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I specialise in creative theatrical ceremonies

Hi, I'm Harriet

I am a creative theatrical celebrant that can write and deliver a completely unique ceremony designed just for you…. I’m energetic, spontaneous and calm in a crisis. I create fun, vibrant ceremonies for those who want something personal and fancy something a little different from the norm… Let’s think outside of the box!
“So your name is Harriet, why is your business called Phoebe Smith Ceremonies?” So glad you asked… Phoebe is a family name, passed down to each first-born female child. So, when starting this new venture, I chose to use the name, feeling like I have those generations of women behind me. I’m happy to be called either!

What's my ceremony style?

I have spent my life working in performing arts as a performer, director, writer, project manager and teacher. I LOVE to be creative and I like nothing more than captivating an audience, taking them on an emotional journey. I live for making people smile. (It’s an ethos of mine, I try every day. A moment of kindness costs nothing but it’s effect can be priceless)
My aim is to make your ceremony perfect. Use of voice and presence I think is key, us actors have all the skills needed to be vocally charismatic varying pitch and tone, with creative timing knowing where and when to use pace and pause, to lift a room or give a moment reverence. Let’s leave bland behind, add some original flavour…

Prices From

£400 for naming ceremonies - £750 for weddings

Harriet Smith Profile

Why choose Harriet?

I am an independent celebrant available for weddings, celebration of life, naming ceremonies, anything you want to celebrate, I’m here for you…
Having worked all my life in theatre and drama, I see your ceremony as a performance, an event. I love to find a creative way to tell your story. I am compassionate, openminded, kind, honest, genuine and welcoming to all. I’m always so excited when I meet my couples and families to work with them to build and choreograph the most perfect unique magical ceremony.

I’m based on the Essex Suffolk borders and will travel an hour radius.

What do I offer?



Are you someone who would happily throw the rule book out of the window? My couples want a relaxed informal ceremony to reflect them as a couple.
Do you want a truly unique ceremony completely personal to you?
Well let’s have a chat!
We smile, we laugh, we click. (I’m sure there will be many other emotions, there usually is!)
I love barn weddings, festival vibes, woodland and intimate garden ceremonies. There will be laughter, tears, and lots of love. If you want to write your own vows and I can help you, we can build something beautiful and truly memorable. From sand ceremonies and musical performances to shots and congregation karaoke, what whatever floats your boat, we can make it happen.

Bronze – £750
Initial zoom meeting plus on-going telephone and email support.
Bespoke ceremony script – Unlimited changes.
Ceremony Day presentation, arrival an hour before ceremony.
Optional certificate signing.
Presentation souvenir script
Silver – £850
As bronze plus – symbolic element such as handfasting or sand ceremony
And optional rehearsal before the day.
Gold – £1200
As Silver plus – MC for the rest of day until your first dance. Announcing speeches, first dance, scooping up guests for photographs, making sure all the important moments are given the focus they deserve.

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Why choose Harriet for your wedding?

Wonderful words from one of my gorgeous couples…
“Harriet was brilliant, so personal and loving but also hilarious at times a perfect analogy of our relationship. The guests were laughing and crying throughout the ceremony. So many of our guests were amazed at how lovely it was, with all saying it was the best ceremony they’d ever been to.
Harriet is not only professional, she listens and understood what not only what our relationships is like but how different we are. We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect ceremony!”

Harriet Smith Profile

Naming Ceremonies

A child entering the world is given a name specially selected by meaning or tradition, taking a moment to celebrate this life in a celebration can be a joyous event. If you are not religious this can be a wonderful opportunity for chosen guide parents to be included.

However, we can change our name at any point in our life….

Celebrate a new you… a new life… These key moments we share with our friends and family can be celebrated in any way you choose.

My prices start from £300 however as with all of my services, a bespoke package can be created. Please contact me for a quote.

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Why choose Harriet for your naming ceremony?

Let’s have some fun!
We can work together to create a bespoke ceremony that fits the occasion and you. Whether that’s the start of a life, new chapter in your life or a whole new you.
I’m open to all.
Charismatic, captivating, energetic and kind, I’m with you to make it perfect.

