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On since 2019

Last update: July 2024

Creating Ceremony is an award-winning wedding officiant business located in Worthing, West Sussex. Named national celebrant of the year in 2018, owner Claire Bradford takes delight in planning and conducting bespoke wedding ceremonies for couples who want unforgettable and emotive events. She is renowned for her friendly personality and creative talents, and goes out of her way to accommodate the beliefs and personalities of her clients. When you book Claire, you can rest assured that your 'I do' moment will be a personal and memorable one.

Services Offered

Serving clients all over the UK, Creating Ceremony loves to weave the distinctive story of the couple into the ceremony to make the experience all the more unique. Being a successful speaker, writer and broadcaster, Claire understands how to engage an audience. She is more than willing to work with nearlyweds from all manner of backgrounds and offers a variety of ceremony types, from religious to humanist (with a small 'h'!). In addition to weddings, she can conduct vow renewals, separation ceremonies and funerals.

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Reviews for Creating Ceremony

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Darren W. Sent on 28/06/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Simply perfect ....

Claire was simply amazing. All the time spent finding out about us and making sure that every detail was just how we wanted it took the pressure off us. Having that reassuring arm around the shoulder on the day helped calm the nerves ... as did the swiftly provided glass of fizz.

We couldn't have asked for a more supportive, interested and passionate person to conduct our ceremony ... and that was confirmed by literally everyone who attended saying they wanted Claire for their future ceremony, vows renewal.

Absolutely the best day and in no short measure with thank to Claire.
Sarina L. Sent on 04/02/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Gifted, warm, creative and knowledgable!

I cannot express how gifted Claire is at what she does! My husband and I had Claire as our celebrant for our wedding at Amberley Castle in Sussex in June 2022. We are from the US, and so planning a wedding abroad was not easy! However, Claire allowed us to breathe such a sign of relief when planning our ceremony because of her warmth, creativity and knowledge. We had NO idea what we wanted, and Claire provided us with so many amazing resources and ideas. She was incredibly accommodating, meeting with us on Zoom and finding ways to work around all timezone challenges. She helped us craft a ceremony so unique and special that I still can't believe how perfect it was. She was professional, prompt and also helped us on the day of the wedding, as she had worked with the venue before, which gave us so much peace of mind. Thank you, Claire, for making our day so incredibly magical. We feel you are now a special member of our family! If you are considering Claire as your celebrant...please schedule a consultation meeting! We knew the moment we met her via Zoom that she would be the celebrant we would hire! Thanks a million!
Rebecca S. Sent on 23/11/2021
5 out of 5 rating

Warm, Engaging and Creative

We simply adore Claire. The moment we met her there wasn't any question that she was the Wedding celebrant for us! Warming, engaging, energetic, creative and with a passion for love! We weren't originally due to have a celebrant but due to COVID we had to postpone our wedding but went ahead with the 'legal' ceremony with a couple of witnesses in masks (as my Husband puts it). So given that we had done the legal requirements already, and we wanted to have a proper ceremony still at our postponed Wedding, we looked into celebrants. If I knew then what I know now about how wonderful our ceremony was, then irrespective of COVID I would have opted to do the legal thing and then have a celebrant at the main wedding. Why? Because the ceremony was just so personal. When Claire initially read us what she had written about our story it made me cry - it was like she had always known us. She also suggested lots of brilliant ideas for the ceremony some of which we loved (an Eastern European tradition involving shots of Vodka - although we changed this to Gin!), some of which we mulled over for a while (e.g. a sand ceremony, a group song) and some which we knew weren't for us. The ones we mulled over we were so glad we ended up doing - they were just so good and we needn't have mulled them over at all - just trust Claire, she's pretty good at this celebrant lark!! Claire was also brilliant in all the build up with lots of tips and help, she read through our vows that we did independently to ensure our tones were aligned and was always available to answer any questions we had. So many of our guests commented that it was the best ceremony they had ever been too!! (and some of our guests have been to a few!!) So overall we would highly recommend Claire, she helped make a special day even more special. Thank you Claire!
Masha A. Sent on 14/11/2021
5 out of 5 rating

Masha and Matt Wedding

We couldn't recommend Claire enough, she made the whole process so enjoyable and exciting. Her in depth knowledge really helped us in creating our ceremony, full of quirky and different idea's. Nothing was to much and she kept in regular contact even though we had to reschedule the date. By the use of an awesome questionnaire Claire could really build up a personal profile of us and our love journey. There was not a single guest who did not comment on how beautiful the ceremony was.
Even once our ceremony had finished, Claire went out of her way to make us feel so special and comfortable by organising a glass of champagne to celebrate.
We cannot thank her enough for all of her efforts in creating the most memorable and personal ceremony!
Matt and Masha xxx
Sheena W. Sent on 07/07/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Amazing celebrant

If you are looking for someone to conduct your ceremony not matter the type of event, I would highly recommend booking claires services. From the very beginning she was very understanding of what type of ceremony we were after, she tailored it to what we wanted and added a lot of emotion too, she is very quick to respond to emails and very friendly. She went above what we expected and made our day very special.

