Philip WM Spicksley Celebrant

Philip WM Spicksley Celebrant

Yorkshire, UK

As the President of the Association of Independent Celebrants (AOIC) I strive to make your wedding celebration special.

Covering the Midlands area of the UK I am prepared to travel further afield if required.   Having Professional Insurance cover for European Countries I am quite happy to travel abroad in order to make your wedding day extra special.

On the Continent wedding ceremonies are held in two parts,  the legal part and the celebration.  My weddings are just the same,  having visited the Registry Office to sign the legal papers of marriage you are then free to hold a ceremony of celebration  for the wedding at a time and place of your choice.

I have 8 years experience in Celebrant work and have conducted ceremonies in many different locations including Scarborough Beach, gardens and even a farmers field.

My ceremonies are all about the couple,  all parts of the preparation are important,  if you do not prepare then you prepare to go wrong.  I sit down with the couple and find out all about them.

I write a ‘Love Story’ about the couple and include different members of the family who have helped them and supported them such as their children or their parents.  Telling a love story during the ceremony envelopes all the guests around the couple and impresses upon the guests the importance of their love for each other.

Using a resource booklet I provide each couple, we select poems and readings that reflect the love they have for each other.   I am able to guide the couple in relation to writing their own vows and ring promises (or provide them with suitable examples).   Finally we put the ceremony together to include a sand ceremony or other special symbolising ceremony written to seal the marriage.

It is important that couples chose a Celebrant who is fully covered for both Public Liability Insurance and Professional Indemnity Insurance.  One covers accident injuries in the event that the Celebrant may be liable for an accident and the latter covers the Celebrant in cases where the ceremony was not conducted in accordance to the desires of the clients or they are late or do not arrive due to unavoidable circumstances such as a road accident or breakdown.

It is also very important that venues also insist on the Celebrant providing a copy of the insurance too.

Each booking is treated as a legal contract and I ensure that all legal requirements are adhered to  and cancellation forms are issued at the point of each booking.

Take a look at this video clip about getting married.


 “Hi Philip,

Thank you very much for conducting our ceremony and giving us the opportunity to do what we wanted, it was much better than we had hoped and ran so smoothly, so many people thanked us for inviting them and felt honoured to be at such an intimate ceremony (Obviously we were just as pleased they were there). 

I was most uptight just before the big entrance but that dissolved into pure enjoyment when you started addressing the guests with our story and then running through the rest of the proceedings, as you know we were married earlier in the day in the register office, and the registrar was most annoyed with my lateness (15 minutes) and told Steve off! She corrected my speech 3 times on the same sentence for 'legal reasons' which was most annoying as the rest of the party said I had said it properly anyway, (I would have felt humiliated in front of the 100 guests we had in the evening if that had happened then).”

- 20's themed Wedding Celebration at Cave Castle - August 2012


“Recently I had the pleasure of working with Phil and I was amazed at the professionalism which he brought to the wedding ceremony.  He was completely at ease with the ceremony,  which was like nothing I had seen before in the 7 years or so that I have been a professional photographer.  I have seen many, many weddings and it was nice to see one which had been written just for that couple and conducted with confidence and friendliness.   I very much look forward to working with Phil in the future.”

- Tracy Conway-Smith, Photographer


“Hi Phil, I have just logged on to send you an email to say how pleased we were with the ceremony you conducted for us. So many commented on what a lovely ceremony it was and how fitting it was for the surroundings. My dad who was initially not sure about the ceremony is a convert and loved the fact that it was so personalised. Thanks again for your help organising it and making it just as we wanted.

We didn’t want a church wedding and as we are both outdoors people we really liked the idea of getting married outside.  We had the perfect location but had no idea if we could make it happen.

Phil answered immediately and after we had told him what we were planning he sent over some further information to give us some ideas and offered to come over to meet us so that we could discuss our wedding in person.

When we met Phil the following week he talked us through the basic structure that we would need to put together and said that he could help us with anything that we weren’t sure about.  He left some examples of readings and vows that we might like to use in our ceremony for us to have a look through.

We were very impressed by his professionalism yet ‘down to earth’ manner which made him very easy to chat to and decided that we would like him to conduct our ceremony.

We stayed in regular contact over the next few weeks and we e-mailed the vows that we had decided to write ourselves for one another over to Phil with the music and readings that we had chosen.

Phil put everything together for us and e-mailed back a copy of the order of service for our approval – It was perfect!

On the day the ceremony ran without a hitch and Phil gave us exactly what we wanted with a friendly, personal touch to our special day.  Many of our guests commented on how they had enjoyed the ceremony and remarked on how they thought that Phil had been fantastic.

We felt that we had found the perfect person to help us to create our ‘unique’ wedding and would be happy to recommend Phil to anyone who was looking for a celebrant.”

- Chris & Tracey Cowling - July 2012.