The Bespoke Ceremony Company

Debbie Kelly

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Countries Covered

I travel Nationally & Internationally

Specialisms

weddings, vow renewals, funerals, baby naming

Affiliations

Fellowship of Professional Celebrants

Languages

English

Hi, I'm Debbie

Hello, I’m Debbie – you can find out more about my work and the ceremonies I conduct on my website https://thebespokeceremonycompany.com.

Most of my work is around the North West of England – although I can travel further afield. As a WEDDING CELEBRANT, I have partnered with many couples to create their perfect wedding and it’s always a pleasure to play such an integral part in their special day and WEDDING VOW RENEWALS are also becoming increasingly popular. In addition, I love writing a one-off ceremony to mark the arrival of a new member of your family and will create a magical NAMING CEREMONY.

Finally, I am also an experienced FUNERAL CELEBRANT and I am so proud to have earned a reputation in this field that often sees families specifically requesting my services and recommending me to their friends and family during one of the most difficult times in their lives.

What's my ceremony style?

I named my company The Bespoke Ceremony Company because I feel so passionately about creating bespoke ceremonies for those special times in your life. Weddings, Namings and Funerals are traditional rites of passage but that doesn’t mean they have to be standardised.

Thanks to my experience as both a celebrant and as a PR consultant & events planner, I can also offer you lots of additional and useful advice on every element of your ceremony (free of charge). Whatever the ceremony you are planning, it can be a stressful occasion which is why you should work with a professional that you can rely on and trust. Rest assured that a booking with The Bespoke Ceremony Company, is a booking that provides complete peace of mind.

Prices From

Prices on request

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Why choose Debbie?

I have professional celebrant training and the maturity, experience and expertise to guide you through your specific occasion, resulting in a perfectly crafted ceremony that is totally unique to you.

But don’t take my word for it. I am thrilled to receive so many five star reviews on the Celebrant Directory – if you are thinking of choosing me as your celebrant – the reviews speak for themselves.

What do I offer?

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Weddings

Everyone loves a wedding and even though weddings are my business I am always so excited to get a new wedding booking – I have the best job ever. I have been very fortunate to work with couples of many different ages, cultures and backgrounds and every single ceremony has been written and designed just for them. From the Star Wars themed wedding ceremony which had everyone howling with laughter to the gloriously romantic ceremony where there was not a dry eye in the house, including mine – I can guarantee that your wedding guests will always remember your wedding ceremony for years to come.

I encourage an informal chat on the phone or online first, just so we can get to know each other. Once you decide to book my services, we will meet in person
to bounce ideas around and you can tell me all about your day. I provide a detailed questionnaire for you to complete and once I have that, the magic begins!

I will draft the first version of your ceremony and we then fine tune this until every single word meets your approval and together, we craft your perfect ceremony. If you want help writing you vows, I am happy to guide you and, with my event planning experience, I am happy to offer a few ideas on the day itself if you need them.

Prices From

£450

Why choose Debbie for your wedding?

I am a member of the Fellowship of Professional Celebrants which gives you peace of mind in my professional credentials. I trained as a BBC journalist which means you can be assured I will be able to create ceremonies written to a high standard that get to the heart of your story and, for decades, I have worked as a PR consultant and events planner.

My fees are transparent and cost effective and reflect my experience and expertise.

I can put you in touch with previous clients to speak freely and frankly about their experience of working with me.

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Naming Ceremonies

A baby naming can either be instead of a traditional religious baptism or, it can complement the baptism and can be held on the same or on a different day – perfect for those who want two celebrations. Naming ceremonies don’t have to be for little babies – they can also be for older children. I can also write a naming ceremony for two families who are joining together and want to mark the blending of their family groups.

Regardless of why you have chosen to have a naming ceremony – I love being able to let my imagination run wild and work with you to explore the many possibilities for such a ceremony. It’s the perfect excuse to release our own inner child and the magic in all of us and, just like all my ceremonies, it’s created just for your family unit – totally unique and bespoke.

Once you have decided to work with me I meet the parents and, of course, the guest of honour. You may also want to invite other special people and grandparents, or, you may want to keep the details of the ceremony secret. We complete a questionnaire together and I will then draft the bespoke naming ceremony, which can be tweaked as often as you wish.

In addition, I can work with you, grandparents, Godparents/Mentors to write vows and promises as well as offering advice on readings, music choices and other mini ceremonies we can include in the main naming service.

You will receive a beautifully presented keepsake of the service to add to your baby memorabilia.

Prices From

£300

Why choose Debbie for your naming ceremony?

