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CEREMONIES

I can offer a Ceremony at all types of Venues and any location; I have no restrictions at all (although I am not that great with heights!) You can choose the best time for you, although do check with venue that the timings work for them.

If you are marrying in a licensed Venue and want to have your Legal Ceremony as part of the celebrations that’s absolutely fine. This can be conducted by the Registrar before or after your Bespoke Ceremony, do however consider the cost implications of this. You may prefer to visit your local Registry Office with two witnesses on a different day. Please see the page below on 'How to Legally Register Your Marriage'

You may have already had a Religious Ceremony, Same Sex Marriage/Civil Parnership or destination Wedding and require a Wedding Blessing. You may want to formalise your relationship without becoming legally married and opt for a Commitment Ceremony which will leave no-one in any doubt of your dedication to each other.

Whatever your requirement the Ceremony that I write and conduct for you is your big celebration before family and friends that can be seen as your Wedding Day. We can maintain as many of the traditional elements that you wish whilst I ensure that I uphold a warm and engaging stance ensuring you have your special day your way. The only thing holding us back is your imagination!

Image courtesy of Lavenham Photographic



How to Legally Register Your Marriage
A celebrant ceremony is not a legally binding marriage Ceremony. If you wish to legalise your marriage, you will need to register your marriage at a time and place convenient to you.

What to do next?
1. Your chosen venue is booked and the date is in my diary for your Wedding Day!
2. Book a Statutory Ceremony in any Register office convenient to you – on any day before or after your wedding day
3. Make an appointment with your LOCAL Registration service to give your notice of marriage –from 12 months to 28 days before your Statutory Ceremony

Standard UK Fees
Notice of Marriage £35 per person for entering a Notice of Marriage
Payable to the Registrar service in which both parties live
Statutory Ceremony £46 (+£4 for your marriage certificate)
This is the current fee set across England and Wales.
Total | £120 to legally register your marriage
Correct 2018

Giving Notice
Both parties will need to attend a Register Office within the district of their residence to give ‘Notice of Marriage.’

At this appointment, you will need to prove your identity and nationality, your freedom to marry and your residency. Both parties must have resided at the address for 7 clear days or more.

Full details of documentary evidence and residency qualifying period is available at

www.gov.uk/marriages-civil-partnerships/documents-to-take-to-the-register-office
At this appointment you will need to state where you intend to carry out your civil marriage

Once you have attended this appointment, your details will be on public display in that Registration district for 28 days. Providing there have been no formal objections, your marriage authorities will be issued. These authorities are valid for 12 months from date of issue.

Statutory Ceremony
For a minimum fee you can opt to legally marry in a ‘Statutory Ceremony’ to be held at any Register Office.

This is a low fuss / low fee ceremony where you can simply state the declaratory words and contractual vows legally required to marry in the UK, before signing the marriage register.

You will need to bring two guests to act as witnesses. You do not need to have a formal entrance to music, say your personal vows, exchange wedding rings, or wear a wedding dress (which is good news if you are a Groom!)

Do consider some Registry offices only offer Statutory Ceremonies on certain days of the week. However, this ceremony does not necessarily need to take place in the district in which you live.

The legal part of a wedding consists of 3 steps...

Declaratory Words: I do solemnly declare that I know not of any lawful impediment why I ... may not be joined in matrimony to ...
Contracting Words: I call upon these persons here present to witness that I ... do take thee ... to be my lawful wedded husband/wife/partner
The Signing of the Marriage Register



A Renewal of Vows Ceremony is the perfect way for you to re-affirm your love and commitment to one another. Maybe you are approaching a special and significant anniversary or want to celebrate coming through a tough time? Perhaps you didn’t have the dream wedding that you always wanted or you simply loved your Wedding Day so much that you want to relive it again letting everyone know that you are still madly in love! Don't limit yourself to only one Wedding Ceremony!

Whatever the reason the Ceremony will be a personal and unique celebration incorporating your story along with a little humour if at all possible witnessed by family and friends. The heart of the Ceremony is where you re-affirm your vows to one another; you can choose to rededicate your rings, give each other new rings, acknowledge the joy of children or grandchildren and affirm the strength of your vows. This is a wonderfully meaningful ceremony that will be remembered with joy by everyone.

