Hello, lets talk about your ceremony
WHY CHOOSE US
The Ceremony Company creates choice for couples and families in the North West providing
personal Wedding, Civil Partnership, Renewal of Vows and Baby Naming ceremonies for your special day.
Meeting and talking with the celebrant with the opportunity for a full rehearsal is as important to us as it is to you.
HELP ALONG THE WAY
Receive professional guidance
to really make your day special
from start to finish.
The only limitation is
Have your Ceremony
indoors or outdoors, any venue
or even in your own home.
We charge no more than a Local Authority and a lot less than
most other alternative
We absolutely love what we
do which reflects in our enthusiasm and flexibility to make your day special.
Unlike the Registration Service, we offer a rehearsal at the venue, so that you can be prepared and relaxed on your special day.
SAY HELLO TO LOUISE
Louise Burns is the lead Celebrant and Founder of The Ceremony Company. With over 9 years experience, formally working as a Registrar, Celebrant and Ceremonies Officer, across Lancashire, she has conducted over 500 ceremonies. In that time she has gained unrivalled knowledge around ceremony content, legalities, venues and what makes your day perfect and special. Since becoming independent in 2013, Louise has gained a wonderful list of delighted clients and undertaken some amazing ceremonies in magical locations.
WHAT IS AN INDEPENDENT CELEBRANT?
An Independent celebrant has none of the restrictions that a Local Authority Registrar has. This means that you can have any content, readings & music, your ceremony can be held anywhere in a field, garden, village hall, hotel, guest house, venue, beach, woodland or approved premise and you can have your ceremony at any time you choose.
Unlike the Local Authority Registration Service in order to speak to a Registrar you will not have to speak to a call centre first. We can take your booking more than 12 months in advance to guarantee your chosen venue. We can meet with you and talk to you in the evenings and weekends, we are not governed by normal office hours. We believe in being flexible to suit your needs.
*please note once booked, ceremony dates can be postponed but all deposits are non refundable*
Unlike a ceremony conducted by a Local Authority Registrar where you meet for the first time 10/30 minutes before, we believe you should have no surprises and so encourage having a detailed consultation and a full rehearsal before your special day. We also limit the number of ceremonies our celebrants conduct on any day so we can cater for any last minute delays.
A beautiful commemorative certificate is included, which can be signed and presented as part of your ceremony.
Our celebrants always dress to suit your occasion.
HOW IT WORKS
DRAFT THE CEREMONY
Just register an interest with Louise online or give her a call/text. She will first talk through the options with you and normally set up an
At the meeting she will want to hear about you and what you both would like, share some examples, talk through the legalities and then if everyone
is happy book you in.
Once the date and venue are set Louise will draft up your unique personal ceremony, which is usually a collaborative process. The final draft is agreed about a month before your special day.
We hold a rehearsal at the
venue ( if available )
a week beforehand.
CELEBRATE YOUR SPECIAL DAY
You have a relaxed, enjoyable ceremony
Many people are now choosing to engage their own Independent Celebrant in parallel with arranging the legalities. In the UK the legal signing of the Marriage Register or Civil Partnership Schedule, must be undertaken by a Registrar. Prior to this, formal Notice of Marriage / Civil Partnership must be given, at the appropriate Registration Office, at least 28 full days beforehand. It's all very straight forward and we guide you through this process as part of our service.
Matt & Elaine Wedding Celebration
13th April 2013 at Barlow Institute
"Thank you so much for sharing our day with us, everyone said how personal the service and the venue was but just about anyone I spoke to said the ceremony was the best, they had ever been to. You made it so individual to us friendly and relaxed we can’t thank you enough.
We wish you much success with the ceremony company.
Lots of Love Mr and Mrs Holstead xxx"
Photograph provided by Sean email@example.com
Joe & Marielle Wedding Celebration
10th December 2014 at Peckforton Castle
"We loved having Louise as our officiant! She was very flexible with scheduling Skype calls to get to know us since we live in the States. She was crucial to the structure of our ceremony, providing a plethora of ideas, and really listened to what we wanted. Louise is well-spoken, charming, and very prepared. We were very happy with the ceremony, and would not change a thing."
