Silver Dove Ceremonies
If you and your partner make the perfect match for a marriage, why not choose the perfect mix of service and ceremony with your family and friends? I can help you with a unique ceremony that includes all the things you want it to.
What the law requires
All the law requires for a marriage to be legal is a short exchange of vows and a signing of the register in the presence of an authorised person and two witnesses. This need only take a matter of minutes.
The rest is up to you! BUT... There can be a problem
Most authorised persons are unable to accommodate a wedding that includes the variety of items that you may want to add into the ceremony. A registry office wedding cannot usually include any religious items or those that are a bit on the long side, whilst at a church wedding there will usually be a reluctance to include anything that strays too far away from the traditional religious service. THERE IS A SIMPLE SOLUTION Have the legal registry on one day, and the service and celebration of your choice on another or later the same day.
A strange idea?
This is not so strange as it may sound. The law requires every birth, marriage and death to be registered, but traditionally the birth registry has taken place on a different day to the naming ceremony, and the death registry has taken place on a different day to the funeral. In a similar way, there is no reason why the marriage registry cannot be carried out on a different day to the wedding. By doing it this way, your service and celebration becomes so much more flexible. As a recognised Independent Celebrant, I can guide you through what you need to do from a legal perspective, and then I can help you put together the Wedding ceremony of your choice. It can be quiet and romantic or wild and wacky, and of a length to suit you.