“My commitment to you is to create something very special, tailored just for you. A truly customised ceremony, happy or sad, that tells your story in the most elegant, refined way, creating a beautiful memory, full of love and warmth to cherish forever.”
Planning Your Ceremony
We begin with an initial complimentary meeting, to get to know each other. As we talk, I get a sense of who you and your loved ones are, and we discuss the kind of ceremony you are looking for. There are many ceremony options and this gives us the opportunity to clarify exactly the kind of ceremony that you want.
At the same time, you can get more of a sense of how I work, and how I tailor each ceremony to be truly unique to you. If you then decide that we’re a good fit, we begin an email process of co-creating the ceremony. And I am always just a phone call, email or text away should you have any questions or concerns. (It’s also at this first meeting that we discuss your budget, the different services I provide, and a cost estimate.)
Some couples or families require a high level of involvement with other family members or the inclusion of multiple languages. You may need complex arrangements or more behind-the-scenes consultations—we will discuss what is involved beforehand so that time is scheduled for this.
My professional celebrant services include
- A personal consultation with you
- A unique, custom-crafted ceremony, created in close collaboration with you
- A rehearsal if requested
- Conducting the ceremony
I will provide three written drafts of the ceremony, and your changes and feedback are then taken into account and the ceremony is polished to meet the most exacting requirements.
Creating Your Customised Ceremony with a Celebrant
What is involved in creating a unique ceremony?
I will provide guidance on how to incorporate the elements that are typical or that you may wish to include in your ideal ceremony, from readings to music. I can help you plan and write vows that are original, personal, and meaningful.
As a professional writer and storyteller/actor with a trained voice, I can also guide you in how to make great speeches. Whatever your needs may be for your ideal ceremony, I am happy to provide support as you plan this important life event.
As well as working with you during planning, I am pleased to include family members or consultants/ceremony planners in the process.
Your ceremony will be carefully crafted and polished with the personal vows, and selected elements such as special readings, that will reflect you and tell your story.
Getting to Know You
No two people are alike and every couple, child and loved one is unique, so your ceremony should be a one-of-a-kind, as unique and exceptional as you are. I have a deep respect for and openness to different personal beliefs, philosophies, cultures, rituals, traditions and languages, and love to weave these elements together into a harmonious and profoundly meaningful ceremony that honours both backgrounds. The ceremony can be as traditional or original as you like. The only limit is your imagination, You will always have the final say on all aspects of the ceremony.
Our first contact usually consists of a conversation on the phone to discuss how you envisage your ceremony and your general plans for it. The next meeting is in person and often in a local coffee shop. We discuss the many options and then clarify exactly the kind of ceremony that will best meet your needs. It is also at this meeting that we discuss your budget, the different celebrant services I provide, and a cost estimate.
Once you have agreed to go ahead with me as your celebrant, we can begin the process of drafting a ceremony that reflects your wishes. Depending on our discussion, the drafts may include the story of how you met and what happened next, your customised vows, readings, and any other particular elements what will beautifully express your love for each other.
Thanks again for taking the time to meet with us at such a late hour! We both felt that you were a perfect fit for us, even after a quick 30 minute chat. We loved your energy, your knowledge, and your beliefs/attitudes towards the wedding day. You have the perfect blend of formality and lightheartedness that we were looking for (and your love of cats sealed the deal!).
Your German was flawless and my family was highly impressed!
You took the happy and the sad stories about our son and wove them into a beautiful ceremony.
Thank you for the eloquent and comforting celebration of life service. You made us feel you’d been a dear friend of our beloved mother.
Hiring you to perform the ceremony is the best decision we’ve ever made!
After our wedding, so many people commented on how wonderful you were. You kept it interesting and fun and you were everything we could have possibly hoped for in an officiant.
People really enjoyed the way you told our story and your French was bang on!
Catherine was so wonderful that we’ve already had people ask for her contact information so she can do weddings for their relatives.
You are not only such a professional, but so warm, a lovely speaker, and did such an amazing job of customizing everything to our unique needs. I can’t tell you how many people remarked on just how wonderful a job you did.
We cannot thank you enough for your wonderful officiating of our marriage. We continue to receive praise for our ceremony. It was all we could have imagined, hoped and dreamed.
It was a pleasure working with you to create an interfaith ceremony that was intimate, personal, and most importantly, meaningful to us. We are so happy as we reminisce about our special day.
We were so thrilled with how it all turned out and felt that the ceremony you scripted for us was perfect. Your command of the audience was excellent and your suggestions really made for the perfect wedding.
At very short notice Catherine Kentridge agreed to come to our home and marry us in front of a couple dozen close friends. She was well-prepared, kind, and professional. I could not recommend her more highly.
You were like part of the family.
It was a joy to listen to you. Your voice is like music.
What a beautiful, elegant wedding. We are so glad we found you. You were just perfect for our ceremony.
What a lovely ceremony. You are a natural for this. You have such presence and radiate such a sense of joy. And your accent is to die for!
We have received so many compliments on the beautiful way the ceremony was set up.
You are a lovely speaker and a true professional—your guidance and advice on creating a custom ceremony was greatly appreciated! You were a delight to work with!
Thank you for giving us the wedding we had dreamed of for eight years. It was perfect!
What I Will Do for You
As a celebrant, my primary goal is to create a unique ceremony that you will treasure and that your guests will remember for always.
Each ceremony I design is one-of-a-kind and the cost depends on what you would like to include. However, my fee schedule is flexible enough to work within most budgets. Please note that my fee includes working closely with you to create your ceremony and a ceremony rehearsal if you choose. In addition, I am just a phone call away should you have any questions or concerns.
As an experienced actor, and a professional writer and storyteller, as well as an officiant and celebrant at many wonderful weddings, I can handcraft your ceremony into a unique, joyful, and deeply meaningful celebration.
Booking the Time and Date of Your Ceremony
Whether it is a year in advance, a couple of weeks, or anytime in between, I will do my best to accommodate you. Once you choose a date, please be in touch as soon as possible. This is especially important if you want your celebrant ceremony to be on a Saturday in the spring or summer or on a long weekend. The further you book in advance, the more likely you are to receive the time and place of your choice.
Please book as soon as you have the venue and the date to be sure of the time of your choice—a year is not too far in advance in some popular seasons or months for weddings. However, I am also happy to step in with short notice, if I can, so please ask.
P.S. It helps if you have some flexibility about the actual time of the ceremony, especially if you are getting married in peak wedding season between May and October or on any long weekend.
Customised Ceremony Fees
My fees for ceremonies depend on the scope and personalization that you require. It is important to note that all wedding ceremonies, whether simple or elaborate, take considerable time and effort during preparation. Once I know what your wedding wishes and plans are, this will help pinpoint the ceremony that will best match your needs and budget. My fees are determined by the complexity or amount of liaison needed to meet your arrangements, including the elements you’d like to incorporate.
A contract and a 50 percent deposit are needed to reserve your date and time.
Note: Where travel and accommodation are required, there will be additional fees.
For a full list of fees please click here.
Celebrant ceremonies are not legally binding and you will still need to officially marry as recognised by English law in a registry office or in a church or synagogue with a recognised minister, priest or rabbi. Once the legal ceremony has taken place, there is no need to hold your customised ceremony in a licensed venue. You are free to choose any venue, place and time.
For more information on the legal aspects of your wedding in a registry office or place of worship, please see the Government website here: https://www.gov.uk/marriages-civil-partnerships/overview.
Legal registration of births and deaths must also take place at your local registry office. Contact your local registry office for more information https://www.gov.uk/register-offices.