Wedding Day Celebrant Somerset
Will you stand by me, With you I know I belong, When the story gets told.
– Stand by Me, Shayne Ward
Amanda-Louise Knight Ceremonies
Unique and personal wedding ceremonies
wedding and civil partnerships
I know that your wedding day is the chapter in your life celebrating the love you have found together and I will listen carefully to your story and your ideas for a dream ceremony.
I have a wealth of experience in designing personalised ceremonies, and we can explore your vision becoming a reality. Whether it be a wedding service that you are familiar with, or including elements from different styles, weaved in to achieve a one-off ceremony, there are simply no rules. It's your day and I will support you creating a ceremony that captures you as a couple just perfectly.
As an award-winning specialist who is an experienced trained Celebrant, I come with bags of passion and creativity along with being flexible to your needs. I can conduct a ceremony in a licensed wedding venue, but as I am not restricted like a Registrar is, I can hold your ceremony anywhere! With my personality and ability, I guarantee our journey together will be memorable for all the right reasons!
Whether your dream is standing side by side in the countryside, or overlooking the ocean, by a glistening poolside, at a nostalgic castle, in a rustic barn, or at the luxury hotel where you first met, I can perform a ceremony for you day or night 365 days a year.
I will create a perfect stylish customised ceremony, giving you the result of a one-off unique ceremony written especially about you, capturing your desires for the future and of course me retelling your love story.
After booking with me, I will guide you through how to separate the legal aspect of marriage, if required, and then focus on the exciting magical part – the wedding ceremony!
Your ceremony can be just how you initially imagined it to be, or if you need ideas, I can provide imagination and creativity to curate and entwine lots of elements to ensure your guests are in awe.
So, what’s your wedding style?
- Modern, glamorous, and dazzling?
- Exquisite and eloquent?
- Party vibe with lots of laughs and smiles?
- Bohemian free-spirit?
- Classic traditions of yesterday?
- Tranquil intimate small affair?
It’s hard to pigeonhole yourself into one style, and whilst couples can have similar tastes, they can be different or wanting to blend different heritages together.
That’s why I listen carefully to you, and with my expertise, your ceremony will be perfectly matched to you both. So, anything goes, we can be as creative as you want!
Together we can include anything that’s important to you ie religion/beliefs, blessings, readings, music, visual tributes or live singers for example.
Just imagine, I've guided you through the process, inspired you, listened to your dreams, taken care of every detail, now I take pride in celebrating your special moment.
I guarantee all ceremonies I deliver are professional, warm and full of all the right sentiment with lots of smiles. I’m there by your side every step of the way and on hand to support in case of any nerves.
I will engage with your guests before you arrive, in various ways capturing their good wishes for your partnership together and be there for the groom whilst waiting.
I can involve any guests or children within the ceremony itself in lots of sentimental ways, all of which are stunning visually.
I will be there before the ceremony, easing any nerves and working in sync with all suppliers. During the ceremony I will ensure you are seamlessly in the ideal photographic places so your photographer can capture your ultimate photos shots; all while I am smoothly officiating, leading you to the point of saying those magical words…
As a former public speaker, trained by the BBC I am comfortable engaging with your guests during your fabulous ceremony.
As a Master of Ceremonies, why not book me to continue to delight at your wedding reception ensuring everything goes to time and is hosted with warmth and charm, so you can enjoy your time together while I am looking after your guests?
Want to bring your dog to the ceremony, either to attend your special day or be involved in the ceremony? As a specialist wedding business with years of experience of dogs too, why not book my Somerset Wedding Dog Chaperone Service – my team can collect, escort, chaperone at your wedding and even board too.
If you are finding you need support with the wedding planning stage, I can take the stress away and give you back hours from planning so you can spend time enjoying yourself, whilst you remain in control. It’s like having your own personal assistant!
As a trained Wedding Planner so why not check out all my expertise and services under to ensure your wedding journey goes smoothly, where my clients are at the heart of everything I do?
We have a range of options, all receiving our quality assurance standard of service. These tiers of choices differentiate levels in the actual delivery and the total value. We can tailor packages, if desired.
