WHAT PEOPLE SAY ABOUT JULIA

“Julia was recently the Celebrant for our Wedding and she was outstanding. She held the space beautifully on the day and was 100% committed to ensuring the room itself and all the details of the ceremony were in place.

We spent months in the lead up to the Wedding writing the ceremony together and her feedback and support made for a wonderfully unique and special moment.
As the most important part of the Wedding day for us we felt we managed to convey everything we had hoped for and more with Julia. Many of guests also commented on how much they had been moved by and enjoyed our ceremony.
 
Thank you so much!! 
 
 
Alexandra & Will
 
 
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We really can’t thank you enough for making our day so special. As the person who was indispensable, you made such a crucial difference to the day – we couldn’t have been more pleased with how it all went. It was also such a pleasure to work with you to create the ceremony content beforehand. You only ever encouraged our ideas and helped create something out of them.

We received so many compliments about the ceremony and your delivery of it. We will highly recommend you to anyone we know who is getting married.     

Georgie and Matt

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We first met Julia at a wedding fair and as soon as we met her we knew she was the perfect celebrant for us. She has a wonderful calm and caring air which made us both feel instantly relaxed. From then on she was perfectly organised and helped us to create the ceremony we wanted with the minimum of stress.

On the day the ceremony couldn’t have gone better Julia was again very calming for us both and had helpful answers to all our last minute questions. We would thoroughly recommend Julia as a professional caring person to create the perfect ceremony whatever that means to you.

Jonathan and Kate

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We couldn’t recommend Julia more!  We were looking for a celebrant to officiate our wedding, as we wanted something that was personalised and special to us. Julia Hawkes not only provided this for us, she couldn’t have shown more care and interest in making our ceremony the perfect fit for us, providing us with ideas and guidance.  So many guests commented on how wonderful she was on the day and we really felt we were able to connect with her and that was really special.Thank you again for helping to create such lasting and magical memories for us.

Dominic and Flower

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Julia was absolutely lovely, she helped us create the perfect ceremony for us. We went through all the details together, tweaking as needed until we were happy with it. It truly was perfect and magical. Thank you!
 
Katherine and Andrew
 
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Hi Julia. I have been meaning to contact you to say thank you so much for the wonderful wedding ceremony that you conducted for Katherine and Andrew. It was a really magical day and so many people said how lovely the ceremony was, in fact some have said that it was the best that they have ever attended!
 
Elaine (Mother of the Bride)x
 
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On behalf of Jack and myself we would like to say a massive thank you for your lovely service on Saturday. It was perfect and really special. Everyone loved it – we had loads of people say this afterwards. It was definitely all we wanted it to be, we loved it. We also really enjoyed meeting you.
Best wishes
 
Catharine and Jack
 
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“We would just like to say a very big thank you for the lovely ceremony you performed for Catharine and Jack on Saturday. It was very special and personal to them and I’m sure they will remember it always.

What a perfect day they had! We have got some beautiful photos to remind us of the day which was magical from start to finish.

Thank you again for the part you played on the day and also for the bound copy of the ceremony for them to keep.  They have had a couple of days relaxing but are now home and coming down to earth!

With all good wishes”

Sharon and Paul

 
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“Julia was brilliant from the moment we made contact with her. She explained all the processes to do with the ceremony wonderfully. Julia is a warm and lovely character who has tonnes of patience and clarity. She guided us through writing our own vows and prepared these beautifully for us on the day.
Julia made our wedding day incredibly special and most importantly without any hitches – we wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her”
 
Martha & George
 
 
 
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“The wedding ceremony you presented for us was so beautiful and all the guests were truly moved by the words and way this was done.  I will write a comment on your website over the next week to reflect our gratitude for the bespoke service that you have offered us”
 
Kam & Ajay
 
 
 
 
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“It was wonderful meeting you last week, we are both incredibly impressed with you and all the effort and love you clearly put into your work to help create a wonderful day.
 
