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Heather Bartsch

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Countries Covered

I travel Nationally & Internationally

Specialisms

Weddings, vow renewals, baby naming, funerals and memorials.

Affiliations

The International College of Professional Celebrants, The Funeral Accord, Ceremony Matters, The Celebrants Collective, My Wedding Suppliers UK.

Languages

English

Hi, I'm Heather

Hi there. I was born in London and I grew up in Sudbury, Suffolk, where I now live. I enjoy reading, walking, cycling, canoeing and entertaining friends and family. I love planning holidays and celebration events. As an Independent Celebrant and a fully-trained member of the International College of Professional Celebrants, I can confidently create and deliver beautiful, bespoke and heartfelt ceremonies of your choice to mark life’s key milestones. From weddings, vow renewals and naming ceremonies to unity rituals and funerals. I can help you write your personalised wedding vows, your commitments to your child or your own eulogy. I am happy to work indoors or outdoors, large or small and intimate, fun and quirky or traditional, religious or non-religious. That is the joy of having a celebrant led ceremony, almost anything goes! If you’re planning a celebration event or service and are seeking a truly personalised experience that reflects your wishes, your values and your choices, let’s chat!

What's my ceremony style?

I am calm, kind, inclusive and caring. I will go out of my way to help make sure your special day runs smoothly and is everything you could wish it to be. With a background in Human Resources and training, I have spent many years working with people from all kinds of backgrounds and with differing experiences, supporting them during some of the most significant times in their lives.

For many years I chaired and now champion a leading environmental educational charity and I am passionate about the benefits of nature to our physical and mental health and wellbeing. I love to incorporate elements of nature into my ceremonies. I love helping people and organising things. Nothing can beat the feeling of doing a good job!

Prices From

Wedding - £625 / Vow Renewal - £425 / Naming Ceremony - £295 / Funeral - £220 / Unity Ritual - £125

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An extraordinary life!

I had the great privilege of delivering a funeral service last week for a lovely gentleman, B, who was born in Hackney in 1930. He very thoughtfully wrote a journal of his early memories so that his daughters had a record of his life before them. Amongst his stories (some of which I couldn’t possibly repeat!) he remembers how he and his two little mates would sit over a drain and catch flies. They would put one in their mouth and feel them buzzing around before opening their mouths to let them fly out. It was good fun but unfortunately this was how B caught scarlet fever! He wrote how he would earn money from a bombed-out house by using a cheap saw from Woolworths to cut up the floor beams and sell as firewood for a penny a bundle, until someone realised the danger and put a stop to it.
B became a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather, adored by family and friends alike.
Despite his wonderful age, at 90, he was incredibly modern in his outlook. He loved gadgets, the internet, current affairs and all things technical. He was an artist, a poet, a magician and a practical joker. He wrote computer programmes, knew how to download music, send emails, bank online and loved his Alexa……. a world away from sitting over a drain plying with the flies!
I am constantly amazed by the extraordinary life stories I hear about as a celebrant. This job is a joy!

Why choose Heather?

I am passionate about making sure my couples and families feel looked after and in safe hands. I am very organised and love a list or three! As a wife, mother and grandmother I understand and cherish family bonds, traditions and differences. No two couple are the same, no two families are the same and I pride myself in being able to create ceremonies that truly represent my couples and families in a way that celebrates their unique love and relationships. I adore meeting new people to find out about themselves and their loved ones in order to create a personalised service that they will remember and treasure forever. I love to hear your ideas, combine old and new traditions and mix things up a little. We can add extra special touches such as hand tying, tree planting, ring warming, to name just a few. Almost anything goes and the only limit is your imagination!

What do I offer?

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Weddings

More and more couples are seeking the freedom of choice when deciding upon the location for their wedding ceremony and to make their day truly unique and memorable without any restrictions. As your Celebrant I can help you turn your romantic dream into reality by designing a ceremony of distinction and style with no restrictions on venue, words, readings, music, vows, religious or symbolic elements. I will create and deliver a beautiful, bespoke and heartfelt ceremony to reflect Your Wishes, Your Values, Your Choice!

Package that includes:
Initial consultation in person or via video call
Ceremony planning meeting in person (can be combined with venue visit)
Help with readings, vows and content
Creation of a beautiful, bespoke and heartfelt personal ceremony script
Unlimited edits, emails, calls, video calls
Rehearsal and full logistical walk-through at venue in person
Ceremony professionally delivered on the day
Printed certificate, readings and vows
Mini ceremonies can be added to make your special day even more memorable.

Prices From

£625

Why choose Heather for your wedding?

I am passionate about making sure my couples feel looked after and in safe hands. I am very organised and love a list or three! I enjoy meeting people to find out about themselves and their loved ones in order to create a unique service that they will remember and treasure forever. I love to hear your ideas, combine old and new traditions and mix things up a little. Almost anything goes and the only limit is your imagination!

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Naming Ceremonies

One of the most exciting events in a family’s life is the arrival of a new baby and many of us want to celebrate the occasion in a memorable and special way. A Naming Ceremony can also be a wonderful opportunity to welcome an adopted child or stepchildren into your family. I design and create unique Naming Ceremonies to suit your values, beliefs and wishes, providing an ideal opportunity for you to publicly declare your commitment to nurture and care for your child and to declare your hopes and aspirations for their future in the way you choose.

