FAQs and expert advice about celebrant

Here is a selection of Q&As from Your North West Wedding magazine whether it be about flowers, hair and makeup, fashion, wedding themes, health & beauty, cakes, stationery, legal advice. If you would like your question answered by our experts, please email it to editor@yournorthwest.wedding

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Especially for you

Especially for you

Q. Our wedding planner has suggested we hire a celebrant for our big day, but we're not sure what their role is. Should we book one, and what are the benefits?

A. Leanne Gateley says: A celebrant will design a tailor-made ceremony that reflects your personalities and wishes. The celebrant will work with you to understand who you are as people and what is special about your relationship in order to create a personal service. While celebrants can't currently conduct legal marriages in England and Wales, the legalities can be completed separately at a minor cost. Here are some of the benefits of hiring a celebrant:

- You will have complete flexibility and can get married wherever and whenever you like. It doesn't need to be on a licenced premises and could be on a beach, on top of a mountain or in your back garden, the choice is yours!

- Celebrants generally only take one booking per day, so you will have contingency in the event of a delay and won't be bound to a strict time window.

- You get to choose an officiant who you like and feel comfortable with. You will meet months before your big day and will feel like friends time the day comes.

- You can include prayers and readings, and as you're not bound by civil laws couples who come from different backgrounds can include both their beliefs.

- Your celebration will be completely bespoke to you, meaning your ceremony will stand out and be memorable for your guests.

Leanne Gateley, The Manchester Celebrant


The one for me

The one for me

Q. Our wedding planner has suggested we hire a celebrant for our big day, but we're not sure what the role of a celebrate is. Should we book one, and what are the benefits?

A. Sarah Nelson says: A celebrate is someone who conducts your ceremony like a registrar but writes the service, so it's unique to you as a couple. You still need to do the legal part of the ceremony with a registrar, however, this is done and dusted in a short appointment. Think of this as part of your admin, leaving you free to have a bespoke ceremony anywhere and anytime you choose.

You can have your ceremony done at dawn, dusk or midnight, inside, outside or even in your garden. A celebrant service will give you extra freedom as well as a ceremony that no one else has or will have. Most will even help you write your vows. These can be very serious with promises of loyalty and fidelity or light-hearted with promises of weekly breakfast in bed. As I like to say, why choose ordinary when you can have unique?

Sarah Nelson, Moments To