Why choose a Celebrant rather than a conventional Registry Office wedding?
Freedom to have the ceremony you want is the short answer. Choosing Willow Celebrant Services to perform your ceremony for you will allow you much more freedom than your local Registry Office is able to offer. We can be flexible on location, content and timings, and will make sure we do all we can to make your ceremony everything you would like it to be. We will work closely with you and get to know you as individuals in order to give you the best possible service.
Why do you have a London postal address, are you based in London?
No, we are based in Central Bedfordshire while also covering Hertfordshire, Bedford Bourough, Cambridgeshire and even further afield. We have a PO Box address for postal contact only.
Can I have my ceremony outside?
Yes. You can have your ceremony anywhere you wish providing you get permission from the land owner or venue manager. You can have your ceremony somewhere special to you. This may be by a lake, in a field, by the sea, even in your own garden. The sky is the limit (seriously, I'm not good off the ground).
Can I choose the wording of my ceremony?
Yes. If there are specific words you would like included in your ceremony just let us know before the follow up meeting and we will intergrate them into your ceremony. Depending on the package you choose you are able to access our extensive list of readings, vows and ring exchange words to help you decide on what to include in your ceremony.
Will our wedding ceremony be legal?
No, but let me explain. Although civil celebrants are not able to perform legal ceremonies this comes with substantial benefits to you. Because we are not bound by law, as the registration service is, we can be much more flexible with both the location of your ceremony and the content you chose to include within it. In order to become legally married you can attend your local Registration Office with two witness and perform a simple marriage ceremony to cover you legally. This can cost as little as £50 and will mean you are legally married but able to have the fantastic, individual ceremony you have always hoped for at a later date, or even possbily a later time on the same day. It's a very simple process and we are more than happy to talk you through this process and the steps you will need to take. For more information and guidance contact us via telephone, email or post.
Can I include religious content in my ceremony?
Yes. With Willow Celebrant Services you are able to include as little or as much religious content as you wish. At this moment in time it is not possible to include religious content in marriage ceremony unless the ceremony takes place in a religious buidling. With us you will be able to include the content you desire in the location of your dreams.
I can't find exactly what I want within the packages you offer, what can you do to help me?
The packages can be used as a guide. If they don't include exactly what you require we can have a discussion about your requirements and come up with a bespoke package created especially for you.
Can I include my dog in the ceremony?
Of course. As long as you have gained permission from the owner or manager of the venue we will be more than happy to include your pet in the ceremony.
I see that you provide other services but there is no information regarding them. Why is this?
The list is just to let you know that we offer all sorts of ceremonies. We have information on the most popular ceremonies as these generally cover quite similar requirements and requests. Our other services can vary greatly depending on which type of ceremony it is and are therefore much more bespoke to the customer. If you have a particular ceremony in mind, even if it is not mentioned on our 'Other Services' list, please contact us and we can discuss the possibilities with you.
We would like to book with you, what is the next step?
Contact us as soon as possible to ensure you secure the date you want. At time of booking we require a £50 deposit. This deposit is non-refundable but will be deducted from your total fee. Receipt of this deposit secures your booking and we will arrange a preliminery meeting to discuss your requirements.
What area do you cover?
We travel all over the UK. The majority of our ceremonies are held throughout Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Swindon, Gloucestershire , Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Milton Keynes. We are based in Oxfordshire and prices are dependent on location. We are happy to travel to your venue of choice and will keep any additional travelling costs to a minimum where possible. If you are unsure if we would travel to you or would like a no obligation quote please contact us and we will be happy to have a chat about the possibilities.