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Newly engaged couples considering a celebrant-led wedding should check out Wiltshire-based independent celebrant Maxine Ward who creates beautiful bespoke ceremonies and will travel to any venue nationwide. We catch up with her to chat about the benefits of booking a celebrant. She tells us, "By picking a celebrant, you can create a personalised ceremony that can be held in almost any venue of your choice either before, or after, a legal ceremony is held at a registry office. You're not restricted to a licensed venue meaning that you can opt for a traditional setting or something more alternative like a beach or garden and you can host it any time of the day or night.
Your loved ones, and pets, can be a part of your ceremony and you can include elements from different cultures and heritages. You choose the words and can include your commitment to one another creating a life-long promise.
Posted: 20 January 2022
Neil Dutta at Angelic Diamonds, a UK wedding jewellery specialist, explores why humanist weddings have seen an increase in popularity in recent years. With official guidance looking to change in the not too distant future, giving celebrants more legal power to actually marry couples - removing the need for a pre- or post-blessing registry office date - here at County Wedding Magazine HQ we think this is a trend that will continue to soar.
Posted: 5 November 2021
Six couples are taking their case to the High Court on 7-8 July to take a landmark challenge over the legal recognition of humanist marriages; their case is being supported by humanist celebrants. Siân Jackson a celebrant, based in Neath, Wales commented, "Humanist ceremonies bring meaning, personality and depth to a non-religious ceremony in a way which is just not possible within the construct of a civil ceremony. Why shouldn't non-religious couples have the right to celebrate their union in a way that is significant to them, as religious couples do?"
Posted: 8 July 2020