What my customers say

All the testimonials on this page are from real people who I have worked with in the past on different ceremonies and services.

Kind Words… Are Always Lovely To Hear!

I love working with people and it’s always an honour to be trusted with their personal stories and of course it’s lovely to receive good feedback.

Equally, if you feel that I could do something better then please do let me know, that way I can learn from it and improve my services to others. Because some services such as Funerals are confidential and sensitive I don’t always include full names on my website at the discretion of my customers, but I am happy to provide actual testimonials when requested.

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Which ever way is good for you is good for me! I look forward to hearing from you or reading your comments

If you would like to find out what people have said about my services, please have a look at my testimonials below .

Lucy and I were really excited about getting married and were completely buzzed with organising the whole wedding. We knew exactly what we wanted, and we wanted the same thing – except for in one area: the ceremony. One of us wanted a sincere and somewhat serious ceremony; one of us wanted a fun and playful ceremony. We had no idea how to breach this divide. We spoke to three potential celebrants, but it was clear that Liz, who we found on the Canal Street website under wedding planning, was best placed to help us navigate through our different view and create a successful ceremony.

 From the beginning Liz was heartfelt yet professional; a difficult balance to strike! We felt that she completely understood us and what we wanted and we were relaxed in her professional hands. She had a process that she guided us through, but was also completely flexible too. That balance is what made us feel that we could completely trust her and that she was listening.

 Our ceremony was perfect, just what we wanted. It had the right blend of sincere (but not tacky) moments, and a great deal of lightness and laughter. We feel that the congregation knew more about us as a couple, laughed at a lot of the journey we had been on together, and then took part in our journey into becoming married. Liz had a great idea to involve our mums as well as our dads in the ceremony, which we loved, and of course enabled our beloved dog to be part of the ceremony too.

If we were to get married again we wouldn’t change a thing about the ceremony or working with Liz.

Eleanor and Lucy

Wedding Testimonial

Liz created a truly wonderful funeral service for my partner’s Mum. From her initial contact with the family and throughout the entire planning process she could not have been more kind, sensitive and empathic. Liz visited and kept contact with the family to talk to them about their loved one’s life and dealt very sensitively with each of them in their grief. Liz took great care in listening, was insightful and perceptive and communicated incredibly well with each individual.

She not only managed to beautifully capture the emotions and memories of the family, but she went above and beyond in providing huge comfort to them along the way. The resulting service was a perfect, personal tribute to the lady whose life was being celebrated and was a true reflection of her life and spirit. Those closest to her, her family and her friends all felt that she herself would have loved it too. I cannot imagine there is another person more suited to providing such an incredibly important service; Liz is an absolute gift.

Nicki Pope

Funeral Testimonial

From the first phone call with Liz we knew we had found the person that we wanted to marry us. Her warm, friendly yet professional manner was exactly what we had been looking for.  Liz came to visit us and really took the time to get to know our personalities. She explained and went through so many different options to ensure we would have exactly what we wanted for the wedding. The questions asked weren’t intrusive at all and allowed her to really get a picture of us and it was a really lovely way to talk through and tailor a ceremony bespoke to us.  We were able to contact Liz for any advice we needed and were given all the time we needed to write vows, find our own readings and get advice on how the ceremony would run.  

We all met for a rehearsal before the big day where she was able to meet the rest of our families, which added an even more personal touch.  On the wedding day itself, she was such a calming influence on the groom and ensured everything was and would run smoothly. There was no stress at all as we completely trusted everything would go to plan due to her fantastic organisation. The ceremony was beautiful and we will remember it for the rest of our lives. It is very rare that you find someone that can so quickly understand and capture exactly what a couple wants on their big day but Liz got everything so right and with so many little touches that just made the day even more special. 

Julia and Ben Silver

Wedding Testimonial

On 1st June 2019 we had a naming day for our daughter and it was the most amazing, emotional and funny service we could ever have wished for. At first we were unsure what it would entail and if I’m honest I was a little sceptical as I’d never heard of a naming ceremony let alone attended one.

