Celebrant FAQs

Why choose a celebrant rather than a Registrar?
A Celebrant provides a bespoke ceremony , with no rules or regulations, at a venue of your choice licensed or unlicensed and will not be a stranger to you on your big day as you will have met at least twice. The truly personal ceremony is all about you and your relationship and will have your characters stamped all over it.

A Registrar is a government official and can perform ceremonies only in venues licensed for marriages using specified contractual wording to legalise it. No spiritual or religious content may be used and the couple will not have met the Registrar before the day of their marriage.

Should I be legally married before I have my Celebrant Wedding ceremony?
Not necessarily. Most couples do prefer to register their marriage before the Celebrant Wedding ceremony. However, if you would prefer to register your marriage afterwards, this is OK too.
A Registrar is a government official and can perform ceremonies only in venues licensed for marriages using specified contractual wording to legalise it. No spiritual or religious content may be used and the couple will not have met the Registrar before the day of their marriage.
Is my Celebrant Wedding ceremony legally binding?
No. You will need to register your marriage in a Registry Office before or after your celebrant wedding ceremony in order to make it legally binding. This normally takes about 15 minutes. You need to take 2 witnesses with you and is similar to registering a death or birth. Depending on the area the cost is in the region of £45. This can be done before or after your celebrant ceremony.A Registrar is a government official and can perform ceremonies only in venues licensed for marriages using specified contractual wording to legalise it. No spiritual or religious content may be used and the couple will not have met the Registrar before the day of their marriage.
Do you have to legaluse your marriage?
No. A celebrant wedding ceremony is all about celebrating your love and relationship in a way that is special to you. There is no need to legalise it if you don’t want to.
Is a Celebrant Wedding ceremony less real?
Certainly not. Signing the register is simply signing the legal paperwork. The most meaningful part of your wedding day surely is the words you say to one another, your vows, and declaring your love and commitment in front of your family and friends. It is inconvenient that you can’t do it all at the same time but the inconvenience is completely outweighed by the advantages.
Do you offer same-sex weddings?
Yes I most certainly do.
How far are you willing to travel?
I predominantly work in the south west but am willing to travel anywhere but please note travel expenses and overnight accommodation will be added.
We're getting married overseas, wil you be our Celebrant at our destination wedding?
Yes! Fan is always willing to travel overseas to assist with a destination wedding. Contact Fan to discuss your plans and destination, and Fan will provide you with a specific quote based on your intended wedding location. (I charge a daily rate whilst I’m away from the UK plus all travelling expenses and accommodation.)
Will we meet before the ceremony?
It is very important to me that we do meet – preferably twice. Initially just to make sure that we all get along and I’m the right person for you. I prefer to do this in person but sometimes logistically this just isn’t possible so can meet over skype or facetime. The second time is crucial and it’s when I really get to know you both and get a proper feel for your relationship and characters.
Will we be able to have a rehearsal?
Normally this isn’t necessary as we will have discussed the ceremony is such detail beforehand. But if you want to hold one I shall certainly attend but it will mean some additional travel expenses.
Where can i hold my wedding ceremony?
Literally anywhere you like!
Can I write my own vows?
Yes. You can do this yourself or with some help from me. Sometimes it’s tricky to get started but once you get going you’ll find it quite easy. Alternatively you may prefer the more traditional recognised vows which I will supply you samples of then you can choose the ones that suit you best. You can read them yourselves or repeat after me. It’s your day so you do it the way that you both prefer. We will keep in close touch throughout and I shall give you as much help as you need.
Does it matter what culture, faith or religion am I?
No. The content of a Celebrant Ceremony is not restricted to any culture, faith or religion. If you wish to incorporate a cultural or religious tradition into your ceremony, you may.
Can I include symbolic ceremonies?
Definitely. Hand Fasting, Sand Ceremonies, Unity Candle Ceremonies, Jumping The Broom. Just give me a call and we can discuss anything you like.
Can I include my pet?
Oh yes.
I want my ceremony to be extraordinary and different, is this OK?
Certainly! Your ceremony is about you and your personal style. Fan actively welcomes your ideas, no matter how crazy, wacky, or unusual they may seem!
Can I have readings or poems?
Absolutely. You can choose anything you want. Lyrics from a song, religious, non religious, silly or sentimental.
Can I include music and/or hymns?
Of course. Whatever rocks your boat!
What other types of ceremony do you offer?
People encounter many changes throughout their lives and often wish to commemorate individual rites of passage in their own unique ways. Fan will work with you to provide bespoke ceremonies for all occasions which are important and personal to you, including… birthdays, anniversaries, baby blessings, wedding vow renewals, moving home, coming of age, divorce, or anything else which you may wish to commemorate.

Contact Me

I hope this page has answered some of your FAQ’s

Please contact me direct to discuss any further questions you may have in more detail.

I am always available to have a (no obligation) chat.

Phone: 01404 815822
Mob: 07813 901149
Email: info@fanfareceremonies.co.uk

If you are looking for a fun loving, charismatic celebrant that radiates style with a smile, I’d love to hear from you.
Yours is a story I can’t wait to tell

Client  Love

Nikki & Steve 4th May 2019, Sutton Barton, Axminster, Devon

Where to begin? Fan made our day exactly how we wanted it; laid back, funny and most importantly personal. Everyone said how amazing you were and how it was so different but one of the best ceremonies, and they could hear you at the back! You helped make our day so perfect! Will recommend you til the cows come home.

Dan & Juliet 28th May 2019, Huntsham Court, Devon

We would like to extend our thanks and gratitude for your role in making our wedding day so special. The ceremony was beautiful and it is a day that we will always remember.

Bex & Gavin, 17th March 2017, Huntsham Court

From our first meeting, to a boozy wine bar second catch up, to Huntsham meets and the day itself, Gavin and I were thrilled to have met Fan, and have her conduct our ceremony. The fun, love and emotion she helped create made it spectacular. We miss her already but glad to have made a friend for life and, of course, memories of our ceremony which will remain with us for life. A huge warm thank you Fan! You were fabulous!