I travel Nationally and Internationally
Rose ceremonies. Ribbons. Sand ceremonies. Hand Fastings. Circus tricks. Bubbles - small to HUGE.
Fellowship of Professional Celebrants.
English, French, Spanish, Urdu ( a little)
To start the proceedings I am happy to throw in a trick like climbing through a tennis racket, or balancing an umbrella on my chin. Images with meaning.... flexibility is needed to squeeze through a racket... just as flexibility is needed in marriage. Balance? Obviously a necessary ingredient for a successful marriage.
Overlooking the sea on the south coast of the UK. | September 2018
Wow...thank you so so so much for all of your help and support on Saturday. We are both so grateful to you. You really made the ceremony flow perfectly, it was exactly how we wanted it to be and more. It was all so relaxed and so personal, perfect :-)
I hope you made it back to the festival OK.
Thank you so so much once again Joe.
Lou and Ian (and Maisie and Ralph) xx
We all felt the love! Such a beautiful spot.
Thanks for the positive feedback. :)
France. | October 2015
“Thank you Joe so much for everything you helped us with.
Without you steering the ship the ceremony would not have been anywhere near as potent and meaningful for us!
And in both English and French meant our local friends felt included also. Fantastic Joe.
Hurrah. We are going to steer our ship superbly through the rapids and the eddies and the beautiful rivers."
Thanks both. To do the wedding in French and English was so much fun.
Near Tetbury. | August 2017
Hello hello or Ola ola!
Can't believe it's all over ???????? what a wonderful day we had. So many people said how amazing and moving the ceremony was, saying the words were beautiful and how it was done was how they wished they had done it.
We were so pleased we found you as a celebrant Joe. You couldn't have been more perfect for us. You were warm and funny and made us feel comfortable not only standing up in front of all those people but encouraging us as a couple to feel comfortable talking about things we hadn't talked about for a while through the questionnaire. It made us look at us and our relationship in a new light. Made us laugh, made Duggan cry a lot and mostly made people smile. There is a lovely photo of you with your hand on Duggan's back as he is just about to break out . It's very touching.
Oh my... how beautiful it was indeed. I loved meeting you both, and your girls. I am very happy you had a deep and meaningful day. All the best of luck my dears.
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Why choose me as a celebrant instead of your local registrar?
A registrar is a bureaucrat. Very often they are not a public speaker. With me you are hiring a consummate performer, with 33 years professional experience. I will ensure your wedding is filled with the attention and depth of emotion it should be.
A good example of this is the technique I have for ‘warming up’ the assembled guests before either of the happy couple arrive. I introduce myself and give a little speech about why we are here… to celebrate love, love between you two. I explain that they are not there as spectators but rather as important people to the happy couple; As such they will have an important role throughout the rest of your lives… to help and support you in your marriage when needed, to celebrate with you at important mile stones, and so on. I inform them that at one point that I will be turning to them and asking them to commit to helping you, to being with you, by saying “Yes we do!” loud and clear in response to my question “Will you stick by these two and help them and celebrate with them?”. Where this comes in the ceremony is up to you.
The other point you get with me rather than with a registrar. I will help you make your ceremony personal for you. I will meet with you before and discuss wordings, what you really want to say, possible ritual options, crowd positioning, music, etc. You can choose to have one meeting, two, or three, before the actual ceremony. Up to you.
Although I am not a wedding organiser I will help you make it a very particular and special day in any way and anywhere!
For the ceremony, one meeting, my preparation time and availability on the phone and email - £400 Other meetings add £100 per meeting. Skype meetings add £50. This is for an hour more or less. Travel: I only charge for the fuel used. Unless it is miles and miles and takes a day to get to you! Then we will have to agree a price between us.
If you want me but truly cannot pay my worth, please still contact me and let’s talk.
Spreading the love is the most important!
I look forward to hearing from you, and working to design a superb meaningful wedding with you.
All the very best of luck in everything you do.