Helen Williams

Treasured Ceremonies

Reviews (11)

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This Celebrant specialises in Weddings This Celebrant specialises in Funerals This Celebrant specialises in Naming Ceremonies This Celebrant specialises in Renewals of Vows
Areas Covered

Pembrokeshire

Carmarthenshire

Wales

I travel Nationally and Internationally

Specialisms

Wedding, Funerals, Naming Ceremonies, Anniversaries

Affiliations

Institute of Civil Funerals

Spoken Languages

English, greeting in Welsh!

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Helen Williams

Treasured Ceremonies

Reviews (11) - 5/5

EXPERIENCE

People I work with tell me I’m warm and easy to get on with, and this is reflected in the relaxed nature of my ceremonies. In my three years of being a celebrant I have created wedding ceremonies in very smart licensed venues but have also officiated on beaches and in gardens. I can honestly say I’ve loved them all! I live on the border of Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire, and so many people travel here for their wedding ceremony because it’s just so beautiful! In these cases, I like to reflect on the place we’re in as well as the story of the couple. Knowing and loving the area as well as I do is a great help!
I'm not "stuck" in West Wales, however; I have "bases" (mother and partner!) in Abergavenny, Monmouthshire and Helsby, Cheshire so am only too happy to travel to these areas.

I have created a bespoke ceremony for a couple who wanted to celebrate their life with their adopted daughter who had been with them for five years.

Naming ceremonies are somewhat unusual where I live, but I have created enough to know I love doing them! These can be performed pretty much anywhere and are a wonderful way to introduce your son or daughter to your wider family and friends whilst having special adults make a commitment towards their upbringing (N.B. this needn't be too onerous a commitment!).

Funeral ceremonies can take many forms. From the humblest, simple burial following a ceremony in a Victorian cemetery's chapel of rest to a celebration full of song for a friend in his house, my sole aim is to create the funeral which will help the family or friends say goodbye in the way that suits them.

CEREMONY STYLE

I know my style is quite relaxed, but am happy to officiate in grand, formal venues as well as on beaches!
Here are a few examples of my ceremonies;
Quite a traditional wedding ceremony which was held in a beautiful purpose – built concert venue on New Year’s Eve. Candles were lit in memory of absent loved ones and sand was poured. Memorable guest comment came from a male friend of the couple who was heard to say, “I normally hate weddings, but this one was great!”
A 200 guest wedding celebration held in the couples’ own garden in the shadow of the Preseli Hills. They have been together 29 years but wanted to make it “legal” and celebrate that they had done so! Everybody stood in a circle surrounding us. Hand fasting, ring warming, jumping the broomstick, sharing a champagne filled quaich…the guests were all involved, and I even had a bit of fun with a heckler! More like a festival than a wedding, couple and guests (including another celebrant, as I later discovered) were delighted!
A small celebration in a garden where the guests were unaware of the wedding until they’d arrived!
A surprise wedding celebration of which the bride was only told the night before. (They’d bought dress and ring the previous Summer!)
Two women, one British the other Danish who held their celebration outside in Oswestry. We involved their “orbit” of friends in the ceremony as many had travelled from abroad to be there and they wanted everyone to take part. Afterwards, three rather stylish men came to me enthusiastically proclaiming that they had been “on the wedding circuit” in London over the previous couple of years and this had been the most moving, memorable ceremony they’d ever seen.
Naming ceremonies are a joy, and can be performed pretty much anywhere. I’m happy to make last minute adjustments for example if a “guide”/”god”/”odd” parent changes their reading or promises at the last minute, or child decides to be asleep when we’re due to start!
I have helped families with that most difficult of ceremonies, a funeral, on many occasions and in many places. A Village Hall, a front room, a hotel ceremony room, natural burial grounds and private fields have been among the places where I have performed funeral ceremonies, besides crematoria of course. I am always very keen to listen for the tone of what is right for the family; a “celebration of life” can mean fabulous songs and humour. However, this is not for everyone and we can celebrate a life without turning the ceremony into something inappropriate for the bereaved.

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Reviews

Thank you, Helen!

Jaclyn Wright

Wedding at

Otterburn, Northumberland | February 2018

We can't recommend Helen enough. We wanted something unique for our wedding and she gave us just that. Not only is Helen kind, patient, and warm,... Read review.

We feel so blessed

Emily and Jason

Wedding at

Manorbier Castle, Pembrokeshire | October 2017

We feel so blessed to have had Helen as our celebrant for our wedding this past October. Helen was so generous with her time leading up to the we... Read review.

Rhian's funeral

Andy Wood

Funeral at

Swansea | November 2017

Dear Helen, On behalf of myself and my family may I thank you very much for the way you helped to steer us through a difficult time at Rhian’s fu... Read review.

Thank you Helen

Sarah & Brendan Moon

Wedding at

Gellifawr Woodland Retreat | October 2017

Brendan & I first met Helen over Skype as we live in Australia, we were having two weddings and Helen had agreed to be our celebrant for our Wels... Read review.

