What is a Wedding Celebrant anyway?
Guest Blog Series: by Lesle Coppen, Celebrant - Celebrate with you
My name is Leslé and I was born in Kent but for the last 32 years have lived in South Wales. I’m married with two children and three years ago our daughter got married in our garden with a Celebrant led ceremony. It was a brilliant memorable day and made even more so with such a personal tailor made ceremony, just for the two of them. I saw that day that it would be an absolute privilege to be able to help people build their own ceremonies and make lasting memories.
I completed my Celebrant training in 2017 and launched my business at www.celebratewithyou.co.uk but the question many people ask me is “what is a celebrant”? A good summary is “someone who is trained in providing you with a custom made ceremony for a whole range of occasions, such as a Wedding, Renewal of vows, Baby Naming/Adoption, Funeral or other special milestone without legal obligation or restriction”. The mark of a good celebrant is someone who is willing to work closely with you, following your instructions whilst bringing their own ideas, to create the right ceremony. The role has the combination of three qualities; a good listener, a good writer and a good performer.
Choosing a Wedding Celebrant gives you the freedom to be creative and to include additional rituals and customs for example the Unity Candle Ceremony, Hand Fasting and Sand Ceremony, but new ceremonies can be created using your own ideas, customs, traditions, and heritage. I have no restrictions in terms of the content, format or style of a wedding and can give great flexibility with timings.
Your ceremony with a wedding celebrant differs from a civil wedding ceremony. Your wedding still needs to be made legal and requires an arrangement for the legal paperwork to be completed separately from your actual ceremony. This can be done with an appointment at the local registration office with two witnesses to just sign the documents, saving your vows and rings until the celebration date. This option saves both time and fees.
All ceremonies are tailored and delivered with just the client in mind making it a unique, inclusive day and full of memories that reflect your own style and ideas. If you wish to discuss having a Celebrant for any occasion then please let me know via my website or Facebook page “Celebrate with You”. Alternatively please call me on 07585802501.
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