A Commitment Ceremony

If you don’t want to be officially married but still want a ceremony where you can make promises to each other, then a commitment ceremony is for you. Make a declaration of love and a promise of life-long commitment in front of your friends and family. Make your day more memorable with a ceremony that is as unique as your love for each other. Let us help you create a wedding celebration that reflects your love for each other.

The style of ceremony can be personal and involve an exchange of vows and a symbolic action to affirm your love, or it can have an order of service similar to that of a wedding. You can even sign a certificate. But unlike a formal marriage service, there are no legal implications that may affect pension rights for instance.

Some couples want a formal style ceremony, others prefer something more informal and free flowing. As with a marriage celebration, the style of your ceremony can be completely bespoke.

So dream big or small, it’s your day! Make a declaration at home in front of a few close friends, or have something a little more formal that feels more like a traditional wedding service. In a declaration, we suggest including a symbolic act in the service, such as mixing a favourite cocktail, lighting a candle or anything you feel represents your love and commitment to each other.

You can also include your favourite music, a reading that has special meaning, religious content like a prayer or blessing and almost anything else you may desire to make your day perfect. We work with you to create your ceremony.

 

READY TO START PLANNING YOUR CEREMONY?

Simply fill in the form on the Contact Me page or call Fiona on 0793 037 2036 and we can make arrangements to meet up and discuss what you have in mind. It is a good idea to meet in the venue where your ceremony is to take place so that we can get a ‘feel’ for how it will work on the day. I prefer to meet in person but if you live some miles away we can video chat over Skype.

When we meet, we will throw around ideas for your perfect ceremony, discuss logistics, how many guests you have coming and chat a bit about your story. I will gather all the most interesting details that make you and your partner such a perfect match, from this I can make your ceremony script truly personal.

Once you have signed the booking form and paid the deposit, I will draft an order of service so that we all know how the ceremony will run. Two weeks before your event I will email a draft of your ceremony script for approval.

I will be at your venue about an hour before your ceremony starts to settle any nerves you may have and to answer any last minute questions. If you wanted it, there is an option for us to meet up the day before the event to run through things.

Following your ceremony you will receive a presentation copy of your script to keep as a memento of your day.

 

FEES

I offer three packages of ceremony service for commitment ceremonies and declarations of love. I am happy to chat through these with you when we meet up. I can also source invitations, commemorative candles, balloons, ring cushions, guest books and other items to help you with your event. Prices for these are available upon request.

Classic Ceremonies from £250

This is a short service (about 20 minutes), traditional and simple in style.

Creation and delivery of a unique ceremony script with a presentation copy of the words from your special day in a commemorative A4 folder.

Your ceremony will feature:

  • Welcome to your guests (personalised)
  • Opening words (personalised)
  • A reading (optional)
  • Exchange of vows (written with you, or write your own)
  • Exchange or blessing of rings (optional)
  • Prayer or blessing (optional)
  • Closing words (personalised)


Premium Ceremonies from £350

This is a lovely romantic service (about 30 minutes) with time to really personalise your ceremony through the telling of your love story and to celebrate your union by the signing of a celebration certificate.

Creation and delivery of a unique ceremony script, certificate and a presentation copy of the words from your special day in a commemorative A4 folder.

Your ceremony will feature:

  • Welcome to your guests (personalised)
  • Opening words (personalised)
  • A reading (optional)
  • Your love story (personalised)
  • Exchange of vows (written with you, or write your own)
  • Exchange or blessing of rings (optional)
  • Signing of a certificate (optional)
  • Prayer or blessing (optional)
  • Closing words (personalised)


Bespoke Ceremonies - from £500

This is a truly romantic service (about 45 minutes) with plenty of time to make the ceremony really unique; celebrating your vows in style, with the option to include a symbolic act to illustrate your commitment and declarations of love. Your love story is also told as part of the ceremony and to commemorate the day with the signing of a commitment celebration certificate.

Creation and delivery of a unique ceremony script, commemorative certificate in a presentation box, copy of the words from your special day in a commemorative A4 folder.

Your ceremony will feature:

  • Welcome to your guests (personalised)
  • Opening words (personalised)
  • A reading (optional)
  • Your love story
  • Exchange of vows (written with you, or write your own)
  • Exchange or blessing of rings (optional)
  • A symbolic act and explanation (optional)
  • Signing of a certificate and presentation box (optional)
  • Prayer or blessing (optional)
  • Closing words (personalised)
  • The freedom to add anything else to make your ceremony ‘extra special’, release of butterflies for instance at the end of the ceremony.

 

TERMS

  • Once booked, ceremony dates can be changed subject to date availability but all deposits paid are non-refundable.
  • A 50% deposit is required on booking.
  • A rehearsal the day before the event is charged at £60.
  • Additional mileage may be charged if the venue is more than a 50 mile round trip from Hambleton (North Yorkshire).
  • Overnight accommodation may be charged if venue is more than 150 miles from Hambleton, or an early morning or late evening ceremony is required, or a rehearsal is requested the day before.
  • Please note that music to be played during the ceremony is not included. Music can be supplied on request but may incur additional fees.
  • Additional certificates can be purchased at £5 each.
  • Please note that the fee does not include the cost of any materials such as candles or other items requested for the symbolic act(s). These can be sourced for you and will be charged at cost + 20%.
  • The fee does not include any additional cost incurred in making your ceremony ‘extra special’ eg personal appearance by a celebrity, a battalion of Stormtroopers or a cameo by Stan Lee.

A copy of our full terms and conditions will be provided as part of the booking process.