What Do Celebrants Do?

Celebrants write and perform ceremonies to celebrate a birth, death or marriage. Island Celebrants specialise in weddings, renewal of vows and naming ceremonies. 


Where are the ceremonies?


Island Celebrants can conduct your ceremony anywhere you like - at your chosen venue, somewhere nearby such as on the beach, in a field, in a castle or even in your back garden. The ceremony does not have to take place in a licensed venue.


How does a Celebrant ceremony work?


Nowadays celebrant weddings and naming ceremonies are becoming more popular in the UK. They are already common practice in Australia, the United States and throughout Europe. A celebrant will meet with you to get to know you first. Then they will write a special ceremony script and talk to you about it. On the day, you have your unique ceremony in front of family and friends at your chosen venue. At a separate time you register your marriage to make it legal - just like George and Amal Clooney!


Are there legal requirements?


By law, you are required to register a birth, death or marriage at the local Register Office. However, there are no legal requirements to have a ceremony and you can have a ceremony for anything you like.


What are the legal bits of marriage?


* We would always recommend you check with your local Register Office as government procedures can change.

Firstly you must give Notice of Marriage/Civil Partnership at your local Register Office. A period of time following that you can register your marriage. This is done at your local Register Office in front of the Registrar and 2 witnesses. Most couples planning a celebrant wedding choose to do this is casual clothes and save their wedding outfits for the ceremony. It can be done or the same or a different day to your ceremony.


The legal part of the marriage is made up of just a few key steps:

Firstly you need to prove who you are and that you are free to marry.


Declaratory Words: eg I do solemnly declare that I know not …….


Contracting Words: eg I call upon these persons here present to witness that I …………

take you ……………. To be my lawful wedded husband/wife/ partner for life.


The Signing of the Marriage Register


That is all!


The rest of the service – the bridal entrance, giving the bride away, the exchange of vows, the exchange of rings, music, reading, rituals, even pronouncing you husband and wife – is ceremony and does not need to be done by the Registrar.


How much does it cost?


A ceremony with Island Celebrants costs less than you think. We give a quote that includes all travel expenses and we sign a contract with you to agree that fee.  No hidden extras.  You will have to pay for the standard Register Office costs on top of that. (eg. registering a birth, giving notice of marriage, etc).


Any other service?

We have contacts with a number of other suppliers who can help you create your perfect day.

© 2015 Island Celebrants. Proudly created in conjunction with Media Matters . Island Celebrants is a part of Jeni Law (IW) Limited.

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