Ceremonies by Ruth

Ruth Salisbury-Higgs

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Countries Covered

I travel Nationally & Internationally

Specialisms

Celtic handfasting, Jumping the broomstick, Sand ceremony, Unity candle

Affiliations

Association of Independent Celebrants

Languages

English

Hi, I'm Ruth

Hello thank you for taking a look at my profile, I am an award winning Independent Celebrant based in Suffolk but my passport is up to date and I am more than happy to travel. What does “Independent” mean? Well it is our license to have fun and the freedom to create a ceremony together that doesn’t have to follow anyone else’s rules or ideas of how your special day should be. Together we can create the ceremony you have always dreamed of or maybe one that you just didn’t even realise you could have. You can hold your ceremony anytime, anyplace, anywhere, well maybe my skydiving days are over but do you get my point.

It would be my greatest pleasure to be part of your special day. No two relationships are ever alike so let’s have a chat and together we can make your ceremony a true reflection of the unique love you wish to celebrate.

What's my ceremony style?

In October I was honoured to be voted Outstanding Family and Couples Celebrant of 2022 by the Association of Independent Celebrants. I was completely blown away by this honour and the kind words of those who voted. My couples said that found me to be warm and caring with a good sense of humour. They considered me a safe pair of hands for their ceremonies, well I used to be a driving instructor so I have nerves of steel !!

It therefore goes without saying that my celebrant style really does reflect my inclusive personality. I really just love to celebrate love however it presents itself in your world. I understand how important your celebration is to you and how much love and work you have poured into it. I will be there for you and guide you through every step of the build up to your big day.

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Special Ceremony Moments

I have conducted weddings in many different settings from a castle to a festival tipi tent to a village hall. I have conducted naming ceremonies in a grand chapel to an intimate home garden. Each and everyone of these ceremonies was filled with the joy of family and friends celebrating love.

A particularly gorgeous “Love Actually” moment happened during the castle ceremony this summer. Our bride had made her entrance, she had joined the groom and they were seated facing their guests. I was welcoming the guests. My words “by your presence here today you are celebrating the love between them and clearly demonstrating just how much love surrounds them both. And now for some music…”

Wowza at that point a choir stepped forward from the minstrel gallery and to the utter shock of the guests sang “Never Forget” by Take That. Not a dry eye in the castle including mine and I knew it was going to happen!

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Why choose Ruth?

Which ever one of life’s important milestones you are looking to celebrate I will be there to support you from the moment you book me.

Through emails, zooms and meet ups I will take the time to listen to you and get to know exactly what it is you want from your special ceremony. Through this fun process I gather enough information to write a draft script weaving the love you want to celebrate into every section. Once we have fine tuned it together, I will deliver your ceremony on the day in a calm, professional fun filled manner that you, your family and friends will remember and cherish for years to come.

This is however only a fraction of what I can offer you. Why not take a look at my Instagram account @ceremoniesbyruth where you will find reels, photos and reviews from my past ceremonies. My aim is to make every ceremony a #hellofabulousceremony. Let’s have a chat.

What do I offer?

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Weddings

Once you have completed the legal paperwork, it is time for us to start making your dreams and aspirations for your perfect wedding ceremony become a reality. I will help you celebrate your marriage with a ceremony that truly reflects your unique love story!
A celebrant led ceremony has no restrictions; it can be held at any time and absolutely anywhere you choose. It can be at a formal venue with or without a license, a family garden, on a beach, in a castle or your favourite pub!
Your only limitation is your imagination.
I will create and deliver a ceremony that reflects your chosen vows, music, and readings. You may wish to include some religious or cultural content. Or how about including a unity ceremony that will truly reflect your personality, and help you share your love story with family and friends. Whatever you want it is your day your way.

For all ceremonies, my fees include the following services:
First and foremost, my full commitment to you and your chosen ceremony
Ceremony planning meeting, if at all possible, at your chosen venue or location
Unlimited contact via email, phone, or video chat
Creation and delivery of a bespoke draft ceremony script
Unlimited amendments to the draft script
Inclusion of the unity ceremony of your choice (cost of materials extra)
Unlimited help with vows, promises, poems, and symbolic elements
Contact with other suppliers and guests taking part in your ceremony
On the day delivery of ceremony script in a calm, fun filled professional manner
Souvenir copy of your full ceremony script

I will always be clear about any additional costs such as travel, or the cost of materials used for your chosen unity ceremony.

Prices From

£625

Why choose Ruth for your wedding?

It would be my greatest pleasure to be part of your special day., rest assured you will be in safe hands. I am a professionally trained award winning, independent celebrant with an NOCN Level 3 Diploma in Naming and Couples (RFQ). This is the highest celebrant’s qualification available in the UK. I am fully insured through membership of my trade association called the Association of Independent Celebrants.

