Weddings, Hand Fasting
The Blending of a Future
Most people are aware that licensed venues other than registry offices can now be used for civil marriage ceremonies. What is not so commonly known or understood is that ONLY the Declaratory Words (I do solemnly declare …), and the Contracting words (I call upon these persons here present …) have to be said in a Registry Office or licenced venue, in order for your marriage to be recognised in law and for a marriage certificate to be issued. These words are the only legal requirements for marriage, as well as formally identifying yourselves to the registrar and signing the marriage/civil partnership register in front of two independent witnesses and a registrar. Ref: Fellowship of Professional Celebrants
The rest of the service, including the exchanging of rings and saying of vows to one another is purely ceremonial and can therefore take place literally ANYWHERE and at any time of the day or night – you are limited only by your imagination. From simply tailoring your vows to a traditional hand fasting ceremony, from reading and poems to the right music for the occasion or venue, whatever your occasion, I would be delighted to help you plan your special day.