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On Hitched.co.uk since 2020

Last update: November 2023

Wedding Celebrant, Bernadette French LLB(Hons) has gained a wealth of experience in a career spanning 20 years in the wedding industry. Formerly a Superintendent Registrar with Hertfordshire Registration Service, she now runs her own successful and recognised business, ‘Precious Moments Ceremonies’. website - https://www.bernadettefrench.co.uk/

Located in Felden, Hertfordshire, serving and performing wedding ceremonies in London , Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire, Essex , throughout the UK, and abroad.

Services Offered

Your Wedding Your Way! To celebrate your love and commitment to one another in the way you choose!

The wedding ceremony is performed by Bernadette with elegant style, a sense of fun, and with a natural warmth that helps couples to express their love for one another in a relaxed way before family and friends.

THE ULTIMATE EXPERIENCE I UNFORGETTABLE MOMENTS I EVERLASTING MEMORIES

There are countless options to choose from, including unlicensed as well as traditional licensed venues. Bernadette has created and performed ceremonies in a wide variety of venues including rustic barns, castles, stately homes, country houses, marquees and village halls. Anything goes! Church or chapel, perhaps a beach overlooking stunning sea views or the unique place where you first met, enjoyed your first date or where that unforgettable proposal took place!

Bernadette has also performed ceremonies at more unusual venues including on a boat and film location, as well as in couples’ own homes and gardens, where they can make the most of a personal setting.

Bernadette will arrange a planning meeting with you, guide you on your wedding journey and assist with legal requiements. Available with advice out of hours. It's your day!

  • Woman-owned

Frequently asked questions

Language:

English
French

Religion:

Anglican
Baptist
Buddhism
Catholicism
Hinduism
Judaism
Methodist
Protestant
Sikhism
Non-religious/humanist

Type:

Celebrant
Officiant

Served in

Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire and North West London

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Sandy G. Sent on 20/06/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Wonderful Energy Created A Beautiful Ceremony

Bernadette was recommended to us via our venue coordinator, when we struggled to find someone on our own. She turned out to be the best addition to our wedding, she was incredible - so insightful, caring and such a great presence! She was available for any questions we had and tailored our ceremony making sure that our personalities were able to shine through. I'd highly recommend!
Diane
Diane D. Sent on 21/09/2023
5 out of 5 rating

The utmost wonderful professional celebrant

After I witnessed Bernadette at a service I knew that was the person I would trust to marry my son and daughter in law . As they live abroad it was only a short time frame to meet before the wedding, Bernadette organised a meeting with them to meet them and discuss their background and how they met, she made them feel so relaxed and supported. The wedding day was busy but Bernadette arrived early and the wedding organiser told me that he had never met a more personable celebrant. The wedding service was perfect Bernadette was so involved with the build up that the bride and groom were so relaxed and enjoyed the service. I cannot thank you enough for making this day so special you are one wonderful person
Lauren
Lauren R. Sent on 20/02/2023
5 out of 5 rating

I have never seen my husband cry so much!

What can i say about Bernie! Everything from start to finish was meticulous. To start with, we had to postpone due to covid and Bernie was so easy to work with to change the dates. When we had our meeting to discuss what Bernie had prepared for our ceremony, my fiancée was in BITS! I have never seen him cry so much. Bernie perfectly captured our 11 year relationship with such beautiful words and humour to fit our couples style. We had so many compliments after our ceremony. No one even realised it was a celebrant ceremony and we had already done the statutory legal marriage a couple of days before. There were so many more personal touches included Bernie’s ceremony that we wouldn’t have had with a registrar. We had a lot of children included in our ceremony and Bernie was so kind and inviting to them all, making sure their role was celebrated and applauded by our guests and giving them direction of where to take the rings. Bernie even took special care and notice of our golden retriever who was part of the ceremony and she made sure he had access to water and was included as much as possible, especially in our first photo as husband and wife. Bernie also ensured we took some time to ourselves after the ceremony to take it all in. She brought us champagne into a quiet room which was the most perfect touch, i never would have thought to take ourselves off for a moment, and i am forever thankful she did. I wouldn’t hesitate to use Bernie again, i am just waiting for the next stage in life so i can find another need to book her! She really made the day so wonderful and perfect, and made my husband cry (happy tears) more than i have seen in 11 years! Cheers to Bernie and giving us the most incredible start to married life
Emelie
Emelie N. Sent on 30/07/2021
5 out of 5 rating

Amazing ceremony!

