Step 1 - The Legal Bit
In England and Wales legal nuptials must be said in front of a Registrar and witnessed by two people. The legal words and signing of the marriage certificate can take place either at a registry office, approved religious location or a licensed venue. This services normally lasts around 20 minutes, and cost between £46 to £100.
Step 2 (The Wedding Ceremony)
I’m a Wedding Celebrant who will design and conduct your personalised wedding ceremony, anytime, anyplace, anywhere. If you want a Great Gatsby, Western, Vintage, Humorous theme, I’m on hand to provide that and will even dress in the theme of your day.
My passion is for you to have your own style of wedding to reflect who you are as a couple. I’ll listen to your love story and put legs to your vision. Your wedding ceremony can be religious or non-religious, include family, friends, symbolic actions, your own vows, readings, poems, music, anything else you fancy and without restriction.
What’s the difference between a Registrar and a Celebrant?
In England and Wales, the Registry Service department is part of Her Majesty’s Passport Office, and Registrars are employed by this department. By law only they are allowed to perform the legal wedding services, which must also be done before the wedding ceremony.
A celebrant is not regulated by a governmental department but by different trade organisations such as the ‘Association of Independent Celebrants’ (AOIC) of which I’m a member. I design and conduct the wedding ceremony based on the couple’s love story, religious beliefs and lifestyle with no time or content restrictions.
The AOIC have a list of all their trained professional celebrant members, all of whom carry Public Liability Insurance in the sum of £5,000,000, and £1,000,000 for Professional Indemnity whilst engaged in the business of working as an independent celebrant whether it be in the UK or Overseas.
Why can’t you perform my legal service and wedding ceremony?
Although I’m a nationally and internally qualified Celebrant. By law I’m not permitted to conduct legal services in England and Wales. In Scotland I can legally marry couples and also in Ireland, provided I’m accredited by the Humanist Association of Ireland.
But Amanda, I’ve already booked the venue and the Registrar is already coming there, what do I do?
No problem, this can be handled by myself or you by contacting the Registrar and letting them know that you're coming to their office on a different day for your legal service, or that you’d like them to come to the venue earlier in the day to perform it.
Why can’t the Registrar perform my wedding ceremony?
Due to time constraints on the Registrar and Church, choices of words, poems are limited, symbolic actions and religious elements cannot be included if the service is performed by the Registrar at their office or the licensed venue.
I’m an independent celebrant based in Hertfordshire, who specialises in ‘Intimate, Boutique and Venue’ style weddings for the budget conscious or extravagant bride - anytime, anyplace, anywhere. I’d be delighted to provide further information. Please visit my website www.amandaalexanderweddings.co.uk