Hello and welcome to my website
I'm Nancy, and I'm an Independent Celebrant.
I would like to start by saying that all are welcome here. There's no place in my world for discrimination of any kind. I'm at your service and will give due care and respect to everyone.
I design bespoke ceremonies to mark life's great milestones.
Whatever your plans are, it would be my honour to write your ceremony.
Whether simple, or extravagant, it's all up to you.
I like to specialise in ceremonies for people who are looking for something a little bit different, as I love to exercise my imagination, and i like to make ceremony fun.
But I am at your service and it is very important to me that you get what you want!
So, whether it be a sunrise ceremony in the woods, a moonlight ceremony on a beach, vows exchanged in a hot air balloon, or anything else your imaginations create, i'm interested, give me a call!
If you love the idea of including rituals or symbolic actions in your ceremony, I can definitely help you with that.
I'm always more than happy to call in the quarters, design a beautiful hand fasting ceremony, present a sand blending ceremony or perhaps include a time capsule or sand ceremony for you. The list of potential symbolic actions is endless................ We can even mix our own cocktails during your wedding ceremony!
Isn't imagination wonderful?
Just bring me your ideas and together we can make them a reality.
And as I am an artist and musician I can bring this creativity into your ceremony design.
I play stringed instruments for work and in my leisure time, so if you want your bridesmaids or groomsmen to play ukuleles to you on your big day, it wont be out of the question (yes I have helped with that before!)
I am a professionally trained Celebrant, with the NOCN level 3 Diploma in Naming and Couples (RFQ). This is the highest qualification in this field attainable in the UK. I am also a proud member of the Association of Independent Celebrants, so you can trust that your ceremony is in safe hands with me.
Civil Partnership Ceremonies,
Solstice Ceremonies and more...
SCRIPT ONLY D.I.Y CEREMONIES
For those of you who would like a person or persons of your choice to deliver your ceremony on your big day, but just don't know where to begin?
How about a script only.
This type of ceremony is becoming very popular as it gives the ultimate opportunity to make a ceremony completely intimate, and you choose everything...even who officiates!
I offer my unique script only service designing and writing your ceremony, providing full guidance to all of those taking part, thus ensuring a smooth delivery on that very special day.
Let's make your Ceremony the "Event of the year!"
A Ceremony that's authentic, stands out, reflects you and tells your story.
Following the ceremony, a beautifully written script of your Ceremony will be presented to you to keep forever.
Now, who wouldn't want that?
So let's talk.....
My training was delivered by Civil Ceremonies Ltd
NOCN level 3 Diploma in Celebrancy for
Naming and Couples .
Member of the Association of Independent Celebrants, holding full public liability insurance with them.
So what's my style? 🤔
I love to create lyrical ceremonies that come from your imagination. It's my job to encourage you to open up and say whats really in your hearts, then weave your words into a beautiful script.
If you don't say it now, when will you?
Obviously, I will suggest a few ideas of my own to you, but I'm here to take the reins, not take over.
Anytime Anyplace Anywhere! I suppose I should say "within Reason".....but I won't.. I will consider most unusual ideas...and get back to you .🤣
I love to be playful with my ceremonies, theres always a good mix of laughter and sentiment.
I will professionally design and deliver your ceremony with a little flair and a lot of care.
Have you ever considered a Naming or Welcoming Ceremony?
Those of us fortunate enough to experience parenthood, either naturally or through adopting children, will agree that our children mean the world to us.
As parents we commit to giving the ultimate support to our children, and it's wonderful to have a ceremony where we can make promises to our children to nurture and support them throughout their lives.
It would be my pleasure to design a tailor made Naming Ceremony for your new family member.
I also offer a Welcoming or Bonding Ceremony to welcome adopted or step children into their new families.
What a marvellous thing to do!
Renewing your vows is so special, a celebration of your marriage, with all its ups and downs.
