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On Hitched.co.uk since 2022

Last update: January 2024

Helen Phillips Your Best Life Celebrant is passionate about presiding over wedding ceremonies in Leeds, West Yorkshire and beyond. As an accredited humanist celebrant with a wealth of experience, Helen lovingly guides couples through your wedding ceremony. Inspired by your unique love story, this seasoned officiant looks forward to helping you marry in the way you've always dreamt of.

Services Offered

You and your partner are bound to be impressed by Helen's creative approach and vibrant personality. She serves just one wedding per day, so she will be able to give your celebration her undivided attention. If there are any readings, music pieces, or symbolic acts that you are interested in, be sure to let her know, however, don't worry if you are not sure as Helen can also offer you plenty of suggestions. Helen Phillips Your Best Life Celebrant's wedding package includes unlimited communication, a bespoke script, a presentation copy of your script as a keepsake as well as all travel to and from meetings in advance and to your venue on the day itself.

  • Woman-owned

Frequently asked questions

Language:

English
French
Spanish

Religion:

Non-religious/humanist

Type:

Celebrant

Served in

North Yorkshire and West Yorkshire

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Reviews for Helen Phillips Your Best Life Celebrant

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14 reviews
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Paul
Paul S. Sent on 02/06/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Dream Ceremony - Full Of Personality!

Helen was an absolutely amazing celebrant, we couldn't have imagined getting married by anyone else! We feel like she really got to know us during our initial meet-up - so when she showed us the first draft of our script it was already so personal and special to us, it brought a tear to me eye! We didn't change much from there, but when we did want to tweak or add something Helen was always so responsive and willing to make it happen.

At first we had no idea what we wanted, but Helen's suggestion to include a handfasting was a great idea, it really helped us involve other guests outside the bridal party and groom party. That really helped get our ideas flowing - we're very quirky, humorous and laid back, and Helen was so helpful in listening to our other suggestions. Our idea to add in a "burrito duel" with foam burritos to decide who read their vows first really made it feel like *our* ceremony with our personalities stamped all over it, which was exactly what we dreamed of!

The ceremony was delivered superbly on the day and all went according to plan. Our wedding day just felt perfect and Helen was such a crucial part of making it happen, getting the party started in the best possible way! We would absolutely recommend her!
Sally
Sally J. Sent on 05/11/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Absolutely perfect

Helen is so friendly and easy to talk to. She helped us create a ceremony that we absolutely loved and loads of our friends commented on how lovely and personal it was!
Ron
Ron W. Sent on 05/11/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Greatest Celebrant Ever!

Helen was awesome! She made the entire experience memorable from meeting in our home to find out about us to conducting an unforgettable ceremony. She made the experience magical by weaving our life events and moment into a wonder and beautiful story that she delivered so magnificently on the big day! We will forever be grateful and thankful on how she helped all the magic happen on our day!
Rebecca
Rebecca C. Sent on 05/11/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Everything we hoped for... and more!!!

Helen is incredible!!!!!!! It was a strange chain of events that led us to meet Helen (a cancelled wedding, a cancelled humanist) but I firmly believe it was meant to be and I'm so grateful everything aligned as it did. From the first conversation with Helen on Zoom, I just really, really liked her. She was personable, friendly, helpful and kind. It felt like she just got us and what we wanted. She also helped us to realise what we wanted when we were struggling for ideas/ answers. The sit down chat took three hours and the time flew. It was like catching up with an old friend over a brew and we felt so comfortable opening up about our lives with Helen. My husband isn't the touchy feely type but Helen managed to get him to open up in a gentle way. We laughed alot and the whole process was fun and exciting.
Our finished ceremony was everything we wanted, and more. There were last minute changes which Helen handled without issue, everyone felt so welcomed by her and she delivered the most personal, meaningful service. Everything was there; who we really are, what is really important to us, a laid back atmosphere, lots of laughs and some surprises too! I had arranged a magician to surprise my husband as part of the service, only telling Helen and my son who "lost the rings" as part of the show! It was brilliant! Helen had made contact with Chris ahead of the ceremony and it was seamless! She also surprised me with a signed copy of a Donna Ashworth poem that I had chosen as our reading; blown away that she had gone to the extra effort to do that for me... it is framed on our wall as a lovely reminder of our day. We also had whiskey shots, a live song from my dad and our cockapoo present at the ceremony. It was everything we hoped for.
I cannot recommend a humanist ceremony enough. Every word was bespoke, everything represented who we are and what our marriage means. It felt comfortable and personal and meaningful.
Helen practically facilitated every step, but she also became someone I looked to for inspiration and advice. Her belief in the humanist movement, the personal touch and of really knowing people as individuals stood out. She was amazing and, like the service everything I hoped for. I'll never forget it and I'm forever grateful to Helen.
Sophie
Sophie L. Sent on 05/11/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Amazing experience

