Q & A with Emily

What do you love about your work

There is no monotonous 9-5 or chance to get bored because I have the opportunity to work with the most amazing people! I really love the variety of the weddings that I’m involved with, and how each ceremony reflects the couples perfectly.  It is so special to be able to make someone’s dream day become a reality.  Not many people have this opportunity, and I am very lucky to be one of them.

What is your favourite wedding

I don’t really have a favourite as they are all so unique, but the most memorable was on top of the mountain, Montsec in Spain.  We had a rather anxious groom the night before when the cloud was predicted to be lower than the peak where we were heading for the ceremony!  However, on the morning, the sun was shining brightly, and the skies were clear.  The ceremony was gorgeous, with the bride and groom framed by a breathtaking vista of the countryside and clear blue lakes below.

What is your most loved wedding reading?

I love this extract from Les Miserables by Victor Hugo.

You can give without loving, but you can never love without giving. The great acts of love are done by those who are habitually performing small acts of kindness. We pardon to the extent that we love. Love is knowing that even when you are alone, you will never be lonely again. And great happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved. Loved for ourselves. And even loved in spite of ourselves.

What music do you love for the couples exit

I am a bit of a fan of live music, especially the harp, which is why we had a harpist during our ceremony.  We left to Better Together by Jack Johnson as I think it is an uplifting and happy piece that everyone knows (and I knew that I wouldn’t cry!).

However, with my work hat on, my favourite exit has to be when all the guests were invited to join in a singalong of Delilah by Tom Jones.  I had to make sure the microphone was turned off so I could join in at full pelt as well!

What is the best thing about what you do?

Meeting so many wonderful people and being privileged to play such an important part in their special day.  I am smiling whilst answering as I’m thinking back over the many couples and families that I have met over the past few years.  I feel energised by their love and commitment to each other.  Watching the grooms crumble when they’re not expecting it, and seeing a sea of happy faces throughout the ceremony.  It’s an amazing experience; so much more than just a job.


Q & A with Dianne

Dianne what do you love about your work?

Having spent years at the beginning of the exciting journey to marriage by helping brides choose their perfect dresses.  I realised I wanted to be  more involved in that journey, which is why I decided to become a wedding celebrant and I now have the greatest pleasure of helping a couple plan and execute a ceremony which is the start to a perfect day  which the couple will remember and treasure for the rest of their lives.

I really love meeting couples who are already married but who have decided they would like to strenthen their commitment to each other by renewing their vows.  It is heartening to listen to their individual stories of marriage, with all of life’s ups and downs and to help them create a ceremony that will tell all their family and friends their love story and to let everyone know just how much they love each other and reinforce their commitment to spending the rest of their lives together.

What is your Favourite wedding:

I don’t think I can select any one ceremony as they are all very special in their own way, although perhaps the most unusual ceremony seems to be the most memorable as one where I didn’t meet the couple until the day before the wedding as they lived abroad and we had been communicating via Skype,  so it was a complete surprise to find that the bride was very heavily pregnant with twins!  I carried out most of the ceremony hoping I wouldn’t have to ask if there was a doctor in the house!

What is your most loved wedding Reading:

I always suggest the couple have a reading but they aren’t necessary.  If they opt to include a reading then I think the best readings are the ones written by their family or friends as these are often so much more personal and some can be very amusing!

What Music do you love for a couples exit?

I think that every couple has that one piece of music that is “their song” so I always  encourage them to choose a song or piece of music which has a special meaning for them – but if not; then I really love “Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I’m Yours” by the wonderful Stevie Wonder.  This song always gets everyone singing along as the couple walk down the aisle together.

What is the best thing about what you do?

What could be better than meeting a couple at the start of a magical journey and helping them create a ceremony which is personal to just the two of them and then having the privilege of sharing their day with them and all their family and friends and presenting them to everyone as a married couple!


Q & A with Louise

After asking the lovely Heather and Cate to do a Q & A I was asked why hadn’t I done a Q & A.

So here goes. Getting to know me (Louise) Founder of The Ceremony Company…

What do you love about your work?

I absolutely love EVERY aspect of what I do, from the initial contact,  meeting or speaking to nervous couples either in person or via video call getting to know and understand them as a couple.  Then seeing this develop into a great personal wedding blessing, celebration, vow renewal or baby naming and the fun of performing their ceremony in a carefully chosen place, be it outdoors, garden, home or any one of the stunning hotels and venues across Lancashire, Cheshire, Manchester, North Wales, Liverpool, Yorkshire, Lake District, Cumbria. I really am very lucky in what I do.

