AWESOME WEDDING DAYS

Your wedding day should be everything you ever dreamed of - and more. A day of story-telling, memory making and well-wishing. A day that stays with you forever as the moment you made your vow in front of the people who matter most to you. A day which is packed with excitement and low on stress, high on emotion and low on tension. Impossible? No! The way this is possible is by thinking through what you want, and trusting me to deliver a Ceremony and help you organise a day that you will always remember, and that you family and friends will always refer to as 'the most amazing wedding day' forever afterwards.

With nearly 30 years since conducting my first wedding I've built a huge amount of experience, ideas and resources which I'm ready to share with you as your Celebrant and Wedding Day Coordinator. I'm continued to love my work, and treat every wedding as an opportunity to celebrate each couple's story and send them on their married life with warm wishes, deeply meaningful words and rituals. I'm still filled with energy, great at putting your guests at ease and building a rapport, and overseeing a day which deserves to be delivered personally, with passion, perfectly. I've created traditional, contemporary, quirky and alternative weddings and would love to hear your ideas - which is where I always start - with you.

Based in Yorkshire, I'm available for weddings through the UK - and in the School Holidays in France too (head over to the France page on this website if you'd like to be married in a Chateau - I can help you with this!). The UK is filled with incredible locations, and opportunities to think outside the box and create a day that is perfectly you. And that matters.

Whether it's Yorkshire, Lancashire, Manchester, Cheshire, the Lake District or elsewhere in this glorious land, get in touch so we can begin to talk about your day!

PS - this is Gill and I on our Wedding Day 2 years ago!

10 REASONS WHY...

...why a Celebrant-led wedding may be the best option for you. Because

YOU WANT YOUR WEDDING TO BE...

  1. Awesomely unique, creatively different, perfectly you! No 'off-the-peg', 'insert-name-here' for you! 

  2. Somewhere that is different - at home, on a beach, in your garden, on a lake, in a woodland, up a mountain. And why not?

  3. Outdoors! Did you know the Registrar or the Church can't marry you outdoors? Or even in a Marquee/tepee/yurt!

  4. Spiritual, but not religious. You want something that expresses your beliefs and values not just a legal ceremony.

  5. In the evening, or even at night. You'll struggle to find a Registrar or Church who will marry you at midnight.

  6. Fun! Filled with laughter rather than legalities, smiles rather than seriousness, celebration rather than regulation.

  7. To last more than about 10 minutes and to be the centre of the day, not just a quick legal formality.

  8. Led by someone who is experienced, confident with a crowd, who your guests warm to (that's me btw!)

  9. To be the product of your creativity, not just what you are given by the authorities

  10. Because someone in your family would benefit from more flexibility than other options might allow.

TYING THE KNOT

Ever wondered where the phrase 'tying the knot' comes from? It's from the ancient practice of tying a couples hands together to indicate that they are now married. I often use this colourful ceremony within the weddings I create, alongside other rituals such as blending rum or gin - taking two different spirits and combining them to create something new - just like a couple do in marriage. Other ideas include candle lighting, weaving and much more. When working with couples of particular faith backgrounds I'm always willing to explore their customs and use these too.

Photograph by  www.karolina-b.com

HOW WE CREATE YOUR DAY...

If you are looking for a Celebrant to lead your big day, I'd love to explore your plans with you! I'm professional yet friendly, highly organised yet calm, experienced yet still excited about celebrating your unique love story.

 

We'll work together closely to design the perfect ceremony and wedding day - bringing you an experience everyone will love and remember. We'll explore your hopes for the day, and then, with my experience and resources, I'll create you a first draft to see and comment on. There's no limit to the amount of revision and development you can ask for - it's all included.

On the day I'm available as both Celebrant - leading the ceremony - and as Wedding Day Coordinator - making your announcements and ensuring the whole day runs smoothly from beginning to end. You can, of course, book me for as Celebrant only but many couples value knowing that their carefully made plans are in good hands and that they can relax and enjoy their wedding day.

