Thursday, 01 January 2015 19:00

Civil Ceremonies on the Increase in Northern Ireland

Most wedding ceremonies in Northern Ireland are still held in church but we’re catching up with the US and the UK and now more services than ever are being held at licensed wedding venues. The local registrar performs the ceremony which is an ‘off-the-peg’ service provided for all weddings, with the script provided by the local council.


There is an alternative.

Wouldn’t it be great to start your married life with a ceremony that is unique to you? One that really means something to you as a couple and to your families? One where you can set the tone that’s right for you, where you can choose your own  words and music and even write your own vows if you wish?

With an Independent Civil Celebrant you can marry where, when and how you want – on a boat or a beach, in a marquee or a village hall, in a garden or a sports stadium. Wherever you envision your wedding ceremony, an Independent Civil Celebrant can make it happen – you are not limited to venues that are licensed for weddings.

Your bespoke ceremony can involve contributions in many forms from family and friends – readings, poetry, music (even fire eating if that’s what rocks your socks). You can incorporate beautiful elements such as hand fasting, jumping the broom or breaking the glass. It can be formal, relaxed, quirky, romantic, whimsical – whatever you wish.

Julie Antonette is a professionally trained Independent Civil Celebrant, accredited by the UK Society of Celebrants and Member of the Humanist Association. She works with couples to create their perfect ceremony and lasting memories of their special day.