“My commitment to you is to create a civil partnership ceremony that is as personal as you are, that tells your unique love story in the most beautiful, elegant way and creates the memorable ceremony you only dreamed was possible for your wedding day”
A Civil Partnership ceremony is a beautiful way for same-sex couples to be able to publicly show their commitment to each other in front of family and friends.
Whether you choose a simple or elaborate wedding, I will work with you to create a wedding ceremony that marks the start of this next stage of your journey together a memory to treasure for always.
Creating Your Customised Civil Partnership Ceremony
What is involved in creating a unique Civil Partnership wedding 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/wedding 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
We were looking to find an officiant who would make our wedding ceremony be special, be unique, grab the attention of our guests, and most importantly speak to our hearts. Catherine was the perfect choice! Side-note… we asked Catherine to announce an extra surprise to our guests… that we were expecting a child! We trusted her that much, that we knew she would deliver this news with the perfect touch-- The crowd roared! Thank you Catherine for contributing so beautifully to one of the best days of our lives
The memories of our wedding day will forever be a reminder of our love for each other. We were happy that you could provide us the opportunity to share our love with our guests in such an intimate ceremony.
You were fantastic and the ceremony was absolutely magical. We couldn't have picked a better person to conduct it with such warmth and sincerity.
Thank you once again for delivering such a perfect ceremony on Saturday!! You have no idea how many people approached us and were raving about how wonderful you were!
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!
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.
Complex or Simple Civil Partners Weddings
Some couples require a high level of involvement with family 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.
The Celebrant Service
My unique custom-designed ceremonies include my presence at your ceremony rehearsal if requested. I will be happy to discuss with you the option that works best with your ideas and budget.
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.
I have created many traditional and non-traditional ceremonies for bisexual, gay, lesbian, transsexual, transgendered persons, same-sex couples and same-sex parents, including weddings, and will be happy to do other ceremonies such as name changes, child dedications and coming out ceremonies.
My 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
Booking the Time and Date of Your Ceremony
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 personalisation 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.
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.
Your ceremony is the centrepiece of your wedding and therefore merits special attention to make it the heart of your day.