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Naming Ceremonies

A naming ceremony is a wonderful way to welcome a child into your family and introduce them to the world. Your child may be new-born, adopted, or a stepchild. Your relationship with your child should and will be at the core of the naming ceremony.
You may choose to appoint supporting adults who will make declarations of love and ongoing encouragement and support to your child. One of the great things about a naming ceremony is the flexibility it gives you to involve any grandparents and acknowledge the important role they will play in your child’s life.

I will listen to you and create a ceremony that perfectly reflects the hopes and aspirations that you have for your child’s future. I will weave your promises to your child, poems, and any symbolic actions such as a unity ceremony you may choose into your ceremony.
Together we will create a ceremony that binds you, your family and friends together in a tangible circle of support that is focused on your child’s future.

Prices From

£300

Why choose Ruth for your naming ceremony?

There are no age restrictions when it comes to a naming ceremony, we all have the freedom to change our names as well as how we identify ourselves at any stage of life. So why shouldn’t you celebrate these personal transitions and affirm your true identity with a ceremony as unique as you are.
Whatever your reasons for celebrating a chosen name, please feel free to get in touch so that together we can start to create your perfect ceremony.

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Renewal of Vows

Couples choose to renew their wedding vows to each other for many reasons. It could be to mark a special anniversary or in recognition that you have overcome a challenging period in your life together.

Maybe due to Covid restrictions your original wedding ceremony wasn’t quite the day you had always planned or dreamed of. So take the opportunity now to renew your vows and share the joy of your love and marriage with as many family and friends as you want to in a place that has a special meaning for you both.

Or you may just want a chance to relive a magical day that holds special memories for you both.

You can re-affirm your original vows, or I can help you write vows that reflect your current thoughts and life together. You can re-dedicate your wedding rings or choose to exchange new ones.

Contact me to chat through wonderful unity ceremonies to enhance your special day.

For all ceremonies, my fees include the following services:
First and foremost, my full commitment to you and your chosen ceremony
Ceremony planning meeting, if at all possible, at your chosen venue or location
Unlimited contact via email, phone, or video chat
Fun Couple questionnaire
Creation and delivery of a bespoke draft ceremony script
Unlimited amendments to the script
Inclusion of the unity ceremony of your choice (chosen materials at extra cost)
Contact with other suppliers or guests taking part in your ceremony
Unlimited help with vows, promises, poems, and symbolic elements
On the day delivery of ceremony script in a calm, fun filled professional manner
Souvenir copy of your full ceremony script

I will always be clear about any additional costs such as travel, or the cost of materials used for your chosen unity ceremony.

Prices From

I put as much work into a renewal of vows ceremony as I do a wedding ceremony hence prices from £600

Why choose Ruth for your renewal of vows?

Whatever your reasons I will ensure that your renewal of vows ceremony contains all the unique elements that you want. Your ceremony will be written exclusively for you both and I will deliver it with warmth and friendliness.

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Unfortunately Ceremonies by Ruth is not available for Funerals.

Reviews for Ceremonies by Ruth

Total Reviews: 11

Average Rating: 5

reviews (11)

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Ruth Is The Celebrant of Your Dreams !

5 Stars
Keira Gaynor

Wedding | 11/26/2022 | Woodhall Manor

Ruth is the celebrant of your dreams! Choosing her to be our celebrant was one of the best decisions we made for our wedding. She gave us the perfect day and helped us with planning the ceremony from the moment we had our first conversation. In fact, a lot of the planning was whilst we were in Canada and she popped on zoom whenever we needed her as well as visiting the venue together. She is so dedicated and kind, working hard to give you an extra special ceremony and we honestly cannot recommend her enough. It was like having a very talented member of the family conduct our ceremony with such happiness, love, emotion and fun. Every single one of our guests said it was the best ceremony they had ever seen and that they enjoyed every moment. Ruth not only worked with us to craft a beautiful script about our relationship and our lives, but also helped us to add extra details like a hand fasting moment, personalised vows and a poem read by Josh’s mum. She also helped us to feel relaxed about the ceremony and we felt so reassured that she would help solve any problems on the day. She has the sweetest heart and the most beautiful way with words. Ruth, we’ll be thankful forever for all your kindness!

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The most perfect ceremony

5 Stars
Keira and Josh

Wedding | 11/26/2022 | Suffolk

From the bottom of our hearts we can’t thank you enough for crafting the most perfect ceremony we could ever ask for! Every single guest said it was the best one they had ever been a part of and that was all down to you. You feel more like a family friend than a celebrant, we’ll stay in touch.

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A great celebrant and highly recommended

5 Stars
Adam Stanley

Wedding | 08/27/2022 | Royal Blackheath Golf Club Eltham London

Ruth planned and conducted a beautifully unique ceremony, and we received so many compliments from our guests. A great celebrant and highly recommended.

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