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Welcome to RD Ceremonies.

First of all, congratulations on your engagement. This is such a wonderfully exciting time for you both.

As a true romantic, I love a wedding and I think the ceremony should be treated as one of the most important parts of the day, rather than a formality.

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Rebecca Douglas is offering our readers a 10 per cent discount off of her services

Rebecca Douglas, a celebrant based in Claygate, is offering our readers a 10 per cent discount off of her services. Rebecca tells us more: "My company, RD Ceremonies, is my biggest passion. I love being swept away by the performers on stage into the land of make-believe, so it's no surprise therefore, that I trained as an actress and have performed in several productions up and down the country before becoming a PA and then a primary school teacher. I always wanted to be a celebrant but never had the confidence to try. However, after almost 10 years of teaching and becoming a mum, it felt like it was the right time to put my dream into action. Being with people and getting to know them is a big part of my job. I adore a love story, so I get really invested and enjoy turning your story into something creative for your ceremony. I chose a celebrant for my wedding as we wanted a memorable and personal moment to share with our friends and family, so I understand the importance of the role. I have the best job in the world, so you can rest assured that I will create a meaningful ceremony for you."

Posted: 8 September 2022

The role of a celebrant

It's not uncommon to feel confused when planning a wedding as there are so many choices. The main part of the day should be the ceremony, without it you would just be having a big party. There are several options available when it comes to your service if a religious venue isn't for you. A registrar, for example, will marry you in a licensed venue, but the ceremony is very prescriptive and doesn't allow much opportunity for personalisation, and any content you wish to add is heavily restricted. This can prevent including elements from your culture which may be important to you or your family as any religious content is not allowed. This is where a celebrant comes in. With an independent celebrant you can get married anywhere (obviously permission is needed from the owner), including a forest, a theatre or onboard a plane.

Posted: 24 August 2022

RD Ceremonies is offering couples who book her services in April a free bottle of champagne

RD Ceremonies, a new celebrant based in Surrey, is offering couples who book her services in April a free bottle of champagne.

The owner, Rebecca Douglas, tells us more about her company: "I've always loved weddings, even as a little girl. Friends and family often told me I should become a celebrant when hearing me give readings. This started playing on my mind, and my passion for weddings, helping people and putting on a good show eventually encouraged me to start my own celebrant business. I like to work with my couples to tailor the ceremony to their wishes. Most of the traditions that people want to include in their wedding, for example, the vows, the rings and the first kiss are all ceremonial and not needed legally.

Posted: 21 April 2022

Celebrant Helen Noble tells us how to stay calm on the morning of the wedding

It's fantastic news that you have chosen to invest in a celebrant-led ceremony. One of the very best things about having a celebrant is the relationship that you build with them. Another is that you will get a rehearsal! We practice the blocking, who stands where and when and familiarise ourselves with the emotion that is going to come. I specialise in nervous brides or shy grooms, and the best tip I have found is for you to see your celebrant ahead of the ceremony. I arrive an hour before and make sure the room is ready, meet the partner that is already going to be in the room at the start and then head over to meet and greet the nervous partner.

Posted: 6 April 2022

Celebrant Helen Noble is offering couples a free vow writing workshop

Guildford-based celebrant Helen Noble is offering couples who book her services by 20th March, 2022, a free vow writing workshop. Perfect for brides and grooms who are struggling to find and express the right words, Helen will use her many years of expertise to ensure you feel relaxed and enjoy the writing process. Helen tells us more about her business: "I changed my London award- winning theatre manager career to my award-winning celebrant business creating and making yours or your loved one's day incredible, beautiful, light, bright, authentic and wonderful."

Posted: 10 March 2022

Janet Shell Ceremonies is a new celebrant based in Hersham, Surrey

What does an opera singer and a wedding celebrant have in common? Quite a lot, as it turns out, especially when they become the same person. Janet Shell has had a long career as a singer and frequently sung at many high profile events, including the Royal wedding of Lord Frederick Windsor and Sophie Winkleman at Hampton Court Palace in 2009. A recording with Guildford Cathedral Choir with Janet as a soloist has just been released, and for Janet, working under pressure in the public gaze has become normalised. Alongside that, Janet is a qualified teacher and spent the first five years of her career in the classroom.

Posted: 10 February 2022

Helen Noble explains what a celebrants role is

The ceremony is the heart of the day, and a celebrant will set the vibe, tone and energy for the rest of your nuptials. A celebrant-led ceremony allows you to make it personalised, heartfelt, silly or fun. We bring your vision to life. We can weave your words and songs into a tailormade one-of-a-kind service. There are no rules, regulations or limits to what you can and can't include. Your supplier will explore what you're about as a couple. What your hopes and aspirations are, so you can begin married life feeling happy and excited about your future."

Posted: 15 December 2021

How to find the perfect celebrant

"To ensure you get the celebration you both want it's important to find a supplier that shares the same values as you. There are several ways to find a supplier, for example, search engines, wedding magazines, websites or The Celebrant Directory. I advise reading bios and visiting the websites of those you like so you get a feel for their style and how they work with couples. Each celebrant will differ in how they work or the style in which they conduct the ceremony. Some offer specialities such as rituals, outdoor weddings or a particular theme. Once you've looked at enough websites, organise a call with your top three and see who you click with best. It's important to have a good rapport with your supplier so you can be open with them."

Posted: 1 December 2021

How to write your own wedding vows

"Writing your own vows can be daunting, but if you follow some simple guidelines, then it can be the emotional highlight of your ceremony. It's important to discuss your vows with your partner before you start composing them, so you can agree how long they should be, whether you would like them to include humour or to be traditionally sentimental. Remember to be yourself. If you're a romantic person, then this is the time to be as affectionate as you wish, and don't forget to tell your partner what you love most about them."

Posted: 10 November 2021

The rise of humanist weddings

Neil Dutta at Angelic Diamonds, a UK wedding jewellery specialist, explores why humanist weddings have seen an increase in popularity in recent years. With official guidance looking to change in the not too distant future, giving celebrants more legal power to actually marry couples - removing the need for a pre- or post-blessing registry office date - here at County Wedding Magazine HQ we think this is a trend that will continue to soar.

Posted: 5 November 2021