All fears were quickly banished at the very first planning meeting, Liz was so informative and imaginiatve. She kept us updated throughout the process and went above and beyond to ensure the day was simply perfect.  Each and every person commented on what a fantastic service it was and I’m sure there will be more bookings which come from it! Liz you’re amazing at what you do we cannot thank you or recommend you enough x

Kate and Laura Burrows

Baby Naming Testimonial

I just wanted to send you a message of heartfelt thanks from Dad, Lisa and myself for a lovely service yesterday for Mum. It was  so lovely the way you wove through the garden theme and captured her essence. Everyone commented on it and said what a lovely send off it was. Thanks for guiding us through what could have been a really difficult experience with gentleness, skill and kindness. It means a lot to us and is a great comfort knowing we all did her proud on the day.

With warmest wishes and thanks
John, Allison and Lisa

Funeral Testimonial

We are so glad we found Liz….what a wonderful woman she is! From the moment we first met her we felt completely at ease. Throughout our numerous email correspondence, our ceremony rehearsal, and then the big day itself, she was always available to talk through ideas or to offer advice and support.

She listened to exactly what we wanted whilst offering her own advice from her years of expertise, and translated it into a unique ceremony which was tailor-made to us and our personalities. It was so refreshing to be able to express our love for each other on our terms, rather than the prescribed words from the registry office.

Liz made a gorgeous bespoke handfasting cord for our ceremony, the quality of which was stunning. After the ceremony, Liz presented us with a copy of our service, which was beautifully put together and such a lovely memento of a perfect day. We couldn’t ask for anything more. It’s hard to really sum up in words exactly how amazing! We would happily recommend her services to anyone who wants to make their wedding truly the special occasion it deserves to be.

Jenny & John

Wedding Testimonial

We wanted to hold a special ceremony with our family and friends to celebrate the birth of our son, Benjamin, including our future hopes and aspirations for his life ahead of him.  Liz visited the three of us at our home and spent time getting to know us, our background and what we wanted to convey to our guests at the ceremony.  Liz was very warm and easy to get on with and provided us with some excellent advice and guidance on how the ceremony could be structured. 

From our initial meeting right up to the day of the ceremony Liz was in constant contact with us providing suggestions and ideas for readings and promises. The day itself was everything we had hoped and more.  We had so many lovely comments from our family and friends about how the ceremony was so personal and inspiring. 

Mark and I are so pleased we found Liz as we believe she truly understood what we wanted to convey and we would have no hesitation in recommending her to others. Thank you Liz for helping make our day so special.

Mark, Sara & Benjamin O’Brien

Baby Naming Testimonial

We were so glad Liz was sent to us when my dear Trev passed away, sat with her pad & pen whilst we bombarded her with all our different stories of Trev, looking to each of us like watching a game of tennis 50 years worth, how on earth was she going to put this together? Songs included, but she did capturing & detailing every memory from each decade sad, funny, tears were flowing smiles & a few sniffly giggles.

Everyone said the service was lovely, Liz made the saddest day of my life a little more bearable, 4 months on & I still read it over & over, We couldn’t have wished for anyone better to celebrate my Trev’s life, Liz clearly loves what she does & is one amazing five star lady.

Sandra Swift & Family

Funeral Testimonial

Liz Thompson conducted our marriage (and my mum’s memorial). An amazing celebrant who personalises any service she conducts, from birth, through life’s events, to death. I would want no-one else overseeing it.

Higher than highly recommend xxx

Johanna & Neil

Wedding Testimonial

Liz was the celebrant for our sons naming ceremony in March 2017. We met her a few weeks before the date and she travelled to our home to discuss all our hopes and expectations for the day.

Straight away she made both me and my partner feel very comfortable and answered any questions we had as neither of us really knew what to expect for a naming ceremony!

Liz really made the day so personal and special for us and I would recommend her to anybody! We are very happy with our choice to go with Liz rather than to have a church christening.

Faye Watson

Baby Naming Testimonial

In June of this year, I contacted Liz at Unity Ceremonies to assist myself and my family in planning my wife Sandra’s funeral. A funeral is not something you usually plan for, but it is an inevitable fact of life.  

The service was absolutely beautiful, and it made it so much easier for myself and my family. I’m very sure that Sandra would’ve been very touched by your words. They were presented in a way that was truly beautiful and heartfelt, as if you’d known Sandra for many years. Even now, two months later, I cannot find the words to describe how it made me feel, but it has touched me in the most personal of ways.  

