It’s coming up to that time of year, the day you’ve been waiting for, the wedding of your dreams in your home town of Guildford. The best thing about getting married these days is that you can plan out your ceremony to include anything you want, and celebrants know how to make this happen better than anyone. They’re the experts, and here’s a list of the top 20 available in Guildford so that you can decide for yourself.
Don’t let the name fool you, these guys know how to get personal and give you an intimate, bespoke service that will make your day so much more special. With UK Celebrants you can create your own custom wedding in which you can talk about whatever you like, with the idea that UK Celebrants will help you get the words and style just right. You’re also not constrained to the classic kind of wedding venues as well. These days with folks like UK Celebrants, you can hold your wedding ceremony literally anywhere, be it on the beach, in the forest, or in the intimacy of your home backyard.
Sue Pellow is a real, top class professional celebrant. Trained by the Fellowship of Professional Celebrants, while also having worked in the charity sector for a massive 17 years and counting, Sue is the perfect combination of kind, generous, but also confident and charming like a true master of ceremonies. Whether you want someone to help you craft your vows and make those difficult decisions for design and the content of your ceremony, or whether you want someone to go the whole way and officiate everything on the day, Sue Powell is a fantastic choice.
After being moved by a heartfelt and deeply respectful humanist ceremony she attended, Emma knew that Humanism was for her. She has ever since been using her great set of skills to create beautiful, bespoke humanist ceremonies with her own twist all over the UK. Emma is unique in her qualifications in that she has a Bachelor’s Degree with Honors in languages, specialising in French & Spanish, so she can write parts of your ceremony in these romantic languages, but as a linguist is happy to have a go at any language that you plan with her.
Annie is one of those special people who really understands what it is like to plan a wedding, and she will do everything in her power to make the process as smooth and stress free as she can, so that on the day you can relax, enjoy it and savour it and make it the magical dream event it is supposed to be. Leading up to the day Annie will help you fill out a questionnaire and plan according to the answers, to make sure that this a special, unique ceremony that is just perfectly suited to your tastes.
Martin Shaw is a veteran of countless ceremonies and weddings, and it’s very easy to see why people keep asking him back! He is one of the best. A friendly, warm, and confident individual, Martin is very well regarded. A trained civil celebrant and registrar, Martin went from one side of the industry, just getting people married and through the door as quick as possible, to the more intimate, personal setting of working one on one with couples to deliver the wedding of their dreams in as much time as they need.
Leading up to the day, Sue Dowell will work closely with you and your partner, getting to know who you are as people, what you value, how you fell in love, and she will use this information to create a personalised ceremony that really speaks to the heart of what makes you special. Knowing that you’re in good hands, of someone you’ve gotten to know and trust, and someone who really knows what they’re doing anyway, makes the day go that much smoother and instead of worrying about how it is all going to go, you can enjoy yourself in the confidence that today really is going to be the best day of your life!
Joe Davis is a really community minded celebrant and a great choice for anyone in the area looking for a top class celebrant. A pastor with a whopping 25 years experience, he wanted to be a bigger part of people’s special occasions, and so he founded Soul Place, a bespoke service dedicated to organising friendly and professional events. Despite his own background, Joe recognises that not everyone has the same ideas about spirituality, and so Soul Place are all about you and your and unique experiences rather than any core beliefs.
Father John is the founder of a service called Celebrate Life, that strikes the perfect balance between traditional religious ceremonies and humanist services. Though personally devout, Father John recognises that many people in today’s society don’t have a formal link to the church, but still have a love and commitment to one another that deserves to be celebrated and acknowledged. This is why he offers his services to anyone with open arms and a friendly, professional attitude.
If you’re having trouble writing your vows, or just can’t quite find the perfect words to describe your love for your partner, Ginny Collins could be the perfect celebrant for you. Ginny is an English Literature graduate, with a long and successful career in writing and publishing, so she really knows words, and now, working as a Humanist celebrant, she really knows about love and commitment, as well as putting on a cracking good ceremony.
