6 spectacular benefits of hiring a wedding celebrant
Your wedding is anticipated to be one of the most important and memorable events of your life.
It’s a day that focuses on you and your partner, and while many believe there are only two options when it comes to the ceremony portion of the event, a private ceremony in the registry office or a religious ceremony, there is a third option for those that feel these does not reflect their values as a couple – that option is a wedding celebrant!
Before the highly anticipated day arrives, take a moment to explore the numerous benefits of having a wedding celebrant on your big day and how the addition of this service makes for a truly unique and personalised wedding experience.
What is a wedding celebrant?
A wedding celebrant is a trained and certified officiant who conducts wedding ceremonies throughout the UK but is not affiliated with a specific religious denomination, belief system, or government agency.
Wedding celebrants do require the couple to be legally married before the ceremony begins, which must be arranged by the couple and be completed in the local registry office. With the legal binding out of the way, wedding celebrants can provide a stimulating, personalised ceremony for the couple and their loved ones to enjoy.
What are the benefits of a wedding celebrant?
Your wedding day is an event that is focused around the love you and your partner share, as such, the ceremony should be a part of that shared love. A wedding celebrant offers benefits to your ceremony such as:
1. Tailored ceremonies
One of the key benefits of hiring a wedding celebrant is their ability to craft a ceremony that reflects your love story, your future aspirations as a couple, and your values.
Unlike traditional religious or civil ceremonies, celebrants offer the flexibility to include personal anecdotes, poems, reading into your vows and even spiritual rituals that are meaningful to you and your partner.
This level of customisation ensures that your wedding ceremony is a true reflection of you and your partner’s individualism and the unity of your relationship.
2. Inclusivity and diversity
Wedding celebrants provide ceremonies that are inclusive and respectful of all backgrounds, cultures, and beliefs.
Whether you’re planning an interfaith wedding, a non-denominational wedding, a same-sex marriage, or a ceremony that blends different cultural traditions, a celebrant will work with you to ensure that every aspect of your ceremony is accommodating to your unique needs.
3. Venue flexibility
Unlike traditional weddings, which are often limited to specific venues or religious institutions, wedding celebrants can officiate your ceremony virtually anywhere.
Whether you dream of getting married on a remote beach, in your garden, within a forest, or at a historic landmark, once your location has been decided and booked – a celebrant can meet you there.
The flexibility of wedding celebrant services allows you to choose a location that holds sentimental value to you and your partner, adding even more important memories to your special day.
4. Creative freedom
With this emphasis on personal connection, celebrants encourage creativity on behalf of the wedded couple.
If you have unique ideas for your wedding, such as a separate hand-fasting ceremony, incorporating additional music, or encouraging guest involvement, a celebrant will work with you to bring any of your ideas to life and ensure they’re rehearsed and worked seamlessly into your ceremony.
5. Time efficiency
In the UK, the legal aspects of a wedding ceremony can be separated from the actual celebration.
This means that couples can complete the legal formalities in a simple civil ceremony before their personalised celebrant-led wedding begins. This can also work for couples that may have two significant days in mind in relation to their relationship, conducting the legal ceremony on one and the wedding celebration on the other.
By conducting the legal ceremony separately, you can save time on the big day and allow the focus to fall on the emotional and meaningful aspects of your relationship.
6. Memories that last a lifetime
Your wedding day is one of those key occasions, and the memories created during your personalised ceremony will stay with you and your guests for a lifetime.
With a wedding celebrant, you have the opportunity to create a ceremony that resonates with you and your partner, highlights the foundational aspects of your bond, and marks the beginning of a new journey that both of you are embarking on.
Choosing a wedding celebrant offers a wealth of benefits for couples seeking a meaningful wedding experience. With their expertise, flexibility, and dedication to tailoring bespoke ceremonies, celebrants play a vital role in shaping the day, encapsulating you and your partner’s love, and providing guests with an experience they will cherish forever.
How can Plan Our Wedding help me find a wedding celebrant?
Plan Our Wedding hosts a variety of celebrant services that can make your wedding uniquely yours. These include:
Gemma Jay – North East Celebrant: With a truly unique process dedicated to encapsulating every couple’s special moments, Gemma is an independent and North East based celebrant who provides a bespoke and meaningful wedding ceremony that considers the couple and their families because for her – each love story is a unique one.
Danielle Raine – Will You Marry Us: With a focus on meaningful guidance and innovative ideas, Danielle comes prepared with suggestions that can make your day a true beautifully bespoke experience.
Serendipity Ceremonies by Georgia: With the couple in mind and in heart, Georgia approaches each wedding with authenticity and aims to deliver a ceremony that is not a ‘copy and paste’ experience.
If you’re looking to celebrate your love in a way that truly reflects who you are as a couple, consider enlisting the services of a wedding celebrant for your special day and enquire directly through the Plan Our Wedding website for exclusive offers.