Make your wedding dreams come true!
Would you like your wedding to be unique? With an Independent Celebrant you can make sure that this very special moment in your life, is all about you. Share all your dreams and wishes for your ceremony with me and I’ll help to make them come true.
With a celebrant led ceremony you can fully personalise your ceremony without being limited by legal requirements or religious rites. Let your personalities shine through!
In the following video I explain more about how working with me allows you to create a truly personalised ceremony.
What can we include in our wedding ceremony?
Whatever you wish! Popular elements of a wedding ceremony include readings, music, exchanging of rings, and of course those all-important personalised vows. I also love to get to know the couples I work with and incorporate their own unique love story into the wording of the ceremony.
For a Spiritualist Ceremony please contact me to discuss your options
Family, Pets, Cultural traditions, anything!
But you don’t have to stop there – you can include anything you like in your wedding ceremony! You can include symbolic or cultural elements, put your own twist on traditions, include your pets, and involve your family and friends as much or as little as you wish.
You may have plenty of your own ideas or perhaps you’d like me to offer some inspiration. I have lots of experience incorporating a wide range of elements into ceremonies and I’d be happy to advise you on what works well.
The images below provide some examples of the unique enhancements I can incorporate into ceremonies if desired, such as handfasting, candle lighting, sand blending, oathing stone and the saapatia and quaich rituals.
Spiritualist Wedding Ceremony
A Spiritualist Wedding Ceremony will be conducted within a Sacred Circle according to the rituals of the elements, Air, Fire, Water and Earth, the latter includes a Handfasting ritual.
Each ritual will take place at a different compass point of the sacred circle. This can be done according to either the Avalon or Wiccan traditions. Your guests will be seated in a horseshoe shape so that they can see what’s happening clearly.
The Rituals of Air, Fire, Water and Earth
The Air Ritual is all about new beginnings. The ritual will be followed by the couple recalling and sharing the beginnings of their relationship, prepared in advance with guidance from their celebrant. A guest, known as an Elemental Reader, will be invited into the sacred circle to read something appropriate .
The Ritual of Fire invokes the flame of love and includes the couple lighting a perpetual candle from the celebrant’s candle lit from the flame of Avalon. The couple will share what love means to them and to talk about their love for each other. The elemental reader for fire will read something appropriate .
The Ritual of Water includes the blessing of water held in a specailly made cup which the couple drink from. Ar this point the couple make their vows, and exchange rings. The elemental reader for fire will read something appropriate .
The Ritual of Earth grounds the whole ceremony. It involves a handfasting which can be a traditional handfasting or you can use a hoop and wand. The Handfasting ritual represents the binding together of souls in friendship and enduring love
Additional Rituals following a Spiritualist Wedding Ceremony
A Spiritualist Wedding Ceremony is often followed by Besom Broom Jumping and Cake and Mead Ritual (Contact me for more details about this)
Where can we hold our wedding?
Working with a celebrant does mean you’ll need to complete the legalities of your wedding or civil partnership separately – but this leaves you free to hold a fully personalised ceremony anywhere you choose.
Do you have your hearts set on a particular venue? Perhaps an indoor venue like a hotel, castle or country house; or an outdoor location like a woodland, field or even your own garden. Choosing a celebrant to lead your ceremony means you don’t need to worry about whether your dream venue is licensed – I can conduct celebratory wedding ceremonies in any location you choose.
Short Symbolic or Cultural Ritual Ceremony
I can create a personalised short Symbolic or Cultural or Ritual Ceremony following a traditional wedding service .
This will be unique but with less content than a full ceremony.
Contact me for more details
How it Works
- If you’re considering working with me on your wedding ceremony, the first step is to contact me for a chat about your wishes and requirements.
- If you decide to go ahead and book me then the next step is for us to meet in person so I can get to know you and find out exactly how you’d like your ceremony to unfold. I’ll listen to all your ideas and provide information about the wide variety of options to enhance your ceremony. We’ll work together to create a ceremony all about you, reflecting your story, values and beliefs.
- I will then create your personalised ceremony based on your wishes. If possible we’ll also attend the venue together to work out where everyone will be on the day.
- Throughout the planning process I’ll be available by telephone, email, Facetime, Zoom, etc.
- On the big day I will lead your personalised ceremony with professionalism and joy – putting you at ease and making sure all your guests feel a real part of the occasion. You will then receive a commemorative copy of your unique ceremony script to keep and treasure.
Ready to get started? Get in touch to find out more.
Fees & Processes
Wedding, Civil Partnership and Commitment Ceremonies: £500
Shorter bespoke symbolic ceremonies: £350-£450
Fees will be payable in 3 staged payments unless your ceremony takes place within 6 months of booking then payment will be in 2 staged payments. If the ceremony takes place within 6 weeks of booking the full amount will be payable at time of booking. This reflects the work being carried out at each stage of the process.
(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.)
Legal Marriage and Civil Partnership Requirements: If you choose a celebrant ceremony you will need to legally register your marriage or civil partnership. 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
Ben and Natalie
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.