Treasured Ceremonies

Helen Williams

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Available for

Countries Covered

I travel Nationally & Internationally

Specialisms

Wedding, Funerals, Naming Ceremonies, Anniversaries

Affiliations

Institute of Civil Funerals

Languages

English, greeting in Welsh!

Hi, I'm Helen

Hello!

It doesn’t matter where the ceremony is, it’s what’s said that really counts, and thankfully over and again I’m told that my ceremonies are warm, from the heart and capture just what was wanted for the day.

Whether you want a “simple” ceremony or a more elaborate event with all sorts of symbolism, you’ll want it to reflect you and everything that’s important to you and your partner.

In my years of being a celebrant I have held naming, funeral and wedding ceremonies in all kinds of venues.

Let’s talk about the weddings! They’ve been held in stunning (licensed for legal weddings) hotels as well as on beaches and in gardens and woodlands. I can honestly say I’ve loved them all! I live on the border of Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire, and many people travel here for their “destination” wedding ceremony because it’s just so beautiful! If you’re coming to the area as a visitor, or maybe a “returner”, I like to reflect on the place we’re in as well as your story. Knowing and loving the area as well as I do is a great help!

My services aren’t exclusive to West Wales, however; I have friends and family dotted over the British Isles so am happy to travel. I even have access to a friend’s house in the South of France these days….

So much for the “where” – what about the “what”?

I have created intimate ceremonies with just a couple and myself present, as well as an outdoor handfasting for over two hundred. Most ceremonies are to signify/celebrate marital vows, but not necessarily. For example, there was a completely bespoke ceremony for two gorgeous people who wanted to celebrate their life with their daughter whom they’d adopted five years previously.

Naming ceremonies are pretty unusual where I live, but I 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.

Email me or call me. We can chat about your day.

What's my 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!”

The 200 + guest wedding celebration held in the couples’ own garden in the shadow of the Preseli Hills. They had 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 crematoriums 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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Why choose Helen?

I nearly always work from a script, but love it when something happens organically and we all get that magical connection beyond what’s 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.

What do I offer?

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Weddings

Hello!

It doesn’t matter where the ceremony is, it’s what’s said that really counts, and thankfully over and again I’m told that my ceremonies are warm, from the heart and capture just what was wanted for the day.

Whether you want a simple ceremony or a more elaborate event with all sorts of symbolism, you’ll want it to reflect you and everything that’s important to you and your partner.

In my years of being a celebrant I have held naming, funeral and wedding ceremonies in all kinds of venues.

Let’s talk about the weddings! They’ve been held in stunning (licensed for legal weddings) hotels as well as on beaches and in gardens and woodlands. I can honestly say I’ve loved them all! I live on the border of Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire, and many people travel here for their “destination” wedding ceremony because it’s just so beautiful! If you’re coming to the area as a visitor, or maybe a “returner”, I like to reflect on the place we’re in as well as your story. Knowing and loving the area as well as I do is a great help!

My services aren’t exclusive to West Wales, however; I have friends and family dotted over the British Isles so am happy to travel. I even have access to a friend’s house in the South of France these days….

So much for the “where” – what about the “what”?

I have created intimate ceremonies with just a couple and myself present, as well as an outdoor handfasting for over two hundred. Most ceremonies are to signify/celebrate marital vows, but not necessarily. For example, there was a completely bespoke ceremony for two gorgeous people who wanted to celebrate their life with their daughter whom they’d adopted five years previously.

Naming ceremonies are pretty unusual where I live, but I 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.

Email me or call me. We can chat about your day.

Prices From

Prices on request

Why choose Helen for your wedding?

I nearly always work from a script, but love it when something happens organically and we all get that magical connection beyond what’s 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.

Naming Ceremony

Naming Ceremonies

Hello!

It doesn’t matter where the ceremony is, it’s what’s said that really counts, and thankfully over and again I’m told that my ceremonies are warm, from the heart and capture just what was wanted for the day.

Whether you want a simple ceremony or a more elaborate event with all sorts of symbolism, you’ll want it to reflect you and everything that’s important to you and your partner.

In my years of being a celebrant I have held naming, funeral and wedding ceremonies in all kinds of venues.

Let’s talk about the weddings! They’ve been held in stunning (licensed for legal weddings) hotels as well as on beaches and in gardens and woodlands. I can honestly say I’ve loved them all! I live on the border of Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire, and many people travel here for their “destination” wedding ceremony because it’s just so beautiful! If you’re coming to the area as a visitor, or maybe a “returner”, I like to reflect on the place we’re in as well as your story. Knowing and loving the area as well as I do is a great help!

My services aren’t exclusive to West Wales, however; I have friends and family dotted over the British Isles so am happy to travel. I even have access to a friend’s house in the South of France these days….

So much for the “where” – what about the “what”?

I have created intimate ceremonies with just a couple and myself present, as well as an outdoor handfasting for over two hundred. Most ceremonies are to signify/celebrate marital vows, but not necessarily. For example, there was a completely bespoke ceremony for two gorgeous people who wanted to celebrate their life with their daughter whom they’d adopted five years previously.

Naming ceremonies are pretty unusual where I live, but I 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.

Email me or call me. We can chat about your day.

Prices From

Prices on request

Why choose Helen for your naming ceremony?

