasley.photography/

A stylish Country House Wedding bringing Canada and Yorkshire together

It’s always your choice

Bobbie and Jack's Unique wedding

Create a distinctive and meaningful ceremony by sharing your love story with your guests

Let me tell your story

A fully personalised ceremony means that you can share share the magic of how you reached this milestone in your relationship with your guests.

Your family and friends will already know some things about you both and your relationship but different people will know different aspects of your love story. You can choose to share whatever you want to, for example: how you met, your first date, how it felt falling in love, sharing special times, your favourite things about each other and being together, amusing anecdotes, what you hope and wish for your future life together.

Readings and Poetry

Winter Wedding Ceremony in the Lake District

‘From This Day Forward’
From this day forward,
You shall not walk alone.
My heart will be your shelter,
And my arms will be your home.

Anon

( Simply Beautiful Photo and Film https://simplybeautifulphotoandfilm.com/ )

You can choose to have a variety of readings or poetry in your wedding ceremony. You can include both secular and religious readings, prayers and poems.

Music

Include Music to enhance your ceremony

Music is a perfect way to enhance your ceremony we can discuss the music you wish to include and where it will fit in your ceremony.

Music can be recorded or played live. If the latter you may wish to have something that is sung by all your guests or something that is sung or played by a member of your family, a friend or a professional musician. You can include religious music and hymns if you wish.

Symbolic Rituals

Claudia and Pete Crowned with their Greek Crowns as part of their wedding ceremony

Across the world there are variety of traditional rituals which are used symbolically during wedding ceremonies. You can use symbolic acts that you are aware of, perhaps from your own cultural heritage, something you have seen or heard about or completely your own idea.

I can provide information about a variety of symbolic rituals that can enrich your ceremony including: Greek Crowns (above), The Quaich or Loving Cup, The Oathing Stone, Handfasting.

You can personalise any of these or the many other options available to create a truly unique and meaningful ceremony. You can decide who you wish to be involved in a symbolic act: just the two of you, members of the wedding party, your parents, other family members, special friends or all your guests. If you have children you can involve them in a special element of the ceremony devised to suit your particular circumstances and appropriate to their age. They can be involved in devising it if you wish.

Vows and guest's wishes 'written in stone' at Tom and Beth's celebrant led Oathing Stone Wedding Ceremony
Your Vows and your guests’ hopes and wishes for you ‘written in stone’ at an Oathing Stone ceremony

Have Your Ceremony Anywhere!

Woodland Wedding Hand Fasting (Jenny Appleton Photography)

Outdoors

A Woodland or Meadow, Your own garden, A country house garden, On the Beach, At a festival, A marquee in any location, The place you proposed A location with special meaning.

Venue Northwood Trail https://www.northwoodtrail.co.uk/ Photo Jenny Appleton Photography https://www.jennyappleton.co.uk/

Beautiful Barn venue for an elegant Wedding Ceremony (The Normans)

Indoors

Hotel or Restaurant, Castle, Country House Rustic Barn Village Hall or Community Centre Sports venue, Your own home, A place with special meaning.

Venue –The Normans https://thenormansweddings.co.uk/ Photo Stacey J Evans https://www.staceyjevansphotography.co.uk/

Choose a full bespoke ceremony or a shorter unique symbolic ceremony to follow your church or registrar led service.

Following your church wedding or a registrar led service with your guests you can have an additional fully personalised celebrant led ceremony. This ceremony can take place at your wedding venue, an outdoor location or at your reception venue.

I will conduct a ceremony of your choice: a short but unique symbolic ceremony; a ceremony which can include one or more of the following – your ‘love story’, fully personalised vows, readings, poetry and music as well as your chosen symbolic ritual.


Commitment CeremonyA Declaration of Love

A Commitment Ceremony is a special ceremony for a couple who wish to make a public declaration of their life-long commitment and love for each other.

Couples often choose a commitment ceremony for legal or financial reasons, including older couples who may have complicated pension arrangements. A Commitment Ceremony doesn’t have any legal implications, rights or responsibilities. Whatever your reason for choosing a commitment ceremony I can create a truly personalised ceremony for you.

