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Clair Hill, Celebrant and all things about love
Congratulations on this wonderful adventure you are about to begin!
How does it feel?? Amazing, incredible, like your floating on clouds.
It is a truly wonderful feeling to be in love and wanting to share your special day with family and friends and to show them that you belong together forever.
AND here you are now looking for the perfect celebrant to make your ceremony an unforgettable memory.
Your marriage is not a trivial event. It is a significant milestone in your lives, and at the heart of your wedding day is your
I would be honoured to help to tell your story on the day, personalised for you and delivered in a meaningful and heartfelt way, with just a dash of my humour. Just scroll down the page and you will see what I offer to help guide you through the perfect ceremony.
At the end of the day, this day should be all about the both of you.
Let's meet and greet
This is a face-to-face opportunity for us to get to know one another a little better and establish whether I am the right celebrant for you.
This is also a no-obligation opportunity to get some ideas about the process of writing your ceremony and the legal requirements involved.
Should you wish to proceed, I would ask that you complete my booking form/service agreement and pay a deposit to secure my services.
From this point you will receive my inspiration resource kit which has loads of information in it to help guide you with any choices you need to make regarding your ceremony.
Our first official planning meeting
Let's paint a picture of your big day
I’m a firm believer that your ceremony is the most important part of the day. It is after all, about the promises you are about to make to one another.
It is also about telling your story which will reflect your personalities, values and vision.
Your ceremony should be interactive, interesting, enjoyable and memorable for both you and your guests.
I will give you some homework in the form of a personal questionnaire to take away and allow you time to think about your answers. The answers from the questionnaire will allow me to gain some more insight about the two of you.
I will supply you with an Inspiration Resource Kit which will have helpful information and loads of ideas both modern and traditional.
To write, or not to write your own vows
I’m not typically in the business of telling you what you should and shouldn’t do on your wedding day because I believe that every couple and every wedding is unique. However, the more I think about it, there’s one aspect of your day that I really (really) do encourage, which is writing your own vows.
When it comes down to it, what’s most important aren’t the decorations on your tables or the colour of your bridesmaids’ dresses, but rather the marriage that begins on your wedding day.
If you’re still on the fence about whether or not to write your own vows, I have lots of resources and guidance to offer.
If your still in doubt, I am your back-up and we can write these together, or we can go for a more traditional feel – there is no right or wrong answer.
Planning and Thinking
We'll keep meeting up until your big day
We will have the chance to meet at least three times before your big day, and then again at the rehearsal.
I am always available for you to phone, email and Skype me, just as many times as you want to brainstorm anything or use me as a sounding board – anything to make it stress free for you.
Our meetings will cover all sorts of things like painting a picture of how your big day will look and feel, in-depth planning and we will establish a run sheet for the ceremony. My checklist will ensure nothing is forgotten.
I always encourage these meetings as it will help ease the stress for you, so you can feel more relaxed and focus on other things for your big day.
Ceremony Design and Writing
I will write your bespoke ceremony, which will be overseen and signed off by you. I never use templates and always start with a blank canvas.
Don't underestimate the psychological value of the rehearsal!
There are lots of reason why I recommend a rehearsal, aside from the fact that this is your opportunity to rehearse your big day. The rehearsal is held to ensure that there will be no big surprises for you on the day.
Rehearsals will help us decide where the best location is for the ceremony (especially if you are outside and it is really hot or windy), how the choreography will work (i.e. hand over, vows and rings, signing the paperwork), seating, readings, music to name a few.
It is always a good idea to get your entire bridal party, parents, readers and anyone that may have something to do with the ceremony there for the rehearsal, so everyone knows what they will be doing on the day. I would even recommend inviting your photographer so we can work out where and when it is a good time to take those perfect shots.
The BIG Day
Take a deep breath, the day has finally arrived ...
Everything is organised and all your hard work has paid off.
You can now relax and enjoy your day, as I have everything for your ceremony in hand.
I promise I will put you at ease so you can enjoy the most important part of the day, and more importantly, you will remember it.
I will always ensure I am at the venue at least 30-60 minutes prior to the ceremony starting, and in appropriate attire.
I will check in with the groom, your family, readers, photographer, venue coordinator etc, and ensure that everything is set up and in place.
Remember, I am truly fortunate to be trusted with delivering your ceremony, and I promise you that with my calm presence, I will deliver this ceremony to reflect the depth and meaning, and warmth and humour of your life together.
Just so you know …
I will make sure I leave your copy of the Particulars of Marriage with someone special you have chosen to keep this safe for you and will take care of the Registrar’s copy by emailing it to them immediately that day. I really recommend pre-ordering your marriage certificate when you order your marriage licence, it just takes the hassle out of this later and will ensure you have proof or evidence if changing names.
AND lastly, I will try to sneak in a picture with you both before I leave you to party the night away.
"You meet thousands of people and none of them really touch you. And then you meet one person, and your life is changed. Forever."