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How to become a celebrant
Jennifer Claire, Founder of The Celebrant Directory and the newly launched Academy of Modern Celebrancy shares her tips on how to become a celebrant. In order to train as a...
So you want to get married in Canada?
Canada is a wonderful place to get married. It has breathtaking scenery, from oceans, to lakes, to mountains, beaches, forests, Provincial and National Parks. For indoor ceremonies there are restaurants,...
Wedding traditions and where they come from
The story behind the traditions... When you’re planning for your wedding, you probably find yourself automatically planning for things such as wedding rings, a white dress, bridesmaids or groomsmen. But...
Breaking the rules: Who will walk down the aisle first?
It's time to make your processional, progressional! Who walks down the aisle first and why? One of the logistical questions I ask all my couples as a Celebrant is: ‘Do...
Secrets to a successful outdoor ceremony
Top tips for planning an outdoor ceremony The dream wedding ceremony…? A great big gathering outdoors on a gorgeous, blue sky, summer’s day. Obvs. For some this is the absolute...
Secrets of involving guests at a wedding ceremony
Audience participation at your wedding ceremony They’ve come all this way and dressed their best – your fabulous friends and family all coming together at your wedding ceremony is one...
How to get legally married by a Celebrant in Australia
Getting legally married by a Celebrant in Australia is easy! Every celebrant says they absolutely love their job, but it’s true! It’s the most amazing feeling and privilege to facilitate...
How to keep your wedding within budget
Planning a wedding isn’t a piece of cake (wedding cake that is); it takes time and plenty of money. This is why the first step in your planning schedule should...
Top Celebrants Reveal their Best and Worst in Wedding Ceremony Music
Wedding music reveals a lot about the couple getting married - and has been an eye-opener for some of our Celebrants! I spent some time last year quizzing some top Wedding...
How do I include my children in my wedding ceremony?
Here’s a summary of our top ideas to include a child in your wedding ceremony Write your children into your wedding ceremony Give your child a meaningful gift A family...
How to have a perfect wedding kiss
5 things you need to know about your ceremony kiss - you will be surprised! I have witnessed hundreds of couples first kisses! They have varied hugely from a full-on...
Unique Wedding venue ideas to suit you!
Weddings are one of the most special and memorable days of your life, so there is no need to stick to the standard venues – let your imagination run wild!...
How do I include my children in the wedding ceremony?
When a couple has children, either from their relationship or from previous relationships, your Celebrant will likely ask how they envision including the children in the ceremony. Sometimes they consider...
15 things your wedding Celebrant wishes you knew.
Your wedding should be one of the most special days of your life; however, it can be accompanied by a mammoth ‘to do’ list! Luckily, with a wedding Celebrant at...
Wedding Traditions: The low down on Ring Bearers
Here at The Celebrant Directory we are constantly on the look-out for different ways we can change up tradition, adding that extra sparkle when it comes to your wedding day. ...
Pros and cons of leap year proposals
Are leap year proposals outdated? The four-year wait is over and February 29 is fast approaching giving, traditionally, the female population the opportunity to propose to their other halves. Are...
Your checklist of questions for the perfect wedding ceremony
How do I start a checklist for my wedding? You want to get married, you want a celebrant led wedding ceremony but there is so much else you want to...
Should I invite children to my wedding?
It’s hard to disagree that children can be a delight at weddings; they look adorable, they make the best natural photos and bring a lot of joy to the occasion....
Handling the stress at your Wedding Ceremony
Weddings are both special and exciting days, but they can come with their fair share of stress! Nerves and wedding day jitters are common, so here are some tips to...
Choosing a Wedding Celebrant
Choosing the perfect Wedding Celebrant is an important task. Just picture this scenario, you’re walking down the aisle, waiting for your partner to spot you. They turn and see you...
A bride’s guide to winery weddings, vineyards and wine ceremonies
A winery can make an unforgettable wedding venue and here in Kent where I am lucky to live and work in the UK, we have plenty to choose from. As...
Why include crowns in your Greek destination wedding?
Greece is an amazing destination for your wedding.  You are practically guaranteed sunshine, gorgeous scenery and it’s easy to get to from almost anywhere in the world.  All of Greek...
