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FAQ

 
 

WHAT IS AN INDEPENDENT CELEBRANT?

In my role as a celebrant I craft personality-packed ceremonies that celebrate you and your life. Whether it be a birth, adoption, marriage or reaffirmation of love, I am here to help you mark each of life’s milestones. For many of these occassions the only legal requirement is to sign some paperwork – a marriage licence or birth certificate, for example. But it isn’t the paperwork that makes these events so special is it? It’s the ceremony. The coming together of friends and family to share in your exchange of words, love and hopes for the future.

As an independent celebrant, I will work with you to create a ceremony that is exactly as you want it to be. There is no ‘rule’ book, no prescription over where, when or how you should celebrate. Unlike with a registrar wedding for example, you won’t be limited by a pre-defined list of options that you must stick to and you can work with me throughout the process. As an independent celebrant I am not affiliated with a particular religion so I can craft a ceremony that is directed solely by you and your preferences, whatever they may be.


Are you a qualified celebrant?

I was trained by the UK branch of the Fellowship of Professional Celebrants and am a member of the organisation. They are a recognised official body for celebrants in the UK and around the world. If you have any further questions about all things celebrancy I’d love to hear from you. Just drop me a line here.


IS THE CEREMONY LEGALLY BINDING?

Currently ceremonies conducted by celebrants in the UK are not legally binding (although this may be changing!). To arrange the legal paperwork, you will need to register with your local council and follow the necessary processes. It is sometimes thought that the ‘legal bit’ and the ceremony need to happen together, but this isn’t the case. Take your birthday for example, do you feel obliged to celebrate on the day your birth was registered at the council? No? Phew! By separating the legality from the occasion itself you have the freedom to mark your special moment in whatever way you choose.

WHAT DOES A 'NORMAL' CEREMONY INVOLVE?

No two ceremonies are the same, that's the beauty of working with a celebrant!


DO WE HAVE TO WRITE OUR OWN VOWS?

This is a personal decision, but rest assured if you are worried about writing your vows I am here to help. Whether it be adapting the traditional vows or working together to put your heart into words, I will be ready and waiting to assist (or even take the reigns if you'd prefer!).


WHAT DOES my FEE eXCLUDE?

Simply travel expenses for any meetings or events outside of Brighton and Hove! Any meet ups will be charged at 0.45p per mile. Oh, and a PA system – this is typically only needed if you have more than 80 guests. Often your chosen venue or band/DJ will be able to supply one but if not, not to worry. I can help you to book this too.


DO YOU HAVE INSURANCE?

Yes I have Public Liability insurance and Professional Indemnity insurance through my association with the Fellowship of Professional Celebrants.


WHAT ARE YOUR TERMS AND CONDITIONS?

You should find all the information you need here, but if not give me a shout!


HOW SOON SHOULD I GET IN TOUCH?

Now! Whether it's to ask me some questions, arrange an introductory cuppa/skype date or to book my services I'm looking forward to hearing from you.
 

I'M SOLD! HOW DO I BOOK YOUR SERVICES?

Please just fill out the contact form and I will come back to you within 48 hours with our next steps. Once you decide to work with me I will ask for a 'save the date' fee to secure your spot. This will be deducted from my overall fee.

Life is short, wear your party pants.
— Loretta LaRoche