“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
Wedding Ceremony - Cliveden House, Buckinghamshire, UK
Your script was beautiful and you adapted to the changes in occasion in regards to Xuan Xuan not being willing to bring the rings ever so gracefully.
Wedding Ceremony - Toronto, Canada and Norfolk, UK
Planning a wedding is tough enough. Trying to do it in a way that meaningfully and seamlessly blends two cultures, with different traditions, symbols, ceremonies and practices, should have been even tougher. But Catherine Kentridge was more than up to the task on our wedding day and throughout all the preparations leading up to it. Catherine is collaborative, warm, open, and speaks with so much heart. Thank you for being such an important part of our wedding.
Wedding Ceremony - Caswell House, Oxfordshire, UK
Our family and friends came from different countries and some do not speak English but Catherine conducted the ceremony in both English and Spanish simultaneously. She addressed the ceremony exactly as we had planned in previous meetings just as she had suggested. We were so lucky to have found Catherine, she’s bilingual and we found that is not easy to find in a celebrant in England able to speak Spanish. Thanks Catherine!
Wedding Cermeony - Amberley Castle, West Sussex
Catherine is more than a celebrant, she makes your special day more than special. We had a bilingual wedding thanks to her and it was very touching for my Brazilian Family to be included. It was friendly, intimate, full of love. You are very special and I would never forget our day, and you are part of those memories.
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 Civil Marriage 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 civil partnership 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.