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Love Knows No Boundaries
Wedding Celebrant In Cumbria


Marriage in Scotland

As an Interfaith Minister I am categorised by the Registrar General of Scotland as a Non-Conformist Minister who can legally conduct your wedding in Scotland.

My responsibility is to ensure that legal requirements are met within the ceremony regarding the vows and commitment you make to each other.  After the vows are made, I will pronounce you married, and then ensure that the marriage papers are signed correctly by yourselves and your witnesses.

However, you will be responsible for ensuring that all legal requirements are met regarding the registration process for your marriage.  This involves each of you filling in a M10 form and submitting it with the necessary documentation to the Register Office closest to the venue where the wedding will take place.  From this information, once processed, your Marriage Schedule will be made up.  This is the Schedule to be signed on the day and it should be picked up in person by one of you from the local Register Office within 7 days of the ceremony and returned to that Office (by you or someone you can rely on) within 3 days afterwards.


Once you have made your application you will be guided by the Registrar. However, you cannot start this process until 3 months of your marriage date, and it must be done by at least 29 clear days beforehand.  I believe this information to be correct as of April 2019, but please remember it is your responsibility to ensure that the legal requirements are met, and you will find it helpful to make yourself aware of what will be required as soon as possible.  For further information here is a link to the National Records of Scotland Office (http://www.nrscotland.gov.uk/registration/getting-married-in-scotland/how-do-i-go-about-it).

One difference between the laws regarding marriage in Scotland (compared with the law in England) is that it is the person who is authorised to conduct the marriage, and not the premises.  This means that you do not necessarily have to hold your wedding in Scotland in a place that has been particularly designated as a wedding venue (known as ‘approved premises’ in England) if you choose me (or another authorised minister of religion) to conduct the ceremony. It gives you more freedom of choice as to the location of your wedding, and I would be delighted to conduct your ceremony out of doors or in your home or wherever you might choose (with the permission of the owner of the land/property, of course). If you have any more questions about my wedding celebrant services in Cumbria and South West Scotland, please get in touch.

For further information on Marriage in Scotland, please click here to download the information sheet. For Marriages in England, see below.

 

 

 

"Thank you so much for your notable contribution to the service giving Angus and Neil such a splendid start to their life together and one which they will never forget."

 

 

 

 marriage in England and Scotland

Marriage in England

The marriage ceremony that I create and hold for you in England will not be your legal marriage service.

To make your marriage legal you will need to attend your local register office as a separate matter, and there you will exchange some formal words of commitment with your partner and sign the marriage register along with two witnesses.  You will be required to give notice at the register office at least 28 days before your marriage and take certain documents with you to show evidence of your name, age and nationality, and give proof of your current address.  If you have been divorced or widowed you will also need to take the relevant documents demonstrating your status and eligibility for marriage.

The ceremony that I hold for you will be a ceremony of celebration and/or blessing and can take whatever form you wish, formal or informal, in whatever venue – a hotel, in your or someone else’s home or garden, or out of doors in some other natural setting – wherever you like and with as many or as few witnesses and guests as you like!

For further information on Marriage in England, please click here to download the information sheet.

 

 

Same Sex Marriages

I am pleased to be able to be able to offer same-sex couples a spiritual wedding ceremony on exactly the same basis as heterosexual couples.

Love knows no boundaries.  At heart, we all know the truth of this. Love, and the conscious human relationship that mirrors our relationship with the divine, is at the heart of the teachings of all the world’s major religions.  Yet somehow, sadly, ‘religious’ conditions and proscriptions seem to have taken hold in those institutions meant to nourish our spirituality, and it is a source of sadness for many lesbian and gay couples that the religious groups that they have a history and an affinity with, do not offer the same opportunity to celebrate and formalise this important life event to same-sex couples that they do to heterosexual ones.

The Interfaith Ministers Association, of which I am a registered member, does not incorporate beliefs and doctrine, but a strongly inclusive Code of Ethics.  We are committed to anti-discriminatory practice and welcome clients from all cultures, religions, backgrounds and sexualities.  But it is about more than a Code of Ethics, it is about my heartfelt desire to practice love, and to practice unconditional love, non-judgement, impartiality, equality. This is the spirit in which I offer you, whether you are straight, lesbian or gay, a spiritual ceremony for your marriage to match the desire of your heart. If you would like further details about my services as a wedding celebrant in Cumbria, the Lake District and South West Scotland, please contact me. 

 

same sex marriage in cumbria

 

 

 

 "I just want to thank you so much for performing such a beautiful service for Gayle and Steven.
It was so personal and emotional..."

 

Fees


I am very proud of my creative skills and the life experience I have had of writing, speaking and performing and this is why I am able to offer a ceremony that is really unique and special for you. Each wedding is different, and will be created personally for each individual couple and conducted by me in person. Fees are calculated after a preliminary discussion with you (without obligation) and depend on your requirements, and any travelling involved.  As a guideline, my basic fee is £400 for weddings held at the weekends or on Bank Holidays.

Apart from travelling, and perhaps accommodation, if your wedding involves a journey of more than 100 miles or so, further fees might, for example, be for hiring microphone equipment if your ceremony is out of doors; for creating and printing a certificate of Marriage Blessing (for weddings in England); or for holding a rehearsal.

I may be able to negotiate my fee or offer a discount in certain circumstances.

You will be asked for a deposit of £100 on booking which is non-refundable but deductible from the final invoice, which will be sent 3 weeks before your wedding day.

If you have any further questions about what I do as a wedding celebrant in Cumbria and South West Scotland, please do not hesitate to contact me.