Former teacher launches career as celebrant

Jackie Warburton has launched a career as a celebrant.

A former headteacher and registrar has launched a new career as a self-employed celebrant to help people hold a bespoke ceremony.

Jackie Warburton specialises in writing and performing unique ceremonies for couples or families celebrating significant life events, such as weddings, renewal of vows, commitment ceremonies, naming ceremonies, and celebrations of life.

Jackie is a former registrar and head at Gunnerside Primary School, and now lives near Richmond.

She said: “The joy of the service I provide is that it is completely designed by them, for them, making it personal, memorable and meaningful.

“There’s none of the content, timing or location restrictions of a registrar ceremony.

“With their own celebrant, the family or couple can really have whatever content they want, pretty much in whatever venue or location they wish.

“As you can imagine, the Richmondshire area offers vast scope for this.”

Jackie said the use of a celebrant could help businesses who don’t have the finances or choose not to apply for a license to hold civil marriages through NYCC.

She hopes she can work with other local businesses connected with hospitality, tourism, catering, outdoor events, travel, farming and wedding planning services.

She added: “They might like to consider offering clients more choice and freedom with offering them either a registrar or independent celebrant wedding according to potential clients’ wishes.

“For instance, they may have had to turn away lucrative bookings from potential clients wanting to modify their ceremony because, for instance, registrars are not allowed by law to include any religious content whatsoever, and humanists don’t either.

“Or they may wish to include a handfasting ceremony with Celtic roots.

“Content restrictions don’t apply to the ceremonies I write for couples.”

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