Civil Wedding in Bournemouth, Dorset

Civil Partnerships - Renewal of Vows in Dorset and Bournemouth

Your wedding is as unique and special as you are. Everything about the day should reflect your own personality and individuality, paying particular attention to the actual Ceremony itself.

Many couples are opting to have a civil ceremony instead of a more traditional religious ceremony for their wedding. This allows them to include special readings, vows, symbols or wedding themes (whether religious or not) that they may not be able to include in a religious ceremony and to have the ceremoy at a more unusual location.

It is important that you discover as much as possible about your celebrant - you will be working closely together to organise your ceremony.

Some important questions to ask are: (My responses are shown in green)

1. Are you available on this date and are you willing to travel to the location?

Hopefully and yes! I will travel up to a 30 mile radius of BH23 at no extra cost; further than that will incur a mileage charge.

2. How long have you been conducting civil ceremonies and what are your fees?

I have been conducting civil ceremonies for 7 years and have officiated at over 1100 ceremonies. My fee is competitive and always less that the local authority for a much more personal ceremony.

3. Are you available for a rehearsal, are you available and do you charge an additional fee?

I am always available for a rehearsal and the fee is negotiable depending on day, time and place.

4. What is the standard ceremony that you use and can we add our own vows, readings, music etc. to the ceremony?

There is no such thing as a standard ceremony. Every ceremony is unique and produced in close co-operation with the bride and groom. I am able to suggest ideas for music, readings and vows but the choice is, ultimately, yours.

5. What is the procedure we need to follow?

The beauty and simplicity of a civil wedding is what makes them more and more popular. On the day or a few days prior to your ceremony you need to visit your local registry office and take part in the legal ceremony. This should take no more than 10 - 15 minutes, with 2 witnesses. You will need to give notice of your intention to marry 15 days before the ceremomy to fulfil legal obligations. You are then able to have your personal wedding ceremony at any venue, at any time and on any day. Unlicensed venues are normally much cheaper than licensed and your ceremony can be outdoors or in an evening - not possible with a standard registrar type ceremony.

6.Do you require money upfront?

I ask for a small, non refundable, deposit to book your date. I only officiate at one wedding on any day. The balance is due 30 days prior to the ceremony.

7.How accessible/responsive are you by phone and by email?

I am available 7 days a week from 8am until 8pm. If I am unable to take a call I will get back to you as soon as I can. Both my landline and mobile have answerphones which are checked regularly and I read my emails dozens of times every day even when I am out and about! The magic of technology!!!

8.On our wedding day, do you read from a script or have our script memorized? Do you only use the script or might you say something extra?

I will have a script - this is too important to leave to chance (and memory) and it is so important to get names and facts correct, however I often improvise to include little things that might happen along the way or late additions on the day. The whole ceremony will be professional, personal and relaxed. I want to you to  enjoy YOUR DAY knowing I have everything under control.

9. Can you supply references - Yes

Please pick up the phone, let's talk!