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Hi, I'm Amanda
We all love a celebration! But our lives and stories are all unique and it follows that we don`t all want to celebrate in the same way. GREAT! I love different. By getting to know you, listening to your stories and ideas I will create a ceremony that reflects your loves, likes, passions and personality. One that is full of love and laughter.
I have always loved writing, especially poetry and story telling. After finding myself at a career crossroads I began my new role as a celebrant in 2015. Since then I have met some wonderful people, creating memorable ceremonies in some fabulous locations. To be so emotionally involved with people as they celebrate life`s greatest moments is just the best feeling and a real privilege.
Celebrants are not just ceremony writers we are story tellers of life. I would love to tell yours!
What's my ceremony style?
I love to create relaxed and informal ceremonies that are never stuffy or boring! I`m an old romantic really and like to take tradition & shake it up a bit! My working process and ceremonies are full of laughter & a sense of fun. (I do tend to adlib on the day!) I love to include symbolic elements such as hand fasting, jumping the broom & candle lighting as well as involving friends and family (yours not mine!) I even included a singalong at one wedding! I enjoy working in unusual venues & have never yet said `you cant do that!` I bring experience, ideas & bags of enthusiasm but it`s YOUR story that will be at the heart of the final ceremony. Its all about YOU!
Why choose Amanda?
I am a modern, friendly and open minded celebrant with over five years experience and I love a real love story! I believe passionately in having the choice to celebrate life`s greatest moments exactly how we want to. If you dream of a stand out ceremony that celebrates you & your story, one that is remembered for all the best reasons then let`s have a chat & create something truly special.
What do I offer?
I love weddings and I believe passionately in the choice to celebrate your marriage in a way that remains true to you! Choosing a celebrant to write and conduct your wedding ceremony means you can have your special day almost anywhere, anytime & exactly how you want it! No copied scripts using words repeated in thousands of ceremonies but words that are carefully chosen and beautifully scripted just for you! The best bit? There are no rules, so think out of the box. If it`s important to you it`s important to me.
Simple, traditional, romantic or a fun filled festival, the choice is yours. Working closely with you I will create a ceremony that reflects your style & personality. I love to include symbolic additions such as handfasting, jumping the broom, unity candle & sand ceremony. You can have a singalong and dance in the aisles if you want to!
Involving talented friends & family to do readings, poetry or play music are all wonderful ways of personalising your ceremony. How about having your beloved dog as ring bearer? I am also happy to include more religious or spiritual elements if it`s important to you. It is my job to bring your dream ceremony to life, however simple or crazy that may be.
Why choose Amanda for your wedding?
Behind every wedding ceremony is a great love story and I aim to create a ceremony that celebrates that love, past, present & future! Once booked I am there for you right up until the big day and I only ever book one ceremony per day so the date is exclusively yours. We can meet as many times as you feel necessary, making amendments until you are 100% happy.
You can be assured that come the big day your ceremony will be led by someone who has become a friend.
The safe arrival of a new baby or welcoming adopted / step children into the family is always a reason to celebrate and if a religious christening is not for you then a celebrant led naming ceremony could be the perfect alternative. A wonderful opportunity to introduce them to your friends & family, it can be held anywhere, a hired venue, your home, even your garden.
I will help you create a magical ceremony that reflects your beliefs, your values as a family & your hopes for your child`s future. It can be simple, fun or include more spiritual elements. You may wish to include tree planting, candle lighting or time capsule among other ideas. You can appoint guardians, guide parents or odd parents who will play a special role in your child`s upbringing. Their promises will be unique & from the heart. Why not have a theme eg Mad Hatter`s tea party or Teddy Bear`s picnic?
Why choose Amanda for your naming ceremony?
I love the feeling of joy, hope and excitement that a naming ceremony brings, they are very special. I will do my best to create an occasion full of love, laughter & happy memories and all written uniquely for you and your family. I`d love to hear from you.
Renewal of Vows
Have you reached a milestone anniversary and want to celebrate your time together? Maybe you have come through a tough and challenging time and want to reaffirm your love and commitment to one another. Perhaps you didn`t get your ideal wedding ceremony first time round. Or maybe you just want to do it all again! Whatever the reasons a vow renewal ceremony is a special and emotional occasion.
As a celebrant, writing a vow renewal ceremony involves as much input, research and love as a wedding & to me just as important! I will meet with you and listen to your story, your life so far, your ups & downs , what you love about each other (and what drives you mad!) and why it is important to you to renew your vows & promises. The ceremony is very similar to a wedding with music & readings & the all important vows. You may like to exchange new rings or jewellery or include symbolic elements such as handfasting, sand ceremony or unity candle. You can include children, stepchildren or even pets! It can be whatever you wish, there are no rules!
Why choose Amanda for your renewal of vows?
Celebrating love at any time is wonderful but reaffirming those important promises however long after is a special thing. You can trust that I will create a ceremony that is beautiful, memorable & full of love & laughter.
It has been an absolute privilege to have been officiating funerals & celebrations of life for over five years. Our lives all tell a different story and I believe that our final goodbye should reflect that story, our beliefs & above all our personality. Choosing me as your celebrant to write & conduct a funeral means your wishes & those of your loved one are of the utmost importance.
I will meet with you & your family & listen. Listen to your stories & memories, gathering as much detail as possible to ensure the occasion is deserving of the person whose life we are celebrating. Funny stories, what made them laugh, even those annoying habits! Favourite music, poems, readings & artists can all be woven into a truly personal celebration.
Why choose Amanda for your funeral?
I believe a funeral should be a celebration of life, however long that life, however brief. A funeral itself cannot prevent the sense of loss or grief but the right funeral can help that process begin.
Reviews for Amanda Leeson Celebrant
Total Reviews: 6
Average Rating: 5
A Day of a Lifetime
The ceromony was perfect. Amanda listened carefully to what we had asked for and blended professionalism with natural warmth. Amanda’s oratory was clear, sincere and well researched. Amanda brought a magic touch to the event both outside during the ceremony and inside at the reception. It was a perfect day. Richard: groom.
Our Waterfall Wedding
Amanda performed a heartfelt and beautiful ceremony for us at our dream location of Janet’s Foss.From start to finish Amanda’s professionalism, passion and genuine love for what she does shone through. A truly personalised ceremony full of love, laughter and gorgeous wording, we will never forget how much magic Amanda brought to our special day. Nothing was too much, even with it being a wild rainy outdoor wedding in October! Our three children were hugely included in the ceremony and Amanda even had them help make our hand fasting cord with her which was beyond special. It hangs proudly in our front room laced with memories and happiness.We couldn’t recommend Amanda enough, our wedding wouldn’t have been the same without her leading it. Thank you Amanda!
I was lucky enough to be a guest at a wedding in the Yorkshire Dales at the side of a beautiful waterfall. Amanda wrote an intimate and very personal ceremony that reflected the couple and their love of nature. There was a lot of love and laughter, cheering and clapping,a real celebration.It was the second ceremony of Amandas l have been to and I thoroughly recommend her whatever the celebration.