Image courtesy of Simply Photographic



INITIAL MEETING

I like to find out about your love story, what ideas you have for your Ceremony, who your Bridal party are, which guests may be involved, who your suppliers are. You may think this is me just being nosey (it is a little bit as I love a good wedding) but this all really helps make things very personal. If you don’t know what you want for your Ceremony please don’t panic, my service includes giving you lots of ideas gained from the hundreds of weddings I have been involved in

PREPARATION OF DRAFT CEREMONY

I can send sample readings or poems from my extensive library. There are no restrictions on re-writing the draft, we need it to be perfect, I am not precious if there is something you don’t like just let me know and we will take it out or rewrite it

VENUE & SUPPLIER LIAISON

I will make contact with your venue to check timings, running order of the day etc. I always try to visit venues whenever possible if I haven’t been there before so I can familiarise myself ahead of the day. I like to know which photographers, videographers, musicians or any other suppliers involved during the Ceremony you may be using so I can introduce them at relevant points

FINAL DRAFT

We will have regular email or telephone communication whilst confirming the final order and draft. The final draft must be confirmed no later than one week before your Ceremony. I will then prepare paperwork for the day to include (if required) copies of any readings, vows or poems

OFFICIATE CEREMONY

I will arrive in plenty of time on the day – I will let you know the exact time in the week leading up to your wedding. I will be dressed appropriately to your venue surroundings (subtle colours only!) I will come and have a quick chat to both of you when I get there either separately or together just to put your minds at rest and gently remind you of the running order. I am there to guide you so please don’t think you have to remember everything! I will ensure everything is set up and ready and have a quick chat with any guests involved in the Ceremony

PRESENTATION FOLDER & GIFT

During the Ceremony I will present your little one with a beautiful handmade gift. You will be presented with a keepsake presentation folder holding a copy of the Ceremony.

PRICE

2018 £375
2019 £400
2020 £425

Price based on a 30 minute ceremony

These prices are inclusive of return travel of 40 miles from my home in White Colne. Any additional mileage will be charged on a per mile basis which will be confirmed in my initial quote



Whether brought together through birth, adoption or marriage a Baby Blessing or Naming Ceremony is the perfect way to introduce the newest member of your family to your friends and family.

You will want the very best for your children that life can offer. They are such precious gifts that you undertake to love and cherish for a lifetime with all your hearts. You will want to acknowledge that you will provide them with a safe, happy and loving environment in which to develop and grow.

The ceremony will be designed to signify your union as a family. It can contain your chosen readings, poems and music. You may want to involve family, Grand Parents, friends and nominate God/Guide Parents or Guardians who you may wish to make their own promises on the day.

I will explain the significance of your child’s chosen name and present a gift during the Ceremony





INITIAL MEETING

I like to find out all about you the parents, your family and obviously your newest addition. By asking lots of questions I will get a good idea of what you would like for the Ceremony. If you don’t know what you want please don’t panic my service includes giving you lots of ideas gained from conducting lots of beautiful naming Ceremonies. We can chat about involving family members, children, Grand parents and nominating God Parents/Guide Parents. There are lots of things we can incorporate to ensure a bespoke naming Ceremony is delivered on the day.

PREPARATION OF DRAFT CEREMONY

I will write a Ceremony about you as a family unit and your addition to the family. I will give you guidance on what will happen and when. I can send sample readings or poems from my extensive library. There are no restrictions on re-writing the draft, we need it to be perfect, I am not precious if there is something you don’t like just let me know and we will take it out or rewrite it.

VENUE & SUPPLIER LIAISON

I will make contact with your venue to check timings, running order of the day etc. I always try to visit venues whenever possible if I haven’t been there before so I can familiarise myself ahead of the day.

FINAL DRAFT

We will have regular email or telephone communication whilst confirming the final order and draft. The final draft must be confirmed no later than one week before your Ceremony. I will then prepare paperwork for the day to include (if required) copies of any readings, vows or poems

OFFICIATE CEREMONY

I will arrive in plenty of time on the day – I will let you know the exact time in the week leading up to your wedding. I will be dressed appropriately. I am there to guide you so please don’t think you have to remember everything! I will ensure everything is set up and ready and have a quick chat with any guests involved in the Ceremony

PRESENTATION FOLDER

I will present you with a beautiful keepsake presentation folder. In this will be a copy of your Ceremony Script

PRICE

2018 £300
2019 £325
2020 £350

These prices are inclusive of return travel of 40 miles from my home in White Colne. Any additional mileage will be charged on a per mile basis which will be confirmed in my initial quote



"Wow! Thank you so much Nichola for being key in our magical day. You really were amazing and helped take our day to another level performing such a wonderfully personal ceremony for both Simon and myself in our beautiful pub garden. Without you we wouldn't have achieved such an extraordinary day. You helped and encouraged us to us take our already mad ideas and turn them into reality and really took time to get to know us both as individuals and as a couple, which shone through the whole ceremony - we couldn't have asked for more!

We would highly recommend you to everyone. Not only are you professional but it is clear that you truly love what you do. You bring the best out of couples and you were inspirational in helping to create what was the most important day of our lives. Pairing you with our ferris wheel, fire eaters, stilt walkers and musical backdrop was the best decision we ever made, you were funny and calming and even encouraged Simon to think he was funnier than he already thought!

