Your wedding day is one of the most important days in your life and the wedding ceremony is your opportunity to make commitments to one another and express your undying love in front of you family and friends – so why shouldn’t it be exactly as you want it?
Sadly in the UK there are so many rules and regulations that most couples don’t realise exist until they start planning their wedding– you can’t get married outside, you can’t include religion (in a civil wedding), you can’t take photographs during the ceremony, you can’t get married after dusk, you must use a licensed venue.
Suddenly dreams of a stunning outdoor wedding, with fairy lights and incredible photos of you exchanging vows and rings fall by the wayside as you find out none of this is really possible.
But now there’s an alternative.
One Life Ceremonies are Laurra and Maria Nalty, a mother and daughter team based in Yorkshire who like to do things a little bit differently… their aim is to create exactly the wedding ceremony that you want and they place no restrictions on or where you can hold your wedding or what it includes – making it not only personal but one of the most memorable parts of your wedding day.
Experience and Flexibility
Since their launch in 2008 Maria and Laurra have written and conducted over 30 weddings for couples who want to do things their way, they offer more choice and flexibility so you really can have exactly the wedding that you want – that includes holding it outdoors!
Unlike a Civil Wedding led by a Registrar or a Church wedding where you have to follow a standard script, Maria and Laurra work with you to create a wedding ceremony that is completely individual to you as a couple by listening to your ideas and finding out what you want before writing a ceremony that is personal and relevant to you.
What does this mean for your wedding?
You get the wedding you actually want.
A personally written ceremony is exactly that – it’s personal and it’s written just for you, that means you can include the words that you want, stories from your relationship- how you met and what you absolutely love about one another as well as your own personal wedding vows (which they can help you to write). This coupled with your choice of readings, poems and music makes your ceremony so memorable your guests will be talking about it for months!
The opportunity to have your wedding wherever you want
This means you are free to have an outdoor wedding, a wedding at home or in a garden, a wedding in a marquee or in an unlicensed venue – basically wherever you want! One Life Ceremonies aren’t registrars so that part remains separate (usually done a day or two before or earlier on the day of the wedding). Because the legalities are already taken care of that means you won’t be restricted to a licensed venue, so you really can hold your wedding anywhere!
No time restrictions on your wedding day
Maria conducts one wedding a day meaning she can give your ceremony her full and undivided attention. If the bride is late (and when isn’t she!) there’ll be no clock watching or hints of leaving – it’s your day, take as long as you need.
Your wedding at the time of day you want
Unlike the set times allotted to a civil wedding 10am, 2pm and 4pm, with One Life Ceremonies you can have your wedding at anytime of the day; morning, afternoon, evening – it’s your choice!
Photographs throughout the wedding ceremony
The sad news is that some Registrars and clergy won’t allow photographs during the ceremony, or limit the amount your photographer can take. This doesn’t happen with One Life Ceremonies, your photographer can take as many photos as they like – these are your memories, you should not be restricted on having them.
How it works
Maria and Laurra will arrange a meeting with you to talk about your ceremony; this is a chance to discuss your ideas and what you want your wedding to include, it also gives them a chance to find out more about you as a couple.
From this meeting they will then write a first draft which will be sent to you for you to check and you can make any changes or suggestions until it is exactly as you want it. They can also help you to choose readings and write your own wedding vows. The wedding ceremony will then be conducted by Maria at the venue or location of your choice on the day.
For more information or to ask Maria or Laurra a question about planning your wedding ceremony you can contact them here:
(0113) 868 0072
Photography by Olivia Brabbs www.oliviabrabbs.co.uk