So you’re getting married in beautiful Billericay, it’s exciting but also nerve wracking – there’s always more to plan than you think. Sometimes it can all be a bit overwhelming, but you deserve to be able to enjoy such a special day. Getting good people on board to help you plan is essential, so we put together a list of the top 20 marriage celebrants available in Billericay. A lot to choose from, but they’re all great and they all offer something a little bit different.
It’s All About the Day is special service provided by independent civil celebrant Anita Koch, a Hertfordshire native with an eye for beautiful ceremonies. Anita offers a bespoke service, where instead of going with the same old prewritten ceremony words, she creates a brand new ceremony in collaboration with you, helping you articulate the story of how you fell in love. What you’re doing when you get up in front of your family and loved ones is a declaration of your love and commitment, and what the ceremony contains should be unique to you. Anita will make sure your ceremony could only be about you.
The classic wedding ceremony is evolving in so many ways in modern society. These days the options are growing in every aspect of your ceremony, not just the words. Many people are opting for alternative gestures of commitment, such as handfasting ceremonies, and a different kind of classic, the resurgingly popular tradition of jumping the broom. Katie Deverell has conducted these kinds of ceremonies, and many more. She is no stranger to the strange, and has conducted ceremonies not only of all kinds, but in nearly all kinds of locations. The old church bound ceremony can be amazing but it is not for everyone. Thinking of having your wedding on a beach? In the woods? A family home? It can be whatever you want it to be. Katie has even officiated a wedding on a private island. Give her a call today, you won’t regret it.
Another rapidly growing trend in weddings these days are Humanist ceremonies. Humanist ceremonies give you the freedom to have your ceremony anywhere, as well as contain words and readings that truly reflect you and your partner rather than having to have religious connotations. Humanist ceremonies aren’t yet legally recognised in England, so a quick civil service will also be required, but they’ve already been legalised in Scotland, and the trend is growing. Linda is a brilliant example of the kind of great Humanist celebrants that are popping up all over the UK.
Tina is a charming and warm person, a mother and grandmother who decided to get into celebrancy because she wanted to do something that made people happy. Quickly realising that the registrar was not for her, Tina discovered Independent Celebrancy and quickly signed up and trained with the Fellowship of Professional Celebrants. Tina combines her love of weddings, her training and her wealth of life experience to create something special for each new couple she gets to meet. And she absolutely loves meeting new couples in love.
Bridget is an independent celebrant who offers innovative alternatives in an industry where the traditional has been the norm for so long. She brings a refreshing flexibility to the role, emphasising your input in the creative process, making sure the ceremony and vows are exactly how you want them to be, just with her expertise helping you along in the right direction. Behind the elegant and inviting celebrancy house known as Milestone Services is a bubbly and clever celebrant known as Bridget Sapiano, a growing in popularity celebrant that you won’t regret choosing for your wedding.
With True Blue Ceremonies, you can take your time, writing the ceremony from scratch in consultation with their in house expert celebrant Katie Keen. After eight years of working as a registrar, signing off on civil partnerships and ceremonies, Katie founded True Blue Ceremonies, and became an independent celebrant. The restrictions in time and style that comes with being a civil registrar means you don’t get to take your time and plan the special, once in a lifetime ceremonies that comes with independent celebrancy.
Daisy Chain is a special kind of person. A true professional who takes her work very seriously, but at the same time is a down to earth, approachable person to deal with. She will work with you to create the perfect bespoke ceremony from the ground up, from the vows, through poetry and readings that you have personally selected, all the way to choice of venue and how its all going to go down on the day. The only limit is your imagination, Daisy will make it a reality.
Somehow each new couple is still like a brand new experience to Peter Ryder, and an experience that he loves to be a part of. You can have the ceremony literally everywhere, it doesn’t have to be a licensed venue. It doesn’t even have to have a roof! You can have it in a field, a garden, or a lovely beach. There are so many aspects of the ceremony that can be involved as well, from broom jumping, hand fasting, candle lighting, or reading of poetry and music that means something special to you. Peter Ryder is a veteran of organising ceremonies, and he has seen and done it all.
Caroline Black is an active member of the British Humanist Association, and a perfect choice for a secular wedding occasion. She has a wide range of experience hosting a myriad of events outside of wedding celebrancy as well, including Remembrance Day services for the London Borough of Ealing, and Light Up A Life for the North London Hospice. Caroline is someone who understands the delicate sensibilities that go with each individual, unique event. As a humanist, she believes in the good aspects of what it means to be human – the connectedness of all us, generosity, honesty and good will. Once described as the atheist ‘Vicar of Dibley’, which for the right people is as good as testimonials get.
