We interviewed celebrant Glenn Jenkins to find out more about his company.
Q – Tell us about your company:
I’m Glenn, or “That Celebrant Guy” if you’d rather. I started out a very stagey kid, and was in fact in the final five to play Harry Potter in the films of the same name! Not bitter at all, but Mr Radcliffe pipped me to the post. So, I got older and trained as a professional dancer. After a few shows in the UK, I went on to be head of entertainment for a chain of hotels, working in family hotels in both Mallorca and Menorca.
Upon returning to the UK, I started writing and performing ceremonies for family and friends. It was only when somebody asked who “That Celebrant Guy” was that it caught on. All of a sudden other bookings were coming in, and “That Celebrant Guy” was, shall we say, born (or perhaps launched into the world at rocket speed).
I’m based in the bright lights of sunny Blackpool, although have friends and family dotted all around the UK, so I am very fortunate to be able to perform ceremonies all around the UK.
Q – What packages/services do you offer couples?
Each wedding ceremony I do is totally different and unique. The joy of having a celebrant lead wedding is that you can literally have anything you want, wherever you want. Often, with a registrar or church wedding, you’re limited to what you can have, sometimes not being able to include certain songs or readings that you want. You also get told what to say, when to say it and what your options are. Not from me! No thanks! It’s your day, so it’s going to be how you want it with everything you want including. It’s probably easier to tell you what I don’t do.
I don’t send you a sample script with bits to choose from. The ceremony is written from scratch from start to finish, and we can have as much fun with it as you like.
I certainly don’t give you vows that you have to choose. What’s the point in a vow if it’s not something that you would say? Of course, I can help, but your vows should be yours. It makes it far more personal.
And I absolutely won’t say you can’t have something you want.
There are also lots of additional special elements we can add in if you want to. Traditional elements like handfasting are mega-popular and are always really personal with the meaning of the coloured ribbons. There are also some not so traditional ones, like gin, rum and wine ceremonies, because who wouldn’t, right?
I can also stick around to announce the couple at the reception and introduce speeches. the MC, if you will.
So, to sum up, all of the above, as the saying goes 'the world is your oyster', there’s so much we can do by working together closely.
Q – What should couples expect when booking your services?
I will always want to work so closely with couples. To be honest, by the time the ceremony is written and I’m on the M6 coming to do your ceremony, I hope that we feel more like friends than anything.
I’m always on hand to go through anything you want, even if it isn’t ceremony related, for example, if you want some inspiration for a photographer or some after-dinner entertainment.
When writing your ceremony, you will get unlimited edits. I sound like a broken record, but the day is all about you, and if what is written isn’t exactly how you want it, then I want to make it so. I can guarantee the utmost quality and care is put into the writing.
Q – What's your favourite wedding you've worked on and why?
Ah, now that is such a hard question because they’re all so different. I was once flown over to Mallorca (my old stomping ground as we’ve discussed above) with a couple who had their ceremony at one of the most amazing hotels I’ve ever seen. It was absolutely beautiful weather, about 30 degrees if I remember rightly. The couple and family were absolutely gorgeous and so easy to get along with. It was such a simple ceremony, with some lovely moments and a few laughs along the way.
I was even lucky enough (and this is where becoming a friend is nice) to be invited to stay for the meal and reception after. Of course, I obliged, and spent my evening with a prosecco in one hand and canapés in the other, dancing to an amazing band who played some absolute bangers!
Oh, there was another wedding at the top of a hill in the Cotswolds, where all guests just had to bring a picnic blanket and something to eat. That one was amazing as well and really chilled out.
There are so many of them that have been my favourites. When Bruce Forsyth used to tell all the couples on Strictly that they were his favourites, I now know how he felt!
Q – How long before the wedding should couples get in touch?
Any time really. As far in advance as you like means we then have loads of time to work on it (and go for drinks) and make sure everything is on track. However, if you’re wanting a pretty speedy turnaround, then I can make things work no bother.
Q – What's your favourite part of the job?
Seeing it all come together. By the time the ceremony is written, and you’re all kitted out in your glad rags, having joined me at the front, it really makes me appreciate why I do this as my job and why I love it so much.
Q – Do you have any top tips for couples looking for a celebrant?
Choose the right one for you. Make sure the first thing you think is, do I like this person? Chances are, if the answer is immediate, yes, then they’re the right celebrant for you. We’re all different. Some celebrants will offer different services to others, some have been doing it 20 years, and others only a few, some will specialise in different types of weddings such as pagan or heavily themed.
Just always be sure that whoever you choose is going to make your ceremony all about you, pick up on whatever vibe you're after and put that into an experience to remember.
To find out more, visit www.thatcelebrantguy.co.uk
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