If you use a Wedding Celebrant to conduct your ceremony it gives you the freedom to have a ceremony which is totally personalised to your own life story, journey and togetherness, and to look to the wonderful future ahead of you.
There are restrictions placed on ceremonies taking place in a church, register office and licensed venues that use a Registrar, but if you use an independent celebrant you can do things your way.
You can write your own vows to each other, and exchange rings, encourage family participation. Choose memorable music and poems. It is your special day - create your memories with your family and friends, in a romantic location personal to you. We will ensure that your bespoke ceremony will be one to remember.
You may be non-religious, or perhaps were religious in the past, so we could incorporate a spiritual approach if you wish to have one.
You may have your own ideas of incorporating rituals and symbolism into your ceremony, but if required, (we can discuss in more detail), you could include the following if you feel you would like something different:
Wedding ceremonies and civil partnerships include:
Additional costs may be added that are not covered in the standard fee. For example, a ceremony booklet for your guests, ritual props (e.g. candles, ribbons, sand ceremony glasses); travel expenses and accommodation if the ceremony takes place off the Isle of Wight. Ceremonies abroad can be conducted, and costs for this can be discussed on an individual basis.
If you choose to use a celebrant, you will have a very personal ceremony.
However, to make the marriage legal you will also have a wedding ceremony at your Register Office. You will have a short official ceremony which will be conducted by a Superintendent Registrar, and the Deputy Registrar will register your wedding making it official and legal, which will include:
To legally be married, you will have to give notice at the Register Office. Notice for all marriages must be given in the 12 month period prior to the date of the marriage. You must submit your notice early enough to allow the registrar to make sure both parties are free to marry one another.
Normally, notices should be with the registrar about eight weeks before the marriage, but if either of you have been married before, the notices should be with the registrar ten weeks before.
The minimum period is 28 days before the date of the proposed marriage, but if you leave things as late as this you could be faced with the need to postpone your marriage.