Creating Ceremony

Claire Bradford

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Claire-Bradford

Available for

Countries Covered

I travel Nationally & Internationally

Specialisms

Ceremonies that sparkle with your personality and story

Affiliations

Fellowship of Professional Celebrants

Languages

English, some French

Hi, I'm Claire

I love listening to stories: love stories, life stories, YOUR stories! When you share yours with me, I love to tell it back to your guests in a ceremony that reflects all you have told me and all that’s dear to you. Whatever the ceremony, there will almost certainly be laughter, tears and cups of tea along the way. My aim is for you to feel heard and held during the ceremony creation process and to hold space for the ceremony to happen just as you want it.

What's my ceremony style?

All the different types of ceremony I create are tailored to the person or people they are for, so they are all different. So I don’t have a favourite sort of ceremony. However, all my ceremonies are personal, friendly, story-led and there’s usually a good sprinkling of laughter (even at a funeral).

This approach has seen me conducting festival weddings, beach picnic namings and Pagan-style handfastings in a field, as well as more outwardly traditional (but still super personal) ceremonies in barns, houses and chapels.

I suppose I could say my favourites are more about the people I’ve worked with – when people open up and share their story and feelings, and are open to having their ceremony really express who they are rather than ‘conform to the norm’, that’s when the magic happens.

Prices From

£700

Why choose Claire?

Because I’m fun to work with, I’m really interested in your story and I really want to help you share it with your loved ones. And there’s a bunch of lovely testimonials that will tell you people think I’m good at it too…

What do I offer?

Name change wedding

Weddings

A friendly, approachable celebrant who’s fun to work with and delivers ceremonies that your guests will be talking about for a long time to come!

I love listening to stories: love stories, life stories, YOUR stories! When you share yours with me, I love to tell it back to your guests in a ceremony that reflects all you have told me and all that’s dear to you. Whatever the ceremony, there will almost certainly be laughter, tears and cups of tea along the way. My aim is for you to feel heard and held during the ceremony creation process and to hold space for the ceremony to happen just as you want it.

Prices From

£700

Why choose Claire for your wedding?

Because I’m fun to work with, I’m really interested in your story and I really want to help you share it with your loved ones. And there’s a bunch of lovely testimonials that will tell you people think I’m good at it too…

Unfortunately Creating Ceremony is not available for Naming Ceremonies.

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Renewal of Vows

A friendly, approachable celebrant who’s fun to work with and delivers ceremonies that your guests will be talking about for a long time to come!

I love listening to stories: love stories, life stories, YOUR stories! When you share yours with me, I love to tell it back to your guests in a ceremony that reflects all you have told me and all that’s dear to you. Whatever the ceremony, there will almost certainly be laughter, tears and cups of tea along the way. My aim is for you to feel heard and held during the ceremony creation process and to hold space for the ceremony to happen just as you want it.

Prices From

£500

Why choose Claire for your renewal of vows?

Because I’m fun to work with, I’m really interested in your story and I really want to help you share it with your loved ones. And there’s a bunch of lovely testimonials that will tell you people think I’m good at it too…

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Funerals

A friendly, approachable celebrant who’s fun to work with and delivers ceremonies that your guests will be talking about for a long time to come!

I love listening to stories: love stories, life stories, YOUR stories! When you share yours with me, I love to tell it back to your guests in a ceremony that reflects all you have told me and all that’s dear to you. Whatever the ceremony, there will almost certainly be laughter, tears and cups of tea along the way. My aim is for you to feel heard and held during the ceremony creation process and to hold space for the ceremony to happen just as you want it.

Prices From

£220

Why choose Claire for your funeral?

Because I’m fun to work with, I’m really interested in your story and I really want to help you share it with your loved ones. And there’s a bunch of lovely testimonials that will tell you people think I’m good at it too…

Reviews for Creating Ceremony

Total Reviews: 4

Average Rating: 5

reviews (4)

Creating a ceremony you did

Creating a ceremony you did

5 Stars
Samantha Robins

Wedding | 04/01/2019 | Pangdean Barn

Claire, you were amazing. Giles and I didn’t know our arse from our elbow when it came to weddings! We were so consumed with getting from Sydney to Brighton with the Children we sort of overlooked the ceremony. We had no ideas on what we wanted, we just knew what we didn’t want and thank goodness, I (not we, I am taking all the credit) found you because your guidance helped us achieve a wonderful wedding ceremony, something no one had seen before, my dad was so blown away he said in his speech “I’ve never been to a ceremony like that before, it was so special”
It was personable, fun, full of laughter but also romantic and full of love at the same time. Without you we would not have had any vows or singing, I loved the singing! You were truly amazing and as my mum said “Claire can be our family celebrant, whenever someone marries, has a child or dies”
Thank you Thank you Thank you. Sammy, Giles, Milo & Bodhi xxx

The best there is!

The best there is!

5 Stars
Patrick Kidwell

Wedding | 05/25/2019 | Smallfield Place

What can we say about Claire that hasn’t already probably been said? Here countless awards and mentions speak for themselves! From the very first moment we spoke to Claire she was so engaging, personal and friendly. We had never been to or even heard of a humanist wedding before but knew we wanted to get married outside in an unlicensed location so we stumbled upon Creating Ceremony whilst googling alternatives – and what a result that was! The first meeting getting to know Claire and what a celebrant is all about was brilliant and exciting, our initial meeting was about an hour and we spent so much of that just talking like we had known her for years it was as if an old friend had come round for a cup of tea. When Claire left with a no pressure have a think and a chat and let me know if you would like to book, I’ll pencil your date in for the next couple of weeks until you’ve decided we had both decided before she left that Claire would be the one to marry us. It was the best decision we could have possibly made, she really does make the ceremony (and the day) personal and tailored. All of our guests absolutely loved her and the ceremony she had written for us. People thought she had known us all of our lives! But behind the scenes, she had been an immense help. From the moment we booked her she had sent us ideas and helpful guides to discuss and think about, any bump or hiccup we arrived at she was there for suggestions or just as a sounding board. She supported us throughout the entire process. The first draft of her ceremony had us choked up in our living room as she read it out, she is so good at what she does that this first draft was practically the final one too! Helping with advice, writing tips and mind frames when it came to writing our vows was invaluable. More for me than my new Wife (these things come easier to others!) I spent countless hours trying to get something I was happy with on paper until I contacted Claire with my frustrations, she calmly offered some wise advice and tips of how best to approach it, sent me a couple of guides and examples for inspiration and offered a phone call or skype session if needed. This lead to me getting closer and closer, with her honest feedback and support I had reached the vows I was finally happy with. I could not have done it without her. Claire was such a massive part of our day and always will be. She is cemented in our history and we adore her unendingly. We hope to keep in touch with her for ever! Not booking Claire would be the worst mistake anybody could make. She is inevitable.

Chris and Iain-Murdo’s wedding

Chris and Iain-Murdo’s wedding

5 Stars
Chris Matheson

Wedding | 06/24/2017 | Cissbury

Claire has a brilliant way with people and with words, she finds just the right balance of warmth, poignancy and wit, with which to conduct your ceremony. She is sensitive, fun, and so easy to get along with. She will understand immediately what you want for your special day, and if you’re not sure yourself what it is you want, she will help you find it! If you are looking for a truly personalised and memorable ceremony, Claire should be your first choice. Everyone at our wedding said how wonderfully touching and uplifting the ceremony was, and we couldn’t agree more with them!

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