Could we be the perfect fit?
As a UK wedding celebrant I offer a free no obligation 30 minute consultation.
Wedding celebrant services
STYLISH WEDDING CELEBRANT SERVICES
Winter months Oct-Mar or Elopement Wedding up to 10 guests
- Initial consultation (after booking)
- Creation one-off personalised ceremony script how you want it
- Ceremony planning consultation & questionnaires
- Access to my ‘client’ wedding resource page
- Expert advice with content, music, readings, & poems
- Support with writing vows
- Dedicated & unlimited communication
- Talk through rehearsal, if desired
- Arrive in good time on day
- Ceremony conducted in your style
- Keepsake certificate, readings, and vows
- Available photographs
- Full insurance
- Available UK venues (with or without licences)
- Available UK outdoor locations
- Available 365 days a year, day, or evening
Modern Stylish Wedding Like No Other
Everything in Bronze plus:
- Includes special elements & rituals, if desired
- Rehearsal practice, if desired
- My logistics checks with venue
- Amanda-Louise own label bottle of bubbly gift
Luxury Wedding – My Services All Day
Everything in Silver plus:
- My expert knowledge to help you write your speeches
- I continue to look after your guests’ needs from ceremony to reception – leaving you to enjoy the occasion
- Includes Master of Ceremonies duties of announcements during wedding reception ensuring everything goes to time in fun or formal style
As a wedding specialist, I can also offer: -
- Other special ceremony elements
- Wedding planning from start, halfway, or just on the day coordination
- Master of Ceremonies
- Include your dog at your wedding ceremony
- Speech writing service with confidence building sessions
If there is anything you would like that is not shown above please contact me for a personalised quotation
What would you like to know?
Are you insured?
Yes we are fully insured with public liability insurance.
What is the difference between Celebrant, Wedding Planner and Master of Ceremonies?
As a Celebrant, we write and conduct any ceremony personalised to clients’ needs. As a Wedding Planner we plan, design, obtain suppliers etc and co-ordinate your wedding or event. As a Master of Ceremonies, we provide compere duties at a wedding, or reception or other event ensuring everything goes to plan and timing, whilst enquiring everyone has a good time. Clients are free to book 1 of our services or more.
Is a Celebrant-led ceremony legal?
Not at the moment, but there is consultation currently undergoing to review the marriage law given it is out of date ie discrepancies.
Is a Celebrant wedding ceremony less real?
Certainly not! Signing the register is simply signing the legal paperwork. In my opinion, the most meaningful part of your wedding day is the words and rituals you pledge to each other, declaring your love and commitment in front of your family and friends. We cross our fingers the Government will agree to update the Marriage Law to open it up to choice.
Do you have to legalise your marriage?
No. A celebrant-led wedding ceremony celebrates your love and relationship, there is no need to legalise it if you do not wish to.
What do we need to do if we wish to have “legal” marriage?
Naturally, a wedding with a Minister or Registrar will be lovely, but neither can offer a 100% bespoke and personalised ceremony that couples will get with a Celebrant-led ceremony. They will not be able to offer rituals, nor outdoor services. Couples tend to sort their legalities (ie obtain marriage certificate within basic meeting beforehand with a Registrar, then have a personalised ceremony with Celebrant.
We wish to be “legally” married, what do I need to do?
Speak to me around the type of ceremony you dream of and look at dates. It's important to find the right Celebrant, to ensure the Celebrant is in tune with you.
Find the Registry office that you wish to be “married” – in other words where you wish to be legally married. This can be any county I understand. Telephone the district council office, go to births, deaths & marriages, and telephone that department. Explain that you wish to book a BASIC STATUTORY LEGAL WEDDING CEREMONY (you do not need ceremony where you exchange vows etc; just the simple marriage ceremony). Majority of Council Registrars do not offer this service outside of their registry office, but some do ie in a hotel that has a wedding licence. You need to find out when they have availability and time, and book it. At the time of booking, you will need to pay the fees. Likely this booking is done over the telephone, as well as your payment.