Joe and Marielle Taylor
photography by Raw Photography
Nicola & James Wedding Celebration
31st August 2013 at their home in Lowgill
"It's taken us a while, but we wanted to thank you for carrying out our wedding ceremony. You did an excellent job, with great delivery. We have had many comments from our guests saying how nice and personal the ceremony was and how good you were. We were both really pleased with your presentation on the day and we really enjoyed the ceremony. Everything went perfectly, despite the wind!"
Best wishes, James and Nicola
Photo by Kenny Bailie (our photographer).
Rhian & Billy Wedding Celebration
24th August 2013 at Broncoed Uchaf Country Guest House in Wales
"Hi Louise, Just wanted to thank you for a wonderful ceremony at Rhian and Billy's wedding. We had so many comments about how lovely it was. It was sincere with just the right touch of humour. When I look back on a perfect day, the ceremony under the copper beech in the sunshine
is my favourite memory by far."
Diane (mother of the bride) x
Steve & Julie Vow Renewal
14th September 2013 at Flixton Hall, Manchester
Sophie & Joey Wedding Celebration
3rd August 2013 in a Tepee in Hoghton
Tony and Alison Wedding Celebration
30th November 2013 at Heskin Hall, Heskin
"Just a little note to say a huge “thank you” for the fantastic ceremony you performed for us.
Everyone has commented on how great you were and how they all enjoyed it. Thank you again. Tony & Alison xx"
Ian & Helen Makinson Wedding Celebration
22nd June 2013 at Brookfield Hall, Bolton
"We would like to thank you for giving us the perfect ceremony, it was delightful everybody
Love Helen & Ian xx"
Ellie-Jayne Naming Ceremony
19th May 2013 at Aigburth People's Hall, Aigburth, Liverpool
"Thanks so much for everything during Ellie-Jayne’s Naming Ceremony. Thanks for all your hard work and effort creating a beautiful ceremony which we will remember forever. Lots of Love. Cheryl, Joe, Cameron & Ellie-Jayne xx"
Rebecca’s Welcome to the World Ceremony
9th June 2013 in the Garden of Family Home in Lancashire
"Just a small note to say thank you so much for conducting such a wonderful ceremony for Keziah’s “Welcome to the World” Party. I don’t think it could have gone any better, and I know my Dad would have been very proud! Everyone has commented on how personal and special the ceremony was – I even got a “what a find” in relation to the wonderful celebrant. Many thanks.
Love Rebecca & Keziah"
David & Stella’s Wedding Celebration Garden Ceremony
23rd June 2013 @ Stanley House Hotel & Spa, Mellor
"Dave and I just wanted to thank you for a wonderful ceremony on Sunday and for all your time and support in the lead-up to it. We had a fantastic day. Many of our guests commented on the very personal nature of the ceremony and how lovely it was to have something so unique. We are certain that your business will go from strength to strength and we wish you all the very best in the future.
With very best wishes Stella & Dave"
Adam & Annie Wedding Celebration
16th August 2014 @ Croston Old School
"Hi Louise, every time I read this ceremony I get excited and giddy. The ceremony as you know looks brilliant and I cannot wait. Thanks again for all your work on our ceremony."
Andrew & Leah Wedding Celebration
14th March 2015 @ Browsholme Hall, Clitheroe
"Hi Louise, We have finally got around to thanking people for the wonderful wedding, so here goes... We received so many wonderful compliments about our ceremony, and we really can't thank you enough. It was a truly beautiful service, which reflected myself and Andrew perfectly. We are overwhelmed with how perfect it was- every word, pause, tear and smile was meant to be for us. The involvement of Josie in our service was more than we could have hoped for. Our promises and vows were so unique and sincere- so thank you for helping us with this. Thank you"
Andrew & Leah
Charlie David Evans Naming Day
13th July 2014 @ Dunham Massey, Cheshire
"We wanted to send you a heartfelt thank you, for the service you gave us for Charlie's Naming Ceremony. It was a really special day much of which was down to the lovely ceremony. You offered us a personal service & filled us with confidence straight away. We would definitely recommend you to others & our family and friends were really impressed and touched by your ceremony.
with love Chris & Zoe xxx"
David & Janine Wedding Celebration inc. Hand-fasting
16th August 2014 @ Yew Tree, Anglezarke
Gina & Paul's Renewal of Vows & Tallulah's Naming Day
21st June 2014 @ Horwich
"Thanks for everything."
