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Hi, I'm Claire
As a Civil Celebrant, I aim to make all of life’s events a memorable and personal experience. Whatever the occasion, I will work with you to make sure that you celebrate and remember in your own way. The focus is always on the people involved, about who they are, about their hopes and dreams, their life, achievements and ambitions. Each ceremony is bespoke, indivdual and from the heart.
What's my ceremony style?
My style is relaxed, calm and unflappable. Nothing is ever a problem, most things are possible – we can always find a way to make something work, or look for alternative that may even turn out to be better. I always have a positive can do attitude, I am a good listener and I have a great memory to add in little extra personal details you may not even remember discussing with me. It is as important to me as it is to you to get things exactly right and I always give my all to all of my services because I really do care.
Why choose Claire?
I will work with you to make sure you are completely happy every step of the way. I listen, absorb and remember the things you tell me, always focusing on what is important to you and not any pre conceived ideas of what I think you may like. The most important thing to me is always that the ceremony reflects exactly what you want.
What do I offer?
A wedding is a time to celebrate love with loved ones and I love to help you do that. If you want a big ceremony or a small intimate service I can help you to create something that is completely unique to you as a couple. There is no guide book to life or love and we are all different and that is the beauty of a celebrant led wedding as the only limit is our imaginations.
I love a challenge and always rise to it but I equally love simple and straightforward that is all about your story. As with all of my ceremonies we will work together until you are completely happy. I am equally happy with making last minute plans, I am pretty much unflappable, as I am with long carefully considered ones. The only important thing is ensuring that you are happy every step of the way.
I offer my couples the chance to have the wedding of their dreams. If you have children or pets that you want to incorporate then I will make that happen. I will help you to write your love story to share with your family and friends if you wish as well as offer guidance on your vows or promises Your service can be as bespoke as you wish but equally I appreciate that some people just want a simple celebration of their love at a location that is special to them and we will make sure that the wedding you have is the wedding that you want. I am happy to incorporate personalised mini ceremonies such as a sand ceremony, hand fasting or a rose cermeony among others to add a little different twist to the day. For my wedding couples I always paint a personalised keepsake box as a gift, based on what I learn about them during planning!
£550 with no hidden or additional costs for "mini ceremonies" or reasonable travel and includes my signature, personalised,hand painted memory box as my wedding gift to you.
Why choose Claire for your wedding?
I am calm and reassuring. I don’t flap. I don’t see problems, just opportunities and if things don’t go to plan we can always put our heads together and find a different way. I am down to earth, a good listener and I have a good sense of humour. I have been married myself for 30 years and even back then I wanted to do things my way – and made that happen.
“We adored the service and we cannot thank you enough for everything you did to make it so special. It was exactly as we had hoped. Everyone we spoke to just loved your service.”
Many people now wish to celebrate the birth of a child and to ask their friends and family to support and guide their child as they grow up. Traditionally this was a religious ceremony but times are changing and now you can celebrate this happy event in your own way reflecting your own beliefs and hopes and dreams for your child.
When my children were born, we wanted to mark their arrival but not in the traditional way so we gathered our family together in the garden to welcome this new life. Had there been such a thing as a baby naming ceremny available then we would hgave chosen that option.
With my help, your new family, either by birth or adoption or by blending families together can be welcomed in the presence of your family and friends, with music, words and poems. You can chose guardians or guide parents for the children who can pledge to support and love the child as they grow and you can officially celebrate the giving of their name.
Why choose Claire for your naming ceremony?
As with all of my ceremonies, between us we can tailor make the service to be exactly what you want, using music and wording of your choice. We can still include a prayer if you wish. I would work closely with you to write a truly bespoke ceremony to celebrate this very exciting occasion.
Renewal of Vows
Love comes in so many forms and sometimes celebrating it just once is not enough! It may be that you are approaching a special anniversary and you would like to once again express your love for each other in front of your family and friends – or maybe infact just to eachother. It may be that ill health or unexpected circumstances have challenged your life and again you would like to reaffirm your love for eachother. It may be that first time around, for whatever reason, you weren’t able to have the ceremony that you would have liked and you now want the opportunity to make up for it. Whatever the reason, love is something that should always be celebrated and between us we can find a way to do it that reflects your relationship.
The perfect couples for me to work with at a renewal are ones that want to celebrate their love. Who want to share it with each other, and maybe just eachother or who would like to invite all of their family and friends and shout it from the roof tops!
Why choose Claire for your renewal of vows?
If there are just a handful of people there or the venue is full to bursting, I will make you feel the centre of attention and make your love for eachother shine. I will talk to you, listen to you and work with you to ensure that the service you have represents you and your relationship.
“Thank you for such a peronal service. Even though there were so few people in the room, you made it feel as though there were hundreds. It was really special, thank you so much.”
“Thank you so much for such a personal service. Even though there were so few people in the room, you made it feel as though there were hundreds, It was really special, thank you so much.” I believe that every service is special and every life unique. If the buidling is full to capacity or we just have one or two people in attendence it doesn’t matter. We are there to pay our respects, to celebrate a life, to acknowledge our sadness at their departure and to share their story.
I like to bring a little normality at a time that most of us thankfully are not sure how to deal with. I am always ready with a smile, a listening ear and take time, never rushing you as you share with me the details of your loved ones’ life and how you would like to say your farewells.
I offer my families the type of peronalised service that they would like. It may be that you would like a full celebration of life with all of your favourite music, or a more calm, slow paced and gentle service. Whatever way you want to say your goodbyes I will work with you to make sure that the service is as you wish and done with compassion and from the heart.
After the service I always send a full presentation copy of the service to any members of the family who would like one. I am grateful to all of the families who have sent me feedback after their services and some of my feedback can be seen here http://www.clairethecelebrant.co.uk/testimonials/
Why choose Claire for your funeral?
I am adaptable to what you as a family would like for the service. I receive feedback like this
“We were hugely impressed with your input today. It completely transformed my mothers funeral into a very calm and fitting occasion and provided the dignity for which we were looking, graciousness being one of her most defining features. You have an intuitive understanding of human nature and that was reflected in every one of your words that you contributed throughout.”
“Your constant jolly nature, always drawing in the positives was very special for me.”
I am warm, caring and cheerful and I genuinely care about getting it right.
Reviews for Claire The Celebrant
Total Reviews: 15
Average Rating: 5
Celebration of the life of Juliet Brooke
Thank you so much for the help and advice in preparing the Eulogy for Juliet and the sensitive and dignified delivery of the address and conduct of the proceedings on the day. All the family felt it was a true celebration of her life and personality and gained great comfort from the ceremony.
What can we say? Claire was fantastic from start to finish. We had a great Zoom introduction meeting with Claire and we knew pretty much instantly that we both wanted her to preside over our wedding ceremony. We met several celebrants so this speaks volumes for Claire’s naturally vivacious and warm personality. She was full of good ideas for the ceremony and worked closely with us to tailor it precisely the way we wanted it. Claire was always very responsive and supportive whilst we were finalising details of the ceremony and everyone at the wedding thought she was the consummate professional on the day itself – she struck exactly the right balance between humour and sobriety. As the headline says, we cannot recommend Claire highly enough! Oh and the memory box is a truly lovely touch!
Best Day Ever
Claire was amazing from start to finish, she went along with our requests for what wasn’t a traditional wedding.
We wanted an informal celebration at my parents surrounded by family and friends and that is what we had.
The ceremony was perfect for us, filled with laughter and sentiment.
Thank you Claire for all you did.