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Neil Dutta at Angelic Diamonds, a UK wedding jewellery specialist, explores why humanist weddings have seen an increase in popularity in recent years. With official guidance looking to change in the not too distant future, giving celebrants more legal power to actually marry couples - removing the need for a pre- or post-blessing registry office date - here at County Wedding Magazine HQ we think this is a trend that will continue to soar.
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Posted: 5 November 2021
Margaret Mulholland, a celebrant based in Staffordshire, is offering one lucky reader her services, worth £650, for free. We spoke to Margaret to find out more about her: "I have a background in drama and education, and am an accomplished public speaker. I've had a varied career to date – everything from counselling and acting to teaching and management but this is the first time I really feel that I have found my niche. I was still wondering what I was going to be when I was in my 50s, and now at long last, I know! I'm a lover of life and a fosterer of hedgehogs and a curious vegan with a quirky worldview. I love to create and deliver joyful ceremonies for all of life's key events. Whether it's saying goodbye to a loved one, welcoming a new life into your family or an affirmation of love, I will write something unique, just for you.... read more
Posted: 22 October 2021
LMS Weddings have been recognised as Outstanding Wedding Planners at The Wedding Emporium – Wedding Industry Awards in Shropshire. LMS Weddings has continually marked itself by the quality of its work and hascontributed to improve the wedding industry by offering an exceptional service to its customers. The company offers a bespoke on-the-day coordination service for couples having their weddings in marquees, tipis or other DIY venues. "We are very pleased that LMS Weddings has been recognised for offering quality service," says Lynda Smallman, the owner. "It has been a tough 12 months, and we're certainly not out of the woods yet, but to receive this award is fantastic."... read more
Posted: 15 July 2021
Local celebrant Jess May from Jess May's Special Days has been nominated for Best Client Service 2021, Overall Best National Celebrant 2021 and The Celebrant Industry Award Global Celebrant of the Year 2021 at The Celebrant Industry Awards. As an industry first, these global awards are set to recognise those delivering excellence as nominated by fellow celebrants, industry suppliers, couples and families. The founder of TCIA and The Celebrant Directory, Jennifer Claire Constant, tells us: "I'm so excited to finally launch these awards to shout loudly about our fantastic celebrant community and really recognise the talent we have. The past year has shown how integral celebrants are within the funeral and wedding industry, working and supporting families through life-changing events. I'm proud of how our members have come together and made a difference in times of such hardship."... read more
Posted: 17 June 2021
I believe that the number of guests allowed at weddings will only be increased over the coming months. In response to the changing face of weddings over the past year and the ongoing situation, I've pivoted my business. As a nature lover and a big fan of getting outside every day, I've decided to focus on doing what I love: creating and officiating ceremonies and spending more time in the great outdoors. This led to me teaming up with wonderful wedding photographer, John the Photographer to create an Elopement Wedding Package.... read more
Posted: 18 March 2021
Six couples are taking their case to the High Court on 7-8 July to take a landmark challenge over the legal recognition of humanist marriages; their case is being supported by humanist celebrants. Siân Jackson a celebrant, based in Neath, Wales commented, "Humanist ceremonies bring meaning, personality and depth to a non-religious ceremony in a way which is just not possible within the construct of a civil ceremony. Why shouldn't non-religious couples have the right to celebrate their union in a way that is significant to them, as religious couples do?"... read more
Posted: 8 July 2020