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We're interested in using a celebrant to conduct our ceremony and would like to know the process. Can you tell us more?
In choosing a celebrant-led wedding you have the opportunity to create a bespoke ceremony that's uniquely yours, and memorable for all the right reasons! Once you've found the right celebrant for you the next step is to explore your hopes and dreams for your wedding.
After sending our a questionnaire with some playful ideas for sharing as a couple, we arrange a visioning session that includes suggestions for rituals and structure, so you can start to visualise the form of your ceremony. Your celebrant can provide ideas for making it inclusive with elements of participation and collaboration.
Posted: 24 March 2022
We posed celebrant Jen Whitworth the following question... We've heard about all of the different rituals we can have during a celebrant-led ceremony from hand-fasting to candle-lighting, but what's the difference and how do we know which is right for us?
During a Celebrant led ceremony, anything is possible – there are no limits to what rituals (or elements as they are sometimes referred to) you can include, as long as they're within the current law of the land. It's a perfect opportunity to really make your ceremony reflect your personality. As more and more families are coming together and blending as one, sand ceremonies are becoming very popular. A beautiful glass vessel is filled with different layers of coloured sand, each representing a person and the creation of one family unified.
Posted: 17 March 2022
We posed the following question to local celebrant Julie Bisacre... Help! We're getting confused about the difference between a registrar and a celebrant. Can you shed some light on this for us?
Julie says: Until recent times, couples could either book a religious ceremony in a church, or a secular one at a register office. The only other other option was a licensed venue, which a registrar would attend. That's not the case any more.
Firstly, let's examine what a registrar is and what they do. A registrar is an official who oversees and keeps records of births, deaths and marriages. They often work in a register office and officiate the paperwork/licence pertaining to your legal marriage.
Posted: 3 March 2022
Neil Dutta at Angelic Diamonds, a UK wedding jewellery specialist, explores why humanist weddings have seen an increase in popularity in recent years. With official guidance looking to change in the not too distant future, giving celebrants more legal power to actually marry couples - removing the need for a pre- or post-blessing registry office date - here at County Wedding Magazine HQ we think this is a trend that will continue to soar.
Posted: 5 November 2021
Julie Bisacre, a wedding celebrant covering the South West, highlights to Your Bristol and Somerset Wedding readers the benefits of hiring a celebrant for your ceremony. "So many weddings were unfortunately postponed from 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. It is inevitable that 2022 will be frantically busy with patient couples seizing their chance to have the wedding of their dreams," shares Julie. "It's also very interesting that more and more couples seek out a wedding celebrant to create, write and deliver their ceremonies. If you are one of these couples, you may have some burning questions as many people are still largely unaware of what a Celebrant actually does – or that it was even an option." Read on to find out more from Julie...
Posted: 20 September 2021
Six couples are taking their case to the High Court on 7-8 July to take a landmark challenge over the legal recognition of humanist marriages; their case is being supported by humanist celebrants. Siân Jackson a celebrant, based in Neath, Wales commented, "Humanist ceremonies bring meaning, personality and depth to a non-religious ceremony in a way which is just not possible within the construct of a civil ceremony. Why shouldn't non-religious couples have the right to celebrate their union in a way that is significant to them, as religious couples do?"
Posted: 8 July 2020