We asked Dr Jayne Chidgey-Clark of Somerset's Ceremonies of Life and Love about independent wedding ceremonies...
Many people want to leave behind the restrictions of a religious or registrar-led service and instead have something that reflects their wishes and personality. With an independent wedding celebrant, you take control. As this type of ceremony is not yet legally recognised in England, you will need to go to the register office before or after the big day to deal with the formalities.
On your wedding day, you're then free to choose the location of your dreams and any special elements to make it individual. For example, you could include broom jumping, handfasting, a unity candle, sand ceremonies or anything else that's important to you.
Another benefit is that family, friends and pets can all be involved if you wish. Also, if you have any spiritual or religious beliefs such as Paganism, they can also be incorporated into your wedding ceremony. I will listen to you and help you design your perfect Somerset wedding ceremony; the only limit is your imagination.
Dr Jayne Chidgey-Clark
Ceremonies of Life and Love | www.ceremoniesoflifeandlove.com
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