I am a member of the Fellowship of Professional Celebrants which gives you peace of mind in my professional credentials. I trained as a BBC journalist which means you can be assured I will be able to create ceremonies written to a high standard that get to the heart of your story and for decades I have worked as a PR consultant and events planner.

My fees are transparent and cost effective and reflect my experience and expertise.

I can put you in touch with previous clients to speak freely and frankly about their experience of working with me.

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Renewal of Vows

A vow renewal is such a happy occasion and I love hearing the many stories about why couples have decided to renew their vows. Reasons for vow renewals include the fact the couple didn’t get the wedding they wanted first time around, they have a special anniversary coming up, or they have been through a particularly difficult time and come out the other end. My personal favourites are the surprise vow renewals when either one of the parties organises it for the other, or, a friend or family member organises it for the unsuspecting couple. Brilliant!

Whatever the reason for the vow renewal, be assured that I will work with you to share the highs (and lows) of your relationship with humour and sensitivity – but most of all work to capture the essence of the two of you and your personalities. Vow renewals can be small, intimate affairs or big, raucous parties – my role is to make it all about you. The clue is in the title – I am happy to write your vows based on our conversations, or, just be a guide and ensure that each party, is hitting the right note.

We can also include your children, grandchildren and other family and friends who are often keen to get in on the act – and, just like a wedding, the ceremony is totally bespoke so that it reflects the personalities of the main players.

Prices From

£350

Why choose Debbie for your renewal of vows?

I am a member of the Fellowship of Professional Celebrants which gives you peace of mind in my professional credentials. I trained as a BBC journalist which means you can be assured I will be able to create ceremonies written to a high standard that get to the heart of your story and for decades I have worked as a PR consultant and events planner.

My fees are transparent and cost effective and reflect my experience and expertise.

I can put you in touch with previous clients to speak freely and frankly about their experience of working with me.

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Funerals

I have been fortunate enough to officiate at hundreds of funerals for bereaved families in Greater Manchester. Being able to offer support at such a difficult time in life is truly an honour that I never take for granted. The growth of the celebrant movement in the UK means that now a funeral can be a true celebration of life with the service firmly focused on the person that has passed away. As well as working closely with several local funeral directors as their celebrant of choice, I am also approached directly by families through word of mouth and the greatest testament to my skill as a funeral celebrant is when families I have worked with before, ask me to officiate at the services for other family members.

As an independent civil celebrant, I can officiate at both non-religious ceremonies where the deceased or the family, have specified a secular service. I can also officiate at religious services – any denomination – I am trained and happy to include any religious wording and practices in the service.

In addition, I will attend and perform a service (as per above) at the interment of ashes of a loved one and will guide the family through the service options available.

If you would like a memorial service for a family member I am happy to advise, write and officiate at the service.

Finally, I also write living funerals. If you want the story of your life to be told in your words and have complete confidence in how your funeral ceremony will go – don’t leave it to somebody else – let’s get it on paper now.

Prices From

£200

Why choose Debbie for your funeral?

I provide families with a comforting and honest approach at a time when the bereaved are having to cope with both the practical and emotional aspects of loss. I spend time with family or friends to allow you to tell the story of your loved one and get a sense of their personality and so craft a eulogy which reflects the person that has died. While these sessions are often dreaded by clients, time and again the feedback is how comforting families find the process and more often than not, there are tears of laughter as well as tears of sadness.

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Reviews for The Bespoke Ceremony Company

Total Reviews: 38

Average Rating: 5

reviews (38)

Exactly the right tone

Exactly the right tone

5 Stars
R. Campo

Funeral | 06/23/2020 | Greater Manchester

Just a few words to say thank you for the way you officiated at my dad’s funeral on Tuesday 23rd June.Your words and eulogy caught exactly the right tone. A simple yet fitting send off.My mum was greatly reassured by the sensitive and personal nature of your service and my family have said we did him proud and that is the greatest compliment I could have.Many thanks and much appreciated,

Made us smile

Made us smile

5 Stars
Mr Owen

Funeral | 06/02/2020 | Greater Manchester

Good morning Debbie. On behalf of family and friends I would like to thank you for the service yesterday. Everyone I spoke to after the service commented on how you had highlighted the parts of my mums life that they can all remember and in these sad times made us all smile. Thanks again.

Exceptional

Exceptional

5 Stars
Paul Whitmore

Funeral | 05/15/2020 | Greater Manchester

On behalf of me and the wider family I just want to thank you so much for everything you did on my fathers funeral. It was absolutely exceptional, not rushed and just perfect really really lovely. You will never know what that meant to all of us. Also, for helping us allow a few more people into the ceremony. I know we was all concerned at the duration allowed inside the crematorium but it was beautiful. Thank you again so much.

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