We would be honoured if you would be our celebrant for our wedding 💜”
 
Tori & Ian
 
 
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“Well I’m sat at my kitchen table having a cry so it’s definitely brilliant. Thank you so much”
 
 
Martha
 
 
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We visited The Greenway Hotel in Cheltenham to arrange our wedding vows renewal and recommended to Julia Hawkes as a possible celebrant for our ceremony, thank goodness we took their advice! From our first telephone conversation Julia was professional, helpful and friendly without crossing any barriers. After meeting Julia for the first time our decision was made to use this lovely lady for our celebrant.

Julia spent many hours writing and rewriting the order of service with changes as we requested and her own suggestions to make a perfectly personalised event. 

After 41 years of marriage this event meant so much to us both and Julia made that day as special as our wedding day, possibly better as it was personalised to us! Our guests We visited The Greenway Hotel in Cheltenham to arrange our wedding vows renewal and recommended to Julia Hawkes as a possible celebrant for our ceremony, thankcommented on the high standard of Julia’s presentation and her knowledge of our lives.

Thank you so much Julia for making our day so very special, we will remember this day for ever and will always recommend you for such events.

Diane and Steve

 
 
 

 

 
 

WEDDINGS & CIVIL PARTNERSHIPS

Thank you for visiting my website and considering me as your celebrant for your special day

Are you seeking something more unique than the typical registrar led ceremony? This type of wedding or civil partnership can feel impersonal and formulaic. Are you looking to create a unique and special ceremony that reflects you both? Would you like to be able to choose the person who conducts your ceremony?  There is a way…………

In recent years many couples have chosen to separate the legal registration of marriage or civil partnership from their wedding or partnership ceremony in order to allow them the freedom to create a ceremony that is unique and personal to them.   The simplest way to legally marry in England involves a very short civil ceremony at a Registry Office, where you make a declaration and contract, in front of two witnesses.  Fees vary but are often between £50 and £60 for a standard ceremony. There is no requirement to dress up, say any personal vows or exchange rings. It is similar in essence to the process of registering a birth or death where you register the birth or death and then the baby-naming or funeral ceremony follows later. Although the ceremony that follows is symbolic rather than legal most couples find that by opting to have a separate personal and heartfelt celebration they are able to create something deeply moving and significant.

The options for how to create your own ceremony are limitless and you can include as many traditional elements as you wish, including exchanges of rings and vows, readings, blessings and music. Whatever it is you have in mind for your big day and wherever you want your ceremony to take place – it is possible Creating such a special ceremony can be a daunting prospect for some, but by choosing to work with a qualified and skilled celebrant you will be able to receive as much support, guidance and inspiration as you require. I can design a service and readings for you, or you can write your own.

My role is simply to enable you to create your day, your way. I want to make sure that you have a perfect wedding ceremony with all the personal elements you want included. Together we can create a ceremony that is truly memorable. I will offer you, and two witnesses, the opportunity to sign a commemorative record on the day and this will be given to you along with a presentation copy of the ceremony   I am happy to meet with you for an initial no cost, no commitment meeting to discuss your day. This meeting will allow you to get to know me and I can gain an understanding of what is important to you.

COMMITMENT CEREMONIES

You may not want the formality of a registered marriage or civil partnership but do want an opportunity to make a public commitment to one another and celebrate your love with your family and friends. Commitment ceremonies provide the ritual feeling of a wedding without the legal red tape. The options for how to create your own ceremony are limitless and you can include as many traditional elements as you wish, including exchanges of rings and vows, readings, blessings and music. Whatever it is you have in mind for your big day – it is possible. Creating such a special ceremony can be a daunting prospect for some, but by choosing to work with a qualified and skilled celebrant you will be able to receive as much support, guidance and inspiration as you require.

I can design a service and readings for you, or you can write your own. My role is simply to enable you to create your day, your way. I want to make sure that you have a perfect commitment ceremony with all the personal elements you want included. Together we can create a ceremony that is truly memorable. I will offer you, and two witnesses, the opportunity to sign a commemorative record on the day and this will be given to you along with a presentation copy of the ceremony.

