Michelle Parfitt Professional Celebrant

Michelle Parfitt

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I travel Nationally & Internationally

Specialisms

Understanding YOUR wishes, dreams and values to deliver the best ceremony you could dream of! And although now based in Devon, I am a Kentish girl so am equally as happy conducting a ceremony in Kent too!

Affiliations

Institute of Professional Celebrants - Association of British Wedding Businesses - LGBTQ+ supplier

Languages

English

Hi, I'm Michelle

I create bespoke, personal ceremonies…just for you. The only limitation is our combined imaginations. From weddings and vow renewals to declare your love to the world through to fond farewells to celebrate the life of your loved one. Naming ceremonies, transitioning, coming of age and “decoupling” ceremonies…the list is endless. . Any occasion, any location, any time – it’s entirely up to you and it really is such a personal choice. Somewhere which means something to you, somewhere you know your loved one will rest happily, somewhere with special memories for you and your family – I will simply help you to make it happen! From elopement weddings to those with the cast of hundreds, a fancy hotel or a beach with a view, indoors or outdoors ceremonies, traditional or quirky, solemn or fun – anything goes! I like to think we will make your day unique.

What's my ceremony style?

Style is such a subjective term as I honestly believe I can adapt my style according to my couple, family or even my surroundings. Style is what you want it to be. I am adaptive and flexible in everything I do, so why don’t we just see where it takes us! I love people; I love chatting to people (often to the chagrin of my husband who I will say here and now, can be worse than me!); I love listening to people; I love hearing people’s stories, be it their love stories or indeed, their life stories; I love knowing what makes people tick and equally, what doesn’t; I love helping people to achieve their dreams; I love seeing people smile and laugh; I love helping people through the sad times and drying their tears; I love humour and fun; I love being curious; I love style!

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"That" moment

My favourite moment is “THAT” moment when I have done my job and helped to make YOUR special day even more special or helped you to say goodbye with love, dignity and respect; it gets me EVERY time. Making sure you are happy means that I am happy.

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Why choose Michelle?

Let’s chat and then you can decide if I’m right for you. I am a people person (however much I detest that phrase!) but I really do have a wealth of experience dealing with individuals through the best and worst times of this journey we call “life”. Whatever it throws at us, I’m here to help you deal with it. Laughter and tears both come naturally to me and I promise you, I will be there for you when you do either (hopefully at the right time!) As I always tell my couples and my families, I am here for YOU and that’s all that matters!

What do I offer?

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Weddings

Doesn’t everyone love a wedding! From an early age, I wanted to work in weddings and it’s only taken me 50+ years to get here as I went around the houses via a 30 year career in HR! But, the main thing is that I got here in the end and nothing gives me more pleasure than helping couples to live out their special day, their dream, their very own fairytale (or thriller if that’s your genre!) From our first chat to our goodbye once you’ve tied the knot with your beloved, I will be here. I adore listening to your love stories, from the moment you met to the moment you knew they were the ONE! And can I let you into a secret, sometimes the stories differ..sacre bleu! But it does always make for a few laughs! I will be here for YOU, that’s my pledge – for as long as you want or need me!

I offer the following:-
* a free, no-obligation, initial consultation meeting either in person or by video call (after all, the “fit” has to be right for all of us)
* a couples questionnaire (aka the “nosey” questionnaire) to test any relationship from the outset! Think of it as homework – to ensure we create the ceremony that you both desire
* as many iterations of the ceremony script as you require
* mini ritual within the main ceremony
* a rehearsal if required
* my undivided attention on the day of your ceremony – I will only book one ceremony per day so I can be with you for as long or as little time as you would like
* presentation wedding “certificate” (please note, that this is NOT a legal marriage certificate)
* presentation copy of your wedding script

Prices From

£450.00

Why choose Michelle for your wedding?

I promise to get your party started! Wherever you want to have your ceremony and whenever you want it, I will be there for YOU. I will get to know you as a couple, what makes you both tick and I will create your ceremony around YOU. I have a curious nature and I know how to get you to tell me things without you even realising! But of course, we won’t use the X rated bits (unless you specifically ask me to!) I will make it special for you. I can promise you love, fun and laughter and a shoulder to cry on in those stressful moments too!

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Naming Ceremonies

Every one that joins your family deserves celebrating and I can help you to do this with a beautiful and personal ceremony. New beginnings are what it’s all about – we can welcome your new bundle of joy, step children or precious adoptee into your family with a bespoke service whilst surrounded by everyone dear to you. Perhaps you want to acknowledge your very own personal journey, be it a change of gender or simply starting a new life following a divorce or illness. It’s totally up to YOU and because nothing we do has any legal consequences, we are free to hold the ceremony wherever you wish.

