When Helen met Sally

‘Toast’ – Meet Sally the Celebrant

Asking all the questions for you!

Hey Guys, So this month I thought I’d introduce you to my lovely new friend, Sally. We were introduced through a networking community where we live in good old Macclesfield and we’ve never looked back since! (The irony is, both of us are terrified of business networking!) Anyhoo, that bit is boring…

Both of us are in the first year of business so it’s been amazing to have made the connection with Sally and plus, she is super dooper fun! Yay!

Sally is a celebrant – ‘a what?’ I hear you say!

Well, it might just be the one thing you needed for your wedding you didn’t realise was a possibility!

Just as we were getting our heads together to sort out our amazing styled shoot collaboration, we’ve gone into the social distancing that covid-19 has demanded. I cannot wait for you to meet her and roll on the better times of post-lockdown awesomeness…

Through the power of technology, I sent Sally some questions via e-mail (stay-home winners here!) and hey presto, here you go…

Sally the celebrant in a fun and happy pose on a wedding bus

Hey Sally the celebrant! How are you?

Hey Helen the super-cool stationer!  I’m hunky dory thank you my lovely, other than I’m missing people and missing planning ceremonies like crazy during this lockdown! 

What on earth is a celebrant for those that don’t know?

I’m a professionally trained independent celebrant and create and conduct wow and fabulous ceremonies for weddings, vow renewals, commitment ceremonies and baby naming’s.  Each ceremony is written from scratch to make it truly personal and unique and full of love, laughter and tears – happy tears of course!

Is it the same thing as a humanist wedding?

Humanist and independent celebrants are similar in so far as both can offer non-religious ceremonies. Humanist celebrants tend not to lead any religious acts of worship, but some independent celebrants are happy to include this.  If a great Aunt wants to do a religious reading or if Granny wants to sing her favourite hymn, then some celebrants are more than happy to include this – anything to bring a huge smile to their faces! 

Every celebrant is different though, each has their own style, so choose one you really like the sound of.

They’ll be spending quite a bit of time getting to know you and hearing all your secrets and what makes you tick so you’ve got to be able to form a bond and have a giggle with them!    

What makes it different from a registrar or church service?

Flexibility!  Flexibility on content, venue and timing.  I’ll spend bags of time getting to know the couple or family and write the ceremony from scratch to make sure it’s all about them.

Full of love, lots of laughter and sparkle. 

Also, there aren’t any restrictions on music or wording so the world really is your oyster!  Gone are the days of walking down the aisle to the same tune as everyone else – choose a song from a favourite film, something that fills you with happiness or even something that’ll get everyone up on their feet dancing whilst you shimmy down the aisle!  

After-all, the ceremony should be THE most important part of the day so let’s make it fun! 

As for venue, well, it can be absolutely anywhere.  It doesn’t have to be in a licensed venue so choose your favourite place – a lakeside setting, a tipi in a field, a special restaurant or your fave swanky hotel.  It can be micro & magnificent or lavish & luxurious!  I’ll only book one ceremony a day so there are no restrictions with time either – take your pick – morning, noon or night!      

Investment – How much does a celebrant cost and how does that compare to the ‘traditional’ services mentioned above?

The cost for a celebrant varies hugely but I’d guess the average is from around £600. The cost for a registrar to perform a ceremony at a venue can be around £700.  So using a celebrant is an absolute bargain, especially considering the number of hours that goes into writing a bespoke script 😊

Is there anything else couples should know?

Yes!  This is the really important bit – as celebrants in England and Wales can’t (yet!) perform a legal marriage, more and more couples are choosing to do the legal admin at a different time – this can be on the morning of the wedding or a few days beforehand at the local Register Office. It’s a very simple process, only takes around 15 minutes and costs (depending on the Borough) around £50.  Couples can then save the vows & promises, exchange of rings, posh frocks, suits, glitter & sparkles for the big, fun celebrant-led ceremony.   

Any top tips for brides and grooms to be?

Just be true to yourself and do what you want to do.

There’s no right or wrong way.  It’s your day so tailor it to what makes you happy.  Big, small, outdoors, indoors, relaxed, chilled, extravagant or a mixture of the lot … it’s your day, have it your way without any restrictions getting in the way of your hopes and dreams. 

toast celebrant sally posing with a ceremony bookWhat’s your fave tipple so I can thank you properly when I get to actually see you?!

Ooooh, so hard to choose just one so I’ll say gin & tonic, prosecco or red wine! 

Thank you so much Sally!

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love, helen


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