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Frequently Asked Questions.

I like to keep things simple and transparent and I also like to offer everyone the same high standard of ceremony. I don’t charge any extra for fuel or travel and there are no hidden costs. 

Weddings= £625 (£250 upfront payment to ‘save the date’ then the balance at least a week before the wedding)

Namings = £275 (£75 upfront payment to ‘save the date’ then £100 on delivery of the script and the final balance at least a week before the naming). This is based on one ‘namee’ if you have multiple ‘namees’ in a ceremony these are charged at an additional £75 each

Important note:  2025 couples onwards: if there is any change in the law allowing legal Humanist ceremonies in England and Wales prior to your ceremony date, I will discuss options and implications with you as mentioned in your connection call and my T&Cs.

I will often help to supply props for the day such as ribbons for handfasting or my Quaich to borrow. All of this will be discussed with you in plenty of time before your day and I can recommend suppliers for anything you need to source yourself.

Every ceremony takes a significant amount of time and I pride myself on delivering a consistently high standard and quality. I don’t give anything other than my all so a reduction in fees is not something I offer. I am, however, more than happy to look at alternative payment plans (for example monthly instalments) if my pricing structure doesn’t work for you. Please just reach out to discuss further.

I am a proud supporter of Gift of a wedding who provide weddings for the terminally ill and often I will donate part of my fee to a chosen charity like the Terence Higgins trust or MND research.

Evert script is written from scratch and is 100% bespoke and this takes a certain amount of work and commitment from both sides. I will be guided by you and will tailor accordingly but generally it involves the below:

  • An initial meeting for us to get to know each other (expect some prework for this!) and for you to share your ideas for the day.
  • Bespoke script which you can tweak as you wish until you are 100% happy.
  • As much contact with me before the day as you need, my virtual door is always open!
  • A meeting at your venue and/or a rehearsal should this be necessary depending on the complexity of the ceremony (weddings only)
  • Tonnes of help and advice on any props you may need. I will either supply these or let you know where you can source them from
  • My travel to and from any of the above and the venue on the day (there is no extra charge for mileage)
  • A stunning ceremony delivered that wows your guests and sets the tone for the rest of the celebrations that follow.
  • Vow cards, guideparent promises and readings printed, one less thing off your wedding to do list!
  • A beautiful presentation copy of the script as a keepsake.

I am based in Leeds and work all over Yorkshire and the North of England and can venture further afield depending on when and where it is. I will be open with you right from the start on whether I can cover your chosen location and, if not, I will always do my best to find you an alternative Celebrant who hopefully can.

Yes, I do offer a ‘script only’ service if you already have a friend or family member you want to ask to lead the ceremony or perhaps you are getting married abroad. There will be reduction in my fee for this as I am not required on the day. Please contact me to discuss what this would look like.

 

In England and Wales, sadly Humanist ceremonies do not (yet) have full legal recognition so this means that, whilst your Humanist ceremony is very much your true wedding, it doesn’t constitute a legal marriage. In order to make your marriage legal, you will, for the time being at least need a registrar as well. How you choose to do this is totally up to you. Some couples want to celebrate as another occasion and some just want the ‘no frills’ legal signing. If you are looking for the latter then please do ensure the registry office offers you the basic ‘2+2’ option which should be <£100. They don’t always make this obvious!

Most certainly! Love genuinely is love in my eyes and I welcome all couples. You will be treated as individuals without labels and I am always careful to check what pronouns and nouns (e.g. bride/ groom) you want to use. I pride myself on being inclusive but I am not complacent and continually find ways to educate myself on all aspects of diversity and inclusion.

 

I work at a variety of different venues from village halls to stately home, farms to woodland and everything in-between. There is an abundance of great wedding venues across Yorkshire so if you haven’t already chosen a venue and would like some suggestions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Should something unexpected arise such as illness or family emergency and I can’t make your wedding day, as I am part of a network of Humanist celebrants, I know I can call on one of my esteemed colleagues to deliver the script that I have written for you. More in my T&Cs here

If something happens beyond your control, like Covid, I will do my best to accommodate- full details on my T&Cs here. However, I do recommend that you consider taking out wedding insurance to give you the most reassurance and protection. 

You will find all the answers to this in my T&Cs which you can find here

For lots of ways to connect with me please check out my contact page here

I studied French and Spanish at University so if you would like these languages used into your day, this is something I would love to do! I have incorporated elements of Italian, Welsh, Gaelic and Swedish in ceremonies so will happily turn my hand (or rather tongue!) to most languages.

Helen Phillips Your Best Life Celebrant