I offer the following:-
* a free, no-obligation, initial consultation meeting either in person or by video call (after all, the “fit” has to be right for all of us)
* as many iterations of the ceremony script as you require
* my undivided attention on the day of your ceremony – I will only book one ceremony per day so I can be with you for as long or as little time as you would like
* a presentation naming “certificate” (please note, that this is NOT a legal certificate)
* a presentation copy of your script

Prices From

£350.00

Why choose Michelle for your naming ceremony?

I love listening to your stories and creating ceremonies which capture everything about you and your family, from naming your new born to welcoming older children into your blended family. I have worked with children and animals, so am prepared for anything! And if you are taking this as an opportunity to embrace a new life, I will ensure that you start out as you mean to go on, with love, fun and laughter (and of course, the odd tear thrown in for good measure too!)

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Renewal of Vows

I do….take 2! What could be better than to reaffirm your love for one another? Whether it’s to celebrate the wedding you never had or simply to tell the world that you are still with your soulmate after all these years, perhaps even after some “ups and downs” I can help you to make it a personal journey. I will ensure that the ceremony captures everything about YOU as a couple and will include anyone else you might like in the ceremony too – perhaps a tree planting, a sand ceremony or a hand fasting, it’s up to you. I will guide you through the ceremony and help you to express your love and commitment to one another through the use of your reaffirmed vows, readings and even poetry. And then, you can party!

* a free, no-obligation, initial consultation meeting either in person or by video call (after all, the “fit” has to be right for all of us)
* as many iterations of the ceremony script as you require
* my undivided attention on the day of your ceremony – I will only book one ceremony per day so I can be with you for as long or as little time as you would like
* a presentation renewal of vows “certificate”
* a presentation copy of your script

Prices From

£350.00

Why choose Michelle for your renewal of vows?

Your commitment to one another should be a special moment. I will work with you both to make sure that your words and feelings are expressed how you want them to be and are fitting to your own style and values. We will bring love, laughter, fun and possibly the odd tear to the ceremony as you restart your lives together. As there are no legal implications for us to consider, we can conduct your ceremony wherever you wish, be it a garden, beach, woodland, hotel or teepee…the list is endless. Let’s do this!

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Funerals

I will create a fitting ceremony to say a fond farewell to your loved one. You can do as much or as little as you like – I will always be by your side to help you. When we lose someone we love, it’s always such a difficult time so I will work with you to ensure that your loved ones, as well as your wishes are carried out in a respectful way. My families often tell me that they find our initial discussions highly cathartic and they find a space to smile and laugh. Conducting funerals is truly the most rewarding and humbling thing I have ever done in my life.

I offer the following:-
* an initial meeting in person, by telephone or by video call to listen to your wishes and learn more about your loved one
* as many iterations of the ceremony script as you require
* I will conduct the service at the crematorium or burial site
* I will always be available for my families as and when they need me either before or after the ceremony

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As notified by the Funeral Director

Why choose Michelle for your funeral?

This testimonial may help you to decide to choose me:-
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for a beautiful ceremony. You made it the perfect tribute to my father. Everybody agreed wholeheartedly that you were perfect. You brought exactly the right amount of gravitas but at the same time were very spontaneous and brought joy to the moment as we remembered dad together as you spoke. I feel honoured to have met you and am so glad I chose you. From the moment you came to the house I felt serene, that it was going to go well.

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Reviews for Michelle Parfitt Professional Celebrant

Total Reviews: 6

Average Rating: 5

reviews (6)

Our father’s funeral

Our father’s funeral

5 Stars
Jason Grist

Funeral | 09/14/2020 | Tunbridge Wells

I have to say I didn’t know what to expect of the work of a celebrant but it became very clear it requires a lot of thought and skill – and Michelle really was fantastic. She took away any of the stress around both the preparation and the event itself, leaving us to make the best of what was a tough day. She delivered the eulogy with positivity, humour and sensitivity and always made it feel very personal. I would highly recommend Michelle for any type of event.

celebrating dads life

celebrating dads life

5 Stars
Lindsey Kitchin

Funeral | 09/14/2020 | Tunbridge Wells

Michelle was the celebrant at my fathers funeral. She took the time to meet us in the weeks leading up to his funeral and took us through the service time frame and planning, advising us on protocols etc. At this meeting we shared his life story with her, both from his children’s perspective and that of his wife. She retold his story with love, humour and sensitivity, It was such a joyous celebration – full of laughter as well as tears. During the informal chat outside after the service one of my late fathers best friends so taken by her perfectly pitched service, took her name and details so that she could be contacted for his own funeral. THAT’S how good she is! Thank you Michelle, in hindsight I realise yours was the most important aspect of the funeral service – the eulogy and you absolutely captured his personality and pitched the mood of his service perfectly. I would not hesitate to recommend you in a heartbeat.

A wonderful day

A wonderful day

5 Stars
The Mott Family

Funeral | 09/21/2020 | Sharpham Natural Burial Ground

Thank you so much for making Charlie’s Day so special yesterday. You were simply wonderful and together we did Charlie proud.

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