Planning an outdoor Wedding? Read this!
So, you are planning an outdoor wedding. Amazing, nothing like the bright blue sky, warmth on your back and sweet sounds of a light breeze in the air. Well, that’s...
Inspired by a hearing impaired wedding
A Real Celebrant Wedding with a twist - working with hearing impaired couples Experiencing a hearing impaired wedding, one Celebrant was inspired to write this Real Ceremony experience as a...
How to plan an affordable luxury wedding that’s also eco-friendly
Quite often when browsing Instagram and Pinterest the most stunning styled shoots takeover your grid that absolutely take your breath away. But often, it's difficult to comprehend the expense behind...
How to reschedule your wedding with ease
Organising your wedding is one thing, but having to change the date of your wedding is one event no couple is prepared for. We are here to help you plan...
The secrets to a successful elopement
Celebrants are accustomed to responding to the warmth, energy and loving emotion of close family and invited guests surrounding their wedding couple. So how do you create the right atmosphere...
How to build your confidence as a Celebrant
You have completed your amazing training, you are ready to build your business, and are well on your way to gaining confidence as a celebrant! Or perhaps you have been...
How to elope to Australia!
Top advice for eloping to Australia Elopements are intensely romantic and beautifully personal. If getting married is on your mind, this is absolutely the most fun way to do it...
5 Wedding rules that were made to be broken
Weddings come with a lot of traditions, but who says you have to stick by them? Whether you’re having a white wedding in a local church, or jetting off to...
Top Budget Ideas for a Wedding
A big factor and often the first hurdle when planning a wedding is the budget. Before couples can start getting into the exciting details of planning, money can dominate what...
How using a Celebrant saved a Wedding Ceremony!
I recently had the honour of being asked to lead a wedding in the Worthing Dome. The Setting The Worthing Dome is a stunning example of Edwardian splendour with beautiful...
Proposing on Valentine’s Day? Read this!
Love it or loathe it, there’s no escaping the fact that Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Whilst the exact origins of this day of celebration are hard to...
How to modernise traditional wedding rituals
So, ceremony rituals are a new thing right? Well no. Wedding rituals, symbolic or not, have been with us for ever and a year. Weddings themselves are a ritual, a...
Who should lead your wedding ceremony?
Friend or Celebrant? Why your mate may not be the perfect replacement. When it comes to your Wedding Day, it can be vital to manage the finances and make savings...
How to plan your wedding on a budget.
The average UK wedding costs a hefty £30,000; for anyone hoping to plan their wedding on a budget, that number may well throw you into a tizzy. Luckily, while a...
How to Choose an Engagement Ring
If you are joining the millions of men or women faced with the pressure of finding the right ring to pop the big question, you may be unsure where to...
Help! Who should speak at our wedding?
5 top tips for who should speak at your ceremony You are in the early stages of your wedding preparation. You have found the venue, the Celebrant you feel is...
How to write your Wedding Vows
For some people, getting your wedding vows down on paper can be a daunting task. How do you put all of your thoughts, feelings, memories and hopes for the future...
Looking at the pros and cons of a wedding ceremony abroad
You are engaged! Yay! Now you are thinking ahead to your Big Day and weighing up the different options.  Church wedding? Register office wedding and ceremony? Or register office and...
How to plan an elopement beach wedding for sweet souls
So… You're engaged, congratulations! Want to know where to start planning an elopement? Want a tropical beach destination? This could be because you're not the couple who wants hundreds of...
5 Top (Easy) Tips for a Tech Savvy Wedding
How to easily have a modern tech savvy wedding with 5 top tips Whether you’re going with a festival style wedding with tipis and hay bales, or a fairytale woodland...
5 tips to prevent your wedding guest list from getting out of hand
You just got engaged and you’re ready to start the wedding planning. You and your fiancé have talked budget and how many people you want to invite. Your guest list...
How to get legally married in Ireland
So what is the difference between a marriage and a wedding in Ireland? it can be confusing if you are trying to arrange your wedding in the gorgeous country of...
How to create a Stylish Black and Gold Gatsby Styled Wedding
We love a themed wedding here at The Celebrant Directory, and part of choosing a Celebrant-led ceremony means that you can include elements of your styling within your bespoke wedding...
