Weddings & Vow Renewal

Weddings/ vow renewal / celebration of partnerships / anniversary

Wedding ceremonies presented by Civil Celebrants can also be known as Humanist Weddings or Alternative Weddings, whatever the name, as a Civil Celebrant I will deliver the personal ceremony you as a couple wish to achieve for your special day.

The focus of any wedding is the exchange of vows ceremony. The words that you deliver before each other, your family and witnesses are the most special you may ever declare out loud! I will assist you in finding the sentiment, each of you wish to convey. For your wedding, I will work with, yourselves, the registrar, or your venue manager,  to provide you with a day to remember.

A wedding commitment or civilIMG_1625 ceremony needs to be registered at a  Registrar’s Office, or have a Registrant in attendance for the partnership  to be considered legal and therefore attract any legal or financial tax  benefits. This legal aspect can be performed inexpensively, prior, to  your celebration with your family and friends.

Many of the couples I work with have already made the legal declaration, and so we are able to put together a ceremony specifically made to their requirements.

With respect to renewals, partnerships celebrations or anniversary, I can assist with the format of the celebration, which can take a structured plan of declarations, remembrances, poetry/song readings, or more relaxed pre- planned tributes by family members.

Garden celebrations are becoming increasingly popular. To have your wedding in the garden of a family home, where you have so many memories, what could be better? I can assist with the set up and seating plan to enhance your occasion, and the New Kid on the Block (showing my age) are WILDWEDDINGS, see the links below!


Amy and Mike allowed me to be their master of ceremony for their 50th wedding anniversary celebrations. The highlight of which was a song and dance routine provided by their grandchildren, who ranged in ages from 3 years upwards and was a wonderful collaboration between the various family members. Everyone was a star and had a special part to play in Grandma’s and Granddad’s day.


Contact me : 

Ceremonies include text for Order of Ceremony and seating plans

To help with your plans I can also assist with sourcing:

  • Caterers
  • Music/musicians
  • Stationary
  • Favours
  • Video
  • Photography
  • Beautician

*New Idea* : Afternoon Tea supplied to your house/garden, the perfect way to celebrate if you have guests who need to sit for a while.

Venues in Essex:

Prested Hall, CO5 9EE, 

High House Weddings, Althorne, CM3 6EW,

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Crabbs Farm, Kelvedon, CO5 9AX,

That Amazing Place, CM17 0NH,

Initial preliminary discussion whether via e-mail or phone – free of charge
Initial first face to face discussion, if required, – I will charge expenses – travel costs.
On your instructions I will draw up a plan of preparation, including draft order of ceremony and seating plan,  with costs you are then able to decide what elements best suit your budget and we can take it from there. At this point a deposit for my services will be required.

Depending on the complexity and location, charges can range between £250 – £500

Every ceremony:

Will be special, crafted specifically for the people involved
Will be  focused on the occasion
Will be  focused on the people involved
Will have no rules structure
Will ensure the occasion is exactly what you and your family specifically require.

Houchins  Marks Hall WeddingsBrowning Bros Fennes

18 thoughts on “Weddings & Vow Renewal

  1. Busy Brides

    Thank you Eileen for the wonderful ceremony, it was really lovely.  The rest of the day
    was great, We continued to have beautiful weather and we ended up finishing up around 5pm.

  2. Sarah & Lee Barton

    Eileen produced a wonderful wedding ceremony for us, she was so organised! – thanks again Eileen, and mum says get ready to organise her 60’th birthday bash!

  3. L & D

    Hey Eileen, Hope you are well?
    Sorry we didn’t get to say bye on the day but me and Danny would just
    like to say a massive Thank you for the beautiful ceremony we had an
    amazing day and just wanted to say thank you so much.
    Was lovely to meet you and we shall be recommending you.

  4. Owen and Rose Raw-Rees

    Dear Eileen,

    Thank you so much for all of your help in making our service so special. Your attention to detail and assistance in helping us plan took so much stress out of organising and your calm and professional manner on the day itself helped us enjoy what was the happiest day of our lives.

    We highly recommend Eileen’s services and will tell friends and family a like to get in touch when planing for their wedding.

  5. Christie and Jen

    Our wedding was just fantastic, thank you so much for your understanding, assistance and generally helping out, especially with the children, they loved being part of the service. You gave us a day to remember for the rest of our lives. Thank you much love and smiles Christie, Jen, Charlie and Elise

  6. Anneke + Phil

    Dear Eileen
    Phil and I wanted to say a huge thank you for performing a wonderful ceremony for us. It was perfect and exactly what we wanted. You made us feel at ease and guided us through our nerves. We are very grateful for your attention to detail and for keeping in contact with us during the build up. We would most definitely recommend you to future bride and grooms!

  7. Linda

    Eileen, before the newlyweds left for honeymoon, they asked me to thank you again for your part in their day. Thanks for all your help, assistance and for providing a lovely ceremony. – Linda (Lisa’s mum)

  8. C + C

    Eileen, thank you so much for Saturday, it was a really special day and you made is really easy for us as were so nervous. Everyone loved it – thanks again

  9. Jon and Kate Williams

    Thanks for your most helpful part in our special day, and in the prep in the weeks before. Good advice and service made a day we, and our relations, will remember – thanks again X

  10. Hannah

    Hello Eileen, I hope you are well. I know this message is long over due but I keep reminding myself to do it and forget.
    I just wanted to say thank you so so much for everything you did on the wedding day. You were amazing and I thank you so much for making our day so special we couldn’t have done it without you. Thank you again, H+L XX

  11. Sarah & Jonathan

    Hi Eileen,
    We would like to thank you for the blessing ceremony at Creeksea last week. You gave us lots of great advice – and helped everything run as smoothly as possible with 2 toddlers. We both felt that it was our favourite part of the day & will treasure the videos of our ceremony for a very long time.
    Thank you for being so relaxed!

  12. Louise Peters

    Dear Eieen everyone said what a lovely ceremony, thank you so much for your advice and patience with us. We had a wonderful day!
    Love Danny and Lou xxxx

  13. Sal and Chris

    Hi Eileen,
    Just wanted to say thank you for your lovely blessing that you put together for our family.
    It was just lovely and really thankful all the kids had their part.
    We didn’t get to say thank you and goodbye and I am sorry for that.
    Thank you for being a part of our memorable day.
    Regards Sal and Chris

  14. Poppy and Luke and families

    Thank you for helping us to make our wedding so special, we really appreciated your care and support, and we will certainly recommend you to our friends.

  15. Georga

    Sorry its taken so long to post this thank you. We had a wonderful day, thanks for al your help. My mum says thanks for using her poem. I hope you have seen the photos if not let me know and I’ll send you a link. Georga and Marc xx

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