Leading up to your special day, Sue Dowell will consult with you one on one and get to know you as people, working with you to create a ceremony that is word for word your own, unique, personalised service. On the day she will take the reins and officiate, allowing you to relax and enjoy the experience, knowing you have had everything covered. A bonus to working with Sue Dowell is the flexibility on venue and style – you can have your wedding literally anywhere, and it can be as traditional or distinctly non-traditional as you please. On your wedding day, it’s all about you!
Rachel has a background in writing, which helps immensely in nailing down the perfect way to articulate what you want to say or be said on your special day. She is an independent celebrant with a charming twist and a unique background. She trained in celebrancy with the desire of offering a more personal touch, feeling disillusioned with how impersonal some ceremonies can be when done by someone who doesn’t engage or believe in the service. A real creative, Rachel has an extensive professional background in acting, meaning she will be bringing a level of competence, confidence and flair to the role that you’re unlikely to find elsewhere.
Lynne O’Hara will help you pick a beautiful location, a theme and other important aspects like music or readings you want included. Then on the day itself, she becomes Lynne the Lady Toastmaster! A confident master of ceremonies unlike any other. Lynne is a quirky and engaging celebrant with a real flair for getting to know people and bringing out the best in them. Leading up to the day Lynne will
work with you closely to help you find the right wording for your vows, and for the whole ceremony.
What words do you have in your heart? Those are the words that your ceremony should be based on. Is there a place that is special to you and your relationship? That’s where you should hold it! Celebrants like Lasting Memories help make these decisions and many more. These days you don’t have to go with the classic, obvious choices when planning your ceremony. It doesn’t have to be in a church, with a priest. It doesn’t even have to be religious at all! It’s all down to you and your preferences.
For those looking for something non-traditional, but still special and with loads of family and friends watching on with smiles on their faces, a humanist wedding can really make the day even more memorable than it was already bound to be. As with all humanist weddings, it should be mentioned that the legal issuing of a marriage certificate also needs to be completed at the Register office. A brilliant option for those interested in a humanist wedding is Yvonne Bracken-Kemish. Yvonne is a part of the Sutton Humanists group, and she understands that no two wedding ceremonies are the same, and everyone has a different idea of what they want their day to be like.
Gwen, the celebrant behind Unique Ceremony, is not professionally linked to any church, religious or humanist organisations, meaning that she can perform literally any ceremony you like, be it secular, religious or something really non-traditional. A bespoke celebrancy service all about making your wedding day exactly what the title says – a unique ceremony. Gwen is a versatile and independent celebrant, ready and willing to perform any manner of ceremony as well as weddings, such as a baby naming, an adoption ceremony, vow renewals, among others, but she really shines when it comes to weddings. The best things about Gwen are her versatility and her independence from affiliations.
A ceremony with WeddingsBlessingsFunerals can be performed anywhere, from a church to inside a hot air balloon, and anywhere on the spectrum in between. An independent and interfaith celebrancy service, specialising in unique, tailored services and spiritual counselling. Claire Hawksbridge is the celebrant behind the moniker and she doesn’t specialise in a particular kind of ceremony. She prefers to tailor the experience she provides to you, your preferences and your beliefs.
Rosalind came to the industry through a solemn and tragic occasion – her own parents’ passing. What she noticed however, was the great comfort something as simple as a personalised, careful service delivered with love provided, and how it made everyone feel about celebrating the life of a lost loved one on the day. After this event Rosalind Curtis did some research, and discovered that celebrants can also celebrate moments of great joy, conducting weddings and name givings as well as more solemn occasions, and has since gone on to develop a great passion for helping couples in love celebrate their special day. An honest and friendly humanist celebrant, with 13 years conducting ceremonies.
In her ceremonies, Vivienne likes to focus on the common values held among us all, focusing on humanity, family, warmth and love. A truly great celebrant for anyone looking to celebrate their love and commitment who aren’t looking for a religion based ceremony. Vivienne Donnithorne is a celebrant who really loves her work, and it shows. Vivienne has been conducting humanist ceremonies for over two decades, and in that time her passion for celebrating life and love through crafting bespoke ceremonies has never gone away.
Roxy is the perfect celebrant for any young couple looking for someone who understands them and is listening. An honest, refreshing and charmingly bubbly celebrant is Roxy Hotten. Roxy writes and delivers ceremonies that are full of humour, life, unique aspects pertaining to each couple and their experience, but most of all, they’re full of love. A truly passionate individual who brings a streak of fresh fun to every ceremony.
Alis Parker is an amazing choice. She uses her humanist beliefs to great effect in creating a ceremony that celebrates love, commitment and the connection between us all. Alis is a humanist celebrant based out of Neath, with a real eye for ceremony design. If you’ve decided that you want to celebrate your special day in style but without the input of a minister and without the traditional, religious aspect, Alis sounds perfect for you.