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On Hitched.co.uk since 2021

Last update: February 2024

Hi! I'm Janet and I work across the Southeast (and equally happy to travel further afield) and I would be delighted to talk with you about your ideal wedding ceremony. I am very approachable and have a sense of humour which enables me to help you feel at home from the very start. My background is as a teacher who then became a professional opera singer, and therefore I am comfortable being in front of any number of people and in pressured situations. I love creating unique ceremonies for each couple and learning your story so I can weave it into my writing. You get to see different drafts of your ceremony until you are happy with it, so you retain control. My calm and unflustered voice is often commented upon. (I even sent a child to sleep in a ceremony once, much to the mother's delight!). I believe it is important to adapt and be flexible and connect with larger groups of people, yet create an intimate atmosphere. if you are looking for somebody who is with you every step of the way and who works with couples to create a joyful and heartfelt ceremony, then please get in touch! Your day is really important to me so that it is remembered for the joyful celebration of love that it is.

Services Offered

Janet Shell Ceremonies offers bespoke wedding celebration ceremonies, with detailed and careful planning while retaining spontaneity and humour. With her classical music background she can advise on music for the day and has immediate access to many professional musicians.

Janet offers a renewal of vows ceremony working with clients to celebrate the story of their relationship so far.

Janet offers naming day ceremonies for any age!

  • Woman-owned

Frequently asked questions

Language:

English

Religion:

Non-religious/humanist

Type:

Celebrant

Served in

Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, East Sussex, Hampshire, Kent, Somerset, South West London, Surrey and West Sussex

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Dan P. Sent on 01/10/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Extremely intimate and exactly what we wanted

From the moment we met Janet at a wedding fair, we clicked and felt extremely at home with her. Janet was welcoming, warm and very approachable for the entire journey. We truly believe that our ceremony was perfect thanks to Janet. We will always have a special place in our hearts for Janet and the beautiful ceremony she helped create for us.
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Sj P Sent on 31/10/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Incredible, personal, and so understanding

Janet was so kind and flexible during the writing process for our ceremony. We loved her questionnaire used to help create our ceremony, and had so much fun filing it out as it gave us time to reflect and share our genuine thoughts and experiences together as a couple. Throughout the entire experience, she was available if we needed, made adjustments where asked, and overall created an excellent ceremony that flowed so beautifully and allowed us such an incredible space to share our vows and stories with all our friends and family. If we had to do it all over, we would definitely trust Janet to help us again.
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Samantha P. Sent on 24/09/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Great celebrant

Janet was great. From our first initial call we felt she gave us a great vibe and made us feel very comfortable. From then the communication was good and if we had any queries she gave a prompt response. She wrote a draft ceremony and we could add/ change things right up until the day before. As she hadn’t been to our venue before she went to have a look around and even spoke to the owner so she knew how the day would go. On the day her voice was clear and projected well. Her script was in a folder and looked very professional. She kept our guests engaged walking down the aisle during our reading so they could all hear her. She even added a few funny bits. We chose to have a sand ceremony which she helped us navigate through. Even researching what the colours could signify. Overall I cannot recommend Janet enough.
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Karen M. Sent on 19/09/2022
5 out of 5 rating

So beautiful and calm

Ryan & I had our ceremony on the 7th of august 2022. Both of us get very anxious and the ceremony was something we both felt would raise the anxiety. We are so happy we chose the lovely Janet shell to do our ceremony. Janet has the most beautiful calming voice and lovely smile. We got to know Janet before the day. Janet checked with us often on all the beautiful reading that she wrote for us to make sure it was perfect. On the day Janet came to each of us for a hello and a little chat and made sure all was ok. We highly recommend Janet shell.. Janet helped make our day perfect.
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Hayley N. Sent on 27/02/2024
5 out of 5 rating

She made our day

Janet was the celebrant at our wedding in November 2023. From the first meeting, which was arranged very quickly, Janet was warm, attentive and above all, understanding of all our needs.

Janet perfectly captured our relationship and delicately addressed the losses we had recently faced with ease.

The service Janet delivered was a true reflection of not just our love but also the love we shared with our guests. It was incredibly personalised and held everyone’s attention. Not to mention very funny in parts!

