Jo Stott of Newcastle’s Love Jo Ceremonies shares her 2023 insights

couple on their wedding day planting a plant Credit: From the Smiths PhotographyWe asked bridal expert and celebrant, Jo Stott of Newcastle's Love Jo Ceremonies, what you could choose and why if opting for a celebrant affair...


"Many couples show their commitment through hand-tying ceremonies, while another had a tree planting ceremony, planting a rose bush in soil from their parents' gardens. The soil signified the nourishment from each family, and the rose was a wish for a sweet marriage."

"Alcohol is allowed during celebrant weddings, and I offer my couples the option of a 'Sip and Save'. This is where friends and family are offered a tipple on entry to the ceremony; encouraged to take a sip and save the rest for a toast after the vows."

"Putting your story at the heart of your ceremony shows guests why you're perfect for one another. This could be how you met, or even an anecdote from your first holiday together."

"Why not incorporate a unique detail to ensure your love story will be passed down the generations? My couples add a modern twist to create something new, such as a sip of a G&T – the drink from their first date – rather than a traditional drink of life (whisky)."

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