I offer a package that includes:
Ceremony planning meeting in person or via video call
Help with readings and promises
Creation of a beautiful, bespoke and heartfelt personal ceremony script
Unlimited edits, emails, calls, video chats
Phone call to finalise ceremony logistics
Ceremony professionally delivered on the day
Printed certificate, readings and promises
Mini ceremonies can be added to make your special day even more memorable.

Prices From

£295

Why choose Heather for your naming ceremony?

I am passionate about making sure my families feel looked after and in safe hands. I am very organised and love a list or three! I enjoy meeting people to find out about themselves and their loved ones in order to create a unique service that they will remember and treasure forever. I love to hear your ideas, combine old and new traditions and mix things up a little. Almost anything goes and the only limit is your imagination!

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Renewal of Vows

A Renewal of Marriage Vows Ceremony is a wonderful way of publicly declaring your continued love and commitment to one another, to celebrate your love and reaffirm the promises you made to each other on your wedding day. You may choose to have an intimate ceremony inviting just close family and friends or a large celebration to mark the occasion. I offer a truly magical and memorable ceremony to reflect your individual tastes, styles, personalities and your choice!

My package includes:
Initial consultation in person or via video call
Ceremony planning meeting in person (can be combined with venue visit)
Help with readings, vows and content
Creation of a beautiful, bespoke and heartfelt personal ceremony script
Unlimited edits, emails, calls, video chats
Ceremony professionally delivered on the day
Printed certificate, readings and vows
Mini ceremonies can be added to make your special day even more memorable.

Prices From

£475

Why choose Heather for your renewal of vows?

I am passionate about making sure my couples feel looked after and in safe hands. I am very organised and love a list or three! I enjoy meeting people to find out about themselves and their loved ones in order to create a unique service that they will remember and treasure forever. I love to hear your ideas, combine old and new traditions and mix things up a little. Almost anything goes and the only limit is your imagination!

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Funerals

When a loved one dies there are, inevitably, decisions to be taken about the funeral arrangements, perhaps most importantly, what kind of funeral do you actually want? Not everyone wishes to have the same kind of funeral, because not all families are the same. I will help you to create a ceremony that reflects your loved one’s beliefs about life and death, one that pays a fitting, dignified and meaningful tribute to their journey through life. Readings, poems, hymns, prayers and music are all welcome to make the service unique and personal – a celebration of life. The choice is yours.

Package includes:
Service planning meeting in person or via video call
Help with music, readings, tributes
Creation of a beautiful, bespoke and heartfelt personal celebration of life ceremony for your loved one
Liaise closely with yourselves and the Funeral Director/Arranger
Service professionally delivered on the day
Printed commemorative copy of service script

You may also want to consider planning your Eulogy. Rather than a tribute being collated and written after you have died (which of course you will never hear), a Living Eulogy can be co-created with you involved. Members of your family and friends can also contribute and the tribute can be read and appreciated while you are with them. I will meet with you to hear your life story as you would like it to be told. The funeral service will then be written and checked with you. You will get 2 copies of the funeral service, one to keep with your last will and testament, the other to hand to your next-of-kin.

Prices From

£230

Why choose Heather for your funeral?

I am passionate about making sure my families feel looked after and in safe hands. I always feel it is such a privilege to meet people and to find out about their loved ones in order to create a unique service that they will remember and treasure forever. I am calm, kind and caring and will go out of my way to help make sure you can say goodbye in the way that feels right for you and your loved one.

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Reviews for Your Choice Ceremonies

Total Reviews: 21

Average Rating: 5

reviews (21)

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Celebration of Life and Interment service

5 Stars
Dominic Le Claire

Funeral | 10/28/2022 | Arbory Trust Woodland Burial Ground

Heather was a wonderful celebrant for our recent funeral service needs; providing guidance and kindness in equal amounts. She made a painful day just that little bit easier for our family, and we’re very grateful for that. Would highly recommend. Thank you.

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Outstanding Celebrant

5 Stars
Molly O

Funeral | 10/08/2022 | Woodhall Manor

My husband and I went into planning a wedding ceremony without much idea of what to expect but Heather was the perfect celebrant to help us shape it into the most beautiful and meaningful ceremony we could have hoped for.
She struck a perfect balance between being flexible and open to our ideas and providing the benefit of her experience and organisational skills to make sure the whole event went off without a hitch. She took the time to listen to us to make sure that the ceremony was personalised and perfect for us and had us and had our family and friends in tears and in stitches in equal measure.
My family is Catholic and were initially a bit nervous about attending a non-religious ceremony but by the end of our wedding even my Granny was a total convert to celebrant-led ceremonies and couldn’t stop talking about how moving and meaningful it was. I cannot recommend Heather enough, she’s a total superstar!

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Personal, bespoke, professional

5 Stars
Oliver H

Wedding | 09/03/2022 | Gosfield Hall

We contacted Heather on a recommendation and we were not disappointed. From our first meeting we were left feeling at ease of the whole process and that we were in good hands. The ceremony was created to be personal to us and Heather listened to all of our individual wants and needs when creating this. The services was conducted perfectly and touched the hearts of every guest there . Heather helped us through the whole experience and we couldn’t recommend her highly enough.

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