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Ceremony by design

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All ceremonies are designed with you at the heart. Whether you want a tiny, intimate elopement or a big bash, I will create a ceremony based on what you want. Relaxed, simple, elaborate, formal, full of humour, indoors or outdoors - it's all about you! Handfasting is a specialty, and I can advise on other rituals that you may like, or even create something just for you.

Based in Gloucestershire and happy to travel. Whatever your ceremony needs - Weddings, vow renewals, commitment ceremonies, or even mother blessings and funerals, no two ceremonies are the same. I am a fully inclusive celebrant, and will not discriminate on any grounds.

your ceremony - your story - your way

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    Liezyl C. Married on 30/05/2022
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    It was awesome!

    Jacqui is doing an extra mile. Help and guide us especially with our wedding vows! She’s amazing!
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    Kate R. Married on 30/04/2022
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    Olly & Kate - Nest Wedding, Ledbury

    As soon as we booked our venue, we knew we wanted a celebrant to lead our ceremony to achieve the personalised and relaxed vibe we were going for. After contacting Jacqui and having our first zoom meeting, we knew we'd found our person. What we didn't know at the time, was that Jacqui would create a ceremony that would exceed all of our dreams. She helped us incorporate special moments to get our guests and family involved such as the children creating a petal circle around us and performing the first kiss/last kiss ritual with our mums. Moments I'll hold in my heart forever. She also supported us in writing vows that still make me cry when I think about them. All our guests commented on how it was the best ceremony they had been to and even inspired my father-in-law to want to renew his vows!
    Jacqui, we so lucky to have found you. To anyone who still isn't sure, I'd urge you to get in touch, have a chat and you'll soon see why we love her so much!

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    Oh my goodness, look at the two of you! I love these photos. Thank you! It was such a pleasure to work with you both. Your ceremony was simple, genuine, funny, sweet and heartfelt. Perfect for both of you and the venue. Thank you for picking me to be your celebrant xxx
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    Rachael Married on 01/10/2021
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    Just Perfect

    We contacted a number of local celebrants however after our first call with Jacqui we knew she was the one.
    From start to finish Jacqui listened to us and absolutely understood who we are as a couple, this resulted in a ceremony that delivered tears, laughter and even a quiz!
    Jacqui went above our expectations in the resources provided, from the bespoke handfasting ties to the ceremony pack which featured our theme....all without prompting but just perfect.
    If you are looking for a ceremony that's a little bit different, and absolutely perfect Jacqui will not disappoint 🥰

    Ceremony by design's reply:

    Thank you Rachael! I loved working with you. Your trust when I told you about this idea that kept popping into my head, to do a quiz with your guests, blew me away. Even though I told you I'd never done it before and didn't know how it would work. And it was one of my favourite things ever! I'm so glad you liked all the themed bits, I got mildly obsessed with peacocks doing it xxx
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    Elly C. Married on 18/09/2021
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    Amazing, Authentic and Heartwarming

    Jaqui was so amazing from start to finish, she created such a wonderful blessing for our wedding and really got exactly how we are as a couple and individually. Our ceremony was the part that all our friends and family including ourselves was the best part of the whole wedding. She also brought lots of fun and humor to it as well.

    Thank you so much for such a brilliant service from start to finish and for being such a joy to have as our celebrant.

    We 100% recommend Ceremony By Design Thank you, Thank you Thank you

    Love Elly & Steve Taylor xx

    Ceremony by design's reply:

    Thanks Elly and Steve! I loved working with you so much. The two of you have such a wonderful relationship and your wedding was a festival of joy! Loved it all xxx
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    Tom T. Married on 26/05/2022
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    Incredibly Caring, Personal and Helpful Celebrant made our day special

    We were in search of a celebrant to say a few words at our delayed wedding celebration as we got legally married during covid and had our originally planned wedding a year later.
    We only wanted someone to say a few words to fill the ceremony bit so we could still have the “walk down the isle” part and it not look silly.
    Jacqui turned the ceremony from what we though was going to be a formality into one of the best bits of our day. She really took the time and effort to get to know me and my wife and personalise the ceremony to us. We made the decision to write our own vows, which neither of us ever imagined doing, and she was always on hand to give advice and guidance along the way and left no stone unturned in pursuit of the perfect ceremony.
    We had nothing but positive feedback from our guests about the ceremony, even to the point our guests were researching the history of some of the parts Jacqui included in the ceremony!
    If we were to plan our weddings again in a non-covid world we would be getting legally married quickly in a registry office and use Jacqui for the Ceremony on our big day. It was simply fantastic and would have no problem recommending her services to anyone.
    Thank you Jacqui for turning what we thought was going to be the boring bit into one of the highlights of the day!

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    Tom, thank you so much! I loved working with both of you - and hearing your story meant that writing your ceremony was so much fun. You both wrote amazing vows, despite needing a little persuasion! You embraced the process, and it paid off. Your ceremony was simple, but sweet, funny and a great fit for both of you. Thank you for picking me xx
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    Samantha R. Married on 21/05/2022
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    Made our day everything and more!

