Expert advice about celebrant

Here is a selection of Q&As from Your South Wales Wedding magazine whether it be about flowers, hair and makeup, fashion, wedding themes, health & beauty, cakes, stationery, legal advice. If you would like your question answered by our experts, please email it to


Just the two of us

Just the two of us

Q. We want a customised service and are thinking of booking a celebrant. Do you have any ideas of how we can make the day more personal?

A. Lynda Williams says: - Tie the knot in a place that has a sentimental meaning to you both. Get creative, and remember your chosen venue doesn't need to have a wedding licence. It could be at home, in a marquee, on the beach or your local pub.

- Remember you'll need to get the legal part done at a register office. There's no time limit on this. It can be done earlier the same day or a few weeks before.

- Your vows can include anything, from religious pieces, verses or poems to hand-fasting ceremonies.

Lynda Williams


Wedding worries

Wedding worries

Q. We've just started planning our big day, and I'm slightly confused about what a wedding celebrant does! Can you help?

A. Jane Grayer says: As a celebrant, it's my job to create and conduct ceremonies and vow renewals. Couples often hire a celebrant when they want a personalised ceremony that reflects them.

My ceremonies focus on the lovebirds without being constrained by religion or legal restrictions. It can incorporate readings, music or even poetry.

Newlyweds choose to have a celebrant for a variety of reasons. Some want an alternative ceremony, while others want to tie the knot in an unlicensed venue.

When you start looking for a venue, it's a good time to think about the ceremony itself. What do you want it to be? What do you want it to say about you? What do you want to say to each other? The vows you exchange form the bedrock of your marriage, and the commitments you make will affect your relationship for years to come. Talk to a celebrant. They will help you create your own vows and ensure it includes the details that are important to you.

Choosing the right supplier is extremely important. Meet them beforehand. Make sure they share the same vision and that you get on well.

A lot of couples want to do something a bit different for their big day, but they're not sure what options are available. A celebrant will provide lots of ideas, from hand-fasting to a unity sand ceremony. If you're looking for something specific, make sure you take the time to research suppliers, as some celebrants specialise in themes.

Jane Grayer


Say “I do”

Say “I do”

Q. Our friends suggested we hire a celebrant to officiate our wedding, but we're not sure what to expect. Do you have any advice?

A. Lynda Williams says: By hiring a celebrant you can tie the knot at home, in a marquee, on the beach or in your local pub or restaurant.

You can get married in your desired venue even if it's not licensed for ceremonies.

You'll have complete control of the day, you can customise your vows, include a handfasting ceremony or even your incorporate your beloved pets!

I suggest you look at the Fellowship of Professional Celebrants for some suggestions. These are all trained professions who have liability insurance.

Lynda Williams

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