David Linaker

David Linaker

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I travel Nationally & Internationally

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Weddings and Funerals

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Association of Independent Celebrants

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English

Hi, I'm David

A former senior priest now an Independent Celebrant I offer a balance of the sacred and the secular, traditional and personal with a warmth and lightness of touch that couples really enjoy.

My main areas of focus are working with ‘second time around’ couples and those who wish to blend two different attitudes to spirituality so that neither dominates.

The whole journey into and through marriage is hugely important. I like to work with couples to understand their vision for their relationship, the values upon which their relationship is founded and their shared sense of purpose in their lives. This helps me to create a ceremony that is supportive of their inner journey and reflects the ‘soul’ of their relationship.

Based in the beautiful cathedral city of Salisbury in Southern England, I am able to travel worldwide.

What's my ceremony style?

What my clients tell me is that they particularly value the combination of emotional, spiritual and intellectual intelligence delivered with a warm, humorous light touch.

Your ceremony is a vital link in the chain of your life’s journey and I want you to remember it forever as a force that binds you together.

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Why choose David?

Here are a few of the testimonials I have received:

What can I say about David? What a wonderfully warm and generous presence. We had so many people come up to us after our ceremony on Saturday to ask if David has known us for years. He tailored the ceremony in to such a personal occasion for us and it just felt ‘right’. His tone, his delivery, his authentic manner and even his own ‘off piste’ moment where he spoke about us in a way I would expect of a very close relative or friend. Just beautiful and absolutely made our day. Would highly recommend, you will not be disappointed. From the bottom of our hearts, thanks David! Pure Magic! Love Sam, Anthony & River xxx

Thank you for being so central to our wonderful wedding day! R & J

David has lead two extremely important/special occasions for our family and his ability to engage with his audience young, old and in between is both impressive and hugely appealing. He takes on board what is required and in his own unique style delivers a bright, light hearted, humourous (as appropriate) and poignant performance. We would highly recommend David and this is exactly why we have returned to him and will continue to do so. He’s just got that thing, the ability to make an important/difficult occasion personal, meaningful and extremely special.

I just wanted to thank you so much for coming up to Michaels Wood on Saturday and laying Mum finally to rest with our dear father. Thank you too for involving the children in such a light-hearted way, with two recent deaths in the family this meant a lot, and I loved your description of the process to them. I hope that they take that away with them, I have been amazed by how much my son at nearly 5 years does retain! VL

David helped so many of us – not just in practical terms (however I will add that my daughter had the most beautiful, uplifting and poignant funeral thanks to David’s planning and professionalism)– he also made himself available to support the wider community of those that mourned and were traumatised by the loss of my daughter from work colleagues and friends to her own immediate family. David’s non- judgemental approach, kindness and compassion shine like a beacon and I personally will always hold him in the highest regard for holding me emotionally in the darkest of times and over the years since. CM

What do I offer?

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Weddings

A former senior priest now an Independent Celebrant who offers a balance of the sacred and the secular, traditional and personal with a warmth and lightness of touch that couples really enjoy.

My main areas of focus are working with discerning ‘second time around’ couples and those who wish to blend two different attitudes to spirituality so that neither dominates, but both is honoured.

The whole journey into and through marriage is hugely important. I like to work with couples to understand their vision for their relationship, the values upon which their relationship is founded and their shared sense of purpose in their lives. This helps me to create a ceremony that is supportive of their inner journey and reflects the ‘soul’ of their relationship.

Based in the beautiful cathedral city of Salisbury in Southern England, I am able to travel worldwide.

All my couples can expect the following:

– Meetings in person or online to establish a warm chemistry and strong trust
– As many drafts of the ceremony script as it takes to get it exactly right for you
– Access to my long experience and confidence in role that enables a similar confidence in you
– Souvenir script and certificate if desired
– Style with substance, experience with a light touch
– tears and laughter in all the right places!

Prices From

Quotes on request

Why choose David for your wedding?

Here are a few of the testimonials I have received:

What can I say about David? What a wonderfully warm and generous presence. We had so many people come up to us after our ceremony on Saturday to ask if David has known us for years. He tailored the ceremony in to such a personal occasion for us and it just felt ‘right’. His tone, his delivery, his authentic manner and even his own ‘off piste’ moment where he spoke about us in a way I would expect of a very close relative or friend. Just beautiful and absolutely made our day. Would highly recommend, you will not be disappointed. From the bottom of our hearts, thanks David! Pure Magic! Love Sam, Anthony & River xxx

Thank you for being so central to our wonderful wedding day! R & J

David has lead two extremely important/special occasions for our family and his ability to engage with his audience young, old and in between is both impressive and hugely appealing. He takes on board what is required and in his own unique style delivers a bright, light hearted, humourous (as appropriate) and poignant performance. We would highly recommend David and this is exactly why we have returned to him and will continue to do so. He’s just got that thing, the ability to make an important/difficult occasion personal, meaningful and extremely special.

I just wanted to thank you so much for coming up to Michaels Wood on Saturday and laying Mum finally to rest with our dear father. Thank you too for involving the children in such a light-hearted way, with two recent deaths in the family this meant a lot, and I loved your description of the process to them. I hope that they take that away with them, I have been amazed by how much my son at nearly 5 years does retain! VL

David helped so many of us – not just in practical terms (however I will add that my daughter had the most beautiful, uplifting and poignant funeral thanks to David’s planning and professionalism)– he also made himself available to support the wider community of those that mourned and were traumatised by the loss of my daughter from work colleagues and friends to her own immediate family. David’s non- judgemental approach, kindness and compassion shine like a beacon and I personally will always hold him in the highest regard for holding me emotionally in the darkest of times and over the years since. CM

Unfortunately David Linaker is not available for Naming Ceremonies.

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Renewal of Vows

Why choose David for your renewal of vows?
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Funerals

As a long experienced priest and celebrant, I work with an enormous variety of families. However, there are some key themes:

1) A desire for a spirituality that has a light touch and is not ‘preachy’.

2) A desire for appropriate humour and the ability to cope with ‘robust’ language where required.

3) The maturity and experience required to deal with young death and complex family dynamics.

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£250

Why choose David for your funeral?
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Reviews for David Linaker

Total Reviews: 6

Average Rating: 5

reviews (6)

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5 Stars
The Moment Studio

Wedding | 08/13/2019 | Stourhead and Cliveden House

Thank you so much for delivering an incredible wedding ceremony for my clients! You really made their ceremony special and amazing, I’ve received fantastic feedback from the couple, your service to them was invaluable! I look forward to working with you again soon!

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Oxford Wedding

5 Stars
Alex & Miriam

Wedding | 08/31/2019 | The Perch, Oxford

You did such a wonderful job officiating and we both felt so comforted arriving on the wedding day and seeing you. We had more than a few people say they wished they’d had you for their ceremony! You really did a wonderful job, we’ll be forever grateful.

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5 Stars
Runbo Wu

Wedding | 09/06/2019 | Cliveden House

Thank YOU very much for being the host of our wedding. It was great experience and we are very happy having you in our wedding guiding things through at the ceremony.

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