“My commitment to you is to create a ceremony that is a joyous celebration, as thrilling and momentous on your wedding day as when you look back on each wedding anniversary.”
Planning Your Wedding
From simple intimate gatherings to elaborate grand affairs, you want your wedding to be as close to perfection as possible. Perfection means something different to every couple.
Couples planning a ceremony often need to work within a set budget, but also have dreams of what their ideal wedding will entail and this is exactly what Catherine Kentridge will help to create.
Your ceremony is 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
Our first contact usually consists of a conversation on the phone to discuss how you envisage your ceremony and your general plans for your wedding. 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 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 customized vows, readings, and any other particular elements what will beautifully express your love for each other.
What I Will Do for You
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 conducting a wedding 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.
What to Know and Do
How far in advance to book 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 wedding 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.
Length of ceremony
Ceremonies are, usually, 20-25 minutes from Procession to Introducing you to your guests as Newly Weds. Depending on your choice, they can be shorter if you decide not to have readings or special rituals. As well, they can be longer; for example, if you have more than one language, guests participating in the ceremony, or other elements.
Replacement in case of emergency
I work with a network of celebrants. In an emergency, another celebrant would step in to ensure your wedding goes ahead as planned.
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.
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!
Before the Day
The Ceremony: How the process of creating it works
The ceremony takes shape with exchanges of drafts that are fine-tuned as we go along, to ensure the ceremony reflects your wishes. The more information I have before I start drafting, the more smoothly everything works. Once you have sent me your firmed-up ideas for your wedding, I will send you a draft written ceremony incorporating those ideas for you to review together, and then send me any revisions. I will then send you a second draft, containing those revisions. The final stage of the process is when I receive an email from you containing your “Approved Ceremony”. That way you and I will know that on your wedding day you will be hearing the words you want to hear at the ceremony you want to have.
A wedding rehearsal is always a good idea. It gives you an accurate idea of the flow and length of the ceremony. A rehearsal also helps you know what to expect and to get over your nerves, so that on the day you can just relax and enjoy the occasion. Best of all, a rehearsal also gives you a chance to hear your wedding ceremony twice!
On the Day – The Ceremony
I will arrive at the venue about half an hour before the ceremony is due to begin. I use this time to double-check the exact setting for the ceremony, to confirm that any special elements (such as glasses/candles) are ready and that microphones are working. I also take this time to introduce myself to the musicians and photographers and go over cues, ground rules, and any special elements and moments in the ceremony of which they should be aware.
I conduct your ceremony using the words you and I have created. I will cue all participants by name so that all the elements work together smoothly and you can relax and enjoy this memorable event.
After the Ceremony
I will leave shortly after the ceremony. If invited, I will be pleased to stay to toast you, but normally I do not stay for the reception.
I love seeing happy couples start the next chapter in their lives and would love to receive a photo or two, or a video of the ceremony if you’d like to add to my memories as well.
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.