I love working with different venues and am a recommended Celebrant at some great ones: The Old Rectory Estate – Bletchingly, The Savoy – London and Bodleian Library – Oxford University to name a few.
All of these venues have licensed rooms where couples can be legally married by a Registrar but the added value that having a Celebrant led ceremony brings to a service is giving the couple the Wedding Celebration Ceremony, they always knew they wanted, but never knew they could have. One that tells the story of their relationship journey, from the time they met up to the point of getting married.
Not yet legal
A Celebrant led ceremony is not legal in England, yet, but having this very personal (family inclusive) ceremony means that couples can be married in any room in a venue, licensed or not, and the exterior. Outdoor weddings are so very popular, in lush gardens or beside ornamental lakes, they are gorgeous – registrar weddings have to be conducted under a permanent structure with three sides and a roof, there are no such restrictions for Celebrants and the photo opportunities are not only endless, they show the venue off in its best light.
When I write script for a wedding, I always weave the history of the venue in as well, giving guests a peep into the story books of where the wedding is taking place.
The elephant in the room
Due to Covid-19 I have only conducted one wedding in 2020 in a 14th century inn dating back to 1385 which has a very rich history. It was frequented by pilgrims journeying from London to Canterbury and pilots who were training at nearby Biggin Hill. So, whilst the whole history of the venue is not given, I add just enough to pique the interest of the guests that are present.
Speaking of Covid-19, the elephant in the room, it’s definitely had an impact on this industry, the community that we all love. I’ve strived, and I’ve seen so many venues do the same, to ensure that weddings are still being spoken about in a positive light, even given the latest government guidance. We know that love is not cancelled, it’s postponed.
So, I think, that working together – venues and Celebrants – we really can give the service that our clients expect of us. Before we arrive at 2021 weddings will look very different but adjusting the way we collaborate will pay dividends in the future. Understandably, Registrars will have a backlog of weddings but Celebrants can perform a Wedding Celebration Ceremony before the legal ceremony has taken place.
We can still give them that big day, venues can still provide their excellent service and I think, given that numbers are currently not what they would normally be, there is a possibility of second celebrations when all social distancing regulations have been lifted and a REAL party can take place.
So, it’s really beneficial for wedding venues to collaborate with Celebrants so that we can all give our couples the ceremony(ies) that they want. Celebrants give them a great, personal and bespoke, ceremony and venues can offer a wider choice of rooms for said ceremonies to be held in. A win, win, for everyone involved.
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