Bernadette was fabulous! From our initial call until ceremony Bernadette was fantastic and so professional! Such a lovely person and we loved our ceremony. We got so many comments about how fab she was! Would 100% recommend as she will do an amazing job.
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Brianna R. Sent on 28/11/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Highly recommend!

Berndatte was amazing and helped coordinate everything for us on the day. She really helped to put our minds at ease! Highly recommend.
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Harry B. Sent on 23/09/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Absolutely perfect

Bernadette was a joy to work with, responsive and understanding at every step. On the day, she was amazing, and went above and beyond making sure everything was perfect even before the ceremony itself. Our day truly wouldn't have been the same without her.
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Adam D. Sent on 23/09/2023
4.8 out of 5 rating

A&C wedding

Bernie very kindly agreed to be the celebrant at our wedding 230 miles away from her home, driving up and down in the same day! The ceremony was wonderful and guests/venue staff alike vocally admired the way she guided the event. Thank you, Bernie!
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Nicole D. Sent on 01/03/2023
5 out of 5 rating

The best celebrant

Bernadette was amazing! She was so kind and helpful and did everything she could to ensure everything ran smoothly. She delivered a perfect ceremony, made us feel so calm and everyone loved her! Would recommend her to anyone!
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Nicole, Sent on 16/09/2016
5 out of 5 rating

Wonderful Job with all your service

Tom and I just wanted to say thank you for the wonderful job you did with our service. It was lovely and everyone commented on how nice it was. You were very calm and that made us both feel very calm! Thank you for all your advice in the lead up to it as well.
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Spencer Sent on 14/10/2019
5 out of 5 rating

The perfect personal service for us.

The moment Bernadette came to our home we knew that we had chosen the right officiant for us . After speaking to here on the phone about our plans and history for our blessing . Her wealth of knowledge , guidance and professionalism helped us choose the perfect personal service for us . The readings she suggested to us were perfect for what we wanted . Nothing was too much for Bernadette she is a great reader of people and knew exactly what we wanted . Every fine detail was taken care of . Bernadette's friendly calming manor shone through on the day of the service for everyone involved. I could not recommend Bernadette highly enough as an officiant . She made our day even more special than we could have ever imagined.
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Abu Sent on 07/10/2019
5 out of 5 rating

Simply fabulous.

I just wanted to say a huge thank you for yesterday you were so wonderful with Harris.. everyone loved his cues during the ceremony but I know it was a challenge at times!

You were so patient with him throughout
& just wonderful.. do you have any experience of autistic children? Because you seemed too! So very refreshing!

The service was simply fabulous and we both just feel so lucky to have had you there I will be recommending you at every opportunity!

Thank you so so much xx
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Windsor Sent on 07/10/2019
5 out of 5 rating

One of the highlights of our wedding.

Bernadette French was one of the highlights of our wedding, held at the Luton Hoo Mansion House. She was quick to take charge in the hectic minutes leading up to the wedding and was able to corral all of our vendors to the right positions at the right time and with a certain grace that only experience can provide. Bernadette’s speech was unique to us as a couple and left the audience feeling that she was more of a long time friend of our than anything else. She chose two poetry readings during the wedding that captured both the humor of the day as well as the profoundness of finding and capturing love in a marriage. It was an absolute pleasure to have her as part of our day and I would recommend her to anyone looking for an wedding officiant.
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Jenny Sent on 02/01/2019
5 out of 5 rating

Amazing!

A huge thank you to you for making our ceremony so perfect. You were amazing! Personable, funny, and respectful all at the same time. Chloe, Eloise, and William were just ecstatic. Thank you for making it all so special for them.
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Carole Sent on 02/01/2019
5 out of 5 rating

Absolutely perfect

I just wanted to say a BIG thank you from both myself and my husband for your help in making our renewal of vow ceremony so special. It was fantastic to be able to have the ceremony outside, something that we had not even thought about but obviously with the gorgeous weather and surroundings, it made for a beautiful setting. The words and poems were absolutely perfect and our time at Hartwell House was amazing and something we will never forget.

Thank you so much again for making it a day to remember
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Andy Sent on 02/01/2019
5 out of 5 rating

A huge thank you

We wanted to say a huge thank you to you for making our ceremony such a special one. We had so many comments from our families all saying the same thing, that you delivered a very lovely and moving ceremony. You ran everything so smoothly and really put Charlotte and I at ease. Thank you so very much.
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