I nearly always work from a script, but love it when something happens organically and we all get that magical connection beyond what’s 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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Renewal of Vows

Hello!

It doesn’t matter where the ceremony is, it’s what’s said that really counts, and thankfully over and again I’m told that my ceremonies are warm, from the heart and capture just what was wanted for the day.

Whether you want a simple ceremony or a more elaborate event with all sorts of symbolism, you’ll want it to reflect you and everything that’s important to you and your partner.

In my years of being a celebrant I have held naming, funeral and wedding ceremonies in all kinds of venues.

Let’s talk about the weddings! They’ve been held in stunning (licensed for legal weddings) hotels as well as on beaches and in gardens and woodlands. I can honestly say I’ve loved them all! I live on the border of Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire, and many people travel here for their “destination” wedding ceremony because it’s just so beautiful! If you’re coming to the area as a visitor, or maybe a “returner”, I like to reflect on the place we’re in as well as your story. Knowing and loving the area as well as I do is a great help!

My services aren’t exclusive to West Wales, however; I have friends and family dotted over the British Isles so am happy to travel. I even have access to a friend’s house in the South of France these days….

So much for the “where” – what about the “what”?

I have created intimate ceremonies with just a couple and myself present, as well as an outdoor handfasting for over two hundred. Most ceremonies are to signify/celebrate marital vows, but not necessarily. For example, there was a completely bespoke ceremony for two gorgeous people who wanted to celebrate their life with their daughter whom they’d adopted five years previously.

Naming ceremonies are pretty unusual where I live, but I 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.

Email me or call me. We can chat about your day.

Prices From

Prices on request

Why choose Helen for your renewal of vows?

I nearly always work from a script, but love it when something happens organically and we all get that magical connection beyond what’s 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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Funerals

Hello!

It doesn’t matter where the ceremony is, it’s what’s said that really counts, and thankfully over and again I’m told that my ceremonies are warm, from the heart and capture just what was wanted for the day.

Whether you want a simple ceremony or a more elaborate event with all sorts of symbolism, you’ll want it to reflect you and everything that’s important to you and your partner.

In my years of being a celebrant I have held naming, funeral and wedding ceremonies in all kinds of venues.

Let’s talk about the weddings! They’ve been held in stunning (licensed for legal weddings) hotels as well as on beaches and in gardens and woodlands. I can honestly say I’ve loved them all! I live on the border of Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire, and many people travel here for their “destination” wedding ceremony because it’s just so beautiful! If you’re coming to the area as a visitor, or maybe a “returner”, I like to reflect on the place we’re in as well as your story. Knowing and loving the area as well as I do is a great help!

My services aren’t exclusive to West Wales, however; I have friends and family dotted over the British Isles so am happy to travel. I even have access to a friend’s house in the South of France these days….

So much for the “where” – what about the “what”?

I have created intimate ceremonies with just a couple and myself present, as well as an outdoor handfasting for over two hundred. Most ceremonies are to signify/celebrate marital vows, but not necessarily. For example, there was a completely bespoke ceremony for two gorgeous people who wanted to celebrate their life with their daughter whom they’d adopted five years previously.

Naming ceremonies are pretty unusual where I live, but I 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.

Email me or call me. We can chat about your day.

Prices From

Prices on request

Why choose Helen for your funeral?

I nearly always work from a script, but love it when something happens organically and we all get that magical connection beyond what’s 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.

Reviews for Treasured Ceremonies

Total Reviews: 17

Average Rating: 5

reviews (17)

Helen is Charismatic

Helen is Charismatic

5 Stars
Saffy and James

Wedding | 08/10/2019 | Bristol

YES!! I would recommend. Helen is so charismatic and brings a real uniqueness to the ceremony. We loved our wedding ceremony and so did our guests. It was beautiful and so personal. How lovely that over 130 guests got the chance to interact with us firstly during our hand hasting. Best part about it is we have a lovely keep sake in the form of a willow hoop and ribbon to remind us of that joyous day. The next ceremony I intend to host a naming ceremony. Will DEFINITELY come back to Helen for this

“Firing The Registrar”

“Firing The Registrar”

5 Stars
Vixx and Ben

Wedding | 10/18/2019 | National Botanic Gardens of Wales

Helen, what can I say?You truly made our day the special, unique, and personal.Firing the registrar and finding you was a miracle, I couldn’t imagine the day being any other way, we both want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for creating such a wonderful and heartfelt ceremony. I can’t think of one thing I’d change, and I am going to get everyone to use celebrants from now on haha.Sincerely we all thank you and I wish you all the best in all your future endeavours, you truly are an amazing woman and a beautiful soul! ❤️

Saving our special day

Saving our special day

5 Stars
Sophie Sisson

Wedding | 10/05/2019 | Fourcroft Hotel, Tenby

Helen saved the day recently for myself and my new husband. The hotel where we had booked our wedding no longer had their license and it seemed like everything had gone wrong. Then we spoke to Helen who arranged to perform a ceremony for us and it was brilliant. Helen understood what we wanted from the day and created a personalised experience for us that was better that what was initially planned. A lot of family members at the ceremony commented on how special it was and how much they enjoyed it. Thank you Helen for not only rescuing our day but also creating a magical experience for us.

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