Spotlight On....Specialist services

Spotlight On....Speciality Services

Speciality Services covers a number of vendors who all contribute something extra to your wedding day. This month we shine the spotlight on three of our Professional Members who fall into this category - a Celebrant, a Speech writer and a Childcare service.


You’ve found “The One”!  You’ve booked the venue, the DJ and the photographer. The invites are in the post, the cake is in the oven.  You have the dress, the shoes and the flowers are to die for.  Sadly the actual ceremony itself has been overlooked!  The “I Do's”.  The most important words that you will say to the most special person in the world, on one of the biggest days of your lives haven’t been given a thought...  Don’t you think you should?

For many people – the ceremony is way down the list of priorities (eek says this Celebrant!). By now you have read the word ‘Celebrant’ and may have done a double take.  A What?

Put simply, a Celebrant is someone who officiates your wedding ceremony in a location of your choice- whether it is a licensed venue or not.  You’ve seen all the lovely blogs about ceremonies in private gardens, beach weddings, festival weddings, woodland weddings, tipi, yurt or marquee weddings – well I can pretty much assure you that if those fun and awe-inspiring ceremonies took place in England and Wales – they have all been conducted by a Celebrant! It is no surprise then, that more and more couples fulfil the simple ‘no fuss’ legal obligation at a Register Office which takes about 10 minutes, and then have their ceremony including the exchange of personal vows and rings, at a completely different time and place?

Why Use a Celebrant?

Flexibility - incorporate content, music, blend cultural traditions and include beliefs of your choice….with no restrictions. 

Location – you might be looking at a venue that isn’t licensed.

Time & Availability - you aren’t restricted to a time slot within stated hours.

Style – your ceremony should reflect your personality and style. Every love story is unique – yours should be told.

Include others - make your guests an active part of your day and make it memorable for everyone.  How about a Pebble Ceremony, a guest promise, a sing-a-long, a ring blessing, a ribbon ceremony?  There are plenty to choose from and your Celebrant will be able to give you some ideas.

Justine Wykerd is an international award-winning celebrant based in Warwickshire and the Wedding Industry Awards West Midlands Celebrant of the Year 2018.



Speeches are an integral part of the success of that special day.

With a little bit of assistance from someone who knows how to prepare for and deliver a memorable wedding speech, you will be able to deal with everything with great confidence. I offer help for all parties involved in a Wedding from Groom to Best Man and Mother of the Bride. 

'In fact, anyone who wants to speak at the wedding during the ceremony or the reception.'

Each person who would traditionally speak at a wedding has certain established responsibilities to speak about. This ranges from the father or mother of the bride being the first to speak and being the ‘warm-up artist’, the bridegroom being welcomed into his new family to the best man/woman talking about the bridegroom. All these responsibilities are covered. More and more brides are now speaking at their wedding so guidance is offered here as well. And if you have youngsters such as sons and daughters who would like to speak. They are catered for too.

A common query is, ‘When shall we have the speeches?’ More families are having speeches between the courses of food. While others are having them before a mouthful of food is eaten. It is a very individual choice. A choice which is a personal one and advice is offered on my website.


SAFE AND SOUND EVENT CHILDCARE – Boutique event childcare and family events created with sparkles, smiles and style.

Since 2006 Stephanie and her team have sprinkled event childcare with fun and laughter, with their extensive knowledge and expertise they make the day and play magical.

Just as every child is unique, so too are the events which we are able to be part of, special occasions which call for nothing less than truly tailor-made childcare services.

We care for every age range from babies to teenagers. We can stay over, armed with books and interactive activities, or be just there for a particular moment of your event. We work with you to guarantee that those charged to our care have the best possible time and are entertained at the most key parts of your day.

Parents can immerse themselves in every wonderful detail of your day, while their little ones are right where they need to be, whether that is in front of the photographer, at the dinner table or at play. Our services are not about removing children from your event nor hiding them behind closed doors. We promise that your children are included in your special day, enjoying the tailor-made moments that are created especially for them whilst being part of your day and memories.

Article Posted: 12/02/2019