Thank you so much Claire.
Debbi S. Sent on 02/07/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Absolutely perfect

Claire was utterly amazing as the celebrant for our wedding. So many guests said it was their favourite ceremony ever - and it is a testament to how much work she does in advance that multiple people assumed she was a close friend! Thank you so much for such a personal, intimate feeling ceremony. I cannot recommend her enough.
Kate W. Sent on 27/06/2024
4.8 out of 5 rating

Wedding ceremony in Sussex

We loved working with Claire as our wedding celebrant from start to finish! After connecting with 5 other celebrants we were starting to lose hope, but within 30 seconds of meeting Claire we knew we'd found the right person for us. Claire really 'got us' as a couple and wrote a beautiful and personal ceremony from everything we shared with her. Her sense of fun and good humour really brought the lightness we were looking for, with a great balance of emotion and moving moments to reflect the occasion. Many of our guests commented that it was one of the best wedding ceremonies that they'd ever seen and that it gave them a real insight into us as a couple. Thank you Claire, it was a pleasure working with you and we hope to stay in touch! P.S. Thank you for putting up with, and embracing, the horse and boat ceremony entrances!
Eleanor M. Sent on 27/10/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Claire is the most fantastic celebrant who created us a perfect wedding ceremony!

We booked Claire as our wedding celebrant after an online introductory call with her - immediately she was warm and friendly, but still professional, experienced and full of advice and tips. She was like this throughout the whole process, which was especially helpful given my now husband and I didn't really have a clue what we were doing! Claire helped us with everything from logistics to vows to dealing with an unusually hot September wedding day and an outdoors ceremony. The ceremony she wrote for us was incredible - it was so personal, funny, emotional and serious all at the same time. Our guests absolutely loved our ceremony, we got so many compliments on the style we chose and Claire personally. It really helped make our wedding day exactly what we wanted. For anyone wanting something different and (in our opinion) much more personal, fun and special than a slightly standardised religious or legal ceremony on their wedding day - do not hesitate to choose a celebrant ceremony. Thank you Claire!! xx
Ellie B. Sent on 02/09/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Perfectly personal

In short, Claire was amazing. She provided an incredibly personal service, supporting us from start to finish. So many of our guest commented on the unique and emotional ceremony. Her inclusion of our whole family, especially our little people, meant the world to us and we will never forget her amazing words.
Lindsay P. Sent on 22/11/2021
5 out of 5 rating

Best wedding ever!!

Claire helped create the most beautiful wedding day. She encouraged and supported us from the begining and was truly wonderful on the big day. We couldn't have wished for a more lovely and genuine person to hold our ceremony, everybody commented on how perfect it was. Best of all we had the most fun! Thank you so much Claire xx Lindsay and Adam.
Vicky-Marie G. Sent on 22/11/2021
5 out of 5 rating

The best celebrant in the world

Claire Bradford is an amazing celebrant - you'll be lucky to have her at your wedding! I highly recommend her! She is full warmth, openness, honesty, and authenticity. Her smile and boundless energy is incredibly contagious! I wish we could get married all over again - mostly so I can spend more time with Claire!

In the lead up to the day Claire was attentive and responsive to feedback, and put in the extra effort to help all of our friends and family feel comfortable with their readings, and helped us with our vows. Claire curated the ceremony perfectly, making sure that everything that we felt that was important to be there, was there. She

On the day itself Claire were there with time to spare (no mean feat given the distance!). More importantly she delivered the ceremony perfectly - there were a few moments that could have taken away from the focus - the rain, problems with our speaker and local wildlife chiming in, but she made sure that they didn’t derail anything. And most importantly, it felt personal to us and our values. Put simply, when talking about the day with friends, many remarked that the ceremony was the best they’d ever seen. We agree.
Sarah S. Sent on 15/11/2021
5 out of 5 rating

Perfect and romantic

Claire came to meet us twice before our wedding to get to know us and so she could write a wonderfully personal ceremony.

Claire made sure we had an amazing wedding. The ceremony was relaxed, funny, touching, romantic, basically perfect! Lots of our guests commented on how good Claire was, and a few said it was the best wedding they had ever been to. We couldn’t recommend her highly enough.

Thank you so much Claire xx
Ellie T. Sent on 07/11/2021
5 out of 5 rating

Cannot recommend enough!

As soon as we met Claire we were struck by her warmth, smiles and the way she made us feel completely at ease in her company. We met in person twice before our wedding day and both of these meetings were relaxed and completely unrushed. Claire asked about us as individuals and our journey as a couple and from this and the questionnaires she asked us to complete she wrote the most personal, witty and beautiful ceremony for our wedding. It even brought a tear to my husband’s eye when he heard it for the first time (which is not easy to do!)

On the wedding day itself, Claire arrived early, got herself set up without fuss and even had time to calm some of our last minute nerves! The delivery of the ceremony was absolutely spot on. We loved every minute and it seems our guests did too; so many friends and family came up to us afterwards to say how much they enjoyed the ceremony and how refreshing and personal it was.

So, in a nutshell if you want a unique, fun and relaxed ceremony on your wedding day then Claire is your gal. We absolutely cannot recommend her enough. Thank you Claire!
Joe B. Sent on 04/10/2021
5 out of 5 rating


I'm so glad we chose Claire to be our wedding celebrant who help to shape not just our ceremony but our day as well with her great experience. We wanted something personalised to us, that you just can't get from a registrar and the ceremony she designed was incredible. All about us and our lives together and the feedback from guests was amazing, like nothing they had seen before! Thanks again Claire for all you did for us. Imogen and Joe x
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