A M Barker.
Photo courtesy of Matt Fox
WHY USE A CELEBRANT?
'Happy New Year Ana! Thank you again for making our wedding day very special!! We were delighted with your lovely script and loved the flow and words! Thank you so much for all your fantastic help.'
Shannon and Robert, after their gorgeous, intimate winter ceremony at Lucknam Park, Nr Bath, in December 2017
'We used Ana for our wedding last month and could not be happier! She really took time to get to know us and worked with us to create a wedding ceremony that was personal for us as a couple, down to every detail. Nothing was too much and she went above and beyond. We are absolutely over the moon with how it went. Thank you Ana!'
Kaidey and Allan - who had a joyful service at The Bear at Hungerford in November 2018
Just a quick message from our “minimoon” in Cheltenham! [😃]
Just like to say thank you so much for everything you did not only on the day but the lead up to the big day as well!
I’m pretty sure without your calming presence and gentle nudges we would have been even more lost and generally confused before the ceremony! You were brilliant, and we both really appreciate everything you did!
From Lucy and Joe, whose glorious 2108 wedding in The Holford Arms in Tetbury is captured on the video above!
Thanks to Matt Fox, Zosia Zacharia, The Talwars, The Drakes, The Dickinsons, The Norths, Shannon & Robert, Amber Marie Photography, Damian Bailey and Laura Miller for the lovely photos provided!
MY PRICES INCLUDE:
An initial 'get-to-know-me' meeting (usually online)
A questionnaire or meeting to find out your 'story'
Help to find readings, or my own poetry
Support to any of your speakers
A draft for you to approve & edit as you wish
Assistance writing your vows
Ongoing email, video & telephone support
A rehearsal opportunity & venue check
A calm, happy & organised presence on the day!
Ceremonial certificate, vows and bound copy of service.
'Wrap-around' help with initial housekeeping & assembling for confetti etc...on the Big Day!
Usual prices range from £400 - £550, depending on which elements you require and travel distances involved. Every service is unique, after all! More eco-friendly service planning via video links will be priced more competitively. In the initial video chat or local coffee slot to get to know me, we discuss your needs and the overall price; you can then decide if I am the Celebrant for you! *Price includes an initial, non-returnable booking fee which fixes your date in my diary.
So many areas covered as a wedding celebrant!
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Beautiful & Bespoke Ceremonies
Amazing Wedding and Vow Renewal Services
'Well you reduced us both to tears - my God you’re good ! It’s absolutely beautiful - thank you so much'.
ALL of my clients love my bespoke Wedding and Vow Renewal services!
From the mad, quirky or funky, with symbolic elements, to the more serious and traditional service, I attentively listen and cater to YOUR needs, so that you have a beautiful, unique service totally reflecting your relationship and story. I'm a bit quirky too; I love to laugh but I’m also calm and focussed, ensuring your whole service runs smoothly.
Although an ex-teacher and lecturer with an MA (Distinction) in English, I'm more than able to deliver effectively but I'm definitely not ‘preachy’ or school teacher-ish. Caring for people, words, literature and delivery are my strong points. I even write or adapt poetry to suit your needs.
Connecting with people from all walks of life is a total honour and I work without prejudice. It was amazing to be part of one of the first same-sex Canadian weddings in 2004; it had an English theme, with a fabulous blessing from ‘HRH Queen Elizabeth’!
KEEP YOUR 'LEGALS' & YOUR 'CEREMONIALS' SEPARATE
Have a BEAUTIFUL ceremony with the heartfelt words of your choice in ANY venue you choose, either before or after a Registrar 'simple ceremony'. You are NOT obliged to use a Registrar for your ceremonial service, or use the Registrar's more elaborate suites and packages.
Hard-pressed Registrars are put under pressure to make money for councils - they sadly will never be given the time to make your ceremony as personal or bespoke as an Independent Celebrant will.
With a Celebrant, your beliefs and creativity can be reflected in your ceremony and all lifestyles or orientations are embraced. And your guests' bottoms won't get numb sitting around waiting for the Registrar to check you are not being forced into marriage!
Did you know that only 41 basic words, in addition to your names, make your wedding legal in a £57 simple Registrar Ceremony with just two witnesses? All of the other ceremonial elements such as vows, rings, symbolic gestures such as handfasting etc... can take place with a Celebrant.
The 41 basic legal words are:
I do solemnly declare that I know not of any lawful impediment why I (your name) may not be joined in matrimony to (partner's name)
I call up these persons here present to witness that I (your name) do take thee (partner's name) to be my lawful wedded wife (or husband)