What is your favourite wedding?

I can just about narrow this down to 3, but this does not reflect how special each couple has been and how I enjoyed getting to know each of them – but I absolutely love creating a wedding for just two people – I’ve been lucky performing intimate ceremonies for just the couples only overlooking the fabulous lakes in the Lake District – this is my favourite type of ceremony.   A close second is when I was asked to perform a wedding blessing in the middle of a woodland it was just so beautiful … the hush of the forest and the bride making her entrance through the trees was just so magical. I literally get goosebumps now thinking about it.  There is a venue in Rivington, every time I am asked to perform a ceremony there my heart sings, from the staff to the setting and venue itself whether it is dressed or plain they have twinkly lights covering the beams and it is always just so beautiful.  

What is your most loved wedding reading?

I have to say that it is a close call between two, I love Bob Marley ….”He’s not perfect…”  because it reminds us that NOBODY is perfect but if they make you smile and laugh and your heart gives a little start every time you see them  and you have that same outlook and goals in life,  I think this is it… the secret to a lasting relationship!  I also love Corinthians 13 ……  “Love is Patient, Love is Kind …..” because a wedding is about love.

What music do you love for the couples exit?  

I absolutely love any music that the couple love, you can always tell and I always encourage couples to really think about this music choice. When you look at their faces when they hear the intro to their favourite track, whether they are lucky enough to hear  it by a live band or recording,  it is one of the best things to witness. I stand smiling as they literally dance themselves back down the aisle. 

What is the best thing about what you do?

I hope that you can tell, I really do love everything about what I do, meeting awesome couples and families, listening to their stories, hopes and dreams for their special day, but the best moment is the entrance. Walking down the aisle, that first look at each other … that is one of THE most special things to witness. I wish I could bottle the happiness in that moment and send it to everyone in the world!  Also I do have to mention the photo I chose, you can see, we get to do some really awesome things ….. this bird of prey flew the couples wedding rings inside a castle in Cheshire!


Q & A with Heather

Heather what do you love about your work?

I love the fact that no 2 ceremonies are ever the same! Each ceremony is tailored around the couple, and is so unique and personal to them and really reflects who they are as a couple! I love seeing their faces as they greet each other for the first time at the start of the ceremony – it’s a really special moment and I get the best seat in the house for that part!

What is your favourite wedding?

My own wedding, conducted by Louise was pretty epic 🙂

But for me it has to be a ceremony I conducted last summer in a private chapel within the gardens of the couple’s house.  They had spent years lovingly restoring he chapel from a ruin to it’s former glory, and has always hoped they could get married there.  It was such a beautiful moment to see the Bride walk down the aisle and say I do in front of all their family friends knowing how much they had put into making that moment a real dream come true!

What is your most loved wedding reading?

I really love the reading Maybe, as I feel it has such a beautiful sentiment – I had this at my own wedding: Maybe… 

Maybe we are supposed to meet the wrong people before we meet the right one so when they finally arrive we are truly grateful for the gift we have been given. 

Maybe its true that we don’t know what we have lost until we lose it but it is also true that we don’t know what we’re missing until it arrives. 

Maybe the happiest of people don’t have the best of everything, but make the best of everything that comes their way. 

Maybe the best kind of love is the kind where you sit on the sofa together, not saying a word, and walk away feeling like it was the best conversation you ever had. 

Maybe once in a lifetime you find someone who not only touches your heart but also your soul, someone who loves you for who you are and not what you could be. 

Maybe the art of true love is not about finding the perfect person, but about seeing an imperfect person perfectly.

There’s also a great one called The Lovely Dinosaur by Edward Monkton which I’ve heard couple’s ask friends to read and they often change the words to reflect the couple’s interests, one that always gets a smile and an ahhhhhh at the end!

What music do you love for the couples exit?

I love it when couple’s chose something a bit different for their big exit – something upbeat that gets everyone up and dancing and ready to party!

What is the best thing about what you do?

The best thing is the freedom being am independent celebrant gives our couples.  The fact they are not tied to any set rules means that we can do some really creative, imaginative and beautiful ceremonies, literally anywhere anytime, anyplace! To be a small part of their special day is a real privilege and I feel very lucky to do the work I do!

Q & A with Cate

Cate what do you love about your work?