The Registrar fees you are likely to pay for the basic statutory legal wedding ceremony is Registrar’s booking fee, their statutory basic ceremony fee and marriage certificate.
Now you have your date of wedding ceremony, you need to GIVE NOTICE OF INTENT at the Registry office in the district where you live. Currently, the earliest you can do this is 3 months before the date of your marriage ceremony, but it MUST be done before 29 days. You will need to complete forms, and state where and when you are going to have your marriage ceremony ie legally married (not your celebrant wedding ceremony). The Registrar will charge fees for the notice of intent to the Registrar is £35 per person
(to note – you will have up to 12 months to then hold your legal marriage ceremony with registrar from date of intent)
When you attend your basic statutory marriage ceremony you will need to bring with you:
Evidence to show nationality, address, and if married previously that you are divorced and able to marry again. Documents for example valid passports, driving licence with home address, and divorce certificate (if appropriate).You will also need to take two witnesses with you.
What happens if I need to cancel or postpone my wedding ceremony with you as Celebrant?
If it is because of lockdown, then likely to be no charge and you will be able to rebook another date.
If you cancel outside of “lockdown” you are likely to lose some monies
Do Registrars create bespoke wedding ceremonies?
Not in the sense of what a Celebrant can. Many Registrars offer either their traditional wedding ceremony or their “bespoke” one. Their bespoke package offers 30 minutes of
- Vows (from chosen resource)
- Up to 4 pieces of music – 2 of those will be used for signing of the register.
- Exchange of rings
How is a Celebrant’s wedding ceremony different?
- Can be conducted anywhere ie inside and outdoors (registrars can only conduct in registry office or licensed indoor venue)
- Any time day or night, 7 days a week, 365 days a year
- Can include any religion(s), spirituality, other beliefs, or none at all
- Any music (and amount)
- Any style ie traditional, celtic/spiritual/pagan, humour etc, wording, content (its all about you two, and your love story)
- Include any poems, references, blessings, stories.
- Any rituals*
- Vows (written from scratch by Celebrant, or couple)
- Signing of bespoke wedding ceremony certificate
- Include any guests or children or pets within the ceremony itself (if desired)
- Anything goes!
What rituals do you perform (example of Rituals by Amanda-Louise)*
These all point to forever love and harmony together, some celtic, some modern and can all be personalised to the couple and ceremony style.
- Unity Sand
- Signing of certificate
- Exchanging rings
- Exchange of Vows
- Cutting Ribbon
- Jumping the broom
- Honey & Walnut
- Blending of Drinks
- Last Kiss, First Kiss
- Chinese Tea
- Unity Candle
- Ring Warming
- Quaich or Loving Cup
- Breaking the Glass
- Wine Box
- Oath Stone
- Bread, Salt & Wine
- Wish Tree
- Message in a Bottle
- Wedding/golden crowns ‘stegona’
Can I have my Celebrant-led Ceremony at home?
Yes, if you want to. We can do this anywhere, so whether its up a mountain, on water, by lake/beach, or even in your garden – we are only restricted by your imagination!
Do you have a contract?
Yes, all my services have terms and conditions and agreement, which gives you security of booking, and data protection.
Each element will have its own agreement/contract. Its shows Im a sole trader, registered with Inland Revenue.
At present I am not VAT registered.
What is a Commitment Ceremony?
It’s very much like a wedding ceremony but it has no legal standing.
Sometimes a couple will choose to have a commitment ceremony if one (or both) are still legally married and going through a lengthy divorce, but they want to make a spiritual commitment to their new partner.
Do you conduct same-sex ceremonies?
How far do you travel?
I am mainly booked in Somerset & the West Country as my main residence is on Exmoor but subject to availability I can travel further if required.
Where can I hold my ceremony?
Do you conduct themed weddings?
Absolutely Yes but without the ‘cheese’.
What other types of ceremonies do you offer?
I can create any ceremony appropriate as you journey through life, for example baby naming, birthdays, weddings, blessings, pagan rituals, wedding vow renewals, anniversaries, moving home, coming of age, gender, change of name, divorce, funerals, memorials, pet funerals and officiating opening of new buildings/businesses to name but a few!
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