As your wedding celebrant, I will create a beautiful, bespoke wedding ceremony

Planning a wedding is such a busy, exciting time, with so many decisions to make. One of the most important decisions is what kind of ceremony you would like. It’s worth a lot of thought because the moment you make your commitment is the true heart of your wedding day.

Your love story is unique. So why not tell it in a unique way, with a ceremony created just for you?  Instead of opting for something that’s off-the-peg, why not choose something tailored for you?  A bespoke wedding is a fresh, modern ceremony which truly reflects your personalities and your style.

As your wedding celebrant, I’ll be finding out who you are and what your likes and dislikes are. Do you want something formal or relaxed, energetic, or laid-back? Do you love tradition, or are you looking for a contemporary wedding? Are there any readings or music that are particularly special to you? Do you have beliefs, interests and passions that you want reflected in your ceremony?

From a spiritual perspective, your ceremony can draw inspiration from any religion or tradition. If you have different beliefs or faiths, we can combine elements from both. In addition, we can include a symbolic ritual, such as handfasting, or a unity candle.

My weddings are creative, fun and inclusive. I take an enthusiastic, can-do approach. I make time for us to get to know each other and I’ll be in regular contact, right up to your wedding date. When the big day arrives, you will feel relaxed, confident and able to take everything in.

I want your wedding ceremony to be everything you hope for. I want you to love every minute!

Alicen Dines, wedding celebrant

What’s different about a celebrant wedding

  • Your wedding ceremony is uniquely written for you – different from anyone else’s
  • Your wedding is full of your choices – free from boring rules and regulations
  • Your wedding reflects your style, personality, beliefs – and your wedding theme
  • You benefit from my years of experience and I offer lots of useful advice on what makes a wonderful ceremony
  • You will feel so much more confident and relaxed on the day because we’ve got to know each other
  • My weddings are inclusive, sensitive to anyone with special needs, disabled people and gay-friendly. ALL are welcome here!

How to plan your wedding

UK celebrants aren’t licensed to perform the legal marriage ceremony, so you’ll need to arrange your legal marriage first. Some couples have their legal ceremony the day before; others opt for weeks or months before. There’s also the option to have the registrars come to your licensed venue.

To make the booking, contact your local UK registry office or the equivalent abroad. It’s best to book your legal marriage as soon as possible, as the popular summer dates get filled very quickly.

The simplest legal ceremony costs just £50. You will pay more for the use of a function room, or for the registrars to come to your (licensed) venue.

As an ex-registrar myself, I know how to make your legal ceremony and your wedding celebration complement each other perfectly.

How I work with you

We’ll chat face to face, via email and on the phone to develop your wedding. I’ll ask lots of questions to get to know you, and make sure I understand your hopes for your wedding day. Don’t worry – planning your ceremony will be a fun, collaborative experience!

My wedding ceremony fee is £600. This includes:

  • all phone calls, emails and Skype/Facetime meetings
  • a face-to-face meeting, ideally at the venue (up to 2 hours)
  • creation of the ceremony concept
  • writing and editing of a full, bespoke script
  • writing your vows or helping you to write your own, as you wish
  • ongoing contact with you and the venue co-ordinator
  • leading the ceremony on the day
  • a presentation copy of the full wedding celebration script and certificate
  • travel costs – within a 20 mile radius of DT6

How to book your wedding

If you would like to have an informal chat, I’m happy to offer a free 30 minute phone or zoom call, with no obligation. To book your ceremony, please contact me to reserve the date. I’d love to hear from you.

“We just wanted to say a big THANK YOU. You kept us all giggling and created a wonderful and relaxed ceremony which is exactly what we both wanted. Thank you for making our day so very special”

Exchanging wedding rings
Symbolic handfasting during a wedding ceremony
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