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.
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.
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.
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.
A bit about me
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.