Vows of Commitment

A Ceremony created especially for you so it will be unique and meaningful

** Your ceremony can be held anywhere, indoors or outdoors ** It can take place at any time, morning, noon or night ** A small intimate ceremony or invite all your family and friends **The choice is always yours.

It can be as formal or informal as you wish, you can include promises or vows, an exchange of rings, readings, poetry, prayers, blessings and music including hymns, whatever you wish. I can also provide information about a variety of symbolic elements that can enrich your ceremony including the use of rings, candles, roses, sand and trees or you can develop your own.


Joint naming and wedding or civil partnership and commitment ceremonies

If you wish you can combine a Wedding or Civil Partnership Ceremony with a Naming Ceremony. Please contact me for further details.


A Beach Wedding Ceremony with Greek Crowns Ritual

The service I provide and my fees

Contact me for a chat about your ceremony including when and where it will take place. We’ll then meet in person or by Facetime, Skype, Zoom, WhatsApp video or another accessible app so that you can tell me all your ideas and wishes.

If you decide you’d like me to create and deliver your personalised ceremony we will sign an contract and you’ll pay a deposit and then:

  1. You’ll provide some practical details about the ceremony, who will be taking part and their roles.
  2. I will provide information about the wide variety of options to enhance your ceremony, including wording for vows and exchange of rings, readings, poetry, music and symbolic rituals.
  3. Then we’ll meet so that I can get more details to enable me to create your Ceremony.
  4. I will be available by telephone, email Facetime, Skype, Zoom, WhatsApp video, etc. to discuss the ceremony.
  5. Whenever possible I’ll attend the venue with you to work out where everyone will be on the day.
  6. I’ll create your personalised ceremony based on your wishes.
  7. The ceremony content will sent to you follwing receipt of the balance be checked in advance.
  8. I’ll lead your personalised ceremony on the day.
  9. You’ll receive a commemorative copy after the ceremony.

Fees

There will be a discount of 10% on my fees if you have had to rearrange your wedding because of the COVID-19 outbreak

Wedding, Civil Partnership and Commitment Ceremonies £450

Shorter Bespoke Symbolic Ceremony £250 – £300 dependent on content

(Additional mileage charges or public transport costs apply for ceremonies more than 30 miles radius from Wetherby, West Yorkshire – If overnight accommodation is required close to the ceremony venue this will charged at cost following discussion with you)

Contact me for a chat about your ceremony

07484 235561     amledson@btinternet.com


Legal Marriage and Civil Partnership Requirements If you choose a celebrant led ceremony you will need to legally register your marriage or civil partnership. It isn’t necessary to do this at the same time as the unique ceremony you share with your family and friends. Many couples complete the legal formalities at a Register Office with just a couple of witnesses or very close family present then have their personalised ceremony with their family and friends at a place and time of their choosing. If you choose a short registrar led ceremony at an approved venue a full or symbolic celebrant led ceremony can take place after this either at the venue or outdoors. If you have a Church wedding with a person authorised to register a legal marriage present a symbolic celebrant led ceremony can take place after this at venue of your choice or outdoors. From 2nd December 2019 opposite sex couples can now apply for a Civil Partnership and they will have all the legal and financial rights of married couple. For more information on the legal formalities in the UK please go to: https://www.gov.uk/marriages-civil-partnerships


Testimonials

Country House Wedding conducted by celebrant Anne-Marie for Sheena and Ross

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

Beth and Tom's Oathing Stone Wedding Ceremony
Photos by Sarah at https://simplybeautifulphotoandfilm.com/

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. Prior to our wedding, Anne-Marie spoke with both myself and my partner individually and together to construct a ceremony that truly encapsulated our journey. Nothing was ever too much to ask and she always made time for our queries. We had regular contact with Anne-Marie and even had meetings at our venue to ensure every detail was checked. 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

Festival Style Wedding with Handfasting for Stella and Pete

“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

Anne Marie is a lovely lady; an articulate and well-organised celebrant who gives 100% to her ceremonies. She writes very well and speaks with great warmth and sincerity. Her writing is individually tailored to each couple, giving an unforgettable ceremony.     Judy M

Anne Marie Ledson can be trusted 100% to provide an empathic, experienced and professional service whatever the occasion.      Anna S