Getting married second time around. I do, take two!
Debbie Skyrme shares her thoughts with The Celebrant Directory on saying I do, take two! Well here’s the thing, I marry people in love and I celebrate whatever your love...
5 Unforeseen Wedding Expenses to look out for
You’ve met that special someone, asked ‘that’ question or said that ‘Yes’, and now it’s time to start the exciting task of planning your perfect wedding! When organising your special...
How to work with photographers at a wedding
One Celebrant and hobby photographer looks at wedding photography from both sides to tell us how these two critical protagonists at your wedding can best work together. Great advice for...
Are same sex weddings any different to heterosexual weddings in the UK?
Ok so this is a question we often get asked, and it has a very simple answer, hell no! Bet you didn’t expect that…. ok so what we mean is...
Why choose a Celebrant?
So, here we are just coming towards the end of the winter months… warmer days ahead and lots of planning to be getting on with for your wedding, whether it’s...
No registrar available! What are my options?
With registrars in some countries coping with a backlog of legal marriage registrations, what are your options? Do you have to reschedule the entire wedding? One experienced UK celebrant tackles...
Are the new marriage reforms discriminatory?
From July to at least April 2022, in England and Wales, licensed wedding venues have been given the thumbs up to take their civil marriages outside in their grounds. Although...
Walking down the aisle: Tradition v Modern Day
The opportunities for getting married in the 21st century have never been so abundant and choice so diverse.  The world has shrunk; traditional ‘local ‘ customs have now become global,...
Scotland! The secret destination wedding location
Thinking Destination Wedding? Think Scotland! Lonely Planet lists Scotland in the top 10 places in the World for people to visit making it an ideal destination wedding location with a...
How to legally marry with a UK Celebrant
Want to know how to legally marry when having a Celebrant-led wedding in the UK? The Celebrant Directory have teamed up with the lovely Jenny Knight, from Knight Ceremonies to...
6 ways to have a destination wedding on a budget
With many couples deciding to contract their marriage in their home country then escape to the sunshine for a destination wedding, here our our top tips for a destination wedding...
Styling a luxury intimate wedding celebration at home
With the rise of intimate weddings, more and more couples are choosing to host their wedding celebrations in their own home or garden. This style of celebration suits those who...
Celebrant Feature: Who walks the bride down the aisle?
"Of all the walks we have taken together, today is my favourite."  That is one of many lovely sentiments that a bride can offer her escort when they have been...
How to choose your ideal wedding venue
Want to create a unique wedding day, but worried about the cost? No wonder! According to Brides Magazine, the average wedding in this county is currently costing a staggering £30,000,...
Ask a Celebrant – Top Celebrants Reveal all on Wedding Vows
As Celebrants, we hear a lot of wedding vows from the traditional 'to have and to hold' to the outrageous promises to walk across America together (yes that's been done!). I...
4 Fashion Tips for the Mother of the Bride
As the mother of the bride, you’re naturally excited about your daughter’s big day and keen to look your best. After all, after the bride and groom, all eyes are...
Wedding Planning – what are the roles and responsibilities?
Your fiancé has gotten down on one knee and asked you the most important question of your life. You (probably) cried and said yes! You’re so excited to spend the...
Who should influence your wedding ceremony?
When it comes to planning the perfect wedding ceremony, there can be a lot to think about. Where should you hold it? What kind of dress will you wear? Who...
Do I have to change my name when I get married?
Traditional Debunked! Do I have to change my name when I get married? Traditions and laws around the world, in relation to the giving and taking of a forename and...
Top tips for planning your 2018 wedding
Getting married this year? Then here’s some useful advice on how to make your big day go with a bang… Remember, no matter what all those wedding and lifestyle magazines...
16 Unique & Alternative Wedding Readings
Want a reading with a difference for your wedding ceremony? Whilst some love traditional poems, they don't suit every couple. And what are we all about here at The Celebrant...
Getting married in Greece, do’s and dont’s
Here's how not to get married in Greece! "It was all over in the ‘blink of an eye’ ". One experienced celebrant shares her tops tips on how not to...
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