Your day, your way

Your day, your way

Q. What are the benefits of booking an independent celebrant?

A. Maxine Ward says: 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.

Maxine Ward, Maxine Ward Celebrant
mwcelebrant.co.uk

 

A bespoke big day

A bespoke big day

Q. We're thinking of choosing a celebrant-led wedding, can you offer any advice?

A. Mikayla Ballard-Kearns says: You can't go wrong opting for a celebrant-led wedding because there are no rules, you can hold your celebration anywhere at any time you like. The only thing to consider is that you need to visit a registry office beforehand to marry legally and obtain a certificate. After that, together with your choice of celebrant, you can start planning your dream ceremony.

Once my couples are stood before me, depending on who has walked up the 'aisle' to greet who, I proceed to tell their love story followed by the all-important exchanging of the vows. This is followed by the blessing of the rings and performing any heartfelt ritual that the newlyweds might choose, such as a hand-fasting or sand-blending ceremony, or lighting a unity candle. This results in a personalized, bespoke ceremony that's extremely memorable.

Unlike a registrar or a church wedding, a celebrant does not follow a standard script, they write an individual one all about the couple. You can incorporate an element of religion in it, or opt for a secular ceremony and one big advantage is that you can write your vows - the possibilities are endless!

Mikayla Ballard-Kearns, Mikayla Celebrant
www.mikaylacelebrant.com