Updated: May 5
I chose Perfect Promises to be included in this event, as Wedding Celebrant Tanya is so flexible with her couples and their Ceremonies. I believe every Couple is unique, so your Wedding should be too. It should represent you and who you are as a couple, with as much of your personality thrown in as possible! With Tanya as your Wedding Celebrant, that's exactly what you'll get.
You can see a video below of the lovely Tanya answering your questions, shown during the Virtual Wedding Fayre. She has also written the following piece, showing you just why you should choose her to make your Wedding Ceremony just as personal as the rest of your day - Thank you Tanya! xo
If you'd like to talk to Tanya, I've included her contact details at the end of this post, or you can leave a comment below the post and I'll pass her your email address! 🤍
Perfect Promises - Your Wedding, Your Way
Congratulations! You’ve said “Yes”, so get ready to say “I do”.
You’ve probably already started to think about choosing every element of your special day and, let’s be honest, it’s great fun to spend hours looking through Pinterest, Instagram etc. to gather some ideas on how your big day might look.
I’m going to throw one more decision at you - your ceremony. This is the reason you’re all there, after all, so that your friends and family can share in your happiest day as you marry the person you want to share your life with.
So, why wouldn’t you want your wedding ceremony - the heart of your day - to be as personal and meaningful as every other part of your big day?
This is where choosing a Celebrant really does make all the difference. I’m Tanya Jones, from Perfect Promises, and I thought I’d take this opportunity to tell you a little bit about what a Celebrant does, and how I can help you make your wedding day completely personal and unique to you.
It’s All About You
Imagine a wedding ceremony which is all about you, and not just a standard script with your names dropped in; where you can include anything you like, whether that’s the lyrics to a favourite song, a poem, an extract from a favourite book or film, a hymn or any religious or spiritual reading.
That’s exactly what a Celebrant will give you. You’d like to write your own vows? Wonderful! You’d prefer not to write your own words, but don’t want the standard, Registrar wording either? Not a problem, I’ll write something just for you.
Your ceremony will be created around your unique love story, and will be written and delivered in a way to suit your style and personality: with no rules or restrictions, just what’s meaningful to you.
Perhaps you come from two different cultures and would like to include particular elements, or would like to include members of your families in symbolic rituals, such as lighting a unity candle, or a sand ceremony.
A Familiar Face
Couples are often nervous on their wedding day, and part of this anxiety can stem from the fact that they’ll be standing in front of a stranger when saying some of the most important words they’ll ever say, as you won’t meet the Registrar until they arrive at your wedding venue!
I will have met you before your wedding day (or talked via Skype if distance is involved), and will have been in contact via email or telephone many times in the months leading up to the day itself, to answer any queries you may have, and to work with you to create your perfect ceremony. So, on the day, you’ll both know the person standing with you at the top of the aisle, which means you really can just relax and enjoy every moment.
Practice Makes Perfect
As I mentioned, you’ll have complete control over the content of your ceremony, which can be amended as many times as you like until you’re sure it’s perfect for you.
I’m also able to help and advise you with the logistics and choreography of your ceremony. After all, you probably haven’t done this before, whereas I have a great deal of experience in how a ceremony flows, what works and what doesn’t, and when you might need a ‘Plan B’ - ie: if you’re planning to include small children or animals!
Things do usually go smoothly, but it’s always good to be prepared, just in case … You can also choose to have a rehearsal at your wedding venue, if you wish - not something available from a Registrar.
Location, Location, Location
You’ll have complete flexibility over where you choose to hold your ceremony. Maybe your favourite venue has an amazing room which isn’t licensed for civil ceremonies; or perhaps you have your heart set on an outdoor wedding; or you’ve always imagined getting married in your own garden. A Celebrant-led ceremony can take place absolutely anywhere at all!
Time Just For You
I take just one booking per day, which means you’re free to choose the exact time you’d like for your ceremony, without any of the restrictions you might encounter when a Registrar isn’t available. It also means that I can devote my full attention to your day, and only your day; with no worrying about timings, or having to rush off to another ceremony.
Separating the Legal from the Ceremonial Sometimes, couples are unsure about the process of actually having a legal registration of their marriage as well as a beautiful, Celebrant-led ceremony which really reflects them, their relationship and their hopes and dreams for their future together.
You’ll be pleased to hear that it’s really very simple. All my couples go to the Register Office for the legal registration of their marriage, and you can do that anytime before or after your Celebrant-led ceremony, though most couples choose to do this a few days before.
At the Register Office, you are allowed to take two witnesses if you wish, and you will say the words required by law, and sign the legal Register of Marriage - and that’s it! 5-10 minutes at most. There is no need to exchange your rings, as it’s not a legal requirement, so you can save that for your Celebrant-led ceremony.
This is the legal registration of your marriage, and I often liken it to the process when you have to register the birth of a baby. By law, you have to do this at the Register Office, but you can choose to celebrate the occasion in any way you wish. It’s simply separating the legal side of things from the ceremonial and celebratory - and it’s the exactly the same with a wedding. By separating the ceremony from the legal side, you are then completely free to create your perfect ceremony as part of your dream wedding day - with no limits or restrictions.
I hope this has given you some inspiration for how you can take your wedding ceremony to the next level, so please do get in touch if you have any questions, and let’s start to create your perfect ceremony!
Thank you Tanya, for getting involved in this Event and including an offer in the Virtual Goody Bag! xo
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Take care and stay safe everyone 🤍
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