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FAQs and expert advice about celebrant

Here is a selection of Q&As from Your North East Wedding magazine whether it be about flowers, hair and makeup, fashion, wedding themes, health & beauty, cakes, stationery, legal advice. If you would like your question answered by our experts, please email it to editor@yournortheast.wedding

It's All About You

It's All About You

Q We want a memorable service and are thinking of booking a celebrant. Do you have any ideas of how we can make the day more personal?
A Gemma Jay says: A celebrant is the perfect choice if you're looking to personalise your day. Start the day as you mean to go on and set the tone with a ceremony that celebrates your journey together, telling your love story.

A lot of newly engaged couples have never heard of a celebrant, so they don't know there is another option, but we are the hottest trend in weddings right now. Celebrant-led ceremonies are not currently legally binding in England, so you would need to register the marriage at the registry office, but by doing so, you open up a world of possibilities.

A celebrant-led ceremony is a true reflection of you as a couple and incorporates your likes, loves and passions. You have the opportunity to have an input in your ceremony, from who you choose to deliver it right down to the elements you want to include. Do you want your guests to be involved? Are we raising a toast or doing shots? Do you have nerdy or quirky fandoms? Mixed faith, children, grandparents, let's include them! Your ceremony should be fun, relaxed and all about you.

There are so many options for what you can include in a ceremony, from handfasting to unity candles, sand blending and fingerprint trees. A trained celebrant will unpick your ideas and help inspire you to create your vision and a one-of-a-kind ceremony that will leave your family and guests talking. You have input in everything else for your day, so why not the ceremony?

Gemma Jay, North East Celebrant

Let's Celebrate?

Let's Celebrate?

Q We've just started wedding planning and I'm confused about what a celebrant actually does! Can you help?
A Nichola Reeder says: A celebrant will help you create the wedding ceremony that tells your love story perfectly; whenever, wherever and however you choose. There are no restrictions on the day, time, venue or what you put into it – I've dressed as a pirate, made cocktails and flown birds of prey during ceremonies, so the only limit is your imagination. I'd start by working out what makes the pair of you tick and will surprise and delight your guests. I then start drafting a ceremony that reflects who you truly are and what led you to your special day, incorporating those unique touches that make it so personal to you. We can of course include all the traditional elements, like a ring exchange, or bring in rituals such as hand fasting – whatever illustrates your story best. I'm there with tea, tissues and bourbon throughout the planning, then on the day I'll deliver the perfect ceremony that inspires you and your guests to share your love and perhaps shed the odd tear of happiness.

Nichola Reeder, Rebel Heart Ceremonies

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