Thank you always."

Simon & Samantha
The Plough, Great Chestorford


"After hours searching online and asking many friends for celebrant recommendations we finally found Nichola’s website. Immediately we got some really good vibes and were filled with hope that we’d found our celebrant. Once the date was set, deposit paid and formals out the way, Nichola took some time at our venue to hear about our journey together so far. We received our ceremony first draft and were told to make as many changes as we wanted to suit us, we made none. Every detail was picked from our conversation and it flowed beautifully. Nichola was easy to communicate with and had lots of ideas along the way. All our guests commented on how personal and lovely our ceremony was. We will definately be recommending Nichola in the future!"

Josh & Holly
Church House Farm


"I can’t praise this lovely lady enough. From our first meeting it was so relaxed and friendly and you could have a fun time chatting but still very professional. Our Ceremony was perfect and captured mine and my husbands personality and character to a tee. Nichola made us so at ease and I would highly recommend her services. Thank you for making our special day fabulous!"

Brian & Kerry
Richwill Barn


"When we first sat down with Nichola straight away we felt extremely comfortable and knew we would like her perform our ceremony. The words she wrote and said expressed our love for each other, friends and families perfectly! Nichola made our day truly special."

Nick & Ali
Houchins




"Nichola was a fantastic celebrant for us. From the initial meetings to getting our first draft for the ceremony through we really felt like Nichola cared and understood our vibe! The ceremony was fantastic and all day guests came up to us telling us it was the most lovely and personal ceremony they had ever been to. Can’t thank her enough."

Callum & Jenny
Chalkney Water Meadows



"We hired Nichola as the Celebrant for our daughter's naming ceremony earlier this year, and it was 100% the best decision we made. She really spent time with us and got to know our Daughter who is 6 before writing the most perfect script for the ceremony itself. On the day of the event, Nichola was fantastic. She delivered the words using the perfect tone for our day - with professionalism, friendliness, and the appropriate amount of humour. She took time with members of my family and was great with the children, and many of our guests commented on how lovely she was. I would recommend Nichola in a heartbeat to anyone who needs a celebrant for any special occasion, and in fact I have done just that - several times!"


"I personally just wanted to thank you for everything you did for me and my WIFE (still getting used to that), the time you took out to make our day a special, emotional and unforgettable one.
You are honestly one of the nicest people I've ever met and both me and Victoria agreed you have such an infectious energy, whenever we we're around you during all the stress of the event and everything else that was going on we just felt reassured calm and at ease and this really helped us out.
I would also like to thank you for being my shoulder to lean on when I became a shambles on the day you really really helped me get through it and I really appreciate it. I always say good things come to good people so all I can wish for you is good health and happiness in the future. Thank you again from me and Victoria"

Dean & Victoria
Stock Brook Country Club


“Nichola was excellent throughout our whole wedding experience. At the start, she took the time to meet us and get to know about our background and how our story began. She took away the whole mess of details we excitedly blurted out to her, and put together a very thoughtful and individual service.
She invited thoughts and feedback on her work, and gave us a number of great suggestions for the day.
On the wedding day itself, Nichola was there at the start to ease Robin's nerves and was a calm and confident guide throughout the process.
We really benefited from her experience of the venue and of the other people involved, and it all went far more smoothly than we expected!!  She delivered the ceremony itself beautifully and we can't thank her enough! It was a truly great day and we would recommend Nichola to anyone"

Robin & Jules
Hedingham Castle


“Nichola, the ceremony was perfect. Just what we wanted, personal, relaxed and funny and it was so important and lovely to us both to see a friendly face at the end of the aisle.
We've had so many nice comments from our guests all saying how much they enjoyed the ceremony.
We really and truly can't thank you enough”

Mike & Catherine
Houchins Wedding Venue


“We cannot recommend Nichola highly enough! Nichola organised the naming ceremony of our twins, Rosie and Oliver (7 years old) She combined professionalism, with a personal and caring approach to deliver a genuinely bespoke ceremony which will live in our memories for a very long time.
Nichola started the process by asking us for background information about the children and our family history and quickly put together a first draft of the ceremony. This was then edited and enhanced over the next few weeks, with Nichola showing great patience and attention to detail.
Nichola took the time on the day to build a rapport with our children, our family and friends and was unflappable despite the added pressure of most of our guests being delayed by traffic problems on the M25.
Nichola is one of the most warm and genuine people we have ever met, and she truly loves what she does - whatever the occasion she will be able to combine your own ideas, with her own touches of creativity and inspiration to come up with the perfect ceremony”

James & Toni Chalmers Smith
Down Hotel & Spa


"We couldn't have been luckier finding Nichola to be our Celebrant. As we live in Australia Nichola sent us a questions to answer. As we answered the questions we got an image of how we wanted the service to go and Nichola did exactly that! Nichola was very accommodating. We were lucky enough to meet her in person just after Christmas and New Year and only a few days before the wedding. Nichola was very friendly and talked us through the order of service and did a great job on the day! It was a really nice, relaxed and happy service, we couldn't have asked for anymore. Thank you!"

