Howard Marshall – Celebrant

Howard Marshall

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Countries Covered

I travel Nationally & Internationally

Specialisms

Ceremonies that truly reflect you, your personality, your story and your hopes for the future

Affiliations

Fellowship of Professional Celebrants

Languages

English and some French

Hi, I'm Howard

Putting love into words isn’t always easy: yet the words we choose to express our feelings are so important as we celebrate life’s significant events.

Let me help you express the joy on your hearts as you welcome a new addition to your family through a naming ceremony.

Let me help you to tell your own special story and lay a solid foundation for your future together at your wedding ceremony.

Let me help you tell everyone you’d do it all over again in a heartbeat through a renewal of vows ceremony.

And let me help you choose the right words when it’s time to say goodbye at the funeral or memorial service for a loved-one. Whether mourning a loss or celebrating a life, it’s the words that we choose that will resonate, bringing comfort when it’s needed but, most of all, a great deal of joy.

What's my ceremony style?

The style of the ceremonies I create and conduct comes from the people who hire me. Your wish, as they say, is my command! I know it works best, however, when you open up to me so that what I create reflects you.

I have enormous resources from which we can draw – poetry, prose, music – and props of every type. So if you want a sand ceremony, broomstick jumping, hand fasting or any other type of ritual to be incorporated, nothing is a problem. Unless you want to get married at the top of a high tower or on a cliff edge or somewhere equally terrifying, because I don’t do heights! That’s pretty much my only limitation.

Prices From

£220

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Why choose Howard?

Not everyone is a ‘natural’ at choosing the right words or knowing how to use them. But I will provide you with a hand-crafted, unique ceremony that will leave you with wonderful memories – no matter what the occasion. It’s a collaborative process, in which I encourage you to choose your own words, with my help and guidance.

I don’t come from the standpoint of any religious belief or non-belief. As the independent celebrant of choice in Sussex and Surrey, my own beliefs and opinions are not relevant. What’s really important is that I can help you to have the celebration of your own choosing.

What do I offer?

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Weddings

Many people feel weddings conducted by registrars are dry, legalistic and soul-less. And you cannot choose which registrar turns up on the day. By contrast, we will have met, perhaps two or three times before your big day. We will have spent plenty of time getting to know each other. That way, I will provide you with a ceremony that will be as individual and romantic as you are. This means you’ll have a wedding that will be honest and authentic. And, working together, we’ll create happy memories to cherish forever.

The story of two individuals joining their lives, their dreams, their hopes, and their love will lie at the heart of your wedding. As your celebrant, I will safeguard the vision you have for your ceremony. I will bring your stories to life in a ceremony that reflects the future you want for yourselves.

 A guaranteed booking of your wedding day. I only conduct one ceremony on any given day.

 An initial meeting to discuss ideas and get the ‘big picture’ of the wedding. You will then be able to decide if I am the celebrant for you, without obligation. I will want to find out about you both: your likes and dislikes, your interests, how you met, what your hopes are for the future, what makes you laugh…..

 A unique wedding ceremony script to reflect your love story and all the things I have learned about you.

 Help writing vows, if you wish.

 Advice on readings, music and other aspects of the wedding itself, if required.

 My attendance at a wedding rehearsal, if needed, to make sure everyone knows his/her place.

 My delivery of your unique wedding ceremony on your big day.

Prices From

£540

Why choose Howard for your wedding?

“we cannot thank Howard enough for providing such a wonderfully intimate service”

“from our very first meeting we felt confident that Howard got ‘us’ and the feeling that we wanted for our day”

“Howard’s words were personal, thoughtful, funny and full of love”

“our guests are still talking about how lovely it was to have a ceremony that wasn’t stiff and over in 5 minutes”

“the ceremony really made the day that extra bit special, and having Howard meant that we could say our vows outside”

“our intimate wedding felt that bit more special and personal because of Howard”

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Naming Ceremonies

The arrival of a new child is one of the most exciting events that can occur in a family. An occasion to celebrate in a special and memorable way. A naming ceremony is a non-religious alternative to religious ceremonies. We celebrate the arrival of a child and welcome him or her into the family and circle of friends. You can have a civil naming ceremony at home or in a venue of your choice – and almost anything goes!

Life, these days, can be so busy that it isn’t always easy to get all your favourite people together. A naming ceremony can be one such chance, and one that we should seize! Your family and friends get the chance to meet the new arrival. Your new child gets to know very early on in life that he or she is part of a wider community who love and care for them.

I can help you plan your own child’s naming ceremony. I can help you to choose poems, readings, ideas for things to say and special ways to mark the day. There is no legal requirement in a naming ceremony, so you can choose the words and readings that suit you and your family. Your naming ceremony can be made unique to your family and to each child.

Most people want something simple but meaningful. They want to welcome the new child into their family and this is particularly so when the child has older siblings. Older children really love naming ceremonies, especially if they have a role to play. And almost everyone enjoys “wetting the baby’s head”, often with a few glasses of something fizzy! The structure often reflects that of more traditional naming ceremonies in which the parents name ‘guide parents’, ‘mentors’ or ‘supporting adults’ instead of godparents.