Helen is such a warm and lovely person who did the most incredible job of working with us to create a beautiful ceremony for our wedding. We couldn’t have asked for more. She spent three hours with us listening to the story of our relationship, which was a wonderful experience we both really enjoyed. We immediately felt we could open up and discuss the intricacies of our relationship and life together. From there she produced an amazing script and delivered it beautifully on the day - our guests were thought it was the best ceremony they’ve ever attended. We don’t know how she managed to come up with a script that was so perfectly ‘us’ after spending three hours listening to us talk. Every detail was perfect and she understood us so well. She is also full of great ideas if you’re not sure where to start with planning your ceremony or what you’d like to include - we wouldn’t ever hesitate to recommend her. Thank you so so much Helen!! Soph & Laura xxx
Katie
Katie G. Sent on 05/11/2023
5 out of 5 rating

What a superstar!

Helen made the whole service so personal and relaxed (exactly what we asked for!)
The planning process was so simple and Helen was on hand for all my bridezilla moments and kept me super calm.
Thanks for the most wonderful service and for helping make our day so magical.
Suman
Suman Sent on 02/11/2023
5 out of 5 rating

An exceptional celebrant who know how to bring your story to life. Extremely personal and tailored ceremony!

We were looking for a celebrant who was beyond just some pre-scripted narration and could truly make our ceremony bespoke and personalised to us and our relationship. We came across Helen after doing a search via Google, and believe me I’d spoken to a number of people by this time.
My first observation following my initial call with her, is that Helen was so personable and relatable. Having not done this before, it was a little daunting because we weren’t quite sure what we wanted and what to expect from a celebrant. She made it extremely easy for us, and the biggest thing was that she was actually interested and cared.
Her style of connecting with us and getting to know us, our journey, what matters to us, what messages we wanted to convey was ….well very natural and it felt like we were talking to a friend.
She created a script that brought everything we had hoped for to life. It was so personal and to put it simply so ‘Us’.
On the day, her presentation was both personable and professional, and the ceremony really touched the hearts of all of our guests, and we had so many comments around what a beautiful ceremony it was.
We truly couldn’t recommend Helen enough.
Helen….once again, thank you so much for bringing every person in the room together to celebrate our union is the most personal way possible.

Shannon & Suman Steward
Hannah
Hannah B. Sent on 15/04/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Beautiful ceremony.

We both cannot thank Helen enough for such a personalised, thoughtful, and beautiful ceremony. Before planning our wedding, we didn’t really know much about humanist celebrants but having had the ceremony we wouldn’t have had it any other way.

Planning a wedding with a new baby was stressful but Helen was very supportive and made the process so easy for us. She went to great lengths to clarify what sort of ceremony we would enjoy and also to get to know us personally. It really felt like someone was conducting the ceremony who had known us for years. Throughout the whole process she was helpful and warm and brought many suggestions to enable us to agree a beautiful ceremony.

Our initial contact with her was via video call and her warm, positive nature, instantly attracted us to choose her as our celebrant, we had spoken to a couple but Helen stood out as who we wanted.

