Claire Bradford

Creating Ceremony

Reviews (3)

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This Celebrant specialises in Weddings This Celebrant specialises in Funerals This Celebrant specialises in Naming Ceremonies This Celebrant specialises in Renewals of Vows
Areas Covered

West Sussex

East Sussex

Surrey

I travel Nationally and Internationally

Specialisms

Ceremonies that sparkle with your personality and story

Affiliations

Fellowship of Professional Celebrants

Spoken Languages

English, some French

Special Offers

Special Offers

Winter season special offer

20% off any wedding booked to take place between now and the end of February 2018

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Claire Bradford

Creating Ceremony

Reviews (3) - 5/5

EXPERIENCE

On the surface, I offer bespoke ceremonies for all of life's milestones. But then that's what every celebrant on here offers too!

So what else comes with the package? Well, you get a friendly, approachable celebrant who's fun to work with and delivers ceremonies that your guests will be talking about for a long time to come (in a good way!). But again, there are lots of us like that...

Here are some of the reassuring, professional things you might want to know about me:

- I've been a full time celebrant for over three years, conducting weddings, vow renewals, namings and funerals.
- I trained with the Fellowship of Professional Celebrants, and now train other celebrants through that organisation.
- Before I became a celebrant, I was a life coach for many years, which means I'm really good at listening hard to your story (or that of your loved one) and finding out what's REALLY important to you about your ceremony.
- I've also got oodles of experience of writing and public speaking, which means I can take that story and make it zing.
- I am very open to all sorts of beliefs and faiths, and completely happy to include religious or spiritual aspects into any ceremony, if desired.
- The ceremonies I create are full of personality BUT your ceremony is about YOU - it's not my show it's yours.
- Lots of people I've worked with have been kind enough to say really lovely things about the experience, so you don't have to just take my word for it (see reviews on here, on my website and on my Facebook and Instagram pages).

...and here are some of the silly things you might want to know about me:

- I love animals (I've got a very stinky dog called Stanley) and I get very excited when people tell me they want their pet involved in a ceremony.
- I'm a Gemini (but I choose to either believe in all that stuff or think it's all rubbish according to what my horoscope says...)
- I'm as mushy as they come and a sucker for a good love story.
- The Geek Force is strong with this one - GoT wedding you say? Star Wars, Doctor Who or Marvel superheroes theme to your ceremony? I'm all over it. I have actually spoken Klingon at a Trekkie funeral once.
- I truly believe that tea and cake makes everything better.

CEREMONY STYLE

All the different types of ceremony I create are tailored to the person or people they are for, so they are all different. So I don't have a favourite sort of ceremony. However, all my ceremonies are personal, friendly, story-led and there's usually a good sprinkling of laughter (even at a funeral).

This approach has seen me conducting festival weddings, beach picnic namings and Pagan-style handfastings in a field, as well as more outwardly traditional (but still super personal) ceremonies in barns, houses and chapels.

I suppose I could say my favourites are more about the people I've worked with - when people open up and share their story and feelings, and are open to having their ceremony really express who they are rather than 'conform to the norm', that's when the magic happens.
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Reviews

The best there is!

Patrick Kidwell

Wedding at

Smallfield Place | May 2019

What can we say about Claire that hasn't already probably been said? Here countless awards and mentions speak for themselves! From the very first... Read review.

Chris and Iain-Murdo's wedding

Chris Matheson

Wedding at

Cissbury | June 2017

Claire has a brilliant way with people and with words, she finds just the right balance of warmth, poignancy and wit, with which to conduct your ... Read review.

Charlotte and Jamie wedding

Charlotte Davies

Funeral at

Patrick's Barn, Chiddinglye Farm, West Hoathly | September 2017

Jamie and I just wanted to say a massive thank you for performing our wedding last weekend. You made our wedding so special. Our ceremony was p... Read review.

The best there is!

Patrick Kidwell

Smallfield Place | May 2019

What can we say about Claire that hasn't already probably been said? Here countless awards and mentions speak for themselves! From the very first moment we spoke to Claire she was so engaging, personal and friendly. We had never been to or even heard of a humanist wedding before but knew we wanted to get married outside in an unlicensed location so we stumbled upon Creating Ceremony whilst googling alternatives - and what a result that was! The first meeting getting to know Claire and what a celebrant is all about was brilliant and exciting, our initial meeting was about an hour and we spent so much of that just talking like we had known her for years it was as if an old friend had come round for a cup of tea. When Claire left with a no pressure "have a think and a chat and let me know if you would like to book, I'll pencil your date in for the next couple of weeks until you've decided" we had both decided before she left that Claire would be the one to marry us. It was the best decision we could have possibly made, she really does make the ceremony (and the day) personal and tailored. All of our guests absolutely loved her and the ceremony she had written for us. People thought she had known us all of our lives! But behind the scenes, she had been an immense help. From the moment we booked her she had sent us ideas and helpful guides to discuss and think about, any bump or hiccup we arrived at she was there for suggestions or just as a sounding board. She supported us throughout the entire process. The first draft of her ceremony had us choked up in our living room as she read it out, she is so good at what she does that this first draft was practically the final one too! Helping with advice, writing tips and mind frames when it came to writing our vows was invaluable. More for me than my new Wife (these things come easier to others!) I spent countless hours trying to get something I was happy with on paper until I contacted Claire with my frustrations, she calmly offered some wise advice and tips of how best to approach it, sent me a couple of guides and examples for inspiration and offered a phone call or skype session if needed. This lead to me getting closer and closer, with her honest feedback and support I had reached the vows I was finally happy with. I could not have done it without her. Claire was such a massive part of our day and always will be. She is cemented in our history and we adore her unendingly. We hope to keep in touch with her for ever! Not booking Claire would be the worst mistake anybody could make. She is inevitable.

Chris and Iain-Murdo's wedding

Chris Matheson

Cissbury | June 2017

Claire has a brilliant way with people and with words, she finds just the right balance of warmth, poignancy and wit, with which to conduct your ceremony. She is sensitive, fun, and so easy to get along with. She will understand immediately what you want for your special day, and if you're not sure yourself what it is you want, she will help you find it! If you are looking for a truly personalised and memorable ceremony, Claire should be your first choice. Everyone at our wedding said how wonderfully touching and uplifting the ceremony was, and we couldn't agree more with them!

Charlotte and Jamie wedding

Charlotte Davies

Patrick's Barn, Chiddinglye Farm, West Hoathly | September 2017

Jamie and I just wanted to say a massive thank you for performing our wedding last weekend. You made our wedding so special. Our ceremony was perfect! Everyone commented how wonderful, personal and unique it was and that they had never been to a wedding like it. It really was the most romantic amazing day of our lives. Thank you for all the support and encouragement to make our wedding day about us and our story and not to just conform to the norm. It truly was magical.

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Why Choose Claire

Because I'm fun to work with, I'm really interested in your story and I really want to help you share it with your loved ones. And there's a bunch of lovely testimonials that will tell you people think I'm good at it too...

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