    As soon as we met Jacqui, we knew we wanted her to marry us. She was so easy to chat to, really friendly, warm and a good laugh. We wanted a relaxed approach to our little barn wedding and from first speaking to Jacqui we knew that she would be able to personalise our ceremony to suit us.
    The ceremony writing process was really fun! And she was amazing at bouncing ideas and making sure our personalities shrone through every ounce of our ceremony. She offered lots of different options of how we could tailor our ceremony and she knew exactly the kind of thing we wanted to do.
    On the big day, I felt instantly relaxed after seeing her and she put me at ease making sure everything was in place before the ceremony started.
    The ceremony was everything we could have wished for and more! Our family and friends laughed and cried along with us - she truly has a fantastic way of delivering words and our guests said how personalised everything was to us - we had a Jurassic Park theme running through elements of our day, and she even added little dinosaurs onto our printed vows which I thought was the sweetest and most thoughtful touch!
    All I can say are amazing things about Jacqui, she made our day everything and more. We will be recommending her to all of our soon-to-be married friends!

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    Sami & Alex, thank you! I had so much fun working with you, it felt so collaborative. We make a good team! I couldn't wait to see you as soon as I got to your venue, to let you know everything was in place and you could relax! Paddy was my first dog ringbearer and I think he's set an unattainably high standard for any other dog to match! I don't even regret the time it took to find scaleable vectors of watercolour dinosaurs! Can we do it all again? xx
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    Christina S. Married on 05/02/2022
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    Renewal of vows

    From the very first phone call to Jacqui l knew she was the one l wanted to help us to celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary with renewal of our vows. Jacqui was in constant contact and nothing was to much trouble. Jacqui really made sure everything was perfect and the added touch of the hand tying with ribbons finished the ceremony off. When we see Family and Friends they still talk about the day and how unusual the ceremony was and how much they enjoyed it. Can’t thank Jacqui enough.

    Ceremony by design's reply:

    Ah Chris, thank you for this review and the gorgeous photos. Vow renewals are so special and you put 40 years worth of thought and care into yours. We had laughter, we had tears - we had unexpected extra vows that made the grandkids blush! It was such a very special day, thank you for being so open to making the ceremony truly unique xx
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    Jessica W. Married on 21/12/2021
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    A day to treasure forever

    It’s taken me a while to write this review because it felt impossible to put into words just how fantastic it was working with Jacqui. My husband and I got married in 2020 and due to the lockdown we went from a guest list of 130 to just 15 and a very short civil ceremony lasting only 10 minutes. We knew we felt like we had missed a bit and so we booked in a ‘party day’ for the following year and invited all our original guests. Well a year and a bit later, and with the arrival of our beautiful son Arthur we found ourselves looking for a celebrant not only for the wedding ceremony we felt we had missed out on but also for a naming ceremony. Jacqui did a magnificent job of crafting a ceremony that fit our needs exactly, that we both felt really comfortable with, and that brought everything we hoped for and more in terms of reflecting the ‘special feeling’ of the day. Jacqui’s enthusiasm and support throughout the process really helped us to get excited about the day again after the stress of the build up (and the sleepless nights thanks to Arthur!) Thank you so much Jacqui, there are honestly no words for how grateful we are to you for creating the moments that we will treasure forever

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    Ah, Jess, your day had such a magical feel to it.

    I'm so happy that I got to be involved and I absolutely loved working with the three of you to make the ceremony just right. It really couldn't have been for anyone else!

    Thank you for being so open and easy to work with (and for letting me fangirl over your dress!).

    You and your guests were so friendly and relaxed. Everyone was so invested in your day and were completely open to both the naming and the wedding parts of the ceremony. It's one I will always remember
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    Sean B. Married on 14/09/2021
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    Excellent from start to finish

    From initial contact to the vow ceremony, was a pleasant experience , and so professionally organised.We had our own ideas, which were enhanced and added to with huge experience and knowledge. Jackie was exceptional and so easy to work with..

    Ceremony by design's reply:

    Oh Sean, I loved your ceremony! Keeping it simple and meaningful made it so beautiful. In so glad you picked me, thank you xx

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Do you want a sweet and simple midweek ceremony? Or are you on a tight budget, but still want more than a standard registrar ceremony? Well, this might be the one for you; Keep it simple!

From £400, this is a scripted ceremony with some personalisation– unlike my regular bespoke offerings. I wanted to bring in a simple, lower cost option for weddings, vow renewals or any other commitment ceremony. The ceremony is based on a handfasting ceremony. Any readings or music can be included. Other optional elements include lighting a unity candle, exchanging rings, taking a sip from the loving cup and jumping the broom.

This is ideal for small ceremonies, elopements, couples that are anxious about having too much focus on them, back gardens, smaller venues. It is suitable for any spiritual or religious beliefs.

Full details on my website. Drop me a line to find out more!

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