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Ceremonies in East Sussex

The Ceremony

The information below is an outline of a ceremony, and should be used as a guide. Your celebrant will meet with you directly before your ceremony at your chosen venue and discuss your personal preferences and the appropriate times to include your personal additions. 

Our Celebrant Registrars are all friendly and professional, and bring their own individuality to the ceremonies they conduct.

Ceremony Entrance 

Your guests will already be in the ceremony room/location awaiting your arrival. You can choose to arrive together or separately, and/or be escorted by a family member or friend. Your Celebrant can, if you wish say a few words to mark the relationship between you both, and their support on your special day. The following is an example of what the Celebrant might say:

"The bond between ________ & ________ is a very special one, and never more so than on a day like today. One of the rare occasions when we are able to publicly acknowledge these relationships is during a ceremony like this. So, may I ask who stands here in support of ________ & ________ on their special day?"

The ceremony begins with a welcome and introduction from the Celebrant Registrar. The heart of the ceremony arrives when you each say your promises. 

Personal Promises

Writing your own promises can be a lovely way of personalising your ceremony. However, we understand it can be hard to find the right words. If so there are a number of suggested promises that you can choose to say instead of writing your own. You will find these listed on the Ceremony Options Form. 

Promises can be repeated after the Celebrant or if you prefer you can read them to one another. 

Exchange of Rings/Gifts

If you have chosen to exchange rings or a special gift, you will do this as you say your personal promises or shortly afterwards.

Certificate Signing 

This will be followed by the signing of your Commemorative Certificate. Both you and your witnesses will be invited to sign your certificate. 

Once signed, your Celebrant will present your commemorative certificate to you, along with any other ceremony extras that you have ordered. 

Ceremony Exit

Your ceremony concludes with some closing words from the Celebrant as they invite your guests to be upstanding and congratulate you on your special day. 

Music & Readings

Any music and readings that you have chosen will be included at the appropriate moments. Which your Celebrant will confirm when you meet them on the day before your ceremony. 


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