The Process

Whether you have a clear vision of your day or you need some inspiration, I'll be your guide through the entire process from conception to ceremony

Most of all I love getting to know people, their story and what makes them so uniquely special. To do this, I may ask you to complete ‘Couple’s Quiz’ or questionnaire and then we'll have a chat. These are important pieces that will help me to craft a memorable ceremony. 

With regards to weddings and renewal of vows, some couples want to include traditional elements while others want to include lots of non-traditional elements such as a hand-fasting, sand ceremony, jumping the broom and many other cultural or spiritual elements. The most important thing is that it's meaningful to YOU!

Each ceremony takes at least 20 joy-filled hours of research, writing, meetings and preparation before the big day!

Broadly speaking, here's the process we'll walk through to create your ceremony: 

  1. Face to face consultation meeting (if this isn't possible we'll do a video call via Skype)

  2. Choose formats, check legalities, book date and venue

  3. Venue visit

  4. Write draft of your ceremony and amend as necessary

  5. Final client sign off

  6. Rehearsal (optional extra)

  7. The BIG Day!


Fees depend on the type of ceremony that you want. Please contact me for a chat first and then I will provide a full quote:

  • Wedding ceremonies from £699 (2020 Weddings)

  • Renewal of Vows from £499

  • Naming ceremonies from £399

  • Script-only ceremonies from £399

  • Other ceremonies - quote available on request

What is included in my fee (weddings and renewals of vows):

  • Initial Consultation

  • A Ceremony Questionnaire

  • Access to poems and readings resources

  • Your unique and individually crafted ceremony script

  • All drafts and revisions

  • Unlimited contact throughout process

  • For weddings - advice on planning the legal aspects of your marriage

  • Advice on venue planning, music, timing and photography

  • Liaising with your vendors to ensure we are all aligned

  • Officiating your ceremony on the day

  • A presentation copy of your ceremony script

  • Travel within 15 miles of Godalming, Surrey (additional miles are charged at 45p per mile).

Additional costs:

  • Ceremony rehearsal (occasionally people want to rehearse the ceremony prior to the big day)

  • Any additional props such as candles or a commemorative certificate for signing etc will be charged at cost

  • Personalised Vow Booklets handwritten in beautiful calligraphy as a memento of the commitment you have made.

Terms of Payment:

A booking fee of 50% of the total fee is payable to confirm your booking. The remaining balance is due just before your script is finalised or no more than 30 days prior to your ceremony (whichever is sooner). Ceremonies booked within 8 weeks of delivery require full payment at the time of booking. All fees are non-refundable.

In addition, a portion of your fees will be donated to a phenomenal forward-thinking charity called Haiti Partners who are helping Haitians change Haiti through education. I have been fortunate to visit Haiti and see their work first - a truly life changing experience!

Celebrate your life, you are your own light!
— Lailah Gifty Akita