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Hi, I’m Paul Bytheway, and my celebrant company is called Stand By Me Ceremonies.

I love getting to know couples’ and their back stories to how they met, it’s one the best parts about being a celebrant! The process of writing a script for a ceremony can be so creative and I really love to include symbolic actions such as hand fasting and sand blending.

I often get asked why I became a celebrant. I guess there are a few factors, including turning 40 and starting a family. I was a high school Geography teacher for 10 years, since then, I’ve toured the world as a professional musician, and now I’m a trained couples celebrant too. It’s been a bit of a rollercoaster!

I’d love to chat with you about the vision for your ceremony, so we can start to get creative!

What's my ceremony style?

I like to think the ceremonies I deliver have a really modern feel, with a good balance of sentiment, engaging stories and a little bit of humour. However, I tend to mirror the vibe of the couples I’m working with.

Being a former high school teacher and band frontman, my delivery style is unique. People describe me as a laid back introvert who happens to be in a position you’d find an extrovert! Make of that what you will!

My aim is always to design a ceremony that you and your guests are going to love. I don't have any hidden fees for the type of ceremony we design together, just the cost of say a handfasting cord if you wanted it as a keepsake. The initial meeting we have to discuss your vision is so exciting and really allows us to be creative for your special day.

I'm really open minded about ideas for your ceremony as well as the location you might like to have it. I'm also very easy going about including religious readings if that's your thing, as well as incorporating themes and ideas from different cultures. I'm open minded and relaxed about same sex marriages and any other partnerships. As long as the couple love each other and are looking forward to getting married, I'm in!!

So, if you’re looking for a modern, open minded, young (ish) celebrant, then get in touch! I'd love to hear from you!

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Matthew
Matthew A. Sent on 23/07/2023
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Wonderful day renewing wedding vows

Paul prepared a wonderful bespoke ceremony for our renewal of vows. We had several preparatory meetings via Zoom and exchanged multiple emails to refine the script and involve other family members in the event. Paul made excellent suggestions and prepared everything perfectly. He was extremely accommodating and helpful in assisting with elements of the event making it memorable and relaxed for us.
After the ceremony Paul and his wife Helen performed for us as a very talented musical duo. They are excellent musicians and lovely, talented people. Highly recommended. Thank you Paul and Helen.
Sarah
Sarah M. Sent on 24/07/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Celebrant wedding in the woods!

We were so happy with our ceremony in the woods, Paul made is so special for both us and our guests! We laughed, we cried and we have so many memories of our special day. We would highly recommend Paul as a celebrant for your wedding, he made the whole process straightforward and enjoyable, guiding us through the logistics, sharing ideas and giving feedback on our suggestions. Absolutely brilliant!
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Luke S. Sent on 17/10/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Friendly, professional and listens

We hired Paul for our wedding at Manchester Hall, after our first meeting Paul wrote a script which we wanted altering slightly, Paul was more than happy to make any changes we wanted and kept in constant contact throughout the booking up until the day. On the day, Paul ensure everything went to plan and considering the nerves before hand, after, the ceremony was our favourite bit. Excellent and highly recommended.
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