“Each ceremony I conduct, is a heart-felt celebration of life and love.”
I know from my teaching experience that if something is to be meaningful, it must be personalised. So as your English Celebrant in France, I make sure every ceremony is unique as well as positive and beautiful [with that all important sprinking of humour].
How I work
My job is to make your ceremony as stress-free as possible. I think the key to that is meticulous planning.
The preparation really starts when we have our first chat, either face-to-face or online. You can tell me all about your plans and any ideas you have for your ceremony. The only limits are your imagination – and good taste!
Q. After we book you, will you be in touch at all?
A. Oh yes. I regularly keep in touch so you can keep me updated on how your wedding plans are coming along and run by me any new ideas you have for your ceremony.
Q. When do we actually start planning the ceremony?
A. You can start to collect ideas for the ceremony as soon as you’re ready. Then fourteen weeks before your wedding day (it sounds long but it isn’t honest) I send you each a questionnaire. Seven to ten days after I receive your completed questionnaires I’ll email the first draft to you.
Q. You said in your T&Cs we can make unlimited changes to the ceremony?
A. Absolutely. The first draft is a starter for ten and we can make any changes you want: we can include your best pal Stacy reading a poem or your brother Mat who wants to sing you a song. It’s always really, really nice when others get involved in the ceremony too. A week before your wedding I’ll be back in touch to double check everything is as we’ve planned and we’re good to go. Then I print out everything and no more changes can be made.
Q. What about on our wedding day?
A. I arrive in good time. I say hello to you both and check our plan is still okay. I also say hello to anyone involved in the ceremony e.g. sometimes readers need a little reassurance, the young ones in your wedding party might like to show me their outfits or a nervous escort may want to go over exactly where to stand. Then I conduct the ceremony we’ve created in my own inimitable way, with sincerity, tenderness, a genuine warmth and a laugh or two. This is a wedding though and so a degree of gravitas is injected at the appropriate times.
Q. What happens if the bride is late?
A. I only book one wedding a day, so it’s no problem. A bride can’t be late! When you are both ready, that’s just the right time to start.
Q. What happens next?
A. Although I’m based in the south west of France (Rouffiac 16210) I’m very happy to travel further afield but this will affect my fee. Get in touch to check if I’m available and for a quote. I feel it’s always so much nicer to talk, so please use the contact page and give me one or two days and times you’re available and we’ll arrange a chat. That way you can ask your questions and we can see if we’re a fit.
Take a look at my testimonials. I work hard to make each ceremony special and the testimonials let you see what people think of me, it’s better than me telling you!
Hi Gaynor, I just wanted to say thank you. I thought your presentation was fantastic and the feedback form my family was overwhelming positive. Thank you so much for your efforts in short space of time. Kind regards
“Gaynor, just wanted to say your warmth, professionalism and passion shone through from the very beginning of the process. Nothing was too much bother and you inspired us with our choices and offered your experience and advice when we were in need of guidance. I would have no hesitation in recommending the services of Gaynor.”
Hi Gaynor, we just have to say thank you. We had no idea you would be so warm and genuine when conducting our wedding ceremony. It really did feel like you were a good friend rather than someone we’d only spoken to on Skype. I’ve no idea how you do that but everyone said the ceremony was wonderful and we agree. xx
Morning Gaynor ,
Before the wedding – It was great to chat to you on Skype and we’re busy filling in our wedding questionnaires now. We’ve been planning our wedding for so long but haven’t really thought too much about the actual ceremony. Now we’ve spoken to you though we’re really excited and just know we’ll have a brilliant day. Speak soon.
After the wedding – Well what a brilliant day it was. It was everything I’d hoped for and much more. Thank you. Everyone said the ceremony was beautiful and they loved you. We’ll have to do it all again on a special anniversary. See you then. xx
Hello Gaynor, the family just wanted to say thank you for a wonderful service for our mum and grandma. We dreaded the day of the funeral but you made it so much easier and in fact several people said they enjoyed the service. I know that doesn’t sound right but you know what I mean. Hugs from everyone
Thank you very much for taking the service for my dear brother yesterday.
I realise that you put in a great deal of time and work into our special celebration, for which we are most grateful. I wish you every success in your interesting work. With all good wishes,
I feel I had to get in touch and let you know what a wonderful day we had for our son’s baby naming. All our family and friends commented on how nice it was and how they all felt like one big family. Just what we wanted. We’ll definitely be in touch when we decide to have number two! x
Dear Gaynor, I don’t know how you did it but every single person at our wedding said what a wonderful job you did. My gran really enjoyed the ceremony and my mum couldn’t stop crying! It started an amazing weekend of celebrations. xx
My wife Charlotte and I had the pleasure of having Gaynor carry out our French wedding ceremony in August. Leading up to the ceremony Gaynor was amazing with all the help she gave us to get us prepared for our big day. On the wedding day she exceeded all our expectations and helped make our day even more special, even giving us a beautiful gift. Gaynor made our ceremony personal and intimate, including our daughter was a wonderful touch. We would recommend Gaynor to everyone, thank you Gaynor for helping to make our wedding day unforgettable. Charlotte and David xx