Trish & John Armstrong Renewal of Vows Celebration
27th September 2014 @ Preston
:Louise, This is absolutely wonderful"
donated the fee to Rosemere Cancer Foundation
Victoria Teresa Blue Naming Day
9th May 2015 @ Wigan
"Thanks for today Louise. It was a lovely service and has been a good day."
Sophia & Victoria Teresa Blue
John & Aileen Foster Vow Renewal
7th June 2014 @ Brook House, Chorley
"Louise, we had a lovely day and everyone said what a nice lady you were. We were so lucky to get you and Martin Cahill, you both made our day special and very relaxed. Thank you very much. We would highly recommend you to anyone because you made our day. We could not have wished for anything better, it was perfect. Thank you once again."
Aileen & John
Photography by Martin Cahill
Ross & Emma Vow Renewal
16th May 2015 @ Bolton
"Thank you so much Louise you were fantastic I am so glad I found you. I kept it together because of you. You made it so special and we
cannot thank you enough."
Ross & Emma Hadfield xxx
Sally & Gerald Wedding Celebration
23rd August 2014 @ Bolton School
"Hi Louise, we just wanted to say a huge thank you for all your help and the beautiful wedding ceremony you did for us. We had the most amazing day. We have received so many comments from our guests who said that it was one of the nicest wedding ceremonies they have ever been to."
Best wishes Sally & Gerald Feigckert
Sarah & Fiona - Game of Thrones Wedding
8th February 2014 @ Astley Hall, Chorley
"We both just wanted to say how lovely the ceremony was. Thank you for everything. Watch this space for baby naming ceremony, we have plans :)
Fiona & Sarah xx
Mark's 50th Hawaiian Birthday & Surprise Wedding Ceremony
11th October 2014 @ Whiston Labour Club, Prescott
"Hi Louise, just wanted to say thank you for all your help. We were made up with how it all went and so very happy with you. Thank you again."
Joanna & Mark Kemp xx
Mary Elise Naming Day
10th August 2014 @ Avenham & Miller Park, Preston
Michelle & Rik Commitment Ceremony
28th November 2014 @ Samlesbury Hall, Preston
"Hi Louise, it was fabulous thanks."
photography by Vision Photography
Mr & Mrs Berry Wedding Celebration
20th December 2014 @ Browsholme Hall
"To Louise, Just a little note to say a BIG, BIG thank you for all your help and support in creating our beautiful service. It was everything that I had hoped it would be, so personal and touching. It was lovely working with you in the lead up, your advice and professionalism was much appreciated.
We wish you all the best
Many thanks once again
Rachael & Nik x x
Nicola & Danny Family Home Outdoor Wedding Ceremony
11th July 2014 @ Family Garden, Cheshire
"Dear Louise, Thank you so much for all the effort you put in to make our wedding ceremony so special. So many people have commented about how good you were. We feel really lucky to have found you! Keep up the good work!
Thank you again. Lots of Love Nicola & Danny" x
PS Our wedding is featured on Love My Dress Wedding Blog
Phil & Cherisse Wedding Celebration
3rd May 2015 @ Stanley House Hotel & Spa, Mellor
James & Kim Outdoor Wedding Celebration
26th July 2014 @ Bashall Barn
"Hi Louise, We both just wanted to say thank you so so much for everything! You truly made our day as perfect as it could possibly be! You really were super with everything from start to finish and so patient with us!! So many guests were asking after you as they were so touched with the ceremony which was totally down to you! Your personality totally shone through too which is so special and it was just lovely!! Once again THANKYOU!! It's just not enough! We will never forget it!"
Kim & James xxx
John & Lucy Wedding Celebration
3rd October 2014 @ Silverholme Manor, Graythwaite Estate, Cumbria
"Hi Louise, the ceremony was great with the added bits including Isaac.
