A Celebrant who listens, and delivers YOUR ceremony.
Joe May is an independent celebrant. A member of the Fellowship of Professional Celebrants. A consummate performer, with 33 years professional experience.
I will ensure your wedding is filled with the attention and depth of emotion it should be.
I will work with you to create a ceremony that reflects who you are. Designed around you, for you, with you, the ceremony will be utterly unique and deeply meaningful.
Right for you. A bespoke and intimate ceremony at a location of your choosing. A lake, a clifftop, a castle, a marquee, in front of a VW Camper... Absolutely anywhere!
Every couple is different. Every ceremony should be too. This is your chance to stand up and say what you mean to each other, why you want to marry and what you hope for in the future.
Trained and accredited by the Fellowship of Professional Celebrants, Joe gives as much or as little help as is needed to make your ceremony absolutely you. Readings, music and poetry all go a long way in personalizing the occasion, but there are so many other ways you can involve your guests and make your ceremony the rightful focus of the whole wedding celebration.
Guests will go away feeling they have been part of something real, and truly special.
Why choose me as a celebrant instead of your local registrar?
A registrar is a bureaucrat. Very often they are not a public speaker. With me you are hiring a consummate performer, with 33 years professional experience. I will ensure your wedding is filled with the attention and depth of emotion it should be.
A good example of this is the technique I have for ‘warming up’ the assembled guests before either of the happy couple arrive. I introduce myself and give a little speech about why we are here… to celebrate love, love between you two. I explain that they are not there as spectators but rather as important people to the happy couple; As such they will have an important role throughout the rest of your lives… to help and support you in your marriage when needed, to celebrate with you at important mile stones, and so on. I inform them that at one point that I will be turning to them and asking them to commit to helping you, to being with you, by saying “Yes we do!” loud and clear in response to my question “Will you stick by these two and help them and celebrate with them?”. Where this comes in the ceremony is up to you.
The other point you get with me rather than with a registrar. I will help you make your ceremony personal for you. I will meet with you before and discuss wordings, what you really want to say, possible ritual options, crowd positioning, music, etc. You can choose to have one meeting, two, or three, before the actual ceremony. Up to you.
Although I am not a wedding organizer I will help you make it a very particular and special day in any way and anywhere!
For the ceremony, one meeting, my preparation time and availability on the phone and email - £450. Other meetings add £100 per meeting. Skype meetings add £50. This is for an hour more or less. Travel: I only charge for the fuel used. Unless it is miles and miles and takes a day to get to you! Then we will have to agree a price between us.
If you want me but truly cannot pay my worth, please still contact me and let’s talk.
Spreading the love is the most important!
I look forward to hearing from you, and working to design a superb meaningful wedding with you.
All the very best of luck in everything you do.
The wedding couple sign the relevant legal papers at their local registry office, with two witnesses, any time before their personal meaningful wedding ceremony takes place. Or if they choose the wedding ceremony can come first, and the legal papers can be signed later. It is not legally necessary to do both on the same day.
Not only weddings!
A celebrant can help create personalized ceremonies for any period in our lives. Naming ceremonies, weddings, leaving teenage joining adulthood, adoption ceremonies and renewal of vows.
An independent celebrant has the skills and experience to create and lead a deeply meaningful ceremony which is right for you. It is wondrous to do this.
I am a very open minded person. I am happy to devise any ceremony you wish. I listen carefully to my clients. It can be formal and drawing on traditions; or it can be brand new out of the box thinking . With so many years in the world of performance I am used to listening well and taking direction.
Gloucestershire, United Kingdom
For the ceremony, one meeting, my preparation time and availability on the phone and email - Â£450 Other meetings add Â£100 per meeting. Skype meetings add Â£50. This is for an hour more or less. Trav