Beth Whaley – Celebrant

Beth Whaley

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Countries Covered

I travel Nationally & Internationally

Specialisms

Children & Baby Funerals, Hearing Impaired Ceremonies, Scattering of Ashes, Weddings, LGBTQ+ Ceremonies, Pet Ceremonies

Affiliations

Association of Independent Celebrants (AOIC) Member, The Funeral Celebrancy Council (FCC) Member, The Good Funeral Guild (GFG) Member

Languages

English, BSL

Hi, I'm Beth

Hello! My name is Beth and I am an experienced, qualified & fully insured independent celebrant based in Oxfordshire. With 8 years experience working as a celebrant across the country and abroad, I am familiar with writing and conducting bespoke ceremonies for families and couples alike.

Whatever ceremony you are looking for I will make sure that it is created around you, reflecting your unique story with words that have meaning for you and a style that is all yours. Whether you want formal or relaxed, traditional or a bit ‘out there’, I can create your dream ceremony and help you to create memories which will last a lifetime.

Feel free to message me for an initial no obligation chat. I am available for all types of ceremonies and services – weddings, funerals, memorials, namings, renewal of vows, pet blessings, pet funerals and gender recognition ceremonies.

Please note 15% of my fee is donated straight to Brain Tumour Research UK.

What's my ceremony style?

Oh wow.. Where to begin? Being an independent celebrant means that there is no restriction on what you can or can’t have. You want to arrive at your wedding on a skateboard and cartwheel down the aisle? You got it! You want me to conduct the funeral service on a boat? That’s your call. Nothing is impossible when you work with me and I am fully ‘on board’ with whatever you want to do (see what I did there?).

I tend to adopt the laid-back approach so when I meet you I will always ensure you feel comfortable in my presence (being Australian confirms that the laid-back outlook on life is genetically programmed into my DNA – it’s true!). I’d love to hear your story, and with my experience in creative writing and public speaking, I am excited about giving you the freedom to join together to mark a life event in a way that is beautiful and unique.

Prices From

£150 (namings) £240 (funerals), £450 (wedding/renewals)

Why choose Beth?

Being a celebrant is the most rewarding job I have ever had and I am committed to making sure your day goes exactly the way you want. With my guidance and support your ceremony/service will not only be beautiful, but it will also be memorable and unique. Unlike traditional services, each ceremony I write is exclusive to you.

If you are getting married (CONGRATS!), I will be on hand to guide you every step of the way and ensure that your day is the best, most magical, chilled, unique and fun, yet remaining perfectly choreographed and exactly the way you want it. There are NO rules when it comes to having me as your wedding celebrant.

If you are planning a funeral, I am here for you to give your loved one the best possible final farewell and to guide you every step of the way (please read the funeral section of this page for more information).

What do I offer?

Name change wedding

Weddings

Being a wedding celebrant is a wonderful privilege and when you choose me, I commit 100% to sharing a journey and the creation of a beautifully bespoke celebration of love. I have a great passion for my work, an outgoing personality, reliability, experience and professionalism. Your personalised ceremony is delivered in a heartfelt, sincere manner and is filled with love, laughter, and sentiment.

Also, unlike other celebrants, I only book one wedding per day so rest assured that your special day is my priority!

I offer a bespoke package from £450.00 which includes:

• An initial no obligation chat over the phone or facetime to see if you like me first!
• Upon booking confirmation, we’ll get together – face to face preferred – to get to know each other and learn your love story
• Preparation of your bespoke ceremony and opportunity for you to view the draft
• Provision of all materials – candles/hand fasting ribbons etc (additional fee applies)
• Exclusive use of a large selection of vows/readings/wording ideas
• Wedding ceremony rehearsal (additional fee applies)
• Coordination and liaison with suppliers & venue staff on the day
• A beautiful, professional and bespoke delivery of the ceremony on the day
• Use of my professional PA system and microphone (if outside)
• A keepsake commemorative certificate and copy of the ceremony script (plus a gift from me)
• Travel fee included on the day of the ceremony within Oxfordshire

Prices From

£450 (autumn/winter) £550 (spring/summer)

Why choose Beth for your wedding?

A celebrant has no restrictions in terms of the content, format or style of a wedding, and can therefore be completely personalised. My ceremonies contain many of the elements that you and your guests would expect to see at a wedding – exchange of vows and rings etc – , but also lots of beautiful details about the couple and often guest involvement too, which I encourage! This means the ceremony is warm and relaxed, and ensures we create lovely lasting memories for everyone attending.

You should choose me as your celebrant because I am fully committed to YOU, your guests, and your whole DAY (and the time leading up to it!). I am here to offer you guidance, support, encouragement, and lots of laughs along the way. Send me a message and see what I can offer you! 2022 is filling up fast, and 2023 is looking fabulous – let’s be a part of this together!

Naming Ceremony

Naming Ceremonies

During a naming ceremony, you will celebrate the beautiful union between family and life.

For a Child:
Baby/Children naming ceremonies are a beautiful alternative to a religious christening, during which parents celebrate the birth of their child while bestowing a name of personal meaning to their baby. Your ceremony will be totally personalised to you and your child, announcing to the world that you are officially naming and welcoming them into your family.

For a Renaming:
A transgender renaming celebration is truly memorable and personal ceremony where those important in your life gather to celebrate your new, more fitting name. But it’s more than this, it’s a celebration of you. Of stepping into your true self, feeling free, confident, relaxed, and happy.

The beauty of a naming ceremony is that you can design it however you like – there are no legal requirements and restrictions, so it can be fully tailored to your wants and needs.

