Gestures of Love Ceremonies

Wanda Barnard

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I travel Nationally & Internationally


Wedding, Renewal of vows, Naming, Funerals, Memorials


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Hi, I'm Wanda

Thank you for considering using me as your ceremony officiant. It would truly be an honour to be part of your celebration. My name is Wanda and I live in Old Harlow, Essex and I happily travel the length and breadth of the country, helping people have the ceremonies they desire. For me, training as a Celebrant seemed like a natural progression. Having qualified, I can honestly say that it is proving to be the most rewarding role, and one that I feel privileged to be involved in.

What's my ceremony style?

I am bold, confident and a little bit boho. I am vintage, love eras past and like traditional with a twist. I dream big and believing that we can be or do, whatever we want. I believe in supporting people, guiding and advising them – but never dictating.

Prices From

Weddings from £400 Naming from £200 Renewal from £300


Why choose Wanda?

Every person is unique. You are unique, your life is unique, your story is unique and your ceremony will be unique. Whether it is a happy occasion such as a wedding, a vow renewal or a naming ceremony, or you are faced with the sad task of having to say goodbye to a loved one, you can be assured of my support and guidance.

What do I offer?



I love love and helping couples have the wedding ceremony of their dreams, means everything to me. Everyone is unique, you are unique, your story is unique and your ceremony will be unique. I truly feel blessed and whether it is helping you to have the day of your dreams, or helping you say goodbye to a loved one, I would be honoured to be involved in your ceremony.

When it comes to your special day you can be certain of my support and guidance from the moment you confirm your booking, until the day itself. I will work alongside you to create a bespoke ceremony, that shares the story of your love. I will help you write your wedding vows and words for the ring exchange. I will tell you about all the symbolic gestures you can include, to make your day even more special. We will be in regular contact throughout your journey right up to the big day itself. I will get to know the two of you well, meaning on the day, I can deliver a ceremony with heartfelt warmth.

Prices From

From £400

Why choose Wanda for your wedding?

I am someone you can feel comfortable with, and someone who believes in dreams. Keep on dreaming .”That’s the way to make a dream come true. Keep on building all the while your castles in the blue. Never think you’re wasting your time in planning lovely things. Dare to reach out for the rainbow. Let your thoughts take wings. Fix your eyes upon the stars and follow where they guide. Every day’s a new adventure and the world is wide. Hold on to your heart’s desire, though folly it may seem. Do not be afraid to hope, to pray, to wish and to dream”.

Naming Ceremony

Naming Ceremonies

My name is Wanda and I am a Family celebrant. I love my job, it is the best job in the world – next to being a parent. I love working with families looking to welcome a child to the family, whether it is a new baby, an older child, an adopted child, or you are a blended family. Formally welcoming a child is something people from all over the world do, and a naming ceremony is a popular way of doing that.

A special naming ceremony for your special child.

Prices From

Naming from £200

Why choose Wanda for your naming ceremony?

I will work with you to create a ceremony tailored to your family, focusing on your unique wishes, values and tastes. You will get the opportunity to read and make changes to your ceremony and we will remain in regular contact up until the day of the naming ceremony. I will help you write your promises and, if you are having guardians (odd parents, supporting adults) and / or wanting grandparent/s to make promises too, I can give you lots of examples. You can also be assured that your child’s naming ceremony will be delivered with heartfelt warmth and feeling.


Renewal of Vows

Hello my name is Wanda and I live in Old Harlow, Essex. As a Family Celebrant I am honoured to work with couples looking to renew their wedding vows. whether it is a few weeks or months after your wedding or 60 plus years, it is worth celebrating.

Working with you to create a ceremony that is as unique as you. Helping you with your wedding vows and rededication of your rings and delivering your ceremony in front of your guests in a heartfelt, warm way.

Prices From

From £300

Why choose Wanda for your renewal of vows?

You will be in good hands and I will guide you through the whole process of creating your ceremony and ensuring it is exactly as you wish it to be.



The death of a loved one is always a very difficult experience, so a funeral service should be handled with care and respect. As an independent celebrant I create ceremonies that honour and celebrate the persons life. Since qualifying as a Funeral Celebrant, I have been honoured to have officiated at over 200 services, and for each one I have worked closely with the person organising the funeral, to ensure their wishes are met.

.When someone dies, organising a funeral service that celebrates and honours the life of that person, is one of the last things we can do for them. When contacted by yourself or your funeral director, I will make arrangements to visit you, and find out as much as I can about the persons life so we can begin the process of planning the funeral. You will have the opportunity to read the service in advance and make any changes. Whether the funeral involves a ceremony at a crematorium or religious building, followed by a burial or cremation, or you choose to make these two processes separate occasions, holding a smaller committal with a few people and then holding a memorial service another time, I can work with you to plan and conduct either or both of these occasions.

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Why choose Wanda for your funeral?

I have worked for many years supporting people who have been bereaved, and being able to transfer those skills to my funeral celebrant role, I am able to demonstrate a high level of empathy. I will work with you to create a service that celebrate the life of the person who has died, focussing on everything that made them unique.


Reviews for Gestures of Love Ceremonies

Total Reviews: 4

Average Rating: 5

reviews (4)


Truly amazing

5 Stars

Wedding | 08/03/2019 | Lattenbury hill weddings

From first contact to first meeting to the ceremony, Wanda was brilliant and lovely, we really enjoyed working with her, she is amazing, very flexible and very professional. Helping us have our perfect day with our personal touches. Thank you so much!


Can’t thank you enough

5 Stars

Renewal Of Vows | 05/25/2019 | Essex

Wanda – we wanted to message you to say thank you so much for the beautiful ceremony you delivered for us. We had been considering renewing our wedding vows for a while and we are so glad we did – and so glad we chose you as our celebrant.


Dear Wanda

5 Stars

Wedding | 05/26/2019 | Herts

Dear Wanda just wanted to say a massive thank you for our wedding ceremony on Sunday. We could not have asked for anything more. Thank you for the transcript too it was a really nice touch and was lovely for us to read it again following the ceremony. D&G

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