Sharna
Beginner July 2023 East Sussex

Celebrant or registrar or both?!?

Sharna, 23 November 2021 at 13:51 Posted on Planning 1 2
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I put something up about this last night but I can't find it anywhere! I really need some advice when it comes to picking a celebrant for my wedding then registering at a place before or after the wedding or if I should go with a registrar being at the venue only, I've contacted the west Sussex registry and they've said for them to come to the venue to wed us it will be £466. I haven't yet found a celebrant that would be that price or cheaper, but I have heard people save money doing both instead of just one. I got to admit I knew weddings were expensive, but I didn't realize a registrar coming to your wedding would be so expensive considering it's so much cheaper going to the registry office, I know why of course! it's just very daunting lol.. Has anyone been in this situation and made a good decision or had ay regrets on what they chose? I'd love to hear people opinions as I'm so stuck right now!!

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Latest activity by Charlotte, 25 November 2021 at 09:33
  • Teri
    Curious November 2023 Devon
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    So I filled out a form online and requested a registrar unbeknown to me how much it would be! It is only that price because of our venue so I was a bit taken aback by it. I have booked the registrar because at the end of the day I wanted to be married infront of all my ceremony guests and we have made huge savings on being quite savvy and getting ideas off lovely people on here. It is expensive and I don't blame people for choosing an alternative! My sister in law to be has decided to get married at a registry office before the wedding, but are having a friend who's a priest to do the 'ceremony' infront of guests and say a few nice words (no guests know this yet) so that's an option?
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  • Charlotte
    Expert April 2022 Wiltshire
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    I am the same as Teri, I want to have the legal bit in front of everyone so we have our registrar booked for the venue, which is £650!! As we have saved elsewhere we are comfortable (just about!) that we will pay this. The other thing for us is that if we did it before then our wedding date would not actually be our marriage date so anniversary date wouldn't match up, not a major thing but for us we didn't lie the idea of it. My cousin did it where she married in the registrar office the day before and was £75, they then had an uncle perform a blessing ceremony on the wedding day, which was really nice, As long as they don't say certain things then you can have anyone do it and is more personal if is someone you know and it is free, you don't have to pay for a celebrant. The only bit that is important is the legal part, so it comes down to personal preference on the registrar part. hope you can reach a decision you are comfortable with

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