A happy marriage is quite an achievement, so let's celebrate it!
I am here to help you make memories, and I would like to offer you a unique ceremony, written with love and care.
I am fortunate to be happily married, and it will be our 30th year of marriage this year.
I know, only too well, that a marriage has to be worked at by both parties to be successful and it isn't always plain sailing 😳
So when people ask me to write their Vow Renewal Ceremony, I view this as my ultimate honour!
A happy marriage has many stories to tell, and I would love to weave your stories into a perfect ceremony to reflect your lives together!
It would be my honour to design a bespoke commitment ceremony for you, that reflects all the love that you feel for each other.
You know, sometimes we just do not feel the need to have legalities bound around our love.
A Commitment Ceremony is a beautiful way to declare your love and commitment to each other, a way to make promises before the people that you care about the most.
I would love to design your Ceremony!
I can help you out with that too!
I offer a Ceremony Writing Service.
I would love to work with you to design and write a fully punctuated Ceremony Script.
Sometimes it's difficult to know where to start, but I can help with that..
We can add all the bells and whistles that you desire, we can rehearse it and you can have it delivered by a person, or persons, of your choice, and finally, I will present you with a lovely souvenir script.
You see, I love writing, especially if it's sentimental. I'm just a sucker for love!
Hand fasting has become a symbolic action, used for many weddings.
However, in the past it was used for those wanting to test the true compatibility of their love prior to marriage.
Typically, people would be bound by hand fasting, in a contract where they would live together for a year and a day-with the couple free to leave each other and find new spouses if it didn't work out.
But, if the union remained strong, it was expected that the couples would go on to marry "in full".
What a perfect symbolic action for an engagement!
Allow me to design and deliver your engagement ceremony. You can choose cords or ribbons that have meaning for you.
Ribbons of different colours have different meanings. I can guide you on this.
The same ribbons can then be woven into even more ribbons to tie the knot on your wedding day, and then, many years later, the ribbons can complete the circle, by being used in a naming ceremonies for your children.🤱
I live on the Essex / Suffolk border .
My passions are my family, my dogs, painting, writing and music.
I'm enormously proud of my two grown up children, who have now fledged, and i'm very thankful for my marvellous husband of 30 years, who puts up with ... 🤔 a lot!
On a typical Nancy day, if I'm not working, I can be found in my studio painting, playing the guitar or ukulele or walking our fabulous four leggers.
In a previous life I was a Civil Servant, but for the last fifteen years I have been providing art and music workshops, and leading marvellous days as a dementia practitioner, for fabulous people, on behalf of a dementia charity.
I have learned a great deal about people during my career, and can say that I have experienced many highs and lows.
I have learned patience and empathy in my work.
I always plan ahead, and I look after everyone as if they are my own offspring.
I have been a painter for many years now, and sell my work through Saatchi online.
Feel free to take a peek!
I would describe myself as a colourful person .....
Yes, I'm the one in the bright orange coat, but I can tone it down to suit all types of ceremony.
Having tried my hand at many creative pursuits over the years, including floristry and being special effects make up artist for a while, I always come back to my painting, music and writing.
I have a collection of stringed instruments and regularly play them at work, as music is fantastic therapy.
Skill set.. Jack of all...
I enjoy yoga and anything that engages my spirit mind and body, I adore animals and nature, and yes I might hug trees now and again...🤭
Don't knock it 'til you've tried it!
I'm really interested in people, finding out about different approaches to life and learning.
I love conducting ceremonies in unusual places... trains...balloons...buses...woods...
I'm very interested in earth ritual, and the history of our pagan ancestors.
And I love a theme.
Whatever floats your boat, get in touch!
You just book a mid week "Early Bird" or simple ceremony at your local registry office.
This costs around £50 or so.
Hold off the exchanging of rings until your big day....
Your real wedding day will be when you say "I Do" ...
With me as your Celebrant!.
Little Maplestead, Essex
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