Thank you email

Bruce Wilken

Funeral at

Usk Natural Burial Ground | February 2017

Dear Helen,
I just wanted to write a short note to thank you for everything you did yesterday and those days before.
I was floundering somewhat... Read review.

Thank you email

Stewart and Gareth Jones

at

Morriston Crematorium | July 2017

Dear Helen
I wanted to thank you for helping us celebrate my Dad’s life last Wednesday. I have been inundated with positive comments from family... Read review.

Thank you email

Jess Bridgewater

Naming Ceremony at

Hotel, Newcastle Emlyn | March 2015

Helen was the celebrant for my daughters naming day and all I can say is wow!! I could not have asked for a more perfect celebration for my littl... Read review.

Thank you email

Claire and Richard Bird

Wedding at

Haverfordwest marquee | September 2015

We chose treasured ceremonies because we wanted to involve all our wedding guests in the ceremony but the place we originally wanted to get marri... Read review.

Thank you email

Glenn and Gilly

Wedding at

Preseli garden | August 2017

Well … what an amazing day! Thank you so much, you were an absolute star! I don’t think it could have gone much better really, it was everything ... Read review.

Thank You email

Rachel Jones

Wedding at

Beach, Ceredigion | October 2016

It’s been 4 weeks since our wedding, it’s flown by! Helen was the celebrant at our ceremony and it was perfect! We got on so well with her right ... Read review.

Thank You Email

Kate and Chris Course

Wedding at

Parent's home, Dinas | July 2017

Thank you Helen for being our wedding celebrant. We felt really relaxed and comfortable with you from our first meeting, and you really built our... Read review.

Thank you, Helen!

Jaclyn Wright

Otterburn, Northumberland | February 2018

We can't recommend Helen enough. We wanted something unique for our wedding and she gave us just that. Not only is Helen kind, patient, and warm, but also funny, creative, and full of joy - all of which came through during our ceremony. She helped us develop our ideas into a ceremony that felt true to us as a couple and genuinely reflected the love felt in the room. Helen's generosity and natural ability to connect with those around her make her an ideal celebrant. We are so thankful that we chose Helen to guide us the through the best day of our lives. Our guests are still talking about it!


What Helen says...

Thanks so much Jaclyn! It was fantastic to be asked to be your celebrant. I'll never forget the day, and will be talking about it for quite some time myself! xx

We feel so blessed

Emily and Jason

Manorbier Castle, Pembrokeshire | October 2017

We feel so blessed to have had Helen as our celebrant for our wedding this past October. Helen was so generous with her time leading up to the wedding which enabled us to plan the perfect ceremony from afar. As we live in Canada the difference in timezone could have been an issue but Helen went out of her way to accommodate our schedule - even meeting with us over skype late at night! She helped guide us to our perfect ceremony, which was simple but really spoke to us as a couple. All of our guests raved about the ceremony. Friends of ours even said that they hope to find someone as good as Helen to officiate their upcoming wedding! We couldn't be happier with our decision to have Helen as our celebrant. She was wonderful and we are so grateful to have had her lead us through the most important day of our lives!


What Helen says...

Thank you so much! This was a very emotional day for me as well. I shall never forget it.

Rhian's funeral

Andy Wood

Swansea | November 2017

Dear Helen, On behalf of myself and my family may I thank you very much for the way you helped to steer us through a difficult time at Rhian’s funeral on Friday.

Given the many events of Rhian’s life, some of which are on the dark side, I must admit I was quite intrigued as to how you would weave it all together in a celebratory way.

But I needn’t have worried as you conducted a brilliant service, which was clear , concise and befitting of the occasion and all achieved in that narrow time frame that we talked about!

I was personally overwhelmed at the crematorium by the many kind words and tributes paved by Rhian’s friends and associates, and your service certainly reflected Rhian’s life in the way they would remember her best. Does that make sense? It does to me anyway.

Once again, many warm thanks for your sterling efforts, Helen, good luck and good health.

Andy Wood


What Helen says...

Hi Andy, that's so kind, do you mind if I share it? If I do, I can take the names out, or change them if you prefer.
I must say, helping you and the family at this time was very rewarding, I'm so glad we came across each other and hope our paths cross again in more cheerful times

Thank you Helen

Sarah & Brendan Moon

Gellifawr Woodland Retreat | October 2017

Brendan & I first met Helen over Skype as we live in Australia, we were having two weddings and Helen had agreed to be our celebrant for our Welsh wedding. Not your normal setup but Helen was very understanding of our situation and did anything she could be make it and easy process for us. The service and words she wrote for us were just beautiful and made us so glad that we had chosen to redo our wedding for all our UK friends and family. Can't recommend Helen highly enough, lovely ceremony & fantastic lady.


What Helen says...