I am so glad to have chosen Unity Ceremonies. I could not have made a better choice. Thank you.

Steve Leslie

Funeral Testimonial

Hi Liz, Just wanted to say thank you for yesterday. ..everyone has been saying that it was one of the nicest most personal ceremonies they have been to, apparently there wasn’t a dry eye in the house!

Thanks for making it so special, we will definitely be recommending you!

Helen & Kim

Wedding Testimonial

Liz was absolutely amazing, she made the organising of the ceremony so stress free. The service given was amazing, everybody loved it and commented on what a beautiful service it was.

Huge thanks from Andrew, Steph & Jack xxx

Andrew Steph & Jack

Baby Naming Testimonial

Thank you so much for everything you did you made everything perfect for her and you took our words and put them in a way that was just perfect of Mum.

You have so much care and compassion and love for so many people a blessing given to someone as special as you. You have a gift and you choose to share it with so many people, Mum would of loved everything you said how you changed our words to fit her personality.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart your a very special lady, x

Lorraine Willis Barnes

Funeral Testimonial

Ric and I had such an amazing day for our garden ceremony in the UK. We planned our wedding from abroad. I found Liz through extensive research. We contacted her and she responded promptly with all questions answered. We liaised via skype and finally met a week prior to our big day. Liz contacted all of our vendors to ensure all the timings and arrangements were set for our day. On the day, we had nothing to worry about.

Liz was professional and provided a seamless ceremony that encompassed everything we wanted mentioned or highlighted. At the end of our day, when we thought back, or day was truly superb.

A lovely touch was the beautiful card that accompanied a copy of our vows and ceremony which found placed in our room that evening.

The Hallams

Wedding Testimonial

Hi Liz, everybody loved yesterday. Such a great day and very emotional!

I can’t believe how vocal she (Ava) was, it was hilarious!! She is never usually that loud! I think she had a brill time though, we all did. Everyone commented on how wonderful the ceremony was and how warm and lovely you were.

Can’t thank you enough. the day exceeded our expectations and we will remember if forever.

John, Elinor and Ava Softley-Robins

Baby Naming Testimonial

I had this wonderful, amazing, thoughtful and kind lady called Liz, my brother passed suddenly at 44 years of age, my mum couldn’t cope so I had the duty to take over.

Liz was amazing, she made us all feel at ease and brought smiles to our faces at his funeral, smiles that we never thought we would do again. I owe her so much, she comforted my mum through this really hard time and brought us all closer than ever as a family.

Liz Thompson thank you so much for all you did for us, I hope someone else at this sad time gets the comfort and care we did, I recommend you to everyone. All the best and thank you, Leanne Vickers  xxxx

Leanne Vickers

Funeral Testimonial

Having followed Liz’ business for the last 18 months or so, we already had a clear idea of the high standards Liz sets for herself, and these high standards become even more apparent once we booked her Wedding Celebrant services and commenced working together. We already shared Liz’ views on impersonal, conveyor-belt type weddings, and knew we didn’t want this, and so Liz taking the time to talk to us about our relationship and to learn about us as people was something we appreciated greatly.

The ideas we had for our wedding were for it to be a close, personal and intimate affair as neither of us particularly crave the limelight, and Liz complimented this notion perfectly, demonstrating a genuine interest in getting to know family members names and some basic background on family dynamics – which was important to me, having a blood, step and half family. Occasions such as weddings can be touchy subjects and have to be handled with an air of consideration in such families, and Liz taking the time to get to grips with this was greatly appreciated.

We loved the informal and relaxed approach Liz took as this helped make us both feel at ease and comfortable at a time when naturally, we were both quaking at the knees. The ceremony itself was performed and executed by Liz with professionalism and great diligence, with the final wording being perfectly attributed to our relationship – incorporating deep thought with bouts of humour. Just the perfect mix to keep our guests entertained and engaged.

Since the wedding, we have been complimented many, many times on the ceremony – which we can only pass all credit to Liz for. We really couldn’t have wished for a better service or more importantly, a genuinely lovely human being and now friend to have been such a huge part of our day.

Thank you Liz – you were awesome! 

Lou & Lyndsey Pemberton-Roberts

Wedding Testimonial

Thank you, Liz, for making our daughters (Double) naming ceremony a wonderful day, the ceremony was everything we wanted and more!

