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Frequently Asked Questions

Here you'll find the answers to some common Celebrant & Ceremony questions.

Don't forget that when you book me for your special celebration, everything is bespoke so please do contact me with all of your further questions, ideas and inspirations - I can't wait to get started.

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  • Why use an Independent Celebrant?
    There’s one key difference between a registrar and an Independent Celebrant. Choice. A registrar is a formal appointment, booked for a set time on the day and following a formulaic set of vows. With an Independent Celebrant, you choose when, where and what you want to say. Married under an oak tree in the forest – no problem. Ceremony in a castle in Wales – of course. Share your vows in the sunshine of Spain – I can do it. And when you book me for your special day, it is about the whole day. I’m not booked into a time slot – so if we have to move the moment to allow for the unexpected, that’s fine. I’m completely focused on making your dream day come true, from start to finish.
  • What is a Celebrant?
    A Celebrant is an independent individual who is trained to provide a custom-made ceremony, unique and personal for you. Unlike a Registrar there is no legal limitation or restriction as to what you can include in a celebrant led ceremony. With a Celebrant, YOU have the freedom to create your own ceremony, which encapsulates your love, style and personality and to suit the type of ceremony being conducted.
  • What does a Celebrant do?
    A celebrant can performs and officiate many types of ceremonies including weddings, vow renewals, naming, funerals and memorials. Using a Celebrant for your service means that you can plan and design everything just as you want it. Everything can run in the order you want, in the place you choose with as much or as little formality as you're comfortable with. You can have as much or as little religious or spiritual content as you wish, or even blend different beliefs together to suit all of those involved. A good Celebrant should be able to assist and support you with the planning and decision making and be on hand to make sure your day runs smoothly. Their experience should mean they can offer suggestions and ideas that you may not have thought of, point you in the direction of credible suppliers where needed and troubleshoot potential problems.
  • How is a Celebrant different from a Registrar?
    When is comes to your ceremony, Registrars are bound by legal limitations and restrictions as to what they are allowed to include. Whereas a Celebrant is free from these restrictions and able to create a custom-made ceremony that is unique and personal to you. In England and Wales, a wedding ceremony, like a birth or a death, must be registered legally with a Registrar, the Registrar is responsible for keeping legal records and that ceremony must take place in a licensed venue for a marriage, ie, the Registry Office. However, remember that Religious and/or Spiritual content is NOT allowed in a wedding conducted by a Registrar. You can read more about this topic in my popular blog post: https://www.denise-whelan-celebrant.com/post/celebrant-or-registrar
  • How much does a Celebrant cost?
    My prices are from £595 for Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday weddings in the UK. Price on application for other days of the week.
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