Photo by Sawyer and Sawyer Photography
We're interested - now what?
My bespoke wedding ceremonies start with a face time or phone call for you to ask any questions in order to confirm whether you would like me to write and conduct your ceremony.
I will then send you a questionnaire by email to cover the basics, and then we will meet for a face-to-face interview lasting around an hour to an hour and a half, to discuss your wedding day wishes, your story, your vows, music, symbolic act and reading choices. I can help with all of these.
As a professional photographer, with a husband who is also a professional photographer, I can also talk to you about a ceremony and photography package!
I will then craft the script, including all the readings, music and stage directions, and you will be given time to add, remove or edit the script until around a week before the wedding.
You can have a rehearsal if you would like one.
I have a professional PA system and mics for outdoor weddings or large venues where amplification is required for voice and music. Available for a very small hire charge.
On the day itself, I will be there around an hour before the ceremony, to check all is correct with the venue preparations, to speak to the advance party, event manager, musicians and photographer.
I will conduct the ceremony, guiding you through all the directions of your vows and symbolic acts, to help everything run smoothly and alleviate any nerves you may have!
After the ceremony, I will give you a presentation copy of the wedding ceremony script, as a beautiful keepsake.
How much does a humanist wedding cost?
For all humanist wedding ceremonies in North Yorkshire or Leeds area that are booked in 2019, my fee is £500. Mileage is charged at 50p/mile if over 20 miles out of Harrogate. I If extensive travelling is required, then train/taxi and accommodation costs may incur. My PA system is available for hire during the ceremony, at a cost of £50.
My ceremony scripts are loaded with stage directions so that everyone knows exactly what to do and when (and I will also be there to guide you on the day) so a rehearsal isn't usually necessary. However, if your ceremony is complicated in any way, or you just want some practise to alleviate any nerves, then I am happy to go through a full rehearsal with you either on site at the ceremony venue, or somewhere else if the venue can't accommodate a rehearsal.. The cost of a rehearsal is £50 plus mileage if over 20 miles away from Harrogate.
If your wedding is overseas and you don’t have the budget to take me with you, I can offer a bespoke wedding script writing service, which is £375. This includes all of the above apart from officiating the actual ceremony.
Will you travel?
I live in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, so mainly conduct humanist wedding ceremonies in and around Harrogate, Knaresborough, Wetherby, Ripon, Leeds, York, Skipton and Bolton Abbey, Ilkley and The Yorkshire Dales. There are some amazing venues - so many to choose from and I never tire of finding fabulous new venues to work at - whether they are indoor or outdoor! In fact, have a look at my links page, where I have listed some of my favourites in Yorkshire.
If you like the look of what I am offering but live outside of Yorkshire, it's no problem at all. I am used to traveling all over the UK and overseas for work, so would be happy to chat through your plans.