Our cousins from Down Under were the first to cotton-on to the brilliance of celebrancy when they appointed celebrants to conduct 'ceremonies of dignity for non-religious' people back in the early 1970s. Whilst we're still catching up here in the UK, celebrant-led weddings of all shapes and sizes can include both religious and non-religious elements so you're able to take part in a ceremony that has real meaning and relevance.
It's a fact that a celebrant-led ceremony in the UK doesn't give your marriage legal recognition but, when you think about it, what's the problem in separating your personal ceremony from the required legalities? After all, we don't hold christenings on the same day that a baby's birth is registered or funerals as we formally record a death so have we just got a little set in our ways? Maybe but there's no reason why you can't do things differently - in fact our friends on the continent have been registering and celebrating weddings on different days for years.
I'm sure that you (or your family) might be wondering whether celebrancy is just a little flaky or whether you'll feel as if you've 'missed out' by opting for something that's not the norm. Well, let me put your mind at ease and tell you that because there are no rules at all for your celebrant-led wedding, we can create an occasion that's totally and utterly right for you. Whatever you want to include and discard is just fine by me and if you've got something or someone you want to involve, we can find a way to do just that in a style that suits you.
You don't have to say words that have little meaning to you or stick with elements that make your feel in any way uncomfortable but, on the other hand, if you love the thought of certain wedding traditions, then that's brilliant and we'll make them a part of your day. You can find out more about wedding ceremonies, vow renewals and marriage celebrations here so why not take a peek?
There's a pretty comprehensive FAQ section in the Wild & Oak brochure so if you'd like one, just let me know. If you've got any specific questions or would like to chat to see if celebrancy might work for your wedding, drop me a note and we can arrange a time to talk.