Thank you for getting to know my family and therefore making the ceremony so personal to us, I would highly recommend Liz as a celebrant, for a personal and stress-free service.

Abi and Lee Newman with Summer and Georgia

Baby Naming Testimonial

Reasons to work with a Celebrant

Create a unique ceremony

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Get advice and support

Explore the alternatives

Magical memories

A ceremony like no other

Gain a life-long friend

Confidential service

About Celebrant Ceremonies

When creating a service or ceremony of their choice, many people are opting to blend something of their own character and personality with a bit of tradition.

More and more of us want to celebrate those special moments our own way or remember our loved ones in the style that suits them best.

In today’s more secular society, very often we are choosing to blend accents of styles and traditions that we readily identify with with our big occasions in life, which means that when we celebrate a new life, our relationships, rites of passage or the passing of someone that we love, we naturally look to our personal lifestyle choices and the values by which we live whilst still retaining the character and tradition of our heritage.

Traditions that can include elements of religion, spirituality, cultural values and the lineage and history that makes us who we are.

Getting Started is Easy

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Free Phone Consultation

Send me a message or call 07969 063805 to arrange an initial chat about how I could help.

Book Appointment

If we are a good fit, then following our chat we can arrange to set up a meet and greet.

1st Meeting!

During our meeting, we can discuss your needs and I can answer any questions you have

About Celebrant Ceremonies

When creating a service or ceremony of their choice, many people are opting to blend something of their own character and personality with a bit of tradition.

More and more of us want to celebrate those special moments our own way or remember our loved ones in the style that suits them best.

In today’s more secular society, more and more of us are choosing to blend accents of styles and traditions that we readily identify with the big occasions in life, which means that when we celebrate a new life, our relationships, rites of passage or the passing of someone that we love, we naturally look to our personal lifestyle choices and the values by which we live, whilst still retaining the character and tradition of our heritage.

Traditions that can include elements of religion, spirituality, cultural values and the lineage and history that makes us who we are.

Getting Started is Easy

w

Phone Consultation

Send me a message or call 07969 063805 to arrange an initial chat about how I could help.

Book Appointment

If we are a good fit, then following our chat we can arrange to set up a meet and greet.

1st Meeting!

During our meeting, we can discuss your needs and I can answer any questions you have

Frequently Asked Questions

We don’t want a pre written script, how can we have a ceremony that is about us?

Oh, there are so many ways… let’s face it, your relationship isn’t like anyone else’s and your ceremony should reflect your love and commitment for each other in ways that suit you.

We will work together to make it all yours, I will guide you through it and in the end the format is up to you, it doesn’t have to be a mass produced re hash, so don’t feel that you have to settle. There is nothing lovelier or more liberating than the freedom to create something beautiful, moving and all yours, so let’s do this!

Is my  wedding ceremony with you legally binding?

No. If you wish your marriage to be legally recognised you will need to register your intent to marry at the Registry Office, telling them that you have already booked your celebrant and you just need a simple service to complete your paperwork and declarations.

Book a date that suits you with your local Registry Office, you will need two witnesses on the day. At the Registry Office you have to choose one declaration each from several legal statements, these are not vows, but legally binding words.  

To make it easier, think of the legal bit at the Registry Office as your marriage, then the wedding is the more personal celebration of your relationship with me where you can make more personal vows to each other, wherever you choose.

So is the exchanging of rings a legal requirement?

No, you don’t even have to exchange rings if you don’t want to.

I can discuss alternative ideas if you wish.

Do I have to hire a licensed venue?

No. Celebrant led ceremonies can be officiated anywhere, which means that you can choose a venue or place that is special to you, indoor or outdoor, at any time of the year.

Celebrants are also much more flexible around time; I don’t charge extra for evening or weekend weddings.

Does my ceremony have to be in office hours?

No. Celebrants are not restricted by times or working days which means you can celebrate your relationship in a relaxed, informal way with no time constraints. Or, it can be as formal and traditional as you want it to be, the choice really is yours.

I have carried out many afternoon and evening ceremonies as well as day time ones.

Is it expensive to book a Celebrant?

No. My prices compare very favourably to a registrar coming out to your venue, but you get so much more, and the cost won’t change depending on day, time or if it is a bank holiday.

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