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HEART-WARMING CEREMONIES FOR HAPPY DAYS!
Laura Gimson Ceremonies
Hello! I'm Laura; celebrant extraordinaire, serial wedding obsessive and first ever winner of 'BEST CELEBRANT' at the UK Wedding Awards! Thanks so much for stopping by. More importantly, congratulations on your engagement!
So...how does it feel? Are you relishing the opportunity to plan every last detail of your big celebration? Or are you up to your eyeballs in wed-min and ready to run for the hills?! Either way, you're in safe hands here.
Since training with Humanists UK in 2016, I’ve been writing and conducting weddings which celebrate the little details that make each and every couple so gloriously unique. I'm on a mission to disprove the myth that ceremonies have to be dull, dry and devoid of personality. What a wasted opportunity! A truly brilliant ceremony will have people laughing one minute, crying the next and leaving on an absolute high.
Every wedding is a collaboration, so we’ll work together to create a ceremony which feels totally honest and authentic. That’s not to say you need all the answers. My job is to be your expert guide - to unpick your story and tease out a plan which feels like the perfect fit.
Your wedding is written to reflect you and your relationship – no templates, no gold, silver or bronze package options, just your own little love story.
I'm based in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire and cover ceremonies anywhere up to an hour away. Plus, having spent 10 happy years in London, I'm always excited to pop back for a wedding in the big city.
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Oxfordshire, South West London and Warwickshire
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Best wedding decision we made
In the preparations, Laura was genuinely invested in the story of our relationship, and the time she spent with us was translated into a personal, tailored ceremony that fully reflected our character. While she was conscious of when we were nervous or unsure, she always encouraged us to be bold, suggesting a few touches that truly made the occasion.
In summary, Laura's a professional, a lovely person and a creator of gentle wedding magic!
We feel so lucky to have found Laura
We had no idea what we wanted when we first spoke to Laura, and it was the aspect of planning the day I was most nervous about. Right from the start of us working together Laura made the process enjoyable and fun, and I felt less stressed as soon as we spoke. The first draft of the ceremony was almost perfect and we only made a few tiny changes - we were so impressed that she'd taken in a huge amount of information from us and managed to capture our story and our thoughts so well.
On the day Laura was warm and funny, and made everyone feel at ease and part of the ceremony. I can barely remember most wedding ceremonies I've been to, but guest are still talking about ours. Everyone, even people we don't know as well (partners of friends etc) enjoyed it, which is what we really wanted.
Considering how much it costs to book a registrar to come to a venue, Laura is great value. I'd say it was the best investment we made and made our wedding really special and unique.
The ceremony of our dreams
Itwas perfect, better than we ever could have imagined, and when Laura conducted it on our wedding day it was even more special. She made us feel calm on the wedding morning and engaged each one of our guests with the ceremony. We had so many comments about how real, honest and joyful our ceremony was - all down to Laura. We were so so pleased we decided to have Laura conduct our ceremony and we wouldn't change a thing. Thank you Laura!!!
We felt so lucky we found Laura!!
That best part of our day!
Our dream celebrant!
Our top priority was to fill our wedding day with fun, and we knew from our first conversation that she was the perfect choice for our ceremony.
After our first call, we met Laura at a local pub for a very enjoyable planning session and it felt like she got to know us so well. When she sent us the first draft of the ceremony just a few weeks later, we were absolutely blown away! She had captured everything we discussed so perfectly and also came up with so many creative and hilarious ways to make our ceremony unique to us!
So we then went into our ceremony with very high expectations and Laura absolutely surpassed them all! It was a joy to have her there and her ceremony set the tone for the whole day. In fact, our guests were talking about the ceremony (and Laura!) all day and even now, weeks later.
Booking Laura was one of the best and easiest decisions we made. Not only did she help make our day so special, but we also have her ceremony script, which tells our story so beautifully, to treasure forever. We really can’t thank Laura enough!
Thank you so much, Laura!
The most special part of our day
The best part of our wedding!
We cannot recommend Laura more highly.
A wonderful ceremony!
On our wedding day, Laura put everyone at ease with her relaxed and confident manner and delivered the ceremony with an appropriate mix of seriousness and humour. My parents had been rather doubtful of us having a humanist wedding, having never been to one before, but following the ceremony my mother said it was the loveliest wedding ceremony she'd attended as it was so personal and reflective of our relationship. We were delighted with our ceremony and it is the part of our wedding day that we will remember the most. We feel that Laura was a great choice and no one could have done it better.
Our Perfect Wedding
Our friend, and photographer, Greg Milner told us about Laura and having a Humanist wedding. It was one of the best decisions we’ve ever made.
Throughout, Laura was exactly what we were looking for. From our first conversations we were all on exactly the same page and planning our ceremony was a joy.
Laura was really clear with options and how we could shape the day to be ours as much as possible. She was really accommodating when we asked for elements that weren’t a listed option, such as ring warming.
Doing the sand blending as part of the ceremony was something a lot of our guests commented on and enjoyed. It was the first time Laura had done it too, so we were truly all in it together! We love the outcome and it’s something we’ll see daily to remind us of the best day of our lives.
We thoroughly enjoyed meeting Laura pre-wedding and having an excuse to talk about our relationship for over three hours! It really did feel like we were old friends catching up in a lovely local pub.
So many of our guests commented on how much they enjoyed the ceremony, even the more traditional ones! So many of them have told us if they could do it again, they’d have a Humanist ceremony.
Many people asked afterwards how long we’d known Laura, as we all got on so well they thought we were long-time friends and it truly felt like that in the end.
Thank you again to Laura for really making our dream wedding “ours”. It was absolutely perfect. Rhea and Ed x
Lovely ceremony, great advice
For us the ceremony was the most important part of our wedding, on par with the venue. We knew what we didn't want from our ceremony, under no circumstances did we want to feel, stiff, forced, uncomfortable or too formal.
What we did want was relaxed, fun, loving with a good sprinkle of fun. And this is what we got. Laura gave advise, hints and tips and wrote a ceremony that reflected us and made us feel comfortable.
Our guests enjoyed the ceremony and one of our guests said she had never been to a wedding like ours and enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere so much more than other weddings she went to. We received plenty of comments on how nice it was and especially the hand fastening was unusual and guests loved it.
The day before we had a trial run and Laura was there with invaluable advice and practical knowledge, from seating arrangements, where to stand, when to hand over flowers and so on, which really calmed our nerves.
Laura was fantastic in conducting the ceremony, making everyone feel at ease and ensuring everything ran smoothly even when little things went wrong. We would wholly recommend her for couples looking to put together a bespoke ceremony where you can truly celebrate what makes you work as a couple rather than having to abide by convention or religious precedent.
Beyond what we could have dreamed! ??
Laura was wonderfully helpful, friendly and informal throughout the planning process. At no point did we feel out of our depth, she helped reassure us and check that we were happy with everything. As a control freak, I could not have been happier with how she sends the full ceremony ahead of time so we could read through everything first! ??
Laura is also incredibly understanding of any situation you may have with families, friends, politics, pre wedding stresses etc. She was fantastic with understanding only half of the guests were religious and had wonderful ideas to include and respect their wishes whilst staying in tone with the ceremony we wanted. I never thought we’d have a ceremony everyone loved, yet she managed to do it!
I am not over exaggerating when I say that of all the messages we’ve received since the wedding, all of them reference Laura’s wonderful ceremony. Friends that have been to over 50+ weddings have said how it’s the best ceremony they’ve ever been part of, and my engaged friends are now seriously reconsidering their options. That’s how wonderful, personal and meaningful Laura makes her ceremonies and I will never be able to thank her enough.
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