Why choose a celebrant?

I can help you celebrate a wedding, the birth of a child, the funeral of a loved one. In fact any occasion. I'm Ruth Mackman, an independent, civil celebrant, working in the areas around Banbury, Northampton, Rugby, Buckingham and Oxford. Quite simply, I create beautiful ceremonies to mark special occasions in a unique, meaningful and very personal way.

Getting married, renewing your vows, welcoming a child to your family, and marking the end of a life are the most significant events in our lives, so shouldn't they be special? A celebrant-led ceremony will help you to mark these occasions in the way that you want and feel comfortable with. As a civil celebrant, my ceremonies are shaped by your views and wishes, rather than any legal or belief-based system. You might not feel that the traditional ways of marking these occasions are right for you. You might like more choice with regards what is said on the day,  what music you would like to share, and also whether you want to mix elements of different cultures, beliefs or faiths.  I believe if you want to be authentic, to do things your way, you should be able to. And I'd love to help you.

I can help you achieve exactly what you want. For some of these occasions, there may be a legal element to consider too, such as registering the birth of a child, a marriage, or a death. You can complete these legal requirements in a simple, practical way,  and then choose a celebrant-led ceremony to help you mark the occasion in a very personal, meaningful way. In this ceremony you get to choose the words you say, who you want to involve, what music you would like, whether or not to include religious or spiritual content, and where and when you hold your ceremony, indoors or outdoors.  In short, you can choose how you want your ceremony to be.  Together, we can create a very personal, completely bespoke ceremony which you, your family and friends will remember for years - and for all the right reasons!

Don't just take my word. This is what one of my funeral clients had to say:
"Thank you for conducting such a beautiful service for our brother.
The way you spoke about him and the passages used in the service
were truly fitting. Thank you also for the keepsake copy of the service
that you gave to us, it's lovely and will remind us of him."
GL, Banbury

and one of my wedding clients:

"Ruth performed a beautiful wedding for our wonderful daughter and son in law,
it was a wonderful, fun, easy going occasion.
From start to finish Ruth was incredibly helpful, easy going and great fun
and very knowledgeable. I can't recommend Ruth enough," SW, Bicester

Ruth Mackman - Celebrant
Ruth Mackman - Celebrant