When I was planning my wedding I was presented with so much that was tradition, constraints around ‘that’s how its done’, where I could get married, legalities and formalities.
I knew there had to be another way and there is. Having a celebrant led wedding gives you the freedom to celebrate your love and commitment in any way you choose. Wedding ceremonies have been held in gardens, on boats, in castles, at home, on beaches, up mountains, in fields and on the banks of beautiful rivers. There is no need for a licensed venue so there are more opportunities to find somewhere special and meaningful to you.
Not bound by the hours prescribed by Registry Offices, you can hold your ceremony in the moonlight, at sunrise or sunset, or at any time of day that suits you. You can be as romantic and creative in your wedding design as you wish.
Your Wedding Ceremony can be as dignified as a church service, but with all or some of the religious elements replaced by words and music that have truly significant meaning for you. You can integrate elements from other religions such as breaking glasses and hand fasting or lighting candles, create paintings, making wishes for your new partnership, releasing balloons, having a ring or sand ceremony. The choices are endless, all that matters is you truly have the ceremony of your dreams.
I write every ceremony from scratch, incorporating readings, music and rituals that are inspirational to you. I can help you write your own vows, involve children and family members but ultimately find a way that expresses your love and commitment in a meaningful way. We will practice the choreography of the day so you can feel confident that it will all be exactly as you had dreamed.
In order to complete the formalities you will need to visit your local Register Office. This is a simple, quick and reasonably cheap process, to make the appropriate legal declarations in the presence of two witnesses. If you like you can save exchanging rings and vows for your ceremony.
Carrying out the legalities separately enables you to declare your love and commitment to each other in more personal and creative ways. You can begin your new life together in a place, and in a style, that truly reflects who you are and celebrates your uniqueness as a couple.
To discuss your ideas for your ‘Big Day’ further, please Contact Me to find out how.
“We were fortunate enough to have Shelley agree to perform our Vow Renewal ceremony at Boreham House, after ten years of marriage and we could not have asked for anyone better.
Shelley’s attention to detail and taking the time to get to know us, enabled her to not only understand our story to date, but to be able to portray it to our guests and conduct the perfect ceremony for us.
We are truly thankful to Shelley and could not recommend her enough, a wonderful person and perfect celebrant for any ceremony you could plan for.
A big thank you also goes to her husband at DingDongDesign who provided all of our stationery which was perfect, we can not recommend Paul and Shelley enough.”
- Mr & Mrs Kourrelias-Holt
“We wanted to say thank you for conducting our wedding ceremony for us. The ceremony was lovely. You’ve done a fantastic job and made our wedding day very special.“
- Mr. & Mrs. Gladwin
“Thank you for our wonderful wedding ceremony and for being so well organized throughout.“
- Mr. & Mrs. Anderson
“It was a pleasure to work with you for M and P’s wedding and I would absolutely recommend you in the future to any couples that come through our doors, it would be amazing to have you back”
- Shannen at Greenwood's Hotel
“Thank you so much for the beautiful way you led the celebration of life today. The service was everything C would have wanted, it was comforting to share such wonderful memories of my sister with our family and friends. You are obviously very well suited to your role.”
“I just wanted to say thank you for conducting such a lovely service for Mum on Friday. You helped develop, structure and deliver a service that caught the essence of who she was and allowed us to say goodbye in a meaningful way. At a difficult time when we needed guidance and compassion, you were there to provide both.”
"Thank you very much Shelley, all the family agreed that it was exactly the simple service that was requested. It was good to meet you albeit under sad circumstances."
"A proud man, an entertainer, who knew a little about a lot and loved to share his stories with his family - that sounds like a great way to be remembered."
"We wanted to say thank you for Mum's service. You are a truly warm person and lots of my family said how beautiful the service was."
“I wanted to say a big thank you for dad’s service on Friday. It was a great send off and everyone has said how nice it was.”