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On since 2022

Last update: April 2024

An Industry award-winning wedding celebrant described by his clients as a lovely, friendly, professional celebrant, passionate about his couples.

Richard is based in Saltburn-by-the-Sea, he is fully qualified and was trained by the leading Celebrant training organisation in the UK. Not all celebrants obtain the qualification, it's not a requirement in the UK, and it takes time, effort and significant cost. However, Richard believes it was worth it to be able to deliver the very best service to his clients.

You will see from Richard's outstanding reviews, he is described as a friendly, professional celebrant, who is lovely with his clients, quickly putting them at ease. He is passionate about creating a beautiful ceremony which reflects his couple's lives and their love for one another. Ceremonies are delivered with style, confidence and grace along with a healthy dose of humour. Relaxed but structured.

Richard likes to keep his fees very affordable and it includes:

  • Initial intro meeting and any subsequent Zoom meetings.
  • Unlimited time devoted to creating and perfecting your ceremony.
  • Advice, ideas and guidance on logistics, music, readings, writing vows, props and symbolic acts.
  • Any enhancement required such as Candle Ceremony, Loving Cup, Hand Fasting etc.
  • Advice and guidance on writing your vows (or I can write them for you/with you).
  • Writing of a completely bespoke wedding ceremony script.
  • Printing of all readings for the ceremony.
  • A printed presentation script in a folder, for you to keep and treasure forever.
  • Commemorative Wedding Certificate to sign during the ceremony.
  • Use of any of my fabulous props - eg unity candle sticks, loving cup, handfasting ribbons, sand ceremony vases etc.
  • The delivery of your ceremony on the day (with lots of smiles).
  • Bose PA system for ceremony music if required.

Richard encourages communication between himself and his clients during the writing process to ensure that they are satisfied with the result. He can provide his celebrant services for various faiths, including Baptist, Catholicism, Methodist, and more. He also offers secular services for non-religious or humanist couples.

A little about Richard.

Having worked in the wedding industry for many years, he is a seasoned professional with a great passion for helping couples create their dream wedding experience.

Richard's background makes him uniquely placed to deliver your ceremony with professionalism, confidence and humour. When he is not creating and delivering ceremonies, Richard works as a Supporting Artist in Films & TV. Recent productions include Bank of Dave, The Confessions of Frannie Langton, Peaky Blinders, Victoria, and many more. Richard also appeared as a contestant on Channel 4's 'Come Dine With Me' and despite a lack of cooking skills, won the show!

In the first instance, Richard is happy to meet clients via Zoom for an initial chat before booking.

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Reviews for Richard The Celebrant

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Christine A. Sent on 30/04/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Heartfelt Gratitude for Crafting Our Perfect Ceremony

From the moment we first met him, we knew that he was the perfect person to officiate our wedding. His genuine passion for love and commitment shone through in every interaction, and we felt an instant connection with him. His ability to listen to our story and incorporate our personalities and values into the ceremony was truly special, and it made our day feel uniquely ours.
On the day of our wedding, he exceeded all our expectations. His delivery was heartfelt and authentic, and he managed to strike the perfect balance between reverence and joy. He created a ceremony that was both touching and lighthearted, and set the tone for the rest of the day beautifully.
Not only was he a joy to work with, but he also went above and beyond to ensure that every aspect of the ceremony was perfect. His professionalism, attention to detail, and calming presence helped to ease any nerves we had, and we felt completely at ease knowing that he was guiding us through this important moment in our lives.
Thank you Richard, from the bottom of our hearts, for helping to create the most beautiful and meaningful ceremony we could have ever imagined. Your warmth, kindness, and dedication made our wedding day truly magical, and we will cherish the memories of that day forever.
James B. Sent on 08/03/2024
5 out of 5 rating

'Thank you' doesn't come close!

Where do I start?!

Thank you so much for Saturday and making our wedding day so so special.

You were fantastic, and I speak for me and my new wife when I say you made our day.

From the first consultation to us walking down the aisle you have been thoughtful, helpful and guided us whilst also taking into account our wishes as a couple.