Prices From

£250

Why choose Howard for your naming ceremony?

I am an experienced family celebrant who can help you plan and organise a naming ceremony for your child. I can then lead the ceremony for you on the day. With that full level of service available for as little as £250, it’s easy to see why I am the celebrant of choice for naming ceremonies in Sussex and Surrey. Please contact me now for a free confidential discussion, without obligation.

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Renewal of Vows

I am the independent family celebrant of choice for vow renewal ceremonies in Sussex and Surrey.

What is a vow renewal ceremony? Where did it all start?

A wedding vow renewal ceremony is an opportunity for a couple to reaffirm their wedding vows. These ceremonies have been popular in Italy for as long as anyone can remember. And, in America they have been part of an established way of life since the 1950s. They are now becoming popular in the UK as a way for couples to renew their commitment and demonstrate that the vows they took are still central to their relationship.

Why have a vow renewal ceremony?

Reasons couples mention for holding such a ceremony include having passed through a difficult time, or the celebration of a significant anniversary. For many, it is a thanksgiving for marriage and the celebration of a strong and long-lasting union. For some it is an opportunity to have the type of wedding ceremony they never had. Some couples may have married overseas. Others could not afford a lavish celebration at the time they married. And it is a chance to gather all the people they hold most dear and to party!

Prices From

£320

Why choose Howard for your renewal of vows?

I am an experienced family celebrant who can help plan and organise a vow renewal ceremony for you. I can then lead the ceremony for you on the day. With that full level of service available for as little as £320, it’s easy to see why I am the celebrant of choice for vow renewal ceremonies in Sussex and Surrey. Please contact me now for a free confidential discussion, without obligation.

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Funerals

I am the funeral celebrant of choice in Sussex and Surrey. I create beautiful farewells that tell the stories, and mark the achievements, of the deceased. In this way, funerals become celebrations of life, and not merely times to say farewell.

As your celebrant, I will write a unique service and will officiate at the celebration of life. Whether religious or non-religious, as your celebrant, I will liaise with the Funeral Director, lead the funeral and introduce others who are taking part and paying tribute.

Firstly, I help the deceased person’s family reach decisions about the content of the ceremony. Depending on circumstances, I usually meet with the family to take their instructions and learn about the deceased.

Secondly, I carefully prepare and check the eulogy and liaise with those chosen to share memories or readings.

And, thirdly, I can provide resources that assist the family to choose the most appropriate music and quotations (poetry and prose). If the deceased has expressed wishes regarding the content of the ceremony, I will honour these.

Prices From

£220

Why choose Howard for your funeral?

Always a calming presence, I arrive in good time on the day of the funeral to greet the mourners, liaise with the funeral director and conduct the ceremony.

Through my professionalism, I will honour the memory of the deceased and bring comfort to those mourning the loss of a loved one.

With that level of service available for as little as £220, it’s easy to see why I am the funeral celebrant of choice in Sussex and Surrey. Please contact me now for a free confidential discussion, without obligation.

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Reviews for Howard Marshall - Celebrant

Total Reviews: 4

Average Rating: 5

reviews (4)

A Beautiful Send-off

A Beautiful Send-off

5 Stars
Richard Marshall

Funeral | 09/08/2020 | Worthing Crematorium

I am writing to thank you for your exemplary handling of mum‘s funeral today. On a personal note, I felt that it was a really good service which went very smoothly.All of my family wanted me to echo my sentiments to you and all the guests also thought that the service was first class.

Beautiful & Heartfelt

Beautiful & Heartfelt

5 Stars
Arundel Brown

Wedding | 08/29/2020 | Amberley Castle

We cannot thank Howard enough for providing such a wonderfully intimate service, from our very first meeting we felt confident that he got ‘us’ and the feeling that we wanted for our day, and we were able to contact him at any point with questions or changes etc. Howard’s words were personal, thoughtful, funny and full of love and couldn’t have been more perfect. Our guests are still talking about how lovely it was to have a ceremony that wasn’t stiff and over in 5 minutes. The ceremony really made the day that extra bit special, and having Howard meant that we could say our vows outside. Our intimate wedding felt that bit more special and personal because of him, Thank you :)

Beautiful & Heartfelt

Beautiful & Heartfelt

5 Stars
Arundel Brown

Wedding | 08/29/2020 | Amberley Castle

We cannot thank Howard enough for providing such a wonderfully intimate service, from our very first meeting we felt confident that he got ‘us’ and the feeling that we wanted for our day, and we were able to contact him at any point with questions or changes etc. Howard’s words were personal, thoughtful, funny and full of love and couldn’t have been more perfect. Our guests are still talking about how lovely it was to have a ceremony that wasn’t stiff and over in 5 minutes. The ceremony really made the day that extra bit special, and having Howard meant that we could say our vows outside. Our intimate wedding felt that bit more special and personal because of him, Thank you :)

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