Ann Foley Celebrant
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Some common questions and answers about Celebrant-led Ceremonies
Q: Are celebrant-led wedding or civil partnership ceremonies legally binding?
No, they are not. To be legally married a couple will need to complete the legal side of the marriage at the register office or in a church, before or just after, the wedding ceremony.
Q: Are there any restrictions on where or when we can hold our ceremony?
A: Not at all – anywhere, at any time – you are restricted only by your imagination and the weather! If you are planning on holding your ceremony out of doors you do need to make sure that you have a gazebo (or similar shelter) just in case!
You will also need to ensure that you have permission from the land or location owner/manager to use the place for your ceremony
Q: Can we have religious or spiritual content in our ceremony?
A: Yes. The beauty of a celebrant-led ceremony is that you can include any religious or other cultural content to create a ceremony that is truly personal and significant to you.
Q: We are a same-sex couple, will you lead a ceremony for us?
A: Yes, absolutely.
Q: Can I still have a ceremony if I’m divorced?
A: Yes, you can. There are no restrictions with a celebrant-led ceremony and the ceremonies are not legally binding.
Q: I’m not very good at public speaking – do I have to say anything?
A: This is entirely up to you. You need to be happy and comfortable with your role in the ceremony. Even the most confident of people will generally read their vows from a card or repeat them after me.
Q: How long before a ceremony should we book your services?
A. When you have decided the date and venue that is the time to book your Celebrant. Deciding on who you would like to lead your ceremony is a very personal choice, when you find the right person it is important to book your date in their diary.
Q: We'd like to renew our vows but it's not a 'special' anniversary, can we do this?
A: Yes, there are many reasons couples renew their vows, not just for the landmark anniversaries. What better way to say "I still love you"?
Q: Can We Write Our Own Vows?
A: Yes of course! Writing your own will give them meaning and sincerity but, if you are struggling, I will help you create your vows.
Q: We don't go to church but would like to have a celebration for our baby, is this possible?
A: Yes. You can have a ceremony that names and welcomes the baby into your circle of family and friends. This is a great time to nominate adults who can help guide your child as they grow into adulthood.
Q: Can we involve our guests in the ceremony?
A: Yes, there are various ways we can involve your guests, they may do a reading, say a prayer or join in with a symbolic action.
Q: At the Naming Ceremony of a friend's baby, they planted a tree. Can we do something special like this?
A: Yes, there are various symbolic actions that we can add into your ceremony. I will be able to discuss them with you when we meet.
Q: What do you wear as a Celebrant?
A: I can dress formally or casually, depending on the style you have set for your celebration, and I’m not adverse to a bit of fancy dress! (although additional costs may be incurred if you do want me to wear something that is not in my wardrobe). My aim is to blend in with your ceremony, not stand out.
Q: What are your rules around photography?
A: I will liaise with your photographer so they are in a discreet position where they can get the best possible photos or video without ruining the ambiance of the ceremony.
Q: On our ceremony day, what time will you arrive at the location and when do you leave?
A. Normally I will arrive at least an hour before the start of the ceremony, and then will leave when the ceremony has finished, and you have moved on to the next stage of your celebration.
Q: What happens if you are suddenly taken ill, or have an accident and can’t make the ceremony?
A: I have a network of other professional celebrants who are available to stand in. In the unlikely event of me being unable to attend I will find a suitable replacement for you.