Frequently Asked Questions
I understand that for many people, a 'celebrant' is a new term, so below I will answer the most common questions about celebrant led weddings, but also about the other ceremonies I offer.
Q. Are celebrant led weddings legal?
A. Currently, in England, celebrant led weddings are not legal. There is a large review of the marriage law happening and some changes have already been made. We have been advised that by the end of 2021, decisions will have been made about whether they will legalise celebrant led weddings. To find out more click here.
Most people book a celebrant because it offers them full flexibility of how they celebrate their wedding. It is common that couples pop to their local registry office to take care of the legalities the day before their handfasting/wedding celebration ceremony. This allows them to say the exact words they wish to say, to have anyone involved actively in the ceremony they would like, and we can incorporate a religious aspect if wished. There are no limits to a celebrant led wedding and you can hold the ceremony wherever you like.
Q. What is a celebrant, and how are you different as a 'sacred celebrant'?
A. The term celebrant refers to the person leading a ceremony. They usually create the ceremony script themselves and their responsibility is to conduct the ceremony.
Celebrants are often termed as 'civil celebrants' or 'independent celebrants'. This usually means they are completely neutral in terms of their beliefs and write the ceremony specific to the clients.
I use the term sacred celebrant to align with the training I did in Glastonbury, and whilst I am not tied to any religion whatsoever, I offer ceremonies that are not typical of civil ceremonies. I will not be holding a script and wearing a suit. Many ceremonies I hold are in circle, and we always use the four elements to navigate the ceremony. This is grounded in a sense of understanding we are all part of nature, and not separate to it. I believe these ceremonies mark important transitions in our lives and are therefore, sacred.
Q. Do I need to be pagan to have a ceremony with you?
A. Absolutely not! Whilst people who identify as pagan may identify strongly with these ceremonies, the essence of these ceremonies boils down to using the four elements, and being deeply connected with nature. Some clients identify as a witch, some not. I tailor the ceremony to the clients need, and I am always happy to incorporate aspects of client's cultures within ceremony. Maybe you are a nature lover who wants a wedding to reflect that, or perhaps you are a witch who wants a ceremony that aligns with their practice, my services are accessible to all.
Q. Are you insured?
A. Yes, I am fully insured with public liability and professional indemnity under Aviva as a member of the Association of Independent Celebrants.
Q. What area do you cover?
A. I am based in Bolton, Greater Manchester and so am ideally placed for ceremonies in Lancashire, Cheshire and Manchester. I travel UK wide for ceremonies and also have a base in Staffordshire, so can easily hold ceremonies in Staffordshire and Derbyshire too. I travel within 30 miles for no extra cost, but more than this will incur travel expenses.