Weddings, Elopements and Vow Renewals

Choosing a Venue

You can hold your Weddings, Elopements or Vow Renewals anywhere if you hire a professional Independent Celebrant!

Your venue doesn’t have to be licenced when you use a Celebrant, so just imagine all the possibilities. Would you prefer a vow renewal on a deserted beach or surrounded by apple blossom in an orchard? Perhaps a rustic barn, cosy cottage airbnb or historic castle is more your style?

Modern couples realise there is a way to have their day exactly the way they want it: a Celebrant-led Micro Wedding Ceremony, Elopement or Vow Renewal is often the answer!

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Where and How?


Celebrant-led Weddings and Vow Renewals can take place at any time and anywhere. They vary enormously from small intimate gatherings in a private garden to large celebrations in a grand country house, or in a marquee at home. Nature lovers may prefer a romantic woodland or meadow for their nuptials.

There are no rules so it could be just the two of you and your Celebrant. Or you could ask a handful of friends and family to join in your celebrations too.

Wherever you hold it, your special day should start with a truly personal Ceremony. Why not capture the memories on film with a Video?

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No Restrictions, No Rules

I specialise in creating individually-crafted bespoke personal Weddings, Elopements and Vow Renewals. They’re a refreshing alternative to the standard civil marriage service delivered by Registrars with much more freedom and choice!

Rituals & Enhancements

Wedding Ceremonies I’ve created in the past have included the couple making the first cut of their wedding cake using a ceremonial sword. One couple hammered copper coins into a tree slice. Another lit their baptismal candles in a special unity candle ceremony. I’ve incorporated couple karaoke, a gospel choir, numerous singalongs, and even a baby naming into my wedding ceremonies.

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These special rituals are a beautiful way of involving family or friends in your personal Vow Renewal or Wedding Blessing ceremony as well as making a fabulous visual impact! You could ask parents or siblings to help you by lighting the outer candles for a unity candle ceremony, before passing them to you to light the centre “couple” candle.  Friends and family may also help you tie the knot, with a modern twist on the ancient ritual of handfasting!  Handfasting cords can be plain ribbon, tartan or pre-braided.

There are so many lovely ways in which you can enhance your wedding ceremony, why not take a look at some other ideas for Personalising your Wedding Ceremony here.

You can include any religious or cultural symbolism in your ceremony. The old traditions are popular, like jumping the broom or breaking the glass.  These are just examples as you may choose any content you like for your wedding.  It will be different from anything your guests have been expecting, totally personal to you and never rushed!

Music & Readings

Music or readings have a big part to play in your Wedding Ceremony. I encourage you to think about these carefully, choosing the pieces that mean the most to you and that will work best. Head over to my Free Wedding Ceremony Playlists to listen to a selection of wedding music especially chosen by me for different ceremony styles!

A Renewal of Vows Ceremony follows a very similar format to a traditional Wedding in that you may make an entrance together, or one partner may wait for the other. I always recommend getting your children or grandchildren involved!

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Vow Renewals often celebrate a special Anniversary.  Again, these are written from scratch and we have a lot of fun incorporating your love story into the ceremony script. I try to inject a little humour and I thoroughly recommend some family and friends involvement too. 

We discuss your ideas at our initial planning meeting, you choose the vows and symbolic elements you’d like to include, and your script takes shape over the months and weeks prior to your ceremony.

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The heart of any Wedding or Vow Renewal Ceremony is sharing marriage vows, and presenting wedding rings to each other. You could also light a unity candle, be hand-fasted, or complete a sand ceremony ritual. Any of these beautiful elements would make a beautiful keepsake afterwards. I always offer my couples the choice to sign a commemorative certificate too which can later be framed.

All the couples featured here in these Weddings Elopements and Vow Renewals images are my real couples. They are pictured at their ceremonies with me – no models or stock photos here!   With grateful thanks to their photographers …

Contact me using any of the methods here or better still, complete my enquiry form!