However, this is what you might expect from a typical naming ceremony:

Introductions and welcomes
A reading or poem
Storytelling about the child/person, such as their arrival into the world, their personality and any quirks or interests
A message about the role and responsibilities of parenting (if applicable)
The parent’s/family promises to the child/person
Another reading or poem
Importance of wider family and any specific people in attendance
Appointment of guide parents & promises (if applicable)
The significance and meaning behind the name
The naming itself
Concluding words

(all my packages include a bespoke certificate and keepsake, and a copy of the ceremony script to treasure)

My package is set from £195.00 *mileage extra 45p per mile from OX12.

Prices From

from £195.00

Why choose Beth for your naming ceremony?

One of the many benefits of choosing me as your celebrant is the freedom to create the perfect, relaxing, joy-filled celebration ceremony. This includes choosing the venue that best suits your needs. It can be the kitchen, back garden, local park, a restaurant function room, by the beach. Basically anywhere of your choosing.

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Renewal of Vows

A renewal of vows is a perfect way to celebrate your love and commitment. It gives you the chance to reflect on the journey of your married life, and to express your hopes for the future.

You might choose to renew your original wedding vows, or write new ones! If you like you can include a story or some readings. You can decide if you’d like to re-exchange your rings with original promises, or new ones and if you’ve added little ones to your family then why not include them too!

Unlike your first wedding ceremony, there is no legal aspect. Therefore, your renewal of vows can be anything you want and can take place anywhere you want!

I will spend plenty of time getting to know you and your story and from there I will create an amazing and bespoke ceremony.

I offer my couples the same package that you will find under the ‘weddings’ section of my website. Please take a look!

Prices From

£450.00

Why choose Beth for your renewal of vows?

The service I provide to my couples includes an initial consultation, ceremony questionnaires and tips to help you write your own promises. I’ll send you my ‘bible’ of readings and poems, explore adding your own twists and I’ll coordinate the smooth running of the ceremony with your suppliers.

You’ll have an amazing, original and one-of-a kind ceremony led with professionalism, compassion and a bit of laughter. You’ll be left with the best memories and a beautiful keepsake presentation copy of your ceremony.

You might already know what you want to include in the ceremony, or you might need some guidance. I’ll help you mix contemporary with traditional, create new ideas, whilst balancing the right energy and flow.

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Funerals

I have been conducting funeral services across the south of England since 2020 and previous families and funeral directors alike speak very highly of my work.

I work with funeral directors, families and individuals from all walks of life, of all religions and none. I am committed to making sure the day goes exactly the way you want and with my guidance and support, the service will not only be beautiful, but it will also be memorable and unique.

Unlike traditional services, each ceremony I write is written from scratch and beautifully reflects the person who has died, who they were in life, and the impact they have made on those around them.

I am pleased to offer all my families a bespoke funeral package which includes:

• Unlimited contact via face to face meetings, virtual, phone, email and text – This time is very important for me to get to know who has died and incorporate their life story into a fitting tribute to share with everyone present on the day of the funeral.

• Close liaison with your chosen Funeral Director/Arranger to ensure all aspects of the service are planned and all parties are on the same page.

• Preparation of the contents of the service which can be altered right up until the day before the funeral- including recommending and offering a selection of poetry, songs or hymns suited to the person who has died.

• Conducting the service on the day – ensuring a calm and smooth delivery.

• Beautifully presented keepsake of the script.

Prices From

£240 / Under 16s: £0.00 (15% of my booking fee will be donated straight to Brain Tumour Research UK.)

Why choose Beth for your funeral?

You’ll have a few hours to sit with me to share stories and pictures, and really help me get to know your loved one – Who were they? What made them light up? What did they value most in life? What legacy do they leave behind for us? Based on this (and everything else you tell me), I will create a beautiful tribute. Whilst we celebrate their life, we also mourn their death – the tribute I create will cover all aspects.

Additionally, I am happy to incorporate elements from other faiths and belief systems. . The families I have offered my funeral services to in the past have spoken very highly of my approach to delivering a beautiful, yet sensitive service.

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Reviews for Beth Whaley – Celebrant

Total Reviews: 20

Average Rating: 5

reviews (20)

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Thank you for everything Beth

5 Stars
Lottiee

Funeral | 06/17/2022 | West Berks Crematorium

I just wanted to thank you for everything you’ve done for us in the lead up to such a special day and for all your beautiful words yesterday. We have had so many comments on how beautiful the service was and how nice and gentle you were so I just want to pass on ours (& close family) thanks for helping to make Devon’s send off so special.

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Beautiful Wedding Ceremony

5 Stars
Blanche

Wedding | 08/06/2022 | Combe Manor Barns

We both wanted to say thank you so much for our beautiful wedding ceremony on Saturday – it was absolutely perfect and the best start to our day of celebrations! We had so many comments from our friends and family about how unique and personal the ceremony was. We personally loved the hand fasting, which was so different and it’s so lovely to have the knot as a keepsake!

The whole day was perfect and we had the time of our lives – thank you so much for your part in making it run so smoothly.

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Our Wedding Ceremony

5 Stars
Ella Gregory

Wedding | 08/11/2022 | Sheepdrove- forest edge tipis

Beth was absolutely amazing!! She made us feel so comfortable during the ceremony and made it so special. Beth kept in contact with us throughout our planning and made everything very easy for us and we didn’t need to worry about the ceremony side of things.
Just before our ceremony started the music wouldn’t work but Beth made sure it still went very smooth and clapped to make sure it’s wasn’t quite. She stuck around for a little while and made sure we were happy. We couldn’t haven’t asked for a better celebrant and can’t thank Beth enough for making our day so special.

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