Noel is a dedicated and experienced celebrant originally from Tyrone, with a strong passion for humanism and its ideals. These days, so many people hold different beliefs, and the tolerance we hold for each other as people outside of our personal beliefs is stronger than ever. For Noel, the idea of including religious aspects in a ceremony where the people being celebrated are non religious, is an inappropriate way of celebrating. This is why he strongly promotes Humanist ceremonies, and will work with you to create beautiful occasions either from the ground up, or as a consultant to refine the ideas you already have.
Phil Donaghue is the full celebrant package. Completely independent, open to any and all types of occasions, and with a seriously impressive background in the theatre, Phil’s ceremonies are truly made all the more special by his involvement. Whether it be because of his strong presence and charisma, or his friendly, warm attitude towards working with new couples, Phil is a fantastic professional. His passion to help people of all walks of life celebrate their love individually is second to none.
Tony Winyard is the Wedding Maker, one of the most unique celebrants on the scene. Having the unique distinction of being both a trained celebrant and a trained master of ceremonies, Tony offers both services in a special, all encompassing package. A true entertainer who knows exactly the right questions to ask on day one of working with him, Tony combines his good humour, quick wit, and experience working on a massive 2,000 weddings and counting to give you the best service you will ever receive. You won’t regret picking the Wedding Maker.
Michael is the celebrant and brain behind Vows That Wow, a celebrancy service that sits in the perfect place in the market, offering what both traditional church based services and register offices can’t offer – a truly bespoke experience. This is because to be a true bespoke service, each time the service has to be new and unique, because each new couple and each new situation is also unique. Michael knows this all to well, and uses his greatly honed skills first to help you plan the ceremony, and then on the day run it for you.
Caroline Black is a generous and witty humanist celebrant who’s work takes her all over society helping people in need craft and create beautiful, intimate ceremonies that always celebrate life and love in some special way. This might mean hosting the event in a garden, or a place of special significance to you. It could also mean choosing the perfect words to say, or a unique ritual such as a hand-fasting. Whatever the event, the style, the location, Caroline Black can work with you to make it so much better.
Rachel is a celebrant with a powerful presence. A skilled, professionally trained actress with a great eye for detail and a bubbly personality, Rachel works closely with couples to create special, intimate ceremonies that house truly memorable experiences, for all involved. A long list of impressive testimonials prove the hype right – not only is Rachel’s services all inclusive for any type of couple, they’re also delivered flawlessly.
Looking for that elegant, dignified wedding ceremony of your dreams? But maybe you don’t want to go with the rigid conventions of an absolutely traditional wedding? It’s hard sometimes to strike a balance. No one strikes that balance like Rosemary Taylorson. A trained humanist celebrant, Rosemary is all about creating intimacy through deeply personalised ceremonies crafted alongside you and with your advice and friendship.
Vivienne is a celebrant who really loves her work, and it shows. She 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. 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.
While Kate Gee is a humanist herself, she acknowledges that you don’t have to be humanist as well simply to have a humanist ceremony. Humanism is relevant to us all, even the deeply and devoutly religious, because it is simply about celebrating life, love, and the interconnectedness between us all. Kate uses her passion for working with people, mixed with these humanist ideas, to craft ceremonies that are personalised, interesting and entertaining.
Jennie is a professional celebrant from the fellowship of professional celebrants, and she will work with you closely and personally to create and design the ceremony not that you feel you should have, but the one you want in your heart. After her own wedding ceremony, in which the celebrant hosting it made her day that much more special and loving, Jennie decided that she wanted to do for others what they did for her, so she became a celebrant to spread the love and positivity that often comes when working with one as professional.
A humanist celebrant with over a decade conducting ceremonies, Ros came to the world of humanist celebrancy through the sad occasion of her own parent’s funeral services. What she noticed however, was the great comfort something as simple as a personalised, careful service delivered with love made to the event, and how it made everyone feel about celebrating the life of a lost loved one. She explored the area 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.