I am happy to meet with you for an initial no cost, no commitment meeting to discuss your day. This meeting will allow you to get to know me and I can gain an understanding of what is important to you.

SPECIAL CEREMONY RITUALS

You may want to include a special ritual within the ceremony. Most of them symbolise the joining together of two people, becoming one family unit or involve wishing you good luck for your future life. Adding in creative rituals adds to the personalisation of your ceremony and all can be adapted in any way that suits you. At our first meeting we can discuss :

A sand ceremony
The Sand Ceremony is ideal for any wedding or ceremony and can be adapted to suit a variety of circumstances. Typically, each person has different coloured sand and takes turns pouring it into one clear vessel, forming a layered effect. Sometimes just the couple participates, and sometimes the couple’s children and/or parents join in with their own coloured sand, adding to the layers of colours.  It is included to symbolise the joining of the couple, the couples families or the couple and their children.  It is often used when there are children involved and the couple is looking for a ritual to include them.The advantage of the sand ceremony is that there is a lasting memento to keep.
Ring blessing

This involves the assembled guests passing the rings amongst them in order to bless the rings with good wishes and loving thoughts

An oathing ceremony
It is based on the Celtic tradition of the oathing stone when the bride and groom hold their hands together on a stone as they repeat their wedding vows. An oath given near a stone or water was considered to be more binding. This also involves the wedding guests being given a stone on arrival. The stones are held as the guests reflect on their wishes for the couple for love, happiness, prosperity, and unity as they exchange their wedding vows. They place the stones with their personal blessing for the newly married couple into the special container on the table as they leave. The stones serve as a lasting reminder of the special love that has been shared on their special day.
A rose ceremony
In the Rose ceremony the couple can choose to present roses to the mothers or grandmothers as a way of showing appreciation for their support.  The roses can also be presented as the first gifts that the couple will give to each other.
Breaking of the glass
The Breaking of the Glass Ceremony is traditionally used at Jewish weddings; this ceremony option signifies the end of the ceremony and the beginning of the celebrations. The glass (often two champagne flutes) is placed in a cloth bag prior to breaking it.
A unity candle ceremony
This ritual is traditionally used in Catholic weddings, but as a ceremony option it also holds a universal meaning. It symbolises the joining of the couple in marriage as well as the joining of their two original families. The couple together light a central candle from their own flames. It can also be used where there are step children to symbolise the coming together of the two families.
Handfasting
The original meaning of “tying the knot”. Handfasting ceremonies are pagan in origin and have a traditional structure where the hands are tied with ribbons in the shape of the infinity symbol to symbolise the bringing together of the two hearts in a marriage of strength and unity. However, there is a lot of flexibility within the structure which allows for a great variety of beautiful ceremonies to be created.
Jumping the broom
The jumping the broom ceremony is based upon a tradition that symbolises the clearing away of negativity with a sweep of the broom. It symbolizes a new beginning, a welcoming of the new, sweeping away the old or sweeping away old cares and worries and creating a threshold for the couple to cross over into their new life together.
Loving cup ceremony
In this ceremony, the couple pour red and white wine into a two- handled loving cup to create a blush, the first drink that they will share together. The cup can be passed around enabling immediate family or all the guests to drink to the couple’s future lives together. Mead and cider or whisky and water can also be used.

VOW RENEWALS are covered in OTHER CEREMONIES

UNDERSTANDING THE 3 STEP WEDDING PROCESS

Step 1
Give notice at your local register office. For most marriages or civil partnerships, you must give at least 28 full days’ notice at your local register office. Your notice will be publicly displayed in the register office for 28 days.
Step 2
Attend the register office to register your marriage.
Step 3
Enjoy your unique and special celebrant led ceremony at a venue of your choice, indoors or out with no restrictions on content at all.