Northern Ireland Wedding Celebrant

Experienced wedding celebrant available to officiate fully legal wedding ceremonies anywhere in Northern Ireland. No need for a registrar to attend or for the venue to be licensed.

 
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Services & Pricing

As a licensed wedding celebrant for over 10 years now, I have officiated over many beautiful and moving ceremonies. I have had the honour and pleasure of helping couples express their love and commitment to each other in their own unique way, and in their own unique environment. I am able to officiate anywhere within Northern Ireland whether in a church, a hotel, a castle, a lighthouse, your own home or garden… even the beach!

Your ceremony should reflect who you both are, and capture the essence of who you hope to become together. As the leader of a progressive faith community based in Co Antrim, I can offer you a traditional, non-denominational wedding ceremony with bible readings, prayers and blessings. Alternatively, you and your partner may prefer something closer to a meaningful civil ceremony, with more contemporary, non-religious wording and vows.

I can also guide you in writing your own, personal vows to each other, which can be as romantic or quirky as you like, or a happy mix of the two!  It will be my privilege to create and facilitate a unique ceremony that is meaningful to you, your family and your guests.

My service includes:

  • Initial visit to discuss and plan the ceremony

  • Assisting with legal paperwork

  • Officiating on the Big Day itself

Prices for 2019:

(Flat fee for all ceremonies, including vow renewals or same-sex ceremonies.)

  • Monday to Thursday - £145

  • Fridays, Saturdays & Holidays - £200

* Depending on distance, some travel expenses may also apply. Please make an enquiry to check.

How it works

This page provides details of timings, payment and ceremony options. Please get in touch if you have any questions and I’ll be more than happy to help.

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Timings

The first thing we have to do is give notice to the registrar of the district where the marriage will take place. (All couples have to do this)

Notice can only be given a maximum of 12 months and a minimum of 28 days before the ceremony is due to take place.  For this reason, I normally meet with clients 8-12 months before the big day at a mutually convenient time and place to sign the relevant forms and to discuss options for the ceremony itself.

Once we have met to discuss options, you will need to send in the signed Marriage Notice Forms (which I will provide or you can download below) along with any relevant ID documents to the district registrar so that they can perform the necessary checks. Seven days before the marriage, the registrar will release a “Schedule of Marriage” document. This will be signed on the day (during the ceremony) by yourselves and any two witnesses you choose.

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Payment

PayPal is my preferred method of payment, although cheques or cash are also acceptable.  If you would like to use PayPal, I just need your email address to send you a transaction request.

If you are happy to proceed after our initial meeting, a £30 deposit is payable at that stage to hold the booking.

The balance of payment can then be made anytime before the ceremony (about 2 weeks) but can be made earlier if preferred.  Please see the “Services & Pricing” section for pricing details.

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Ceremony

Ready to start thinking about the ceremony itself? You may already have a clear idea of exactly the kind of ceremony you want - which is great! If, however, you are looking for some guidance, below is a link to standard framework for the most common type of wedding ceremony.

You will see that you have a number of choices to make about vows, readings or any other personal touches you might like to include. These can options can all be discussed at our first meeting but final decisions do not need to be made until a few weeks before the ceremony.

Testimonials

Steve was our wedding celebrant in June 2019, he put me at ease very early on as I was a bit nervous. Such a beautiful, touching ceremony which everyone commented on. He made both families and friends feel welcome and suggested the unity candles which were lit by both our mothers and ourselves. Would definitely recommend Steve Ames!
— Mark and Monika, ceremony at Belfast Castle
We can’t recommend Steve highly enough. He listened carefully to what both of us wanted for the ceremony and helped create a truly special day for both of us. He was helpful advising us about the required paperwork. He was calming and reassuring on the day itself. Thank you Steve!
— Karen and Alan Dickson, ceremony at Europa Hotel
Steve has been an absolute blessing through out the planning of our wedding, helping us include everything we wanted. Our ceremony was emotional from start to finish and Steve helped us through it all. Without you we would not be Mr and Mrs McDougall today, so words wouldn’t even begin to describe how grateful we both are. We also wanted to say thank you for your kind words of wisdom.
— Hayley and Cameron, ceremony at Beechill Country House
Steve conducted our wedding ceremony on the 28th August 2019 and we couldn’t have asked for better. He helped with all that he could and was a pleasure to work with. Highly recommend. Thanks again Steve!
— Louise & Stephen, ceremony at Tullylagan Country House
Steve married us in 2015 at a church that was local to my wife. He was extremely personable and professional from start to finish and made us feel comfortable at the rehearsal and during the big day. Steve was flexible to work with and helped us to create our own unique touch to the ceremony – we would highly recommend him for your wedding day!
— Pete and Tory Johnston, ceremony at Christ Church in Ballynure
We were very happy with Steve officiating our wedding in 2011. He was easy to get in touch with and very accommodating. We were able to personalise everything about the ceremony to suit us, and he was happy to travel to our venue.
— Rebekah and Steven Hunter, ceremony at Carrickfergus Castle

A bit about me

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My name is Steve Ames. I am married with 3 children and spend most of my time serving an independent faith community in Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland.

I have been officiating at weddings, renewals, funerals, baptisms and dedication services for over 10 years. For me it's a privilege to be invited into these meaningful and even sacred moments in people's lives. These are like markers or way-points we set down along the journey of life, and it's my pleasure to help make them memorable for you.
 

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