Everything!  What is there possibly not to like? From meeting fantastic, often nervous & expectant couples to creating a day that is about their love for each other to finally seeing them together for a day that they will treasure in their hearts & minds forever! 

What is your favourite wedding?

This is difficult as all my couples are amazing and each of the ceremonies so unique. But if I have to choose one, it would be one for the amazing setting, which  was a couple who had their Ceremony in woodlands at ‘Scarisbrick Hall’. It was like a scene I can only describe as from Robin Hood! This couple were so in love and the whole day was just so magical. 

I also loved a vow renewal at Anfield stadium. Again a totally unique experience and the whole family had an amazingly strong bond. The couple loved each other so much – it was so obvious for everyone to see and I am sure it matched the love they had  for each other all those years ago when they first tied the knot. 

What is your the one wedding reading you like to hear?

I love the readings which have been composed by the couples family and friends. They are just amazing to listen to,  always from the heart. 

What music do you love for the couples exit?

Anything that really indicates the start of celebrations! I love seeing couples almost dance their way out of a room blissfully happy to start their next chapter! 

What is the best thing about what you do?  

I feel privileged to be the person who helps the couple create everlasting memories, seeing tears of joy and being part of something so special is really a wonderful experience.  I love what I do. 

A True Wedding Celebration

Having an Independent Celebrant for your wedding is not having a “false wedding” nor is it a “second best” option!

On the continent and in many countries worldwide; using a celebrant is the normal process for brides and grooms to follow.  Couples carry out the legalities or paperwork at either the Town Hall or with a Registrar. 

They employ their own Celebrant to have a wonderful relaxed and personalised wedding, someone who they have met and chosen themselves; someone who will lead a ceremony which will include all the words, readings and music that they have always wanted to hear on their wedding day.  Many celebrities use this arrangement for their own weddings.

Just as you would register a birth then have a naming ceremony; or when you register a death and then have a funeral ceremony using a Celebrant; you can also register a marriage and then have a true wedding celebration or blessing.  

It’s a simple as that!

If you are a couple who wants their day to be “The Best Day Ever” and you want to meet your celebrant and for them to get to know you and you want to have a rehearsal and above all else you want your wedding day to be remembered with many wonderful memories by both yourselves and your guests. 

Book a no obligation meeting and be prepared to be impressed by what we offer, please contact louise.burns@theceremonycompany – Civil Independent Celebrant.  Winner of Highly Commended Award 2016 and 2017 –   and The Leading Independent Celebrant for Lancashire also covering Cumbria, Liverpool, Blackpool, Wigan, Lake District, Manchester, Cheshire, Yorkshire and North Wales

Frequently Asked Questions

Lancashire Weddings/ Cumbria Weddings / City Weddings / Cheshire Weddings

Can’t get a Registrar from the Registration Service on the date or at the time you wanted?

Don’t Panic!!  Please contact us and we can pencil you in on your chosen date and time for your wedding ceremony.  We know how important timings are for your special day, we are more than happy to keep your date until we are able to meet you in person or via video call.  We believe it is important that you share your ideas and meet your celebrant.

Your parents are insisting that you have a legal marriage/civil partnership on your wedding day?

Don’t Worry!! Remember this is yours and your partner’s special day.  Using an independent celebrant allows you to have control over what is said, you have the ceremony at the time and on the date you choose.  You meet your celebrant and know that they are not going to rush off to another ceremony or turn up in a cardigan or jumper!  You can have a rehearsal and most importantly the ceremony is personal to you both.  It is relaxed – not rigid, it is not bound by regulations – you can have any music, readings and content.  You can say vows and promises, exchange your wedding rings (Did you know that you don’t legally have to exchange wedding rings at a legal marriage?) Most couples save their wedding rings for their celebration/blessing ceremony.  You can sign a commemorative certificate with chosen guests for a wonderful photo opportunity. You can have a drink of Prosecco (One groom had a pint of Guinness) or water to have throughout your ceremony – to help calm nerves or to stop dry mouth! 

Will having a legal marriage or civil partnership before our blessing/celebration spoil our wedding day?

No… all couples choosing to have a ceremony using an independent celebrant have a legal marriage with two witnesses (over 18 years old – requirement).  We encourage our couples to allow parents to attend this.  Your legal marriage is intimate, which can be followed by a lunch afterwards.  The legal marriage takes 5 minutes once the paperwork has been dealt with.  Our couples feel that they have two very special days, one just for them and one real celebration which is relaxed with all their family and friends. 

