Local celebrant, Sarah Nelson gives us her top tips.
"A wedding celebrant is a person who asks you and your partner some questions about your relationship and then uses that information to write a bespoke ceremony that they will deliver on your big day.
"In England and Wales, celebrant weddings are not legal but this may change as the Government are taking it under consideration. In Scotland and Northern Ireland, some may conduct legal ceremonies but check their respective Government website for details.
"A celebrant wedding can open a whole lot of extra possibilities around venue type and timing, as well as having words that have been written especially for you.
"Think of the type of ceremony you want. This will help you with the personality of your supplier. Will the service be focused on you or a performance by the celebrant? Are you an outgoing couple who likes loud and outrageous, or would you like things to be a little more contained? Will there be religious or faith-based elements? If so, you want an independent aka a civil celebrant. Whereas humanists offer ceremonies that are based on their non-religious beliefs which might suit you better.
"A good company will ask lots of questions about your relationship so they can write a personal service. Most offer a free ‘get to know you’ chat so you can see if you click.
"Read online reviews of suppliers that catch your eye and/or ask around. Someone you know may have had a celebrant wedding, get their opinion and ask if they’d recommend them.
"Prices may vary so find out what you get for your money. Some companies offer packages, while others have a base price and extra elements cost more. Lastly, are they available for your date?"
To find out more about Sarah, visit www.momentsto.co.uk
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