Who Am I?
I’m Helen, I live in West Wales and I’ve come to this “Celebrant thing” via a very circuitous route! Having mostly been in sales (professionally) and loved sport (hobby athlete!) through my life I’ve realised I’m a communicator and am only happy when working around people. Have you ever had those professional reviews when you have to identify your strengths? Mine were always “People like you, they want to work with you”. Combine that with a knack for writing, and everyone I work with as a celebrant has found the process as fun and rewarding as I have! Have a look at my wedding celebrant and naming reviews to see for yourself…….
I love a ceremony, always have, having been part of a “high church” family as I grew up. Well, on the whole I’ve put the “church” part behind me now, and the values I bring to this business are
- Have fun! We only come this way once!
- Value everybody’s opinion and their take on life
- Look after yourself, take care of others
So, no matter whether you want to have a very simple ceremony with a “traditional” feel or whether you want to completely reinvent the wheel, let’s do it!
Why have me as your Celebrant?
I love being a celebrant because it’s brought something truly creative into my life. I may not have mentioned..as well as having a reasonably successful career in sales, I’m a former world champion in power-lifting! I also tried body-building which has a performing aspect, but to be honest, I couldn’t pose for toffee! Now, whatever the script is that I’m creating, I channel that same search for perfection as I used in my sport to make your occasion absolutely perfect for you.
In each of my ceremonies, whether it’s a wedding, anniversary, renewal of vows, naming, renaming, celebration of life, memorial or any other, I seem to find a way to get the mood “just right”. It’s unlikely that I’ll ask you if you want a “funny”, “romantic”, or “serious” ceremony, I’ll generally pick up what’s right for you from the chat we’ll be having before creating the script.
What do I do?
When I create a ceremony around your partnership, I will write the script with and about you. I can use symbolism, or rituals, to demonstrate your relationships with each other and with your family and friends. More about your wedding or partnership ceremony.
I have two children myself, and recognise the joy of introducing your little one to your wider family and friends. If you have a baby, or adopt a new member into your family, allow me to create a “naming”, or “welcoming” ceremony. This is a wonderful way to show those you love how much this new person means to you. More about a naming ceremony here.
I recognise everybody’s right to have a celebratory ceremony for many reasons. Renaming is one of them, and I’d love to work with you if this is the ceremony you’re looking for.
A funeral or memorial ceremony is a time to reflect on the memories you have of a loved one. As a qualified celebrant, I visit you and take time to understand your needs. There is no template or book from which I copy and paste a “service”; it’s all based on our conversations. Click here for more information.
What are my qualifications?
National Qualification Level 3 Diploma in Celebrancy; Namings and Couples.
National Qualification Level 3 Diploma in Funeral Celebrancy.
Both are QCF accredited qualifications.
Where can you hold your ceremony?
If you want to get married, you are required by law to have your marriage registered by a certified registrar. In the same way, a death needs to be registered, as does a birth. However, there are no legal implications on who can conduct the ceremony attached to any of these events. Many couples choose, therefore, to have a relatively quiet marriage ceremony at the register office. Then they have their big ceremony at a venue of their choice. This building can be registered for weddings or not, outside or inside, public (with permission if necessary!) or private. A world of choice suddenly opens up!
I can talk to you about alternative funeral arrangements such as natural burial. This can be carried out at a natural burial site or on private land. Please read my blog here.
I have worked throughout West Wales which means that as well as guiding you through your ceremony, I can help you look for the ideal venue through my contacts in tourism and local trade. If you don’t live in the area, but like many people have decided to have your wedding celebration here, contact me! I can introduce you to a wide variety of local traders whether they be caterers, cake decorators or venue dressers.