Janet’s interaction with the guests was wonderful and made everyone feel included.

Janet took time to research and elaborate on things we had mentioned were special to us. She went above and beyond to tailor our ceremony.

We married onboard a boat on the Thames and Janet attended without any fuss or issue. The whole journey with Janet from start to finish was smooth sailing (no pun intended!).

A huge hit with our guests, a warm, caring, understanding and vibrant lady. Janet made our day and we’ll be forever thankful.

We can’t recommend her enough.

Hayley & Tom
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Becky C. Sent on 03/10/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Fantastic Celebrant

Janet was fantastic, she was the perfect person to do our ceremony in the back garden. Janet was very warm, had great vibes (Which we picked up when we first met on video chat) and took everything in her stride (Even the slightly chaotic last minute changes!). She provided us with a few drafts and adapted to every change we made.
The ceremony was very in depth, a mix of humorous and emotional, everyone came away enlightened about not only the handfasting and drinking from a Quaich but also Andy & I as people. Janet really bought it together very well. Everyone who came commented that they really enjoyed the whole service. Thank you very much!
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Charlie J. Sent on 04/09/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Exceptional

Myself and my husband found Janet online, all the way from Australia. From the moment we contacted Janet it was a breeze, she was very personable and responsive. I would highly recommend Janet! The delivery of our wedding ceremony was just perfect, sentimental and also humorous… just how we liked it. Janet we thank you so much for making our day!
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Naki E. Sent on 07/10/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Mrs. Emery

Janet was AMAZING! From start to finish! She really listened to us as a couple & tailored our ceremony to exactly what we wanted. She was always available whenever we needed her & was just all round 10/10!! If we ever renew our vows in the future we will be going to Janet!
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Hilary E. Sent on 05/07/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Wonderful Celebrant

Janet was just the right choice for us, someone who listened and understood what we wanted and gave us some very good suggestions for the ceremony. On the day she made the ceremony a warm, friendly and happy occasion. The Celebrant is such important part of the wedding and we were very happy that we chose her.
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Natasha M. Sent on 01/07/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Most professional service

So I called Janet after a few issues with my wedding notice, and all I can say is wow. I was in such a state thinking my ceremony wasn't going to go ahead, and she dealt with me in the most timely and professional manner, that all I can say is my day went more than perfect.
Janet took time out of her busy day to make sure we spoke that evening, and she promised me she would make my ceremony amazing. She did more than that. She helped me with my vows, and pushed through a ceremony which normally takes months.
Many people commented how perfect my ceremony was and I just want to thank Janet for the most professional service, for easing my anxiety when i was most stressed, and giving me the most perfect day
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Tom Sent on 02/05/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Pembroke Lodge Wedding

Janet delivered an enjoyable and tailored ceremony. She was responsive to emails and accommodating to our needs. She was great!
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Jamie F. Sent on 14/12/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Laura & Jamie’s wedding at Holmewood Hall

Janet was in every way professional and made our ceremony truly memorable. It was a lovely ceremony that was personalised perfectly by Janet. Would highly recommend her, could fault this lovely professional celebrant and have recommended her to others after our ceremony.
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Christine M. Sent on 03/10/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Just amazing!

Janet was a pleasure to have as part of our ceremony. She made us and our guests shed a tear as well as laugh with some comical moments. She put us at ease throughout the whole experience and made us look forward to the ceremony rather than panic. There felt like a lot to do during the planning stages but Janet never pressurised us and gave us a rough timeline to work towards.
She was brilliant!
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Laura S. Sent on 18/09/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Thank you Janet! 🧡

Janet was fantastic from start to finish. She always offered her support and worked hard to make our day really personal and special
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Raechel B. Sent on 19/04/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Wedding celebrant - highly recommend

We were really happy with our ceremony and it really set us up for the rest of the day. So many of our guests commented on how nice it was to experience a ceremony that's been personalised to the couple and they really enjoyed how Janet delivered it. We can't thank Janet enough for her preparation and support in the lead up to the day. Janet was prompt to respond to our queries and any amends we wanted to make to the ceremony. We would definitely recommend Janet as a wedding celebrant.
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