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 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."
The Manchester Celebrant
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