“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 marriage 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 wedding 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 can a Wedding Celebrant 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 in the UK and abroad, I can handcraft your ceremony into a unique, joyful, and deeply meaningful celebration.
Celebrant Wedding Ceremony FAQs
How far in advance should we book our wedding 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.
How long will the ceremony be?
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.
What happens if you’re not available on the day?
I work with a network of celebrants. In an emergency, another celebrant would step in to ensure your wedding goes ahead as planned.
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.
Before the Day
The Wedding 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.
Celebrant Wedding Rehearsal
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 Wedding 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.
The Celebrant Ceremony
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 wedding 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 wedding 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.