Sue Gaffey - Independent Modern Celebrant
Simply Unique Ceremonies
What is an independent celebrant?
In a nutshell, someone who creates, performs and officiates at a formal family ceremony including weddings, civil partnerships, vow renewals, elopements, naming and funerals. The No.1 amazing benefit of using a celebrant and unlike any other formal ceremony, is that this celebration can be totally personalised to you. The rule book can be thrown out the window!
Are these wedding and civil partnership ceremonies legally binding?
No, you need to ensure you have carried out the paperwork and process to make it legally binding. You can book a simple short ceremony at the Registry office, no need to book a room for guests to attend. Just the couple getting married and two witnesses are required for the legal bit. There is no rule to say but this is usually done before your actual ceremony with a celebrant and friends and family. If you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Can we help with the ceremony content?
Absolutely! I can’t do this on my own and need your ongoing input. It’s very much a collaborative process throughout to ensure you are happy. I want to deliver a ceremony that is just for you as a couple or family.
How long is the ceremony?
It’s entirely up to you. This is your day and your ceremony so depends on what you want to include, but can be anywhere between 20 and 40 minutes.
Where can a ceremony be held?
The amazing thing is, as an independent celebrant it can be anywhere you want it to be held! Inside or outside. I would obviously advise you ask permission first, if it’s not your land or venue. Also, have a think about an outdoor wedding in the UK and ensure you have another option or able to move it in if the weather turns a bit nasty.
Are you able to help with the choreography of the ceremony?
Absolutely, more than happy to help and work with you to make you and your guests feel as comfortable and happy as possible. I can be available for a rehearsal the day before the ceremony, if you want to ensure it all runs lovely and smoothly.
Can you include religion in your ceremonies?
I can include religion in your ceremony if you want whether that’s a hymn or a religious reading or a ritual. All this can be discussed when we start to plan your day.
Are you qualified?
Yes, I trained and certified with the Fellowship of Professional Celebrants (FPC) and can conduct weddings, civil partnerships, vow renewals and naming ceremonies. I’m a member of the FPC too.