The Process . . .
I will work with you, to create a ceremony that reflects your journey, your values, your hopes and dreams for the future - and what's important to you as a couple.
I offer a no obligation initial phone call, or, if you prefer, a meeting in person, so that you can chat with me, ask questions and decide whether I am the right person to be working with you, to create and conduct your wedding ceremony.
By meeting together face to face, (ideally in person but if distance means that's not possible before your big day, then FaceTime or Skype calls work well) I can get to know you both, in the lead up to your wedding celebration.
If you decide you would like to book me for your wedding day, I ask for a booking deposit to secure your date in my diary - then your date will not be offered to anyone else. I only take one wedding per day so that any last minute delays or timing changes are no problem.
We arrange to meet, to discuss your thoughts and wishes and plan your ceremony. Then I create the first draft, which I send for your approval or any changes you may wish to make. We then 'to and fro' with subsequent drafts, until your ceremony is just as you want it to be . . .
I am always very keen to get together for a relaxed rehearsal before your ceremony day - ideally sometime during the week leading up to your big day - so that we meet one final time before your wedding, and you know exactly what to expect when your wedding day finally arrives.
Then I'm there with you, well in advance of your ceremony start time, ready to conduct your wedding ceremony - supporting and guiding you every step of the way.
I encourage couples to take as much ownership of their ceremony as they wish. But I can guide and advise along the way - as much or as little as needed.
With years of ceremony experience - having created and officiated at hundreds of ceremonies (I also take funerals, naming ceremonies, vow renewals, memorials, etc) - there aren't many ceremony types or situations that I haven't come across. Having said that, I am always open to brand new ideas!
Code of conduct . . .
I am trained and fully accredited by the organisation, Humanists UK (formerly The British Humanist Association) - having public liability and indemnity insurance - and belonging to a network of celebrants who adhere to a code of conduct with very high standards. In the extremely unlikely event that I am unable to take your ceremony on the day (this has never happened to me yet I must add!), having a network of colleagues to draw upon, means it would be very likely there would be someone else available, to stand in for me at short notice, should an emergency arise.
My fees are all-inclusive, with no hidden extras. The initial quote I provide is exactly what you will pay. I charge the same fee for all local West Sussex wedding ceremonies, but I regularly travel much further afield and my fee reflects the distance I am required to travel, the time involved and any expenses incurred (e.g. overnight accommodation).
Please get in touch if you'd like a no-obligation quote, providing me with the address and postcode of your chosen venue.
You do not need to book a licensed venue!
Your wedding can be literally anywhere - from a private garden, a beach, a village hall, or a hotel - to a campsite, a castle or a stately home.
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After your wedding, I will provide you with a presentation copy of your ceremony words, for you to look back on and treasure into the years ahead...
Feel free to call or email, to ask me any questions you have about the services I offer, with no obligation . . .