CELEBRANT Juliette Williams is spreading a “keep love local” message to expand and boost the wedding industry in Lyme Regis.
With wedding preparations put on hold for many couples during lockdown, Juliette is now encouraging them to look at alternative options to find their dream venue, while at the same time boosting local businesses.
Qualified celebrants like Juliette can hold personalised, non-secular wedding ceremonies in any venue, whether it holds a license or not, as long as the couple have received a legal marriage certificate beforehand.
She said this is becoming a more popular choice for couples, who prefer a simple register office service and then a bigger ceremony with friends and family in a venue that holds more significance to them, and where they can add their own personal touches.
This could be anywhere from a community venue, gallery or clubhouse, to a garden, restaurant or even their favourite holiday home.
Juliette, who lives in Lyme Regis, believes this offers local businesses an opportunity to diversify and create new income streams in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
“Most pubs, restaurants and other venues don’t have a marriage license so they don’t realise they can hold wedding ceremonies, but they can with a celebrant,” said Juliette.
“There are so many great venues in Lyme Regis and lots of holiday homes with beautiful gardens that could all be used to create a really unique and personal celebration.”
Juliette is also keen to work with other wedding suppliers and services in the area, such as florists, photographers and stationers, to give local businesses a boost following the lockdown.
Having qualified as a celebrant a year ago, Juliette can also offer non-secular funeral and remembrance days, naming ceremonies and vow renewals, and said celebrant-led weddings can also be more welcoming for diverse couples.
She offers couples an initial meeting free of charge and asks them to fill in a questionnaire to find out more about them and what they want in their ceremony, before writing a completely bespoke script.
Juliette added: “Being a celebrant is one of the most amazing jobs in the world, being trusted by people to help them create the most important, inspirational and unique ceremonies whenever and wherever they want.
“And that is exactly what I do, creating, sharing and officiating your ceremony with you, ensuring that whatever the occasion the memories are precious.
“We haven’t had any reason for ceremony or celebration during lockdown and I would love people to start thinking about it again.”
For more information visit Juliette’s website www.juliettebytheseacelebrant.co.uk or find her on Facebook by searching ‘Celebrant and Ceremony’.