We LOVE celebrants here at Unconventional Wedding. They expand the options for your wedding day and offer such a wide range of personalisation for wedding ceremonies. And at this present time, with the ‘C’ word disrupting wedding plans, we wanted to shout about the wedding celebrants in our tribe and how they can help you.
Any questions, feel free to pop into our Unconventional Wedding chat room over on Facebook. There is always someone there who can help!
How to celebrate your wedding day post lockdown
As you’ll read below, wedding celebrants can offer you a wide range of choices for the location of your wedding ceremony. This is much broader than official registered venues. And yes, whilst it’s not legally binding, we know a celebrant wedding can offer more choices for a socially distanced wedding day. Whether it’s a wedding in a drive in movie theatre like Bri & Lindsey’s wedding day, or a Zoom wedding like Beth & Jonty’s wedding day, there are options available to you!
So, how about keeping the smaller, intimate legal wedding day later this year (when lockdown restrictions are hopefully eased). Then you can have a larger, celebrant led, wedding day next year on your postponed wedding date? Or what about the reverse? Bringing in a celebrant this year to celebrate your nearly-wed day and do the officials next year on your postponed wedding date.
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the legalities of a ceremony with a wedding celebrant
A lot of couples now decide to get legally married on a different occasion and make their official vows with a celebrant on their wedding day. This could be earlier in the day or a few days / weeks prior. I know of a couple who got married first thing in the morning and went to a McDonalds drive through on the way back. They then got changed into their wedding outfits and got married in front of their family & friends in a stunning outdoor ceremony by a river.
Why does it happen this way? Currently, a wedding celebrant cannot legally register you as married though some regional differences do apply (we’re not going to go into all the legal bits here). We hope there might be changes in the future (you can read more here) and it goes without saying that you need to do the research to find out what applies to your area at the time you are planning your wedding day.
Celebrating your wedding day
An awesome wedding ceremony
how wedding celebrants can personalise your ceremony
different types of symbolic acts for wedding ceremonies
Arguably, the best thing about celebrant led wedding ceremonies is the freedom! You can escape the tradition and formula and create something which is truly unique. Pick from symbolic acts which represent the vision of your wedding day – some of which we talk about below. You can mix things up a bit as well!
Jumping the broom
The tradition of ‘jumping the broom’ is a way to signify sweeping away the old and welcoming in the new. The broom can be decorated in ribbons to personalise to match your colour scheme. It’s usually placed on the floor (or at a slight angle) for you to jump over! You can even opt to create your own broom!
The 'unbreakable vow' & loads of other ceremony ideas
Writing your own wedding vows
Being able to write your own wedding vows is a clear advantage of a celebrant led wedding day. The only box to be ticked is “YOU”. Your celebrant will work with you to pull these together (don’t worry you don’t need to do it alone!).
Outdoor v indoor wedding ceremonies
Another great thing about wedding celebrants is that their ceremonies can be conducted anywhere! This is different to legal ceremonies which can take place outside but they must be under a fixed and permanent structure.
So this opens the door to 101 different opportunities for your wedding ceremony and you can really personalise it just for you! How about a wedding ceremony in a forest, a field, in your parents back garden, on top of a mountain … the options are endless. It just needs to be a place that means something to you both! It also ticks the box for enabling socially distanced wedding days which unfortunately are going to be around in the short term.
Here are some of the strangest places for wedding ceremonies from our celebrant tribe members. Evelyn from Star Ceremonies (based in Leicestershire) has done a wedding in a cattle market. Of course it was closed at the time! Karen from Stand Out Ceremonies (based in Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire) & Lisa from Lisa Bourne Ceremonies (based in Yorkshire) have both done Zoom weddings from their living rooms!
What to expect on the day with a wedding celebrant
Is a celebrant led wedding day different to a registrar led wedding day? Definitely yes! After all, there is only one wedding happening at your wedding venue on that day! So expect a much more personal approach to the finer details. Celebrants aren’t attached to a rigid timetable – if you need to dodge a rain shower, you can wait! They’ll make sure everything is set up perfectly for you so you just have to turn up!
How To Choose Your wedding celebrant
It goes without saying that you need to choose your ‘DREAM TEAM’ to support you on our wedding day. Choosing a wedding celebrant is no different and you should treat them like any other supplier. So we’ve teamed up with humanist celebrant Lisa Bourne Ceremonies to give you our top tips for choosing your celebrant. And of course, you can also check out the celebrants listed in our directory here.
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Introducing our wedding celebrant tribe members ...
These are just some of our celebrant tribe members from across the UK and Europe – the full list can be found here.
Star Ceremonies. I’m open to anything! However quirky or traditional, I’ll work with you to create an inspiring personalised wedding ceremony that’s just right for you both, in the location of your choice! I take pride in celebrating diversity and openness and am just as happy with secular or spiritual
I handcraft, bespoke wedding, vow renewal, commitment, elopement and virtual ceremonies for contemporary couples in the UK, Spain and Morocco. If you are looking for a non-religious ceremony which celebrates you and your story, aligns with your values and creates a stunning benchmark for your special day and relationship beyond,
Wonderful and unique wedding ceremonies! Specialisms: handfastings, drinking rituals and sand ceremonies!
I create unique weddings for couples just outside the box! Couples who love different bits of lots of wedding styles, without fitting neatly into one, couples who are getting creative, couples who are ignoring all the ‘should haves’ and making wedding choices that suit them! I’ll make sure that instead
Penelope Jayne Celebrant – Independent Celebrant Services for your big day. With over twenty years of ceremony experience, Penelope has created and conducted thousands of unique and memorable life moments. From epic hot air balloon renewal of vows to dreamy vow exchanges under giant Oak trees. Every location becomes an
Creating wedding and couples ceremonies as unique as you are, Leni from Unique To You Celebrancy will make your ceremony say exactly what you want it to and so much more. Based in Derby, covering the Midlands and further afield on request, Leni offers a wide range of choices for
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With thanks to this awesome team for this colourful wedding inspiration
Venue: Tawstock Court
Photography: Freeformimages Photography
Styling: Do Me a Favour
Dress: Casablanca Bridal & Victoria Kay from Always & Forever Bridal, Devon
Flower Girl Dresses: Popsqueak Children’s Wear
Jackets: Sammy Lea’s Retro Emporium
Shoes: Irregular Choice
Make up: Jennifer Rose Make Up Artistry
Hair: Sam Dare, Bath Bridal Hair
Accessories: Hey Jules
Celebrant: Nixie James-Scott Unique Ceremonies
Flowers: Petal & Posie & Tina Hodgson Fine Floral Design
Stationery: Clare’s Wedding Creations
Cake: Claire’s Sweet Temptations
Candy Floss: Fluff Boxx
Balloon Sculpture: North Devon Party Celebrations
Sweet Table: Jax’s Cakes and Bakes
Confetti: Confetti Supermarket
Alpacas: Cadenza Alpacas
Hot Air Balloon: Flying Enterprises
Pottery: Tarka Pottery
Runner: Michelle Stanford
Models: Lunar Don Lou, Emily Hemmings, Sian Bartlett & Evette Bowers