Lucy & John xx
Laura & Ali Wedding Celebration
6th September 2014 @ Childerthornton, Cheshire
Loraine & Paul Vow Renewal
24th April 2014 @ The Greyhound, Leigh
"Hi Louise, Thank you so much for being our celebrant for our vow renewal. It was so beautiful and everyone said how marvellous and professional they thought you were. We both thought that you looked beautiful too!
Once again, many heartfelt thanks."
Loraine and Paul xxx
Photography by Martin O'Neil
Elaine & Ken Vow Renewal
7th June 2014 @ Skelmersdale
"Thank you for making our Ruby Wedding anniversary special."
Elaine & Ken
Photography by David McGathan Photography
Louise & David Lucas
4th October 2013 @ Farrington Lodge, Leyland
On 4 October 2013 Louise conducted a most wonderful service at our wedding.
From the start it was completely personal, with Louise providing expert
advice on readings and poems, personal touches in the service, which
included lighting a candle to remember loved ones that couldn't be at there
including our children in the service and mentioning our adopted dog. The rehearsal quashed our nerves and made everything perfect. The way Louise conducted the service was outstanding making the day the most memorable of our lives. We can't thank you enough Louise and please pass on our details if anyone wishes to contact us to affirm the above. Love Louise & David Lucas xx
Nick & Becky English Country Wedding
25th May 2014 @ Hipping Hall, Kirkby Lonsdale
Louise was the perfect choice for our wedding. She brought so many good ideas and helped us customize our ceremony so that it felt very personal and special. Her expert advice and sense of humour took all the stress out of planning a wedding ceremony. Many of our guests commented on how wonderful Louise was, and how our ceremony really reflected us as a couple, which we owe to Louise! We were very lucky to find her, and would highly recommend her to anyone! – Nick & Becky
photography by firstname.lastname@example.org
Pam & Al Sunflower Wedfest
17th May 2014 @ Stanley Villa Farm, Wheeton Preston
Wonderful, all perfect. Thank you
Lots of love Mr. & Mrs. Rawcliffe xxx
Michelle & Stewart Vow Renewal Ceremony
20th February 2015 @ DW Stadium, Wigan
"Hi Louise, Stewart and I loved the ceremony it was everything we could have wished for having our children and granddaughter included in the ceremony made it more personal us, it takes a lot to make me emotional but your lovely words and how the ceremony was conducted was very moving and it was a beautiful and fitting tribute to our many years together. Thank you for all your help to thinking of all the tiny details to include to make the day go smoothly. Your encouragement to do our own vows is something I am glad we did and will forever cherish that moment. Nothing was too much trouble and you genuinely wanted us to enjoy our day by taking care of those personal touches,
we can't thank you enough"
Mike & Steevie Wedding Celebration
10th June 2014 @ West Tower, Ormskirk
Wedding Video by LoveBug Films
Rebecca & Steven Wedding Celebration
12th July 2014 @ Samlesbury Hall, Preston
"Dear Louise, Thank you so much for being such an incredible celebrant & delivering a wonderful & unique ceremony for us. We truly appreciate all your support in the lead up to the wedding and the work you put in to make it a truly memorable occasion. Our ceremony had a beautiful tone & was a perfect balance of being heartfelt & fun-loving.
We were so glad you were part of our special day and wish you all the very best for the future.
Steven & Rebecca xoxo
Ruth & David Outdoor Wedding Celebration
9th August 2014 @ Watermillock Village Hall, Ullswater
"Hi Louise, We just wanted to say a big thank you for the part you played in our wedding day and the effort you put into writing the ceremony. It was really was the highlight of the day for us and all our guests remarked on how unique and personal it was. I was very glad we decided to do the hand fasting ceremony in the end as it made it all the more memorable and was a good way to involve our parents in that part of the day."
Best Wishes and Thanks again. Ruth & David
BABY NAMING CEREMONY
The Ceremony Company are delighted to offer a personal and bespoke ceremony to help you, as new & proud parent(s), welcome your child to your family and friends.
The ceremonies are all written individually to meet your needs and can be performed on a date and at a time of your choice.
The ceremony is designed to focus on your child and your family, explain about the name you have chosen, name special supporting adults or guardians.
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