Getting married is the most important day of your life, so it needs to be handled with care and love, so that you and your partner will have a day to remember.
That is where I can help you.
Hi, my name is Matthew and I am a wedding celebrant, and I can prepare and deliver your Wedding service in a bespoke manner and totally personal to you. I meet with you beforehand to get as much detail about you both so I can deliver a truly unique wedding talk that will be both sincere and interesting to your guests but more importantly to you both.
I meet up with you for a rehearsal so that on the day your special day will be just what you wanted.
Please visit my website or Facebook page for more information, I look forward to making your special day even more special.
“ Matt delivered the perfect ceremony at our wedding! It was extremely personal and Matt took time prior to the wedding to meet with us and speak to our best men and bridesmaid. The service was exactly what we had hoped for; it had a balance of humour and sentiment, whilst emphasising the significance of the occasion. Thank you!! ”
I am an independent civil celebrant based in Redditch, Worcestershire.
I am fully trained and insured and a member of the Fellowship of Independent Celebrants, and this gives the reassurance of a quality service backed up by a high-level of training and support.
Creating the services and ceremonies that you want, I will meet with you, listen to you and spend time getting to know you. I am a sensitive and caring person who will always strive to provide the very best service and care that I can. I truly believe that the only way to be the best I can be is to listen!
With alternative ideas and options to put forward to you, we can work together to ensure that the bespoke ceremonies delivered are all that you want ... and more!
This is likely to be one of the most important days of your life!
Why should you not plan to have exactly what you have always wanted with no restrictions? If you choose a celebrant-led ceremony, that's exactly what you can have.
We can put together a completely bespoke and personalised ceremony and there are no restrictions with celebrant-led services.
You can include religious elements as much as completely non-religious elements. There are many steps of the ceremony that resemble a traditional wedding, for instance, the exchange of vows and rings.
For the legal stuff - many couples will have already done the 'legal' part of their marriage before their celebrant-led ceremony. This isn't necessary and can be done afterwards but is the most usual way of doing things. You will need to contact your local Registry Office to arrange this and obtain your legal marriage certificate.
My ceremony is not a 'legal' ceremony but a celebration!
Together, we can create a beautiful ceremony that you and your guests will always remember. It would be an honour to be able to provide you with a truly magical day.
Congratulations on your engagement and for making your way to this page; rest assured you are now in very safe hands!
Your wedding should be every bit as unique as you are, which is why I will take the time to get to know you as a couple and get a real feel for what you want on your special day.
The beauty of a Humanist Ceremony is that there are no restrictions, no set format and definitely no prescribed wording. We will work together to create something that is exactly right for you.
A Humanist ceremony is non-religious but can be spiritual and heartfelt and you do not need to be a Humanist yourselves- most of my families are not and may embrace many faiths or none.
What they have in common is a desire to have a service that is special, personal, and meaningful for them.
The ceremony can take place exactly where you would like (inside or out) and at a time of your choosing (in daylight or moonlight). The only limits are our imaginations – so let’s think outside the box together and create something wonderful!
I will help you to plan all aspects of the ceremony including the writing of your vows, helping to choose music and poetry that you can really relate to (I know not everyone shares my love of Leonard Cohen!).
We can include the traditional exchange of rings or the tokens of your choice alongside other meaningful rituals such as handfasting or ring warming- the choice is yours. I only book one ceremony a day so that I can focus entirely on you and ensure that you have your dream wedding.
If this sounds like the celebration you are looking for please get in touch.
If you are looking for a wedding or civil partnership celebration ceremony that is unique and personal to you, then I can help!
A ceremony provided by Severn Ceremonies gives you the freedom to choose the type of ceremony that suits your personality and lifestyle. This is something a civil ceremony (by a registrar) cannot provide.
By choosing a professional independent celebrant to create and conduct your special “one of a kind” ceremony, you are free to select the content including, music, traditions, symbolic actions, readings and any spiritual content you choose.
A celebrant led ceremony gives you the flexibility to have the wedding you desire. You can be as imaginative as you wish or you can blend traditional aspects with your own ideas, adding your own individual touches.
You may wish to hold your ceremony in a location that isn’t licensed. This is not a problem, the ceremony can be held wherever you choose, a beach, a garden, your own home, at home or abroad or perhaps a place that has special meaning for you.
By meeting with you and gathering all your personal information and stories I can create a beautiful, bespoke ceremony, approved by you, and containing the perfect mix of love, romance, vows, readings and humour that will make your wedding or civil partnership celebration all you have dreamed of.