Thank you Sarah and Brendan. I was delighted to be asked to officiate for you at one of my favourite places, and thoroughly enjoyed meeting you. I'm so glad you were pleased with the second half of your "wedding of two halves"!

Thank you email

Bruce Wilken

Usk Natural Burial Ground | February 2017

Dear Helen,
I just wanted to write a short note to thank you for everything you did yesterday and those days before.
I was floundering somewhat before we met at Starbucks and having your experience and calm just helped me to focus on the task and send Kathy away in celebration of her life, not mourning at her death

Thank you email

Stewart and Gareth Jones

Morriston Crematorium | July 2017

Dear Helen
I wanted to thank you for helping us celebrate my Dad’s life last Wednesday. I have been inundated with positive comments from family and friends about how much they enjoyed the tribute to him. When you visited us a few days before it was immediately clear that we had made the perfect choice in which to say goodbye to my father.
Once again many thanks and all the very best for the future.
Gareth and family.
Dear Helen
I just wanted to thank you so much for being the celebrant at my father’s funeral yesterday. I know that Gareth had every confidence in you after you met him last week and it was well-founded. I really wanted to meet you with him but it just could not be.
I so appreciate the thought and effort that you put into the eulogy and the calm and sensitive way that you delivered it. I particularly liked the Dryden that you added in. My father would have been particularly pleased that a woman was the celebrant- he had very clear views about equality too.
Once again, thank you very much
Stewart Jones

Thank you email

Jess Bridgewater

Hotel, Newcastle Emlyn | March 2015

Helen was the celebrant for my daughters naming day and all I can say is wow!! I could not have asked for a more perfect celebration for my little princess. Helen was warm friendly and professional and in a short space of time learnt the little things that are unique to my family. She conducted the ceremony in a manner that allowed us to feel relaxed and comfortable and reflected us so well. All our guests commented on what a beautiful day it was and how lovely the ceremony was. I am so grateful to have met Helen and been able to give my daughter the perfect naming day. I 100% recommend this lovely lady to be the celebrant of your occasion she is amazing at what she does xxx

Thank you email

Claire and Richard Bird

Haverfordwest marquee | September 2015

We chose treasured ceremonies because we wanted to involve all our wedding guests in the ceremony but the place we originally wanted to get married wouldn’t cater for over 100 people. That’s when we met Helen and she made the process of the ceremony easy from start to finish. The ceremony was beautiful and all of the little touches such as lighting candles for those no longer with us to pouring sand to show that we had become a family was perfect. We were very grateful and out of this world delighted with the service. We couldn’t have asked for anything or anyone better for our special day. Every single detail was covered and every single little thing we requested, Helen accommodated us. When Helen first said you can get married anywhere I didn’t believe her but with Helen and treasured ceremonies anywhere does actually mean anywhere. Thank you very much Helen

Thank you email

Glenn and Gilly

Preseli garden | August 2017

Well … what an amazing day! Thank you so much, you were an absolute star! I don’t think it could have gone much better really, it was everything we wanted and more.You got the tone and the mood spot on … just the right balance of ceremony and celebration, order and chaos, control and anarchy … just as it should have been!

Thank You email

Rachel Jones

Beach, Ceredigion | October 2016

It’s been 4 weeks since our wedding, it’s flown by! Helen was the celebrant at our ceremony and it was perfect! We got on so well with her right from first contact , she seemed to ‘get us’ straight away! We didn’t want anything religious at our wedding and wanted it all about us not a script that is used over and over with just a change of names … Helen wrote our script full of humour love emotion and it was everything we could have hoped for! We added in sand pouring and hand fasting and the whole ceremony was just so awesome we still talk about it now with laughter and such happy fond memories. We highly recommend Helen for any family occasion needing a focal point, structure and someone to pull you all together without religion overshadowing the love you have to share with family and friends . Make your day about you!!

Thank You Email

Kate and Chris Course

Parent's home, Dinas | July 2017

Thank you Helen for being our wedding celebrant. We felt really relaxed and comfortable with you from our first meeting, and you really built our ceremony around us. The ceremony really reflected us and was delivered with sentiment, humour and emotion. We also really loved the hand-tying ceremony at the end, it added an ‘official’ feel to the proceedings, in some ways more so than the exchanging of rings. So many of our guests commented that the hand-tying really stood out for them. We had such a memorable day, and you were a big part of that Helen. Wish we could do it all again!

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I always work from a script, but love it when something happens organically and we all get that magical connection beyond that which is written on the page. As long as you're not looking for "stiff and formal", I can adapt my style to suit yours. If you're in my area of West Wales I shall have the advantage of knowing something about where you're marrying and can bring it into the ceremony. I'll travel wherever you'd like me to, however!
The (gorgeous!) video I've embedded is of a wedding held in Pembrokeshire. This couple wanted a very simple, romantic wedding, so that's what they got. Keep watching until after the very cute guitar playing scene to hear extracts from the wedding itself. The video was created by Tu Nguyen.

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