Christine Berrisford - Humanist Ceremonies Leeds

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Bespoke, personal, meaningful wedding ceremonies written with you, so each is unique - no templates, no 'add name here'. Your day, your way - so that your ceremony is the heart of your celebrations
Pricing & Costs

Prices start at

£550
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Products and Services

Speech Writer
Celebrant / Officiant
Full-Service Planning
Pre-Wedding Consultation
Full Description
Your wedding ceremony should be the reason all your friends and family gather together, not something to get through before the party. Wouldn’t it be great to start your married life or partnership with a ceremony that’s really meaningful? To be able to tell your friends and family what your relationship means to you and why you’re choosing to get married, enter into a civil partnership, or renew your vows? Many of us who aren’t religious are looking for a wedding that is more flexible and personal than a civil or register office ceremony. A non-religious, humanist wedding gives you the opportunity to marry where you want, when you want and exactly how you want. There’s no set script and no script ‘templates’ – it’s too personal an occasion for that. Instead, your wedding is written from scratch, in collaboration with you, so it meets your particular requirements and truly reflects who you are. You can set the tone that’s just right for you: choose your own words; include music and singing; get creative with symbolic or celebratory elements and include other significant people. Humanist weddings are perfect for couples who would like: * A meaningful ceremony that isn’t religious * To work with a celebrant who has successfully completed a rigorous, OCN Quality Marked training and CPD programme * To marry at a location that isn’t licensed for civil weddings; including outdoors and at home * The flexibility to create a personal ceremony that is unique to them and completely adaptable to their particular circumstances * To get to know the person who will be conducting their wedding * To celebrate their committment to each other with family and friends, but without legally registering it – perhaps they have already undertaken the formalities overseas, for example. * To attend the register office to take care of the legal formalities in the days before or after their humanist wedding If any or all of these things sound like you, then please do get in touch for a chat.

Personal Message from the Manager

Name of Wedding Contact: Christine Berrisford
Hello! Congratulations on your forthcoming wedding and thanks for your interest in Humanist Ceremonies Leeds. If you've followed this link because you're looking to have your ceremony be the heart of your big day, rather than just something to get through before the party, then you've come to right place. Personal, meaningful and unique ceremonies are what I offer. No religion, but plenty of meaning, so you can celebrate your big day, your way. Get in touch for a no cost, no obligation chat.

Experience

Year Business Was Established
2010
No. of Weddings Hosted
More than 50
Public Liability Insurance
true
No. of People In Team
1
Reviews
(15)
(15)
Holly & Rob
Wedding: June 2018
September 2018
This lady is awesome
"This lady is awesome! Christine took so much time getting to know me and my now husband(!) and created a beautiful bespoke ceremony which reflected us as a couple perfectly. You can tell that she loves doing what she does and completely got into the spirit of our day (particularly singing our disco hymn- I would share a picture but I can’t work out how to do it on here!) Thank you Thank you Thank you" xxx
Louise & Peter
Wedding: February 2019
September 2018
Simply the best!
Christine is simply the best! She was absolutely brilliant from day one and made us feel totally comfortable with her right from the start. She is warm, funny and caring and we couldn't have asked for anyone better. Since our wedding, loads of friends and family have siad to us how personal and touching the ceremony was and many have said it's the best ceremony they've ever been to. We cannot recommend Christine highly enough and we're looking forward to finding excuses to use her services again!
Sam & Lindsey
Wedding: April 2018
September 2018
absolutely incredible celebrant
Christine was an absolutely incredible celebrant; she created a fun and relaxed atmosphere for our wedding. Christine worked hard to create a script that reflected our story and from our initial meetings it was clear the passion she has in being a celebrant. Christine's ability to put people at ease made us feel super confident that she would do a great job. Christine was extremely organised in the build up to our wedding which alleviated a lot of stress as we knew she had everything under control, so we could focus on other things! On the wedding day she put us at ease and conducted the ceremony with professionalism and caught the emotion of the day perfectly. Our guests also really enjoyed the service and many said it was one of the most enjoyable they had been to. We cannot praise Christine highly enough for the wonderful job she did and how she helped make our day even better, we would wholeheartedly recommend her for your ceremony".
Liza & Adam
Wedding: August 2018
September 2018
Christine is a genuinely lovely human being
We first saw Christine at a friend's naming ceremony. It wasn't really something we'd seen before, but we were impressed by the personal touches the ceremony had. When we started planning our wedding, we'd crossed off a religious ceremony, as neither of us follow a faith. That's when we thought back to Christine and her Humanist ceremony. We got in touch and organised a meet up over coffee, where she came across as organised and friendly. We instantly knew we wanted her to do the ceremony! We met up again a few month later to hammer out the details of the ceremony and she held our hands through all the planning, especially on details where we weren't sure how'd they'd play out! The ceremony came and went without a hitch; Christine even helped organise some of our less clued up family! Many people have told us how nice and "us" it was, which was down to Christine's hard work. Christine is a genuinely lovely human being; she is easy to get on with and I feel like I've known her a lot longer than I actually have!!
The Beans
Wedding: July 2018
September 2018
The best time ever
"The ceremony and the whole day were fantastic! We both had the best time ever and really enjoyed it. Thank you again for doing the ceremony and writing the script. It was really unique and very us and everyone loved it".
Taylor & Duncan
Wedding: April 2018
September 2018
What a joy meeting & working with Christine
What a joy meeting and working with Christine! We knew as soon as we met her for the initial meeting that she was the one for us! She is fun, lively, energetic and really wanted to get to know us as individuals, but also as a couple. Christine was great at communicating with us, keeping us in the loop, letting us know what stages she was at, draft copies, and sending us lovely text messages wishing us luck on our 'legal' marriage day. On our big day Christine was awesome, so many of our friends and family commented that she was great, enthusiastic, funny, and the whole ceremony felt very genuine. We loved it and so did our guests. I would, without a doubt, totally recommend Christine to anyone looking for a humanist celebrant. A MASSIVE thank you Christine!
Location & Contact Details