Prices start from £495 including a fully personalised service and a special copy of your script in a presentation box.
“Lynda was a wonderful addition to our wedding. We knew we wanted our day to be special and Lynda certainly helped to make our day just that. Lynda took our voice of what we wanted to say and adapted that in to our vows, she helped guide us and hold our hands through our ceremony. From the first message I sent (via Instagram I think), through to calls to discuss our vision, taking the time to meet us at our venue - each step was thoughtful and put us and our needs first. I highly recommend using Lynda for your celebration.”
Getting married is one of the biggest changes in life you can make. And it’s not something you plan on ever doing again! You're marrying for the rest of your life and that’s what makes your wedding such a significant event. You want your wedding or civil partnership ceremony to be as special and individual as you are. My role is to make sure that happen.
As a professional celebrant I can create a unique event which includes whatever religion or spiritual content you require - or none at all. I can work with you to write an individual, bespoke ceremony tailored totally for you to celebrate your relationship and your love.
We can meet as soon as you set the date so that I can get to know you and your desires for the day as well as your beliefs and values. The journey of marriage begins with the planning of your wedding.
Each wedding ceremony script is written from scratch, with elements, ideas and symbolism that has meaning for you. You may want to include something special such as a hand-fasting, lighting a unity candle or jumping the broom. As I am independent, I am free to include religious prayer, hymns or any other symbolic aspects that are important in your life. The script will develop over time and is not finalised until you are totally happy.
You can use traditional vows or write your own. You can also pick your own words for when you exchange rings and choose your own readings, poems and music. The whole structure and content of your wedding will be designed around the two of you to create a ceremony that perfectly fits you as a couple.
To be legally married in England and Wales, you still have to complete the basic legal requirements of marriage in front of a Registrar at a suitably licensed venue. This legal Marriage Registration part of the wedding usually takes place separately, probably a few days before the wedding day. This is just like registering a birth followed by a christening. Once the necessary legalities are completed, a wedding celebration can be held anywhere - you’re not tied to licensed venues - and at any time.
There are many beautiful wedding venues from stately homes or grand hotels to simple guest houses and family homes. You can use any venue (whether it has a civil licence or not) for a celebrant-led wedding. You may prefer to hold your wedding out of doors; in private garden, a meadow or woodland. Weddings can be hosted in marquees, yurts and tepees - the perfect solution for a relaxed atmosphere.
I am happy to fit in with whatever style of wedding you envisage – whether this is in a stone circle, under an oak tree, or in the grand surroundings of a stately home – all my ceremonies are unique and meaningful. I am very happy to create wedding ceremonies or civil partnerships for same sex couples.
I am happy to include a short handfasting as part of your ceremony or to use the full Celtic ceremony.
•Your venue may not have a Civil Licence in place, and therefore the registrars cannot attend to perform the service there.
•If the venue does hold a licence then using a Registrar is a viable choice, but be aware of their limitations. They cannot deviate from the given script and there are restrictions on wording, music and content. They are also unable to perform a ceremony in a location 'without a fixed roof', so if you were planning to say your vows in the great outdoors, they cannot do this for you.
•A registrar will simply offer you a choice of pre-set scripts, and fill in the spaces with your names. There is very little contact before the ceremony and they must keep to the scripts without adding any personal details or embellishments. It's all a bit 'cold' really.
•They are booked in using time slots and you may feel rushed. Choosing Simply Ceremonies means that I devote the whole day to you and never book more than one ceremony a day, so my time is yours.
•You won't meet the Registrar who's on duty on the day of your wedding until the day itself unless you pay extra. I will work closely with the couple for months in advance, getting to know you, so that your ceremony is as unique as you are. We will communicate many times via email, phone and face to face, working together to create a bespoke ceremony that's meaningful, personal and individual.
•With Simply Ceremonies you can have your wedding ceremony anywhere you like. Bear in mind that you will need to do the legal bit first, anytime in the 2 weeks before the wedding. Visit the Register Office in casual clothes, with 2 witnesses (sworn to secrecy of course!), and say the Contractual and Declaratory words in order to obtain your licence. This is only to register your marriage legally and is not the ceremony itself. This then allows you have your ceremony in a place of your choosing, and as I will conduct a service that includes your special vows, and the exchange of rings, then it looks like the 'real thing'. In fact, unless you choose to tell them, your guests will be none the wiser.
• Anything goes - within the realms of being legal and decent of course! - I can include religious or spiritual elements along with modern day poetry hymns or music.