Nathan & Sam
Leez Priory




"Nichola made me and my husband feel completely at ease from the moment we began emailing. It was even nicer when she met with us.
She was friendly, welcoming and easy to get on with. She knew exactly what to ask us and had plenty of recommendations of what we might want to include in our ceremony, which was great, as we had no idea what we were doing!
She was very clear and reassuring of the process we had to go through including helping us on the day of the wedding. I would definitely recommend her to anyone!"

Mike & Emily
Leez Priory







“It was everything and beyond, we were so pleased with everything and couldn’t have wished for anything more. Thank you so much for making it so perfect for us, you made us both feel at ease from our very first meeting and we knew we were in safe hands. Everything you did was highly professional throughout but also intimate to us and our families making it so special for our day. We will of course highly recommend you to anyone we hear of that needs a service of any type.  Thank you for everything.”

Adam & Kelly
Chalkney Water Meadows


“Nichola made our special day start off with nothing but memories, laughter and happiness to celebrate our love for each other. Over the two meetings we had with her, she got to know us as a couple and incorporated what she saw into the Ceremony. It was an intimate event and it felt as though we had known her for ages. We wouldn't of had it any other way! She dressed the part and spoke confidently throughout the ceremony. A big thank you for making our day start off with a bang (and a few tears of joy!). Nichola orchestrated the Ceremony to perfection, going down to the fine details of table settings for the candle lighting Ceremony which was beautifully laid out.”

Morgan & Fahmina
Down Hall Hotel & Spa


“Nichola did a wonderful job as our celebrant and we couldn’t have asked for a better ceremony. Everything was done perfectly! Nichola made us feel at ease from the off set, and she created a beautifully personal and unique ceremony for us. My Husband and I would highly recommend Nichola as a celebrant, and would like to sincerely thank her for making our wedding so perfect”

Brendan & Charlotte
Hedingham Castle





By making a booking, you enter into a contract with Nichola Collinson (trading as Bespoke Celebrant Ceremonies).

ENQUIRY STAGE: When you make your enquiry, the date will be provisionally held for 14 days pending receipt of your deposit

DEPOSIT: A non-refundable £100 deposit is required to secure the date and time for your ceremony

PAYMENT OF BALANCE: Payment of the outstanding balance is to be paid 4 weeks before the event date.

CHANGES & CANCELLATIONS: Changes to booking dates and times must be notified in writing and will be accommodated wherever possible but cannot be guaranteed. Change of venue location will be permitted if logistically possible and any additional mileage fee will be charged if relevant. Any cancellations must be received in writing. Once the initial meeting and draft script has been issued you are liable to pay a total of £300 even upon cancellation. If cancellation occurs within 3 months of your event the full amount is due.

ADDITIONAL CHARGES: Any special expenses paid by me, such as additional travel and accommodation expenses. These will be discussed and outlined in full before accepting the booking. Delay to ceremony start and finish, for every hour or part thereof past the agreed starting time £75 will invoiced.

REFUND POLICY: It is extremely unlikely that Bespoke Celebrant Ceremonies would ever cancel a Ceremony. However, I will use my best endeavours to find a substitute Celebrant to provide the service in my place. Only if no substitute celebrant can be found will you be entitled to a refund.

LEGALITY OF CEREMONIES: You acknowledge the Wedding Ceremony will not be legally recognised in England and Wales. To formalise the legal requirements you must attend a Registry office (if you desire legal recognition) as outlined on the Ceremonies page. You will have the option of signing a commemorative certificate during your ceremony.  The certificate is intended to be a memento of the occasion and has no legal status.

CONFIDENTIALITY: All Ceremony scripts and correspondence are owned by Nichola Collinson trading as Bespoke Celebrant Ceremonies. Copying, distribution or circulation of scripts by clients is not permitted and all wording remains our property. Scripts cannot be copied or forwarded to wedding planners, friends or family members without our express written consent. Your personal information will always be respected and never shared with third parties.

USE OF IMAGERY/TESTIMONIALS: Please advise if you would prefer not to have any of your ceremony photographs used in print, or electronically.  Images will only be used to illustrate and promote the services provided by Bespoke Celebrant Ceremonies

Image courtesy of Simply Photographic





Image courtesy of Simply Photographic


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