Harriet Smith Profile
Phoebe Smith Ceremonies Essex Suffolk

Renewal of Vows

Take time to to remind each other what you mean to each other and what your marriage means to you…
Maybe you didn’t do it the way you wanted the first time around, and have new vision for your day.
You can enjoy a beautiful bespoke vow renewal, telling your story to this point with personalised vows, perhaps a unity ceremony element, surrounded by your family and friends who…
Or perhaps this is a moment just for you, an intimate elopement in a beautiful special place of your choosing… .

All my wedding packages are available for vow renewals

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Why choose Harriet for your renewal of vows?

Sensitive, intuitive, funny and linguistically elegant. I love to tell stories, have your story told by an expert.
I’m so excited to work with you, to weave your journey to this point into a beautiful unique ceremony and work with you to choreograph a perfect bespoke vow renewal.

Harriet Smith Profile

Unfortunately Phoebe Smith Ceremonies is not available for Funerals.

Reviews for Phoebe Smith Ceremonies

Total Reviews: 5

Average Rating: 5

reviews (5)


The wedding of Kat and Chris

5 Stars
Christopher Rolph

Wedding | 04/27/2024 | Battleswick Farm

We met Harriet at a wedding fair at our venue. When we first met with Harriet she came to us and discussed what we would like and expected from her, needless to say Harriet delivered. When Harriet had written our ceremony we met again and it brought a tear to my eye. Harriet went above and beyond taking time out of her busy day on the Friday to look at the setting to visualise ceremony. The day of the wedding arrived and Harriet made me calm and relaxed. She orchestrated the ceremony amazingly. Both Kat and I could not of been happier with the way the ceremony had gone and really appreciate everything that Harriet did for us. We could not recommend Harriet enough for a wedding celebrant.


Amazing celebrant!

5 Stars
Katharine Ireland

Wedding | 04/27/2024 | Rowhedge, Colchester

We met Harriet at a wedding fair a year before our wedding. We weren’t sure whether our venue would be licensed in time so we were just starting to think about the possibility of hiring a celebrant instead. We are so glad we did, asking Harriet to be our celebrant was the best decision we made (after deciding to get married!)
She is an amazing, warm and kind person who went above and beyond to make our day unique and completely tailored to us. She wrote an amazing ceremony for us, which was beautiful, funny and totally reflected us. We also had a sand ceremony as a lovely way to include our children.
We had so many guests comment afterwards on how much they had enjoyed the ceremony and on how fantastic Harriet was.
We honestly couldn’t recommend Harriet more highly.
Kat & Chris


Best Decision Ever!

5 Stars
Beth Elvey

Wedding | 02/02/2023 | Chelmsford

We first met Harriet at a wedding fair, and within an hour of meeting, we’d booked her – there was that much of an immediate connection! It was probably one of the quickest and easiest wedding decisions we made, and we can safely say now that it was one of the BEST! We would not have had such a perfect day without her.

We opted to book her full day package which meant we had the joy of her celebrant-ing our ceremony and then staying with us till after the first dance acting as a marvellous master of ceremonies.

Our ceremony was absolutely incredible and so perfectly ‘us’. We met Harriet a few times ahead of the wedding which meant she really knew our story and was able to write a script that summed us up perfectly. One of the best things about having a celebrant lead ceremony is the ability to really personalise; we liked the idea of a symbolic element, but weren’t sure if hand fasting/sand pouring etc. was really us. However, in one of meetings with Harriet, we dreamed up a ‘cocktail ceremony’ in which we incorporated some live mixology into our wedding with each ingredient reflecting a bit of our relationship. Harriet poured everything beautifully on the day (!) and it became one of my favourite memories!

As master of ceremonies, Harriet was super helpful in directing our guests as needed (eg. we needed tables called up one by one to get dinner), toast mastering the speeches, and generally getting stuck in and making sure our day ran smoothly.

Overall, we couldn’t have been happier with our choice to have Harriet involved in our wedding, and the parcel that arrived afterwards (with a ceremonial certificate, a copy of the script etc.) was a beautifully presented commemoration of the joy that she bought us. Would recommend in a heartbeat!!

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