The ceremony and vows were beautiful, and there wasn't a dry eye in the house.

You gave the event such a personal and thoughtful feel, and when there was a slight technical hiccup you remained calm and solved the problem without fuss, which in turn made me relax and not panic over it.

The sand swapping was an amazing addition and we were both delighted that Dakota could be involved with us during that part of the service

You exceeded our expectations and our day was made truly special by having you involved.

Thank you doesn't even come close!!

Best wishes James & Carly
Kim Sent on 25/02/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Highly Recommend.

Richard was possibly our favourite person to work with in the lead up to the wedding. He was friendly, personable and very responsive to all our last-minute questions. At the altar he had a way of just making us both feel so much more calm and confident.

He was humorous in all the right places and wrote the most beautiful script for the ceremony, taking into account all of our quirky additions. He's very thorough and made sure he had everything right so there were no surprises on the day.

We would highly recommend Richard as a wedding celebrant - couldn't fault him at all. He was amazing!
Rosie Sent on 25/02/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Absolutely fantastic from start to finish!

I can’t even describe how amazing Richard was! From the first point of communication to the actual ceremony Richard made us feel at ease. He asked us exactly what we wanted, kept us up to date and walked us through it, to create the most magical day. We couldn’t have asked for anything better. I was so nervous but it was perfect. If you're looking for a personal, relaxed ceremony look no further!

Richard is amazing and everyone commented on how stunning it was!
Lawrence Sent on 20/02/2024
5 out of 5 rating

If Carling did Celebrants!

Where to start?

Firstly Richard was amazing and my wife and I highly recommend him to anyone looking for a Celebrant. His planning was superb and he gave great advice, helping us with the wedding being streamed live on YouTube to family who couldn’t make the journey. We had advised Richard we were a little nervous about getting our vows wrong, Richard put our minds at ease with his easy-going nature and on the day, he was very reassuring, and very professional.

Richard balanced the gravity of our big day with the perfect amount of humour, everyone commented on how outstanding he was.

We were very fortunate in our choice of Celebrant - if Carling did Celebrants….go ahead and book him you will never regret it.
Best wishes Lawrence & Sirnery.
Leanne Sent on 20/02/2024
5 out of 5 rating

An amazing day with a fabulous ceremony.

Well, where do we start!

We were let down initially by not having an official registrar, however, this ended up being a blessing in disguise as we ended up meeting Richard. He delivered a ceremony filled with love, laughter and emotion.
People have not stopped talking about the ceremony, many thanks to Richard for the meticulous planning of the ceremony and the thought which went into the readings.

The ceremony made a cracking start to an amazing day

David & Leanne, Dorfold Hall, Nantwich
Anastasija J. Sent on 19/02/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Genuinely Magical and Special!

​We just wanted to say how amazing Richard was and the services he provided to us.

He made our day so special and personalised that it couldn't be any better. From the start he went above and beyond to make it about us. We had our Zoom calls where he found out all about us, about how we met and also suggested a beautiful 'Love Lock' ceremony which made it so magical. We loved everything about it.

We also booked Rich to sing after ceremony for the drinks reception, which our guests enjoyed it so much!!!! They even thought it was a record player haha 😄 I can highly recommend his service as I know he can make it magical and special for future brides and grooms.

Anastasija & Jackson Whitley Hall Hotel.
Balvinder I. Sent on 29/01/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Exceeded our expectations.

Hi Richard
We both wanted to thank you for overseeing our wedding day, which really did exceed our expectations and was the most special of days that we had hoped for. Your preparations leading up to the ceremony were exemplary, and the guidance you provided on the content, timing and delivery of the service meant that everything included was bespoke and personal to us, our families, and friends.
Specific acknowledgement of members of our families who are no longer with us, and in particular my nephew, Andrew, was noted by our family as being especially poignant.

Our guests have commented on what was included in the order of service and in particular the poems you recited, and a number have asked if we could share them.

