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On since 2022

Last update: January 2024

Heartful Ceremonies is a wedding celebrant service based near Ilkley, in England's West Yorkshire region. Owner Josie Wood offers highly customised services to couples across the north of the country. She specialises in ceremonies that reflect each couple's unique personalities and love stories.

Josie says 'you might be saying your vows for the first time or renewing them. You may want an intimate ceremony with a few friends and family or a gloriously large event where you share the love on a grand scale. Whether you choose a bijou restaurant, a spacious hotel, a woodland glade, your own garden, or somewhere totally unique, I will be there to make your day very special.'

Services Offered

Josie will go above and beyond to tell your story during your ceremony, paying careful attention to every word to help you share your love. As an independant celebrant she is free to create the ceremony you choose - with as little or as much religious or spiritual content that suits you. You can personlise the ceremony to make it your own and Josie is very happy to give you ideas and inspiration about how you can do that. This can can incorporate various traditions and rituals into the ceremony, such as handfasting or a candle ritual, or it can be something totally original that is unique to you.

Heartful Ceremonies offers two packages for you to choose from, depending on your needs and requirments.

With a background in counselling and life coaching, Josie is highly skilled in helping you feel completely supported throughout the planning stage of your wedding and calm and relaxed on the day so you can enjoy it to the full.

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Please get in touch - I'd love to to chat with you about your dreams for your wedding and how I can help you make them a reality.

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Michael H. Sent on 09/11/2023
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Simply the best!

Josie was amazing from start to finish, we couldn't have asked for more from a celebrant! Our ceremony went off without a hitch and really felt like a unique expression of our love, with loads of personal touches that Josie helped us with. Josie always had time for us, and always felt like she had everything in hand which meant everything felt stress free on the day.
Andrew P. Sent on 10/09/2023
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Wedding ceremony and script

Josie did a fantastic job writing the script and delivering our wedding ceremony. We were both apprehensive about the process and she made us feel at ease whilst also crafting a very personal script. A number of guests commented on how well put together and delivered the ceremony was. Thanks Josie for helping make it a wonderful day!
Fabienne A. Sent on 10/11/2022
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If you want to have an amazing ceremony, book Josie!

It was wonderful to have josie as our celebrant. We loved the way Josie led through the ceremony- it was romantic, funny and truly us.
Josie‘s approach to planning the ceremony was joyful and also extremely enriching for our relationship. We loved the meetings we had with her beforehand to plan the ceremony. Talking about our relationship and what is important to us brought so much colour and personal touch into our ceremony. She brought in wonderful ideas and gave us so much of her time! She made us feel completely at ease and made sure we felt completely happy and made sur that our special day was exactly the way we wanted it to be by incorporating even the smallest wishes.
She handled multiple languages and cultures with ease while fitting perfectly into the whole atmosphere of the event as we had planned it.
We couldn‘t have wished for a better person to lead us through our special day. Josie truly loves what she does and we had a wonderful ceremony thanks to her. 😊
Robert S. Sent on 09/11/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Completely personalised ceremony creation and perfect delivery

We worked with Josie to co-create a bespoke wedding/naming ceremony for our postponed “wedding party”, having officially tied the knot in a small ceremony during Lockdown. From our first meeting, Josie took a great interest in us and took time to hear our story, understand what we wanted to design, and then create the perfect ceremony. Josie was so amenable to our requirements and kept us as involved as we wanted in the creation of the ceremony, whilst also relieving us of a lot of this burden. Regular meetings via Zoom, and email contact helped us create the perfect ceremony which incorporated our own take on a wedding ceremony and then a naming ceremony for our Son. We really looked forward to our meetings with Josie, where we would all get excited as we created the script and each time we felt it became more finely tuned to exactly what we wanted.

We were especially impressed that Josie liaised with all the other wedding suppliers (venue, band, photographers) to ensure everything surrounding the ceremony was integrated and transitions were smooth.The lengths Josie went to in ensuring the ceremonial script was perfect were above and beyond our expectations. On the day, Josie was warm, welcoming and charming and delivered the perfect ceremony for us. She guided us through the ceremony and delivered it beautifully. The biggest compliment on the day, from a guest, was that they thought the Ceremony was “the most ‘us’ thing they’ve ever seen”, capturing perfectly the sentiment that Josie helped us to create a truly memorable and bespoke Ceremony! In addition to this, Josie sent a box afterwards with the ceremony transcript beautifully presented inside as well as some really pretty tea lights- such a lovely touch!

Josie is kind, thoughtful and welcoming, which alongside her professionalism, organisation and commitment make her the perfect Celebrant!

Thank you Josie, for making our long awaited big day so magical!
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19 Wentworth Close, Menston, LS29 6NN Ilkley (West Yorkshire)

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