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I specialise in creative theatrical ceremonies

Hi, I'm Harriet

I am a creative theatrical celebrant that can write and deliver a completely unique ceremony designed just for you…. I’m energetic, spontaneous and calm in a crisis. I create fun, vibrant ceremonies for those who want something personal and fancy something a little different from the norm… Let’s think outside of the box!
“So your name is Harriet, why is your business called Phoebe Smith Ceremonies?” So glad you asked… Phoebe is a family name, passed down to each first-born female child. So, when starting this new venture, I chose to use the name, feeling like I have those generations of women behind me. I’m happy to be called either!

What's my ceremony style?

I have spent my life working in performing arts as a performer, director, writer, project manager and teacher. I LOVE to be creative and I like nothing more than captivating an audience, taking them on an emotional journey. I live for making people smile. (It’s an ethos of mine, I try every day. A moment of kindness costs nothing but it’s effect can be priceless)
My aim is to make your ceremony perfect. Use of voice and presence I think is key, us actors have all the skills needed to be vocally charismatic varying pitch and tone, with creative timing knowing where and when to use pace and pause, to lift a room or give a moment reverence. Let’s leave bland behind, add some original flavour…

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£400 for naming ceremonies - £750 for weddings

Harriet Smith Profile

Why choose Harriet?

I am an independent celebrant available for weddings, celebration of life, naming ceremonies, anything you want to celebrate, I’m here for you…
Having worked all my life in theatre and drama, I see your ceremony as a performance, an event. I love to find a creative way to tell your story. I am compassionate, openminded, kind, honest, genuine and welcoming to all. I’m always so excited when I meet my couples and families to work with them to build and choreograph the most perfect unique magical ceremony.

I’m based on the Essex Suffolk borders and will travel an hour radius.

What do I offer?



Are you someone who would happily throw the rule book out of the window? My couples want a relaxed informal ceremony to reflect them as a couple.
Do you want a truly unique ceremony completely personal to you?
Well let’s have a chat!
We smile, we laugh, we click. (I’m sure there will be many other emotions, there usually is!)
I love barn weddings, festival vibes, woodland and intimate garden ceremonies. There will be laughter, tears, and lots of love. If you want to write your own vows and I can help you, we can build something beautiful and truly memorable. From sand ceremonies and musical performances to shots and congregation karaoke, what whatever floats your boat, we can make it happen.

Bronze – £750
Initial zoom meeting plus on-going telephone and email support.
Bespoke ceremony script – Unlimited changes.
Ceremony Day presentation, arrival an hour before ceremony.
Optional certificate signing.
Presentation souvenir script
Silver – £850
As bronze plus – symbolic element such as handfasting or sand ceremony
And optional rehearsal before the day.
Gold – £1200
As Silver plus – MC for the rest of day until your first dance. Announcing speeches, first dance, scooping up guests for photographs, making sure all the important moments are given the focus they deserve.

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Why choose Harriet for your wedding?

Wonderful words from one of my gorgeous couples…
“Harriet was brilliant, so personal and loving but also hilarious at times a perfect analogy of our relationship. The guests were laughing and crying throughout the ceremony. So many of our guests were amazed at how lovely it was, with all saying it was the best ceremony they’d ever been to.
Harriet is not only professional, she listens and understood what not only what our relationships is like but how different we are. We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect ceremony!”

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Naming Ceremonies

A child entering the world is given a name specially selected by meaning or tradition, taking a moment to celebrate this life in a celebration can be a joyous event. If you are not religious this can be a wonderful opportunity for chosen guide parents to be included.

However, we can change our name at any point in our life….

Celebrate a new you… a new life… These key moments we share with our friends and family can be celebrated in any way you choose.

My prices start from £300 however as with all of my services, a bespoke package can be created. Please contact me for a quote.

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Why choose Harriet for your naming ceremony?

Let’s have some fun!
We can work together to create a bespoke ceremony that fits the occasion and you. Whether that’s the start of a life, new chapter in your life or a whole new you.
I’m open to all.
Charismatic, captivating, energetic and kind, I’m with you to make it perfect.

Harriet Smith Profile
Phoebe Smith Ceremonies Essex Suffolk

Renewal of Vows

Take time to to remind each other what you mean to each other and what your marriage means to you…
Maybe you didn’t do it the way you wanted the first time around, and have new vision for your day.
You can enjoy a beautiful bespoke vow renewal, telling your story to this point with personalised vows, perhaps a unity ceremony element, surrounded by your family and friends who…
Or perhaps this is a moment just for you, an intimate elopement in a beautiful special place of your choosing… .

All my wedding packages are available for vow renewals

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Why choose Harriet for your renewal of vows?

Sensitive, intuitive, funny and linguistically elegant. I love to tell stories, have your story told by an expert.
I’m so excited to work with you, to weave your journey to this point into a beautiful unique ceremony and work with you to choreograph a perfect bespoke vow renewal.

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Unfortunately Phoebe Smith Ceremonies is not available for Funerals.

Reviews for Phoebe Smith Ceremonies

Total Reviews: 1

Average Rating: 5

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The best celebrant!

5 Stars
Lara Ryder

Wedding | 07/29/2023 | Whittington Court, Cheltenham

Harriet was brilliant from start to finish.
I don’t think me and my wife realised the amazing benefits to having a celebrant like Harriet.
Our wedding ceremony was so incredibly special and there wasn’t a dry eye in ‘the barn’. Harriet delivered her script beautifully and guests came up to us throughout the day saying how great she was and it was the best ceremony they’d ever witnessed.
We met up with Harriet before our wedding and spoke about various things like who we are as a couple, our history and our family. After getting to know us she wrote a lovely personal script.
She was so helpful throughout the whole process of writing our vows and thinking about the personal touches we wanted to include.
We recently also received our script in the post as a beautiful gift.
Thank you so much Harriet for making our day so special, making people laugh and cry and just being yourself and everything anyone could ever want in a celebrant.

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