We couldn’t have hoped for anything more - and we thank you again for your professionalism and expertise in helping us have such a wonderful day - our Celebration Day!
All the best
Ian and Bal
Tamara C. Sent on 29/01/2024
5 out of 5 rating

We couldn’t be happier!

Richard was our celebrant for a vow renewal in Aug 2022, from the first time we engaged with him earlier in the year, until the day of the ceremony, he was so helpful, friendly and involved with our event.

He really took on board what we told him, to craft a custom ceremony that was tailored to us and felt so personal and heart felt. He helped us create custom vows that were so far above what we could have done alone and made them so special.

On the day he was warm, engaging, and everyone without fail loved his personality and style.
We couldn’t be happier with his work, and would highly recommend him if you are looking for a personal, friendly, and above all professional celebrant for your wedding.

Chris & Tamara, Lumley Castle.
Samantha A. Sent on 28/01/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Don't go to anyone else!

We had Richard Wood as our celebrant for our barn wedding. He wrote and read out a wonderful little piece about how my husband and I got together. He wrote beautiful vows for us and selected a wonderful reading for our Aunty to read.
Richard arrived early, got us all organised and delivered the whole ceremony efficiently and beautifully.
He is such a lovely person, nothing was too much trouble. Richard looked very smart, immaculate and very dapper.
He got the whole wedding party revved-up, involved and motivated. If you are looking for a celebrant, don't go to anyone else, book Richard, and you will have a great ceremony.

Samantha & Carl, Cheadle.
Rebecca S. Sent on 28/01/2024
5 out of 5 rating


Firstly I just wanted to apologise for not getting to speak with you straight after the ceremony we we’re just whooshed away into a bubble of excitement. Onto my second point I wanted to thank you for doing such a fantastic job.

Honestly all my guests afterwards were saying how brilliant and effortless the ceremony and vows ran and how welcoming and professional you were.

You were just so at ease and in turn made both myself and Stephen at ease. I was smiling from ear to ear throughout and you just hit the nail on the head with every little detail and word we said, thanks to you. Also the poems where so touching and suited us both perfectly. As soon as our photos arrive we will be sending a much more warmer thanks your way.

Warm wishes

Rebecca & Stephen. Scrivelsby Walled Garden
Rachel D. Sent on 09/01/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Amazing experience!

It was an absolute pleasure to work with Richard and meet him! He is such a kind and genuine person.
We had lots of fun and cherished wonderful moments during every meeting with him. Richard maintained constant communication with us throughout the entire process. Additionally, he beautifully printed our vows and our ceremony. The ceremony itself was truly beautiful. Richard skillfully transformed our story and love into words. He managed to make us both laugh and cry tears of joy, deepening our love even further. Our guests were equally amazed by the beauty of the ceremony. We want to extend our heartfelt thanks to Richard for everything. David & Rachel
Sam E. Sent on 09/10/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Funny and Romantic

Hi Richard

Just wanted to say a huge thank you for officiating our wedding yesterday.

Your service was incredible and we had so much fun with something I was dreading.

Especially when you pranked my father in law, his face was an absolute picture.

Everyone said how wonderful your service was. It was funny, romantic and just incredible.

We've really enjoyed ourselves

You're absolutely amazing at what you do.

Thank you so much again

Mr and Mrs Cairney 💕
Zak A. Sent on 29/01/2023
5 out of 5 rating


Dear Richard

We wanted to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for helping us create the most amazing, funny, heartfelt and personal ceremony for our wedding.

It was perfect. We have had lots of comments from guests who thought you were incredible and the ceremony extra special and we agree!

Thank you so much.

Naomi & Zak.
Charlotte O. Sent on 29/01/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Cloud nine!

Hi Richard!

We apologise, first of all, that this has taken so long to get to you. We still seem to be on cloud 9 since our wedding day - not sure when we’ll come back down to Earth!

We want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for such a wonderful ceremony - it was the perfect start to our special day and better than we ever hoped it could be. We had so many guests of ours comment on how fantastic it all was and how great you were! So truly, thank you!

Loads of love Charlotte & Tom.
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