Why chose me as your celebrant?
People tell me I’m warm, kind, empathic, calm and reliable. I’m completely committed to doing the very best job possible for each couple and family: I’m my own worst critic, and my standards are high….
I worked in the public sector throughout my career, responsible for running mental health services for many years. This gave me a very positive experience of dealing with people from all walks of life, from a range of cultures and with differing beliefs.
I love working as a celebrant because it is a real privilege to work with people at the most significant moments in their lives, and to help them mark key life events in a way that has meaning for them.
I will take a ceremony wherever you want it to be, but will admit to loving rural weddings – particularly those in fields, gardens, orchards, farms, campsites and village halls – hand made with love by friends and families. Dogs and other animals are always welcome to be in attendance!
And a bit about me: I am a keen walker and cyclist, committed veg grower, and proud owner of two mad spaniels, spending as much time as I can out in the back lanes and hills of our local area. I’ve cycled to a wedding rehearsal – but never( yet ) to a wedding.
And finally, I’m married with 2 adult sons, both London based.
What is a Humanist celebrant?
Humanists are people who shape their own lives in the here and now, because we believe it’s the only life we have. We make sense of the world through logic, reason and evidence, and always seek to treat those around us with warmth, understanding and respect.
Humanist celebrants have been trained, accredited, quality assured and insured by Humanists UK. We deliver ceremonies without reference to religion, that have meaning for you, using your words and delivered in a manner that is fitting for you.
And you don’t need to be a Humanist to have a Humanist wedding, renewal of vows or naming ceremony.
Are Humanist wedding ceremonies legal?
Humanist ceremonies are not yet legal in England and Wales. (They are in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Jersey). So many of my couples have a simple legal registry office wedding with a few witnesses either a couple of days before or just after their Humanist ceremony. Some go to the registry office on the morning before their Humanist ceremony. Most consider the Humanist ceremony to be the “real’ event – in the venue of their choice, with their own words, in front of all their family and friends, where they can be themselves, without undue formality or the barrier of legal language.
What are your charges for a wedding or renewal of vows?
I charge £495 for any wedding or renewal of vows within a 50 mile radius of my North Herefordshire home. So this covers: Hay on Wye, Hereford, Monmouth, Ross on Wye, Abergavenny, Builth Wells, Malvern, Worcester, Leominster, Ludlow, Church Stretton, Bishops Castle, Shrewsbury, Aberystwyth, Oswestry, Kidderminster, Telford – and so on !
This is a fully inclusive charge, including my travel, and there will be no hidden extras of any kind. Although this may sound a lot of money, I estimate that each wedding takes a minimum of 30 hours of my time – including meetings, emails, phone calls and admin, writing the ceremony script, making any amendments, travel, a rehearsal, and conducting the wedding on the day.
I will need a deposit of £245 to book the date, with the balance of £250 due a month before the wedding.
And I’m always happy to travel further afield particularly for a rural diy wedding or renewal of vows created with love in the garden/ field/ wood/ orchard/ campsite/cliff top/village hall/ barn of your choice ! My basic charge will be the same, with an additional charge by agreement to cover the extra travelling time and mileage.
What are your charges for a Naming Ceremony ?
I charge £225 for any Naming ceremony within a 50 mile radius of my North Herefordshire home, and again this is a fully inclusive charge with no hidden extras.
And I’m happy to travel further afield as required, with an additional charge by agreement to cover the extra travelling time and mileage.
I will need a deposit of £100 to book the date, with the balance of £125 due a month before the Naming ceremony.
What happens if you are ill on the day, and unable to take the ceremony ?
Its not happened yet – but I have a mutual agreement with a couple of local Humanist celebrants that we will stand in for each other if needed. So far – we’ve never needed to call on each other, but its important to know that we can.
Do you take any other Humanist ceremonies?
I am also trained and accredited to take Humanist funerals, and these take place both in crematoria and green burial sites. I also take memorial ceremonies, and ceremonies to bury and to scatter ashes.
Full details of the services that I offer as a funeral celebrant can be found on my page of the Humanists UK website.
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