Experienced Celebrant

Next Chapter Ceremonies
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About Me

Congratulations! You have something special to celebrate.

I am an independent celebrant based in East Anglia working with people looking for a unique, warm, and entirely personal celebration.
Our individual lives are stories with distinct chapters. Joyful moments and milestones deserve carefully chosen words which reflect our individual characters.

When you choose me as your celebrant, I will listen carefully to your wishes, learn about you as people, then capture your individual stories and hopes for the next chapter of your life.

As an experienced celebrant, your personal story inspires my work and creates a signature style to my ceremonies. You as a client can trust my integrity and ability to communicate. You are always at the heart of my work.

I am passionate about equality and diversity: I respect all religions and beliefs.

Ruth Everett

 Celebrant

A Truly bespoke service

My Services…

Weddings

Renewal of Vows

Baby Namings

Your Chapter

Weddings

My intention is to make your wedding ceremony unique to you and your beliefs. Rather than the rigid format of a Registration Service, we meet beforehand and have fun planning exactly what you want your ceremony to include.

I will then write your service using my many years of writing experience, so it reflects you, the special couple you are.

Traditional or contemporary, I will write a truly intimate, poignant service which incorporates your personalities and what you wish for in the next chapter of your lives together. I can help you write your own vows which declare what you really mean to one another. Nearer your big day, we can have a rehearsal to eliminate pre-wedding nerves, so you enjoy the real ceremony that much more!

On your long-anticipated wedding day, I will be at the end of the aisle, wherever you have chosen that to be, a friendly face who knows exactly what this day really means to you both.

With years of public speaking experience, your guests will be sure to hear every carefully chosen word made personal to you in this next chapter of your story together.

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Renewal of Vows

Whatever milestone you have reached in your relationship, reaffirming your feelings for one another in a public setting is a special way to celebrate your continued love for one another, share your story so far and what you intend the next chapter of your lives to include.

Your children and newer friends might not have been present at your original ceremony, so renewing your vows is an opportunity to include those people most important to you at this stage in your relationship. You can make your occasion as formal or informal as you would like it. An afternoon ceremony followed by tea and sandwiches, or early evening followed by celebratory drinks.

Some couples like to include parts of the original wedding ceremony. You might choose to re-exchange the same vows or share new ones you have written yourselves. Friends or children might like to recite some readings, or you could re-dedicate your rings. I can help you write a bespoke ceremony then conduct it in exactly the way that most reflects your feelings for one another at this stage of your story.

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Baby Namings

Welcoming a child into the world is a life changing, exciting milestone: a thrilling new chapter for you to celebrate. Many parents like to hold a special baby naming ceremony to welcome their precious new arrival to their family and friends.

A baby naming ceremony is a less formal alternative to a religious christening. It can be held anywhere, at any time. It isn’t a legal ceremony, just a joyous occasion to share your happiness at your new addition in a unique way with the people who matter most to you.

Usually the ceremony takes place in your baby’s first year. It might explain your choice of name for your baby, whether it links to a family member or has some other special significance. It can provide some background to you as parents, how you might be feeling about your role and include mentions of grandparents or ‘godparents’ who are likely to show particular interest in your baby’s life. These people might like to read a poem, make a promise or say something personal to your baby themselves. There are many ways to include your own ideas into the ceremony. You could include traditions that your family has passed down generations or start a new family tradition.

Testimonials

“A huge heartfelt thanks for all your help and ideas. Your kindness and time have helped us plan the exact ceremony we want. Thanks again from both of us.”

John & Jess

“It was so lovely meeting you and knowing that you’ve been there to support us in creating our perfect ceremony. We do not know how to thank you. You have been absolutely brilliant over the last few weeks, taking on board all our suggestions and wishes. Thank you so much.”

Caroline

“You carefully managed to include so many of the anecdotes and funny moments that we shared with you. It was really a memorable and special service. Thank you so much.”

Pippa & Jane

“Our ceremony was lovely, beautifully written, very moving, beautifully read and perfect for what we wanted. Thank you so much for all of the work you put into it, both beforehand and on the day.  We are extremely grateful to you for making the occasion as personal and thoughtful as it could possibly be.”

Barry & Wendy

“Thank you for yesterday. We really appreciated the gentle, thoughtful and humorous way you delivered our ceremony. You made it so meaningful. My Dad also asked me to pass on his thanks; he found it hard not to cry! Thank you so much again. x”

Zoe

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between a registrar and a celebrant?

A registrar is a government official and can perform ceremonies only in venues licensed for marriages using specified contractual wording to legalise them. No spiritual or religious content can be used. They are bound by tight time constraints. They are there to undertake a legal contract.

Whereas a celebrant has the freedom to write a script to match your wishes, can marry you anywhere you choose with no time constraints. They can personalise the ceremony and choose the words you want.

Is a celebrant led ceremony legally binding?

No.
You need to have a certificate of registration from a Registry before your celebrant led wedding ceremony in order to make it legally binding. The cost of registration is in the region of £57. This can be done at any time before your celebrant led ceremony.

Whereas a celebrant has the freedom to write a script to match your wishes, can marry you anywhere you choose with no time constraints. They can personalise the ceremony and choose the words you want.

How do we book you for our occasion?

Once you have decided on your date and venue, I will see whether I am free to conduct your service. If I am, I will book you in then ask for a non-refundable deposit of £200.

What are the fees for your ceremonies?

Weddings: £750 this includes an initial phone consultation, a face to face meeting where we plan the ceremony then the actual day’s ceremony.

If you would like a rehearsal at the venue, this will be an extra £150.

Renewal of Vows: £550 this includes an initial phone consultation, a face to face meeting where we plan the ceremony then the actual day’s ceremony.

Baby Naming Ceremonies: £350 this includes an initial phone consultation, a face to face meeting where we plan the ceremony then the actual day’s ceremony.
Depending on where your occasion takes place, I might have to charge travel expenses.