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


Exchanging vows

Exchanging vows

Q. We want our wedding to be personal and someone mentioned a celebrant is a good idea. What are the benefits of having one?

A. Gemma Jay says: Your wedding ceremony should be a true representation of you as a couple and the journey shared together.

With a celebrant-led ceremony, you'll have the freedom to express yourselves fully by highlighting your love story, selecting readings, including live music and involving friends and family.

Symbolic elements can also be added such as handfasting, unity candle, sand ceremony, love cocktails, crystals and pretty much anything – the possibilities are endless. The ceremony can take place somewhere conventional or somewhere different like a woodland, tipi, field, music festival, beach or even in your house or garden!

As an independent celebrant working around the North East, I specialise in creating memorable ceremonies for couples and I love hearing their love stories. Turn to page 13 to discover my current discount.

Gemma Jay,North East Celebrant


Second time around

Second time around

Q. My husband and I have been married 20 years and want to renew our vows. How can we make it feel like a wedding?

A. Lisa Wilson says: Lisa says: A vow renewal is a wonderful way to celebrate how far you've come and celebrate your special anniversary. With a celebrant-led renewal of vows ceremony, yours will be personalised. It can include special memories, the reasons why you are renewing your vows and old and new commitments to each other as you publicly declare “I still do.” You might wish to repeat the same vows you had in your original wedding ceremony or perhaps even use totally new words to express your love.

The good news is there are no restrictions on the type of ceremony you can have – it can include all the traditions, modern twists, religious content, humour or something completely alternative, bold and real. Your ceremony can take place day or night, indoor or outdoor and doesn't have to be in a licensed venue. If you've dreamed of a ceremony on a beach, at your family home or at the place you first met – you can have it!

Lisa Wilson