Expert advice about celebrant

Here is a selection of Q&As from Your London Wedding magazine whether it be about flowers, hair and makeup, fashion, wedding themes, health & beauty, cakes, stationery, legal advice. If you would like your question answered by our experts, please email it to editor@yourlondon.wedding

 

Tying the knot

Tying the knot

Q. We're having a smaller wedding than planned, how can a celebrant help us make the ceremony extra special for those who can attend?

A. Jennifer Patrice says: A celebrant conducts a ceremony that has all the elements of a wedding, apart from the legal formalities, which you carry out at your local register office. Having a celebrant means that you can have a ceremony that's personalised and unique to you – the ceremony you always wanted but never knew you could have.

I take your relationship history and turn it into your ceremony, so when you and your loved ones hear it, you'll instantly recognise the journey you've been on together. You can have a bridal party, write your own vows and have religious content, if you wish. You can also incorporate songs and readings that you love and include friends and family in symbolic elements.

Your choices are varied and many. For example, you could light a unity candle together, have a hand-fasting, sand-pouring or ring-warming, which is where your rings are passed around your guests to imbue with good wishes. At the end of the ceremony, you can sign a certificate. I've been told that my ceremonies are loving, full of emotion, sincere and fun; it also brings me personal joy to create couples' perfect weddings.

Jennifer Patrice,Jennifer Patrice Celebrant
www.jenniferpatrice.com

 

The great outdoors

The great outdoors

Q. We wanted to get married in one of London's green spaces, but we've found out we can't have a legal ceremony outside. What are our options?

A. Sue Walder says: It's true that you can't legally marry outdoors in England and Wales. Current laws require there to be some sort of licensed shelter such as a gazebo or a bandstand. If your heart is set on the great outdoors, then you can work with a humanist celebrant to create a bespoke and personal ceremony that truly reflects your values and style.

As humanist weddings are not yet legally recognised in England and Wales (unlike Scotland, Northern Ireland and Jersey), you can have this type of ceremony anywhere – including parks and green spaces. You simply complete the statutory paperwork at your local register office before or after. Despite this, my couples always regard their humanist wedding as the real thing. I have conducted ceremonies in some of London's most fabulous green spaces such as Woodberry Wetlands in Stoke Newington and Rembrandt Garden in Little Venice.

Sue Walder,Sue Walder - Humanist Celebrant
www.humanist.org.uk/suewalder

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