MORE THAN A CELEBRANT

I'm not only available to be your Celebrant but also your Wedding Day Host / Coordinator. If you have made all the plans yourself you'll know two things for sure: that you want everything to work on the day, and that you don't need the stress of making it happen! That's where I come in - you plan, I deliver.

Many couples book me in this role as I help you enjoy the day, knowing that your plans are being looked after, your guests hosted, your announcements being made and your suppliers (caterers, photographer, musicians etc) are being coordinated.

In this role I'll be there 3 hours in advance of the ceremony with a timeline and planning sheet that we've agreed a few weeks in advance. My professional, experienced pair of eyes and hands can make sure your day is as perfect as you always imagined.

TYING THE KNOT

Ever wondered where the phrase 'tying the knot' comes from? It's from the ancient practice of tying a couples hands together to indicate that they are now married. I often use this colourful ceremony within the weddings I create, alongside other rituals such as blending rum or gin - taking two different spirits and combining them to create something new - just like a couple do in marriage. Other ideas include candle lighting, weaving and much more. When working with couples of particular faith backgrounds I'm always willing to explore their customs and use these too.

MAKE IT YOUR OWN

When Hannah and Simon got married under a 300 year old Cedar tree in south west France, we created a ceremony that was personal and very family-centred. Their ceremony had readings from friends and even a song sung to them by Hannah's sister and her family.

If you are fortunate to have guests who are talented, then lets explore how they could could take part - after all, who wants an 'insert-name-here' wedding? Let yours be unique. And if you'd like recomendations of people who could bring something unique to your ceremony, then ask me.

I'm always confident and relaxed enough to  make space for the unrehearsed, the quirky, the laughs and the unexpected emotion of people taking part in your day.

LET'S TALK ABOUT YOUR WEDDING

I'd be delighted to hear your ideas for how you want to celebrate the story of your love; to explore with you how we can create a day that you and your guests will remember forever - that will make everyone who knows yu say, 'That was so them'.

I'm always happy to chat first - before you decide whether I'm the right Celebrant for you. We can talk on the phone, via FaceTime or Skype - or even meet up for a coffee if we happen to be close enough to do that.

Send me an email or give me a call. Click here for contact details.

'OUR CEREMONY WAS MORE BEAUTIFUL THAN WE COULD HAVE IMAGINED AND EVERY WORD SPOKEN WAS WAS TRUE TO US AND TO OUR HEARTS.'

Marko & Siobhan

FAQs

​Can you legally marry us?

No - but I can create you a perfect, bespoke ceremony that is tailored perfectly for you, which a legal ceremony may not be able to give you. If you choose a Celebrant-led wedding then it's necessary to attend your local Registry office to complete the legal formalities.

How will we connect with you to discuss our plans?

We'll meet in personas well as using FaceTime or Skype and the good old phone too - and this becomes really useful as we move nearer the day and you want to run something by me.

What elements can we include in our wedding ceremony?

Anything you like - as long as it suits you, and is being kind and respectful to others. So, as well as the promises you may make, the rings you may exchange, the symbolism which may be used (handfasting, a wine (or spirits) blending ceremony, the candle ceremony, weaving, cairn building....), you can have readings (literature, a religious tradition, contemporary culture...), songs (to listen to or to join in with), performances (dance, slam poetry, drumming - why not?...) - the list goes on! I'll work with you to ensure that a ceremony that is a true celebration of your love is central to the day.

Is there anything we MUST include?

No. The ceremony is yours, and as it is a Celebrant-led ceremony, you have complete freedom.

Can we have a prayer or a blessing?

Yes, of course. I'm more than willing to advise you on this, help you create a prayer or blessing, and to lead this. 

We are a same-sex couple. Is that a problem to you?

No, it's a privilege! I totally support equal marriage.

Another question?

Get in touch!

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