You contact me: We arrange a free, informal, no-obligation meeting together.
It’s especially good if we can meet face to face as the point is for you both to decide if I’m the right celebrant for you and you can ask me lots of questions before you decide.
We will talk about the practicalities of your ceremony: like what you are looking for and hoping for; what you may like to include, or indeed, exclude. And I can offer you suggestions for you to think about.
If a face to face meeting is definitely not possible, this initial information sharing could take place over the phone, by WhatsApp video
or by another Android method.
If you decide I am the person you would like to write and lead your ceremony I will ask you to send me a non-returnable deposit which will secure your date. I will send you a receipt and an agreement form for you to sign.
The second meeting needs to take place on a date nearer to your ceremony, but still with sufficient time to work on getting the wording right for you. Around about twelve weeks before the wedding works usually works well.
This is a longer meeting which can last about two hours. Sometimes it is possible to coincide this with a time you are visiting other suppliers for your wedding in this area.
This is my time to give you another thoroughly good listening to as well as to ask some questions.
I’m hoping to hear all about where you have each come from individually, where you're hoping to go to in your future together, what makes you happy, sad, excited, comforted…
It is what you tell me at this stage that forms the core of your ceremony; just as your own experience is unique,
so will your ceremony be truly your own.
Sometimes couples made the decision during our first meeting that they would like me to be their celebrant, and, when possible, we have continued straight into the “second meeting”.
The first draft of your words I will be emailing this to you after you've paid your deposit, posted back your written agreement and we've had our second meeting. This draft is for you to read, check, amend, ask for things to be added/taken away and email it back. I shall work on it and send you a second draft… and we will repeat the process until you are happy with the words and I am happy with the flow.
I may also need to email you to check out some details about things you’d like to change or things that hadn’t been decided at our meeting.
You are welcome to have as much further contact with me as you would like. You may have lots of questions, need guidance or advice with, for example, personal vows or may just have a worry. I’m very happy to hear from you and work with you so that we
can make this a truly collaborative effort. Ring me, email me or even meet me in Teignmouth.
Just before your ceremony day I will meet you at your venue so that we can talk through the ceremony;
look at where you’ll stand and how you’re walking into your space;
confirm who’s doing what,
and for me to answer any questions you still have.
On the ceremony day I will be there to guide you and to lead your very own heartfelt ceremony.