Manchester Ceremonies

Independent Registered Celebrant in the Greater Manchester area. Specialising in personalised weddings, civil partnerships, naming ceremonies and other family services

Is a celebrant for you?

If you are arranging a celebration and answer yes to any of these questions then working with a celebrant could be a definite advantage.

Would you like to meet the person performing your ceremony before the day? 

  • Have a conversation or meeting before booking 
  • Include personal information in your ceremony 
  • For weddings have a rehearsal to arrange the final details 

Do you want a unique ceremony? 

  • Tradition with a twist 
  • Incorporating culture and customs 
  • Bigger involvement of family and friends 
  • A themed ceremony 

Do you want options in your venue? 

  • Outdoor spaces 
  • Your own back garden 
  • Non-traditional venues 
  • Non-registered rooms in wedding venues

Do you want to mark an occasion but don’t want to use a church as you are not religious? 

Do you want a specific time? 

  • Evening ceremonies 
  • Extended ceremonies 
  • Un-available registrars 

Are you fed up of hearing “that’s not possible”? 

Jenny from Manchester Ceremonies can work with you to make sure you have a ceremony which meets your expectations. Ask any questions of her now on jenny@manchesterceremonies.com

Posted 124 weeks ago

take the chance: they might say yes!

Yesterday on a London bound train a young man came purposely into the carriage and walked up to a girl. “So I was telling the girls I’m sat with about this really lovely girl I spoke to at the station and they said why don’t you ask for her number”. So there he was putting himself out there in quite a public manner (the girl was travelling with her parents). There was some bumbling around lack of signal for a ring back, pens, him mentioning Love Actually and future marriage…. but he took that risk, he put himself out there. She might have been in a relationships, she might have said no, he might have been a little embarrassed but he wouldn’t have got of that train thinking “I should have asked her”. 

They might be like one of those couples on dinner date that 6 weeks later have still never met up for that coffee, for the rest of us on the train we will never know and I suppose it doesn’t really matter because it’s reminded us that putting yourself out there isn’t a bad thing. It made us all smile, well except for my unromantic boyfriend who was squirming next to me. 

It takes guts but it’s so much more meaningful when it’s not in a bar just before closing, that it’s not a standard message through a dating site: make it personal, make them feel special, take the knock back, reap the rewards. As they say, you’ve got to be in it to win it! 

And ladies this isn’t just aimed at the boys, we live in an equal society, you can also take the plunge. Build opportunities anywhere. And to Rich and Jo may you be happy however this story ends. If it ends well I may find out as I passed Rich my card or he can find me at manchesterceremonies.com

Posted 158 weeks ago

How do I write wedding vows?

This is a question that can haunt a couple, or maybe just one of them, for the months before a ceremony. What if I say the wrong thing? What if they don’t match my partners? What if I forget what to say?

Here are some of my top tips for writing your own vows

·         Leave plenty of time – don’t leave these to the last minute!!!! You will be happier with them and feel more confident saying them on the day.

·         You don’t have to write them alone – write them together or rope in a best man/woman to help. I can also give you pointers and help you put together something personal.

·         Use traditional vows – this is your day, you don’t have to write something yourself you can say the traditional vows of “I, ___, take you, ___, to be my wife/husband, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and health, until death do us part”, or use this as a start and make some changes to personalise it.

·         Say the same vows – you can both agree to the same vow be it traditional or unique to you.

·         You don’t need to be serious – if you are a couple who are having a less formal ceremony you don’t need to change your style for your vows (unless that’s what you want). Some examples “I promise to comfort you when (your team) lose and drink with you when they win" and “I promise separate the colours from the whites before putting the washing on.“

·         Get ideas online – a search will produce loads of examples, take some suggestions and make them your own. Don’t get bogged down with other peoples, just use them for a little inspiration. Also you could take them word for word if they resonate with you – the likelihood of that couple attending your wedding is slim…

·         Complete your marriage questionnaire – I will give you a questionnaire to help me write your ceremony, this might give you some ideas of what’s important to you about your relationship, your partner and why you are getting married. Incorporate these important aspects into your vows. Some questions to answer are: What is important in your relationship? What does being married to them mean to you? What will change? What will NOT change? What do you hope your marriage will bring?

·         Write them for your partner – there are guests at your ceremony, but these are your message to each other. Don’t consider anyone other than the one you love. Make them smile, make them feel special, even make them cry, commit to how your future is going to be.

·         Take inspiration from things you enjoy – song lyrics, a passage in a book, an inspirational quote someone posted on Facebook. Take a word that invokes an emotion and start there.

·         You don’t need to memorise them – I can say the words for you to repeat, you can tuck them away in your pocket and read them, you could have someone miming the words to you from the side. Don’t put extra pressure on yourself if it will make you stressed.

·         Don’t worry – it doesn’t matter if you get tongue tied, if you forget the words, if you cry when you say them, even if you have to start all over again. These are the things that will make your ceremony special and unique to you, and your partner will love you more for it. Although saying your ex’s name will be difficult to come back from!

Good luck and have fun with them

For more about celebrants check my website www.manchesterceremonies.com
Posted 173 weeks ago

Looking for venues in Manchester - Spot the bees!

Bees feature all over Manchester, and if you’re looking at city centre venues, look up to see them buzzing about. I’ve been spotting them for several years now, the first ones I noticed were on the bins, then on the posts, then on the floor in the town hall. I have mentioned this to a few Manchester residents and they hadn’t seen them. Sometimes when you live somewhere you don’t see what’s right in front of you.

The bees represent the busy working people of Manchester dating back to the industrial revolution and all the textile workers who buzzed around the mills. I’m writing about this as Timeout Manchester just posted an article with pictures and venues that reminded me, take a look to learn more. But remember when you are out and about you’ll notice them, and if you are checking out venues you may be joined by a few buzzy friends.

Posted 196 weeks ago

Why am I celebrant?

I may have chosen to become a celebrant for subliminal reasons. I am so used to being in a profession where I have to explain myself when talking to someone new and it’s a habit to pursue the slightly unknown. I have been an Occupational Therapist since 1995 and usually I have to explain what that is so now I’m a celebrant I get a similar blank look and “so…. what is that?” Celebrants are a relatively new addition to England so unless someone has experienced one of the wonderful celebrants knocking about they don’t know anything about the profession.

I think I have come up with a quick definition “a celebrant is an alternative to a registrar or priest allowing wedding or naming ceremonies to be conducted absolutely anywhere with the added bonus of the ceremony being completely personal.” It is succinct and depending on how interested the person is I can expand. Obviously for those in the know a celebrant can also conduct funerals, but currently this is not my speciality.

Obviously this is not the real reason I chose to become a celebrant. I met a celebrant called Roxy, the London Celebrant (almost the Brisbane Celebrant—she’s on the move). With her stories of lovely people, beautiful ceremonies and being involved in such joyful experiences I was immediately enthralled. I spent some time thinking how enjoyable that would be, how my experience working with people, presenting to groups, and my involvement in many weddings/civil partnerships as a reader, bridesmaid and master of ceremonies would qualify me for the role. I completed my training and became registered and I am very much looking forward to sharing some fantastic experiences, maybe they will be with you? You can check out my website at manchesterceremonies.com.

Posted 198 weeks ago