If you’re currently planning a wedding, then congratulations! No doubt you have spent many, many hours finding the perfect venue, the most exquisite dress and some sensational catering. And then there’s the details, such as the flowers, the invitations, the rings and of course the honeymoon! But I wonder how long by comparison you have considered the wedding ceremony and the very words you will say to one another which will bind you together for life?
I launched Celebrant in Cornwall having completed over 100 ceremonies as a Deputy Registrar and Ceremony Officer, and recognising that not everyone wants a standard script for their most important day. Now, as a professionally qualified independent celebrant, I design and deliver ceremonies which can be religious, non-religious or anywhere on the scale between. I delight in working with you to tailor the ceremony to your exact requirements, resulting in a stunning, unique ceremony, which can be held in any location of your choosing, any time of day, no license required. It’s all about personalizing your day, telling your unique story and crafting the ceremony around everything you want to include.
If you have a favorite beach or meadow or woodland, or even if you want to host your ceremony in your own garden, you can do exactly that. If you want to include readings, poetry, prayers, singing and dancing, you can. If you are keen to incorporate symbolic rituals, such as hand-fasting, tree planting, lighting candles, then that’s all great! I will build a relationship with you over many months, so hopefully we will have a special connection before your ceremony, and be far more bonded than you would with an official you have never met before and is only reading from a script.
Do get in touch with me through the contact form on my page or by calling me on the number provided; I really would love to chat about being part of your special day.
Frequently Asked Questions:
What is an independent celebrant?
An independent celebrant is someone who designs and conducts ceremonies which are religious, non-religious or anywhere on the scale between. A celebrant will work with you to tailor your ceremony to your exact requirements, so you can include (for example) religious or spiritual wording or rituals, which the Registration Service does not permit. Plus your vows will not be part of a standard script, and therefore be far more meaningful and personal. Unlike a Registrar from the Registration Service, an independent celebrant will build a relationship with you from the get-go. Not by email or phone calls (unless you prefer that!) but in person, so that when your ceremony takes place, you will have a far more meaningful connection than with a local authority Registrar you won’t have met before. And of course, a celebrant-led event can be held anywhere (within reason!) and so you are not tied to a licensed venue and the potentially high cost of this. If you have a favourite beach or meadow or woodland, or even if you want to host your ceremony in your own garden, you can do exactly that. On the day of the ceremony, yours will be the only ceremony that the independent celebrant will conduct and therefore be completely focused on – sadly for Registration Office staff, they may conduct up to 8 a day in the summer months! Booking an independent celebrant means you get exactly what you want, where you want it and when you want it. Which is just how it should be!
Is a celebrant-led wedding legally binding?
Unless you are marrying in church, a legal marriage or civil partnership has to take place in a Register Office or approved venue and be conducted by Registration Service staff. This statutory ceremony can be completed at the Registry Office in as little as ten minutes for around £50 (plus notice fees), and is the legal process of registering the marriage or civil partnership – in much the same way as you might register a birth or a death. Couples generally choose to have their legal ceremony before their celebrant-led ceremony – enabling them to plan their celebratory ceremony exactly as they choose, without any restrictions from the local authority.
How much flexibility is there in a celebrant-led wedding?
The beauty of a ceremony led by a celebrant is – there is total flexibility! From choosing a unique location to the time of day, and with as many or as few guests as you want, even including the four-legged kind! You can write your own vows (or I can do that for you), you can exchange rings or other tokens (but you don’t have to), you can include readings, songs, performances, hymns or prayers - you really can do pretty much whatever you want. Plus if you want some ideas of how to do things a bit differently – including symbolic rituals - that’s what I’m here for!
Do you travel outside Cornwall?
Of course! Distance is no object, just bear in mind my prices are slightly higher for places outside my home county and that there may be charge for travel and accommodation if required.
What is the process of booking you?
First, let’s chat! Drop me a line, give me a call or we can set up a Messenger or Skype conversation. Once we’ve chatted, if you think you would like to proceed, I will send you a booking form and ask for a deposit to secure your date. We’ll then exchange some ‘getting to know you’ information and set up a face-to-face meeting to plan out your exact requirements. At this point, I will write your ceremony and you will need to make a 50% payment of the remaining fee, with the balance due when I send you your ceremony ‘script’. We’ll discuss it and I can re-draft it as many times as you require before I deliver your ceremony in person! What is of the utmost and absolute importance to me, is that I create exactly what you want.
5 Reviews for Celebrant in Cornwall
Recommended by 100% of couples
From the moment we contacted Lisa, we felt at ease. She is personable and professional and undertook our ceremony (at fairly short notice) with skill and understanding.Sent on 10/08/2019
We sought a traditional style ceremony and Lisa built on the details we had given about ourselves and turned our ceremony into an event.
Our guests talked about the wedding breakfast, the brides dress and Lisa's ceremony! Many spoke about it being the best wedding they could remember and so much of that is down to the amazing work of Lisa. The ceremony she provided was perfectly written and balanced our love story whilst embracing the fun that we share in our lives. It is fair to say that what Lisa delivered on the day did not leave many without a tear in their eye.
Lisa is all about making the day your special day
Lisa is absolutely lovely! She was the second Celebrant I spoke to and I knew immediately she was the right one for us! Having met and worked with Lisa since, we are sure we have made the right decision.Sent on 06/04/2020
Lisa's personality and style are all about ensuring we as a couple are comfortable with every aspect of the detail and design of our ceremony. She offers really helpful ideas and suggestions, based on listening to what we say we would like, and then our combined ideas evolve together naturally into a unique and personal storyboard for us. Lisa is all about making the day 'your' special day and not about trying to deliver a 'one size fits all' ceremony.
Susannah & Julian April 2020
Lovely lisa, chocolate & cake
Lisa is just phenomenal; a consummate professional when dealing with a person like me who is inherently lazy and was bereft of ideas regarding my renewal of vows ceremony .... her attention to detail and the time she spent crafting a ceremony that encapsulated us and our love of chocolate , cake , vodka (me) and football, red wine and (stomach churning) Turkish delight (him) was inspired. Our gathering was small , all our guests knew us incredibly well and they all agreed Lisa had done an outstanding job . Thanks Lovely xxSent on 14/02/2020
Helen and Michael, Cornwall, December 2019
The 2021 calendar for weekend weddings is getting pretty busy - which is why should you choose to have a wedding on a weekday, I will give you 10% off (and maybe your other suppliers might do the same!)
6 Preferred Vendors