Address

Roundhay, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS8 2AJ

Travel Notes

Nearest Town

Leeds

Nearest Motorway & Junction

Nearest Train Station

Crossgates

Nearest Airport

Leeds Bradford

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FAQ
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What is your most memorable wedding?

There will always be some stress, but if you remember it's your day, not everyione else's and you plan carefully and in plenty of time it'll be more excitement than actual anxiety.

Describe your style in 5 adjectives.

The fact that I've had to work incredibly hard to pass the incredibly rigorous training with Humanists UK (the only celebrant network whose training has achieved a Quality Mark) and the fact that every single one of my couples gets exactly the ceremony they want; totally bespoke and deeply meaningful to them - the beautiful, beating heart of their big day.

What about your business are you most proud of?

Dogs bringing in the rings; children being 'best people'; Grandma's writing and reading poems; friends singing for the couple - every one of my ceremonies is personal from start to finish, as they are written from scratch with each couple, so you can include any element that has relevance and meaning for you.

What is your No. 1 wedding planning tip for couples?

Friendly, fun, efficient, calm, warm

What is your favourite personal touch you have seen at a wedding?

Telling the story of each couple - it's a total privilege to have them share all the details of how they met; the trials and tribulations they've overcome; the reasins they love each other and want to share a life. Sharing that with their guests on the day is always a joy - very emotional, sometimes funny and often incredibly moving.

Describe your typical process with a couple.

Plan ahead; discuss everything; assume nothing and remember that it's YOUR day - don'y allow it to be hijacked by others or feel you have to conform to a steriotype of what your ceremony should look like.

What is the most unusual thing you’ve been asked to plan?

This is a bespoke service – I don’t use templates or a ‘mix and match’ buffet of elements: your ceremony is written from scratch, in close collaboration with you. As a prospective client you will be offered a free introductory meeting with me, to see if we feel that we would be a good match to work together on your ceremony. To secure your chosen date in my diary, I ask that a 50% deposit is paid when you confirm that I’m the celebrant you’d like to work with. We then organise to meet for a longer planning meeting of approximately 2 – 3 hours, during which I gather all of the information about what you’d like to include in your ceremony. I will liaise via email with you and with anyone you have chosen to make a reading or other form of input to the ceremony should that be necessary.. I then write the first draft of your ceremony script and email it to you for amendments. When I receive your edits, I write the final version of your ceremony. Once you have confirmed the final copy is accurate, I ask for the remaining payment. I create one ‘working’ version including all the prompts, music cues etc to be used on the day and another presentation copy for you as a keepsake. I then conduct the ceremony on the date and at the venue of your choosing. (For weddings, we can conduct a rehearsal before the big day, if that is something you’d like)

How do you ensure a stress-free wedding?

The two that were a surprise to all the guests!

What do you love most about your job?

The surprise weddings!