What is an Independent Civil Celebrant and how do I differ from a Registrar?
To be a legally married in the UK the service must be performed by a registrar, priest or vicar, service must be witnessed and the register signed by those witnesses. This formal part of the service can take as little as 10 minutes in your local registry office.
However there are many restrictions on what is allowed in such formalities. There is only a proscribed form of words that have to be used and no religious content at a registry or licensed venue is permitted.
A couple is limited to their choice of music and when it can be played. No alcohol is to be consumed and therefore no toasting the happy couple can take place. There is no symbolism or symbolic gesture allowed and for that reason, no candles, sand blending or hand fasting and often no exchanging of rings is allowed either.
There is also a restriction placed on the time of day and length of ceremony. There will be no opportunity for a rehearsal or to meet the person undertaking the ceremony prior to the occasion.
An Independent Celebrant
I give you the flexibility and choice that your ceremony deserves. We meet in the very early stages of your plans and you can determine if I am the right person to create the ceremony you want.
The script I write is personal to you and will contain the words, sentiments and emotions that you want, put in the way you want.
There is complete and full communication between us, giving you the control to fashion the celebrations in the manner that you want with any inclusions from other family members and friends that you would like. Readings, poems, speeches, blessings and scripture can all be added if required.
The ceremony does not have to be held at a licensed venue. After the legal formalities have been performed the choice of location is entirely yours, as is the time of day and length of celebration.
I only book one ceremony a day, so I am totally focused on you and your special occasion. As an independent celebrant I can offer many different types of celebration ceremonies and the next page lists the most popular.