A Professional Caring Celebrant

A Professional Caring Celebrant

Mike Denny

I am a Civil Celebrant and specialise in all funerals especially those which are spiritual but not religious in part or whole. I can however provide a number of services including:

  • Funerals & Memorial Services
  • Weddings & Renewal of Vows
  • Naming Ceremonies & Celebration of Adoptions

I have a natural empathy with people and my previous experience of working in the hospice sector has helped hone, develop and fine tune those skills, to provide a tailored service to your specific needs. I understand that saying farewell holds a mixture of emotions and honour those feelings in your service. You can be assured I will be empathetic and supportive throughout the process.

I also bring a wealth of practical skills and am well practised in time management, ensuring the preparations and the day run smoothly. My active listening skills enable the content and structure of the service to flow to your requirements in order to help you say goodbye in your own special way to your loved one.

I understand that the service is not only reflective but also one that is personal to the departed offering unique, tasteful additions that allow and enable all guests to enjoy the memories and embrace the loved one’s personality in a positive and respectful way.

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I can assist in choosing music and with any poems, readings or tributes. I will work closely with your Funeral Director and support you and your family by meeting you in your home to assist in the preparation of the service.

It does not matter if your family are religious, semi-religious, spiritual or have no beliefs, I can help create a meaningful, memorable, fitting end of life tribute. On the day I will arrive at the place of the funeral or cremation ahead of your scheduled arrival and ensure the chapel is ready and will conduct your service with dignity and respect ensuring that family and guests are given time to pay their respects to the departed and each other.

Wedding Celebrant. Nowadays, a wedding is not the strictly traditional affair it used to be. To be legally valid, a UK marriage ceremony must be performed by an authorised person (for example, a registrar, a vicar or a priest) and be witnessed by two people.

This means couples must choose between: an approved religious ceremony, a registry office ceremony, or a registrar who will attend the wedding at a licensed venue. The reality is that the ceremony is likely to be very quick, and with restrictions on readings, music, vows and sometimes even photographs.

So in practical terms, using a Wedding Celebrant allows you all the flexibility you wish for. You will be able to have your wedding wherever you choose, at any time, and it’ll be entirely up to you how the whole occasion flows and reflects your personal beliefs and lifestyle. You will choose your own vows, readings, poems, music, decor and anything else you fancy, without restriction.

How to arrange a celebrant wedding?
You must arrange for an official registration of your marriage at an applicable registry office, where you will legally become a married couple. The costs for this are usually a fraction of what it costs for a registrant to attend at a licensed venue, or hiring the ceremony room at the registry office. There is usually a basic fee for filing the marriage application, then another small fee for a basic ceremony on a scheduled date with two witnesses. You should check with your local authorities for applicable requirements and costs.

Then meet with me to set the date for your ceremony, define the overall structure and programme, how you want to enter the venue, the vows, other readings, speeches, music, flow and timings. We can even discuss releasing balloons, or involving your pets! I can help you draft your vows, review and finalise the ‘order of service’.
If you would like a rehearsal I can assist with scheduling a rehearsal.

Naming Ceremony: If you decide that a religious ceremony or a christening is not for you, then you may choose a naming ceremony to formally welcome your child into the world. Naming ceremonies are a fantastic way to celebrate the arrival of a new baby with friends and family, can be held for children of any age, and are becoming popular for welcoming adopted or step-children into the family. I will meet with you to discuss and agree how best to conduct the ceremony including any speeches, readings, music and any symbolic moments or promises. I will also be your celebrant on the special day.