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Civil Celebrants - What to know...

Congratulations on your engagement! I hope you have taken the time to enjoy the fact that you are moving forward together and feeling excited about becoming a married couple.

I don’t know if you’ve noticed but there’s a little pandemic thingy going around and there have been a lot of changes in the Wedding Industry over the past few months as a result. It doesn’t seem like it’s going to be anywhere near our old ‘normal’ for a little while… but you know what? That’s ok! Because when life gives you lemons, you can make a lemon meringue pie. (Or something else you like with lemons… it doesn’t have to be pie but who doesn’t love pie?)

You may be wondering how you can possibly begin to even think about planning the wedding now and not wait for goodness knows how long before we start going back to ‘normal’ again. Well, my friends, it’s going to be quite all right as there are hundreds of thousands of wedding professionals out there who are more than happy to help you during these strange times…

Lots of my couples are choosing to split their wedding into two separate occasions – the ceremony and the reception. They are choosing to have their ceremony as close to their original date as possible and then booking their reception for another time when they can celebrate in style with everybody. This is such a lovely idea because you can enjoy your ceremony with close friends and family (currently up to 30 people maximum to include 2x registrar, any photographer, yourselves and your guests) and get the legalities through before celebrating with everybody. Some of my couples are even having their legal ceremony this year if they can and then having another ceremony before their reception next year. As the legalities will be covered already, they will be using a Civil Celebrant. Which takes us to the subject of this blog…

What is a civil celebrant?

A wedding celebrant is someone who hosts a wedding ceremony but is not legally present to marry a couple. I.e. someone who can help you to create any type of ceremony you want because there is nothing legally binding about it.

What do civil celebrants do?

Civil Celebrants are perfect for couples who want something more personal; something unique and able to reflect your relationship together; something more meaningful to you than a religious or civil wedding or partnership. They can also conduct other services such as vow renewals, baby naming and funeral rites. A Celebrant essentially gives you freedom. The freedom to hold your ceremony anywhere you want because you don’t need a licensed space. The freedom to choose literally everything from start to finish… timing, music, vows, spiritual rituals, readings… everything!

How much do they cost?

In my experience, civil celebrants are around the same pricing as a registrar and cost anything from around £450 - £850 depending on services. I would suggest having a look online and doing a little bit of research within your local area. A lot of civil celebrants work independently so check out Facebook too!

Can we have our legal ceremony on the same day?

Of-course you can! Usually, you would have your legal ceremony first and once your registrar’s have gone, your civil celebrant can take over. At Cosener's for example, you could hold your legal ceremony indoors and then move into our gardens with your civil celebrant!

When can we use a civil celebrant?

Anytime. Anywhere. That’s the beauty of it! You make the rules…


Is a Civil Celebrant right for me?

If you feel restricted in any aspect of your plans, then a Civil Celebrant is likely the right decision for you.


This post is short, sweet and to the point - I hope this post helps you with any queries you may have had about the use of a Civil Celebrant for your wedding. If you have any questions, just let me know in the comments or via our social media channels x

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