What is a Celebrant?
15th March 2013
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Imagine …!

What if you could go to the Registry Office in the morning in your jeans, with a couple of witnesses, to sign the marriage certificate and then enjoy a wonderful, joyous ceremony in the afternoon with all your guests? Nowadays, you can.

That’s where a celebrant comes in.

As long as the legal bit is still carried out, there’s nothing to stop you holding the ceremony you actually want – at the venue you want.

The Ceremony

One of the beauties about a celebrant-led wedding is that he or she will help you (as much or as little as you want!) to build your own ceremony. So if you want a religious component (even taken from various cultural sources), you can put it in; if you want spiritual elements, go for it; poems are OK. With some give and take, this way you can please yourselves AND keep your parents happy!

As well as the readings, you decide on the music. You also decide on the choreography (who walks or stands where), readers, the wording, and delivery, of the Vows. Your celebrant will be pleased to advise and make helpful suggestions.


You will be able to incorporate any rituals and little touches that would not previously have been possible, if you so wish. For example, drink from a loving cup, burn a Unity Candle or have a handfasting (an ancient Celtic betrothal ritual).


In short, this is YOUR day, and your celebrant, who will of course conduct the ceremony for you, will do everything to ensure that the day is unforgettable, meaningful and what YOU want.

If you would like to find out more then please contact Michael Gordon on 020 8866 4326 who is a celebrant based in Harrow. www.vowsthatwow.com

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