At the end of the day, we want you to have the day you have dreamed of, we always give 100%.  What matters to you both, matters to us too.

Please contact us to discuss your personal wedding blessing, handfasting or wedding celebration ceremony.


Do you live abroad and want your Marriage or Wedding here in the UK?

If you want a Wedding Ceremony here in the UK, you can!  By using an independent celebrant who can create a wonderful personal celebration ceremony just for you.  Lots of our couples live abroad, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Korea, California, Canada, Switzerland, France and Dubai to name a few places…..

If you have done your research you will have found that the Laws have changed for Marriage in the UK whether you are both UK citizens or one is and the other is from a non EU Country (although I am sure this will be changing in the coming year as we exit the EU).  At the moment you both have to be resident here in the UK for at least a month to undertake the legal preliminaries required to have a legal marriage and many working couples living abroad cannot have this length of leave from their work.

Please don’t worry The Ceremony Company is here to help, we can create a traditional style ceremony for you to celebrate here in the UK with all your family and friends.  You can include all that is important to you within your ceremony.  You can even save your wedding rings for your Blessing or Celebration Ceremony.

We can arrange a convenient time and date to Skype, FaceTime or use Google Hangouts so that we can speak face to face. We do get up early in the morning or stay up late to talk to couples, we are flexible and we don’t work 9-5.  We can chat about all your ideas for your special day.  We take the time to get to know you both, creating a perfect ceremony and perform it at your chosen venue anywhere in the UK.

Please contact us to discuss.

About Independent Celebrant/Wedding Celebrant/Civil Celebrant

I decided to share a little information about Independent or Civil Celebrants and why we are growing within the Wedding and Celebration Industry. 

Having made the leap from being a Registrar performing and recording legal marriages and civil partnerships which adhere to strict regulations to becoming fully independent civil celebrants who meet couples and families and are free to create a much more personal celebration ceremony was an easy step for myself, Cate and Heather.  We all share something in common – we absolutely love meeting people, listening to what they want for their ceremonies and we are all creative, confident public speakers.

Why is using an independent celebrant or humanist becoming more popular?

It’s becoming more important than ever for couples and families to have a say in what is said, read and listened to within their ceremony.  What is important to you is important to us.  Our ceremonies allow you as a couple or family to have a much more personal and relaxed celebration which can include all the wording, music and readings which you have always dreamed of.  You can also include and create something much more unique and memorable for you and your guests.  Meeting and getting to know who will be performing your ceremony is key, forming a relationship with your celebrant helps with any nerves. 

Something which I know you some of you might not have thought about, but some of you have…. What will our celebrant wear?  I can reassure you that myself, Cate & Heather love to dress well for your occasion and take great pride in our appearance.

Alternative Wedding Ideas


The Truth and the Myths

Have you ever wondered where the term “tying the knot” comes from? Or watched the film Braveheart when Mel Gibson’s character is tied to his beloved in a woodland with a strip of tartan?

Handfasting ceremonies are increasing in popularity.  I think couples are choosing to include this ritual to make their ceremony much more personal and inclusive of family and friends. 

I have had great pleasure in creating my very own style of handfasting, one which is used by both Heather and Cate, my two fantastic Associates.  We have not aligned ourselves to any one religion but we are open and support our couples’ beliefs and ideas.  Although we don’t perform Pagan Ceremonies we are very happy to incorporate any rituals couples would like, as we would never wish to exclude any one.

In ancient times couples were tied together to symbolise their commitment or marriage, for a much longer period than we adhere to today. Can you imagine being tied to your partner for 24 hours?

Following a short legal marriage, a couple can choose to have their personal handfasting wedding ceremony anywhere at all.  After an introduction and welcoming, an explanation is given to all guests about what to expect.  This keeps all guests relaxed and ensures their attention.  The couple can exchange their wedding rings and then the celebrant will ask specially chosen or all of their invited guests to bring a ribbon forward and place them over their joined hands, each can represent a meaning or blessing.  Once all the ribbons have been placed over the wrists, one guest is chosen to make the binding (tie the ribbons together in a knot around the couples’ hands). 

Don’t worry! The ribbons are removed after the ceremony is brought to a close so that the happy couple can enjoy the rest of their special day.  The coloured ribbons, however, remain tied forever as a beautiful keepsake which can be displayed as a reminder within their home.

If you would like more information about handfasting or any other alternative wedding ideas, please do get in touch.