We meet up face to face a few weeks later, where we began to talk through our story, we knew we’d made the right decision. Sharing our life’s story with Helen was so easy. It was like meeting up with an old friend for a catch up. .

After this meeting, Helen gave us her timeline up to the big day of when first draft would be ready etc. She always worked to schedule, allowing us to make changes along the way, not that many were needed in that first meeting she captured everything!

Helen arrived with plenty of time on the day. Greeting all of our family and friends as they arrived and talking those involved in the ceremony through everything they needed to know. When the moment finally came, Helen delivered our ceremony with the same warmth and joy we’d experienced on our first meeting, but this time our family got to join in. It was exactly what we had wanted and envisioned our ceremony to be.

Following the ceremony, Helen took the time to once again speak to both of our families, as well as joining us for a photo to capture the wonderful moment, before she then left us to enjoy the rest of our day. We will always remember everything Helen did to make the build up and the day, so special for us. It really was more than we could have hoped for and can’t thank her enough for being apart of our day!
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Aaron B. Sent on 20/05/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Mr Aaron Bateman-Ward

From the first moment we spoke to Helen we knew she was going to be the person we chose to be our Celebrant for our wedding day. What we didn’t know is that she would take the time to get to know and understand us personally; our relationship; our journey through life before each other and with each other; and take the time to understand all of that to put into context our story for all our family and friends on our special day. And I can say that, hand on heart, that Helen made our wedding day into that special day. It’s perhaps cliche to say our friends and family all said how wonderful she was, but more so I had people from my partners family come up to me and express wonder at parts of my story, at how that made them feel closer to me and that those facts made me feel more a part of my new family. If you’re on the fence about choosing Helen to be your celebrant, don’t be. Get over that fence and book her!
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Alex T. Sent on 10/03/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Brilliant Experience for our Day

Helen was absolutely brilliant for us, really built a beautiful ceremony to what we wanted and really helped make our day how we wanted. She worked with us throughout to make sure everything we needed and wanted was covered.
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Abigail F. Sent on 17/12/2023
4.8 out of 5 rating

Helen really made our wedding ceremony ours.

Our experience with Helen couldn’t be faulted. From the start she really took time to get to know us and insure that our ceremony was special. With a great meeting to insure she understood who we are and what we wanted and then really understanding with edits.
On the day we had a blast even in the ceremony and our guests all commented on how great it was , they all got to know us a little more :)

Thank you so much Helen !
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Greta H. Sent on 29/11/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Amazing ceremony which our guests loved and was a highlight of our day!

We met Helen at a wedding fair and decided to book her for our wedding pretty much straight away.
Helen met with us for a few hours and spent lots of time getting to know us and finding out exactly what we wanted to include in the ceremony. She was professional, friendly and really helpful in the months beforehand and on the day. There were lots of little touches throughout, which really made the planning and Humanist ceremony feel special and we really felt that our values were understood and represented.
Lots of our guests said it was the best and most personal ceremony they had ever been to, and that was down to Helen!
We are so glad we chose Helen to be our celebrant and would highly recommend her to anyone :)
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Cindy C. Sent on 14/11/2023
5 out of 5 rating

A wonderful experience

We were delighted with the ceremony which Helen put together for us. Helen took care and time to create something which reflected both of us as individuals and a couple. All the guests remarked how special it was and it really made the day. Thank you for making such as wonderful memory.
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Phil C. Sent on 05/11/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Amazing! The best we could ever ask for.

Helen conducted our humanist ceremony at Low Osgoodby Grange wedding venue earlier this year. She did an absolutely amazing job and we can't rave about her enough!

Helen struck the perfect balance of professionalism, whilst being super friendly and down to earth. Helen has the patience of a saint... we were constantly behind on proof reading the script, writing our vows etc and she was always encouraging. When we were struggling with putting pen to paper for our vows, Helen went over and above to meet us and give us some helpful tips.

The script which Helen wrote was so thoughtful, lovely and hilarious! It had everyone in tears and stitches in equal measure.

If you're looking for a celebrant for your wedding, we can't recommend Helen enough!
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