What is a civil funeral ceremony?

A civil funeral ceremony is a personal celebration of the life and personality of your loved one, or indeed you, if you are planning your own funeral. The ceremony can be non religious or it can include some religious elements such as readings, hymns and prayers. The service is generally held in a crematorium, at a graveyard or any other place that you wish.

Are there restrictions on what we can do?

There are very few restrictions on what you can have at a civil funeral service. This is your service and I am here to ensure that you or your loved one has a service that is personal and reflects their life. I would encourage you to be as creative as possible.

Can we have hymns, music or prayers?

Absolutely!, we are happy to incorporate and can even suggest  You can select particular readings, favourite hymns,  and prayers and you can have as little or as much of these as you wish.  or Aalternatively you can choose not to have any religious content

All questions are welcome...

Arranging a funeral can sometimes feel overwhelming, that's why we are I am here to help. I will do everything I can to make the process of arranging your loved one's funeral less daunting. It is important that you have confidence that the service we are I am planning meets all your needs therefore please ask as many questions as you need.

I'm not religious, can I be buried?

Yes, many burial services take place following a service in a funeral parlour or any other place that you wish that service to be conducted. It is also very common for the whole service to be held at the graveyard.

Do we have access to our wedding ceremony script before our wedding day?

Some celebrants consider that writing the script is a team effort between the professional and the couple. I fully agree with this principle however I have built our reputation not only on the personalisation of our scripts but also on the creation of secret texts. If you allow me, I will give you access to only a part of the script because in my opinion, knowing in advance the entire text can have an impact on the sincerity of your emotions on your wedding day. 99% of the couples trusted me and none regretted it but if you feel strongly about it, I will let you read the full script.

What's different about a celebrant wedding?

A celebrant wedding is the most free and flexible ceremony you can imagine. The words said are all ones you choose, not ones that are imposed on you by a faith tradition or the law. With a celebrant wedding, you can have your ceremony anywhere, on any day of the week and at any time. Whatever your passions are in life, eg: travel, cocktails, dogs, dinosaurs, cupcakes, dance music, there can be a place for them in the ceremony. If you have a faith, or traditions from your heritage or upbringing, we can reflect those too. The final result is a ceremony that feels completely right for you and is a highlight of your wedding day.

What does a wedding celebrant do?

A wedding celebrant creates a highly-personalised wedding ceremony,  tailored to a couple’s personalities and style. The process of creating a ceremony is a bit like choosing a made-to-measure suit, or a wedding dress. I spend time with you, getting to know you, understanding how you are and the vibe you want to create on your wedding day, so the ceremony fits you both perfectly.

How long is a wedding ceremony?

My weddings tend to range from 30-50 minutes – typically the same as a church wedding and probably a little longer than a registration service wedding.

I am passionate about & totally committed to providing quality celebrant services in Wensleydale and all surrounding areas.

My ceremonies are highly personalised to reflect individual life stories, incorporating any ideas you may have, however unusual.