Frequently Asked Questions
Can we meet you before making our decision?
Absolutely! I usually recommend a meeting although this tends to be a fairly informal chat over coffee. The meeting lasts about an hour and offers the opportunity for me to learn more about you both so that I can really personalise your ceremony. It also gives you the perfect opportunity to ensure that you like me and my style and that you believe I am definitely the celebrant you wish to create your perfect ceremony.
What do you charge?
Every couple and ceremony is unique and therefore my fee is different for each. My quoted fee is fully inclusive of the following:
- A Consultation Meeting to discuss your ceremony.
- Unlimited conversations with you by email or telephone.
- A bespoke wedding ceremony that will be created just for you.This includes creating, writing and revising the script as much as necessary to get it absolutely perfect for you.
- Help finding the perfect readings or poems if you need it.
- Options to include a Hand-fasting, Unity Candle, Rose, Loving Cup or Sand ceremony - at no extra charge
- A Commemorative wedding certificate to sign.
- Travel to your wedding location within the UK.( I am happy to travel abroad for a ceremony too and will calculate the cost to include travel, accommodation and expenses).
- A Rehearsal with the bridal party if required.
If there are any additional requirements such as the purchase of the Unity and taper candles, or the roses and petals then you will be notified of this at the time of discussion. You are, however, free to purchase these yourself should you wish.
Is the ceremony legal?
Unfortunately the Law in England and Wales only allows for Registrars or authorised clergy to perform a legal marriage registration.
You are required to give notice of your intent to marry, in person, at your local Register office and you are required to pay a fee for this of £35.00 each. This must be booked in advance and should be held no less than 28 days before you wish to have your marriage registered.
Most couples choose to then hold thelegal marriageat a Register office a couple of days or even weeks before their actual ceremonial wedding.This currently costs £46 in Kent and requires two witnesses but you can dress as casually as you wish for this. It lasts for between 10-15 minutes and requires you to repeat a legal declaration. There is no need to exchange vows or rings and these are saved for the weddingcelebration ceremony later.
You are then required, along with your witnesses, to sign the Register of marriage and can purchase a marriage certificate for £4. These need to be ordered in advance. Once this has been done, you are free to enjoy your Wedding celebration ceremony without any rules or restrictions.
Where can we hold the ceremony?
You can hold your ceremony anywhere you wish as long as you have the land owners permission. This can be in a stately home, hotel or castle, in a woodland, by a lake or field, on a sandy beach, on board a boat, at your favourite club, pub or park, your house, a barn, or your grandparents back garden. Wherever you wish to celebrate your ceremony. You are only limited by your imagination.
What time can we hold the ceremony?
There are no restrictions and you can hold your ceremony at anytime day or night.
Can we include elements of our religion or faith?
Yes. You can include any readings, poems or music which reflects you and your beliefs. If you wish the ceremony to be completely free of religion, then this is fine too.
Can we include our pets in the ceremony?
If you wish to ride in on horseback, have your puppy carry in your wedding rings or include any of your pets in your ceremony, then who am I to deny you this.
Can we pick our own readings or write our own vows?
Of course you can! This is your wedding ceremony after all. I am there to help you create the perfect ceremony.
How do I book and pay?
After the initial enquiry your date will be pencilled into the diary for 7 days. Once you have decided that you definitely wish to book me, you will be sent a booking form by email. A deposit of £100 will be required at this stage and can be paid by BACS with the remainder due one month before the ceremony date.
I only book one ceremony per day so to avoid disappointment you need to ensure you book quickly. If you do not return this form with the payment, your date will no longer be held and will be made available to anyone else who wishes to book.
How far in advance should I book?
As soon as you are sure you wish to book – I am already taking bookings for dates two years away. We can also book in short notice ceremonies as long as the date is available.
Why should we choose you to perform our ceremony?
I am dedicated and enthusiastic with one thing in mind: to create and perform a beautiful ceremony that will be enjoyed and remembered by you for many years to come. I have years of experience in the wedding industry and know lots of superb wedding professionals who I am happy to recommend. I have a wealth of knowledge about wedding ceremonies so you don’t need to trawl through the internet to get ideas or find wedding suppliers. I will give you this for free!
My fees are fair, fully inclusive and made clear before you commit. See my testimonials page to read what my customers think about me.
What is the next step?
If you wish to know more, or you wish to book me, please call Simply Ceremonies Uk using the number at the top of the page. Alternatively you may complete the enquiry form.
I look forward to creating and joining in on your special day.