Philip Wm. Spicksley
Registered Independent Celebrant and Executive Chairman of the Association of Independent Celebrants
Civil Wedding Celebrations
By celebrating the marriage in this manner, you are enabled to invite more guests than is normally permitted to attend a register office wedding.
Where I work.
I live in North Lincolnshire where I deliver bespoke ceremonies in all kinds of venues. I mainly work across all of Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire – but I am very happy to travel further afield, in the UK, or abroad.
Where to hold a ceremony.
You can hold your celebration at the location of your choice including:
- Open air weddings
- In your own garden
- On the Beach
- Sports Grounds
This type of celebration is ideal for those who do not want a church wedding and don’t want the expense of a big fancy hotel, preferring a more informal celebration in their own garden or a smaller function suite.
If the happy couple are blessed with children from a previous relationship, then I can design a ceremony which is not only a wedding celebration but also encompasses the whole family. By including the children the celebration will be one of cementing the family together.
If you have a child who has not been christened or named. Why not have a joint ceremony for the wedding and baby naming.
Celebrations following weddings abroad.
Nowadays it is popular for couples to fly off to a foreign country to get married. When they return to the UK they often feel the necessity of having a blessing ceremony to which they can invite all their family and friends who missed out on the wedding. I can design a ceremony for this occasion. The ceremony can take place early evening and be followed by a party.
Wedding Ceremonies following a Register Office ceremony.
Why not make your day special for your guests, I am taking bookings where the bride and groom do not tell their guests that the wedding is being celebrated before the main wedding reception. The few guests that go to the Register Office and the main body of guests at the reception are kept in secret about a more personalised ceremony conducted by me prior to the reception. This allows for a perfect start to the reception and allows all your guests to be included in your special day, rather than just the ones who are able to attend the Register Office.
Perhaps a Register Office cannot provide a Registrar to go out to a licensed for weddings venue at the time you want to hold your ceremony. I am taking bookings when Registrars are in this predicament. In these circumstances, couples have continued with the booking of the venue and engaged me to conduct a ceremony following a Registry Office ceremony a day or two before.
Bookings are also being taken when a couple want to have their wedding in the evening and follow through with an evening function instead of having a full afternoon and evening party.
Remember the choice is yours.
You have a ceremony designed by you in the comfort of your home, hold it wherever you want and at whatever time you want.
My fees are competitive to those offered by the Registrars Office. You do not need to book a registrar for a civil wedding celebration. You need only do so if you are getting married at the location.
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Just a few of the many kind words written by happy couples, following a Civil Wedding Ceremony conducted by me.
Wedding Burringham Village Hall
Just wanted to say a huge Thank You for conducting the ceremony at our Wedding celebration. The service was perfect, the words were just beautiful. There were some very emotional moments but touches of humour too. You really listened to what we wanted & made it very personal to us. The perfect start to a perfect day. Thank you.
Jeanette & Ian
Wedding at the Grand St Leger Hotel, Doncaster
20's themed Wedding Celebration at Cave Castle
Frequently Asked Questions
Will this be like a proper wedding?
The ceremony will be a ‘Celebration Ceremony’ it includes all the elements of a Wedding Ceremony but I cannot pronounce you ‘Married’. There is no need for guests to be aware of the slight differences that have to be considered.
Where can the ceremony be conducted?
Because this isn’t a legal ceremony, you are free to chose any place, I have conducted ceremonies on the beach, football grounds, gardens and even in stately homes. The choice is yours to make.
What are the limitations to the ceremony?
There are no limitations to your bespoke ceremony, All my clients are individuals and their ceremony is unique. It is a blank canvas on which we can, together, paint their picture of a perfect wedding. I provide each couple with a resource booklet containing readings, vows and ring word samples. If you wish to write your own vows there is also help with that too. Most of my ceremonies include a ceremony within the main ceremony such as a ‘Unity Candle’ or ‘Sand Ceremony’.
Do we receive a copy of the ceremony?
Following the ceremony I provide a copy of the ceremony, printed in a booklet presentation folder, a certificate (if one is signed) and a copy of a DVD if the ceremony is recorded by me.
What are the legal requirements?
My ceremonies are a Celebration of the legal marriage that has previously taken place at a Registry Office. It is the formal ceremony at the Registry Office that is the legal part of the marriage. This can be carried out at any time before your ‘Celebration Ceremony’ conducted by me. Each Registry Office has to provide a basic marriage service which usually costs around £50 plus a fee for checking the identity of the couple. However, I must stress that few will see the difference between the ‘Celebration Ceremony’ and one conducted by a Registrar other than my ceremonies are more personal.
How is our ceremony put together?
When you book my services I secure the date with you. I like to meet you in person and listen to what you would like your ceremony to include. After providing you with a copy of my Insurance and the required legal contract forms we start to plan your unique ceremony. It can include things like a Sand Ceremony, Unity Candle, hand fasting or even jumping over the broom. Using the skills I have from over 10 years experience we can mould a ceremony that you will treasure in your memory. If you wish to have a rehearsal then this can be arranged either at the time of booking or nearer the day. I ensure that a full copy of your ceremony is sent to you before the ceremony so that you ensure it is just what you have asked for.
Where I work.
I live in North East Lincolnshire where I deliver bespoke ceremonies in all kinds of venues. I mainly work across all of Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire – but I am very happy to travel further afield, in the UK, or abroad.
What are your terms and conditions?
Philip Wm. Spicksley
President of the Association of Independent Celebrants
72a Westfield Rd
Barton Upon Humber
Tel. 01652 634063
Standard Terms & Conditions
– Bookings are accepted in good faith, based on the information provided by the client, and are deemed to be accepted only when the deposit/ booking fee is paid and acknowledged in writing, including by email.
– The deposit/ booking fee is deducted from the final account. In the event of cancellation, it may be non-returnable – see Cancellation Charges below.
– The balance of the account is payable 30 days prior to the event unless otherwise agreed.
– The fee quoted is inclusive of travel based on a 20-mile distance from Barton Upon Humber, North Lincolnshire and is guaranteed for 30 days from the date of the written confirmation.
– The right is reserved to increase the fee payable due to altered instructions of engagement, e.g. time at the event being extended or the venue changed.
– Every effort is made in good faith to fulfil the engagement, but responsibility cannot be accepted for non-arrival due to circumstances beyond my control, e.g., to include such events as extreme weather conditions, industrial action, failure of public services etc.
– In the event of non-arrival, a refund will be made to the client, according to the circumstances prevailing.
– In the event of illness, every effort will be made to provide a substitute Celebrant and to pass on full details of the booking and planning documentation for the event. No additional fee will be charged.
In the event of cancellation by the client for any reason, the following charges will apply from acceptance of a booking:
6 months or more prior to the event = Forfeit of deposit
3 – 6 months prior to the event = 50% of fee
1 – 2 months prior to the event = 75% of fee
Within 1 month prior to the event = Full fee payable
Cancellations will only accepted in writing to the postal address above. Regrettably, telephone, fax or emails cannot be accepted.