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
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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.
Year Business Was Established
No. of Weddings Hosted
More than 50
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No. of People In Team
Taylor & Duncan
Married in April 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...
Sam & Lindsey
Married in April 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 st...
Wedding: May 2018
Beautiful, bespoke ceremony
Where do I begin? The start you say. Ok, well this weekend we headed to Leeds to celebrate the joint 30th birthday party for two of our closest friends. What prevailed wa...
Hayley & Ben
Married in May 2018
Christine was absolutely perfect for our ceremony
Christine was absolutely perfect for our ceremony - a surprise wedding at our joint 30th birthday party! From the moment we met Christine we knew she was the right person...
Andrew & Julia
Married in May 2018
Christine is one of the loveliest people we've eve
What can we say - Christine was absolutely amazing!!!! From the first moment we met her for a chat and a cup of tea, to the day of the ceremony, everything has been fanta...
Married in June 2018
Christine had gone above and beyond
knew from the moment Christine complimented me on my Dr Martens that she was the one for us. My partner wasn’t particularly sold on the idea of a humanist ceremony, as w...
Left Bank Leeds - Wedding Open Day
24th March 2019
Have a look around this beautiful venue, dressed in all its wedding glory. Discuss your plans with the team and chat to their recommended suppliers - including me - their recommended celebrant.
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What is your most memorable wedding?
The two that were a surprise to all the guests!
Describe your style in 5 adjectives.
Friendly, fun, efficient, calm, warm
What about your business are you most proud of?
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 is your No. 1 wedding planning tip for couples?
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 your favourite personal touch you have seen at a wedding?
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.
Describe your typical process with a couple.
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)
What is the most unusual thing you’ve been asked to plan?
The surprise weddings!
How do you ensure a stress-free 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.
What is your favourite moment 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.
Bridebook GiftCeremony Planning Book
Bridebook Special OfferBook me through Bridebook and on payment of deposit I'll send you a free copy of 'Sharing the Future', a guide to planning your Humanist ceremony - packed with examples and guidance on ceremony structure - it's a great place to start gathering what you do and don't want for your ceremony.