• Marriage & Civil Partnerships

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  • Other Ceremonies

  • Funerals

Welcome to Lakes Celebrant

Personable, Memorable Lake District Ceremonies

Have you got an individual story you want to tell here in the Lake District?  I’m Valerie, a qualified Independent Celebrant conducting Wedding Ceremonies, Vow Renewals, Baby Naming Ceremonies, Funerals & Memorial Ceremonies here in the Lake District that suit the personalities of my clients.


As a child, I enjoyed music, reading and storytelling and vividly remember one of my stories on the line of Enid Blyton’s, The Famous Five.  Other passions of mine were sewing, craft and learning languages.  I also spent time at school learning German, French and then Russian and later continued my learning at evening classes as well as spending many years learning Spanish as I love Spain.

Many years later, I am now able to develop my childhood passion for storytelling as well as my love of travelling and getting to know other cultures as I have trained with the Fellowship of Professional Celebrants (FPC).  I now work with a small number of clients each year giving you my time and energy to develop and deliver a creative, personal and meaningful ceremony for you.

Many years working in training writing, developing and delivering sessions and courses has been a great foundation for my Celebrant role.

I am also interested in learning about other countries and their individual cultures and interests which I was able to put to good use when I worked as a Lecturer in Business and taught European Studies which was a good excuse to travel extensively in Europe and beyond to America, South America, Asia and Australia and New Zealand.  A part from travelling, I enjoy swimming, yoga, walking, cycling, learning Spanish and playing in a Ukulele band named The Flukes.

I am a Christian and happy to include aspects of religion into your ceremony if you wish equally if you want a non-religious ceremony, I am happy to help you design a ceremony to your wishes.  Although I would describe myself as a traditional wedding person, I am open to different types of ceremony – just tell me your plans and I’ll help you bring them to life.

Although I am not fluent in any language other than English, if you are a couple who wants aspects of your ceremony delivered in another language – either Spanish, German or French, I would be prepared to rise to the challenge for you!  If you are a mixed faith or multi-cultural couple, you may want to talk to me about including some elements of your heritage in your ceremony.

My ceremonies are couple centred and hand-written to reflect the two of you.  I will write your ceremony with love following a lot of thought to make sure that it will be everything you’re both looking for.

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What will my celebrant-led Lake District wedding ceremony Order of Service look like?

Every couples celebrant-led personal, memorable, Lake District wedding ceremony will be different and will give you the opportunity to include your own individual requirements which reflect your own personalities.  You can have your dream celebrant-led […]

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The Process of a Civil Marriage and a Celebrant Wedding Ceremony

The Process of a Civil Marriage and a Celebrant Wedding Ceremony
Many couples ask about the difference between a ‘Marriage’ and, a Wedding Ceremony’, when making their initial inquiry about a celebrant-led celebration,  so here are some guidelines […]

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You can’t have the funeral you want? – Is a memorial or celebration of life service the answer?

We are living in strange and unsettled times and what we thought was normal just isn’t anymore as in the case of funerals.  As a human race the singular need is to be together and […]

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What is a Renewal of Vows Ceremony?

A Renewal of Vows Ceremony is an opportunity for a couple to renew their vows that they made to each other when they first got married, either your original ones or an updated version. It […]

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What is a naming ceremony?

A Naming Ceremony is an event at which a person is officially assigned a name.  This is in addition  to registering a birth and is undertaken at a separate time.  Simply put, a Naming Ceremony […]

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How to have a bi-lingual wedding in the Lake District

Are you a bi-lingual couple looking to arrange a bi-lingual wedding ceremony in the Lake District?  It may be that you are bi-lingual but not all of your guests are so having a bi-lingual ceremony […]

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Wedding Ceremony Traditions & The Story Behind Them

So you’ve planned your wedding and you are going to include some popular rituals in your ceremony, but how much do you know about wedding traditions and rituals and where they’ve come from?

A lot of […]

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How to write your own wedding vows for your Lake District Wedding.

You’re planning your wedding here in the Lake District and lots of time and thought is being spent on planning the reception, the guest list, the colour theme and a myriad of other things but […]

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Special ways to mark your cancelled wedding day

You’ve worked tirelessly to plan the day you wanted, booked the venue, photographer, the florist, your officiant, transport, and all of the other right suppliers which express you and your love for each other.  The […]

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How to mourn without a traditional funeral

This is 2020 in these unprecedented times of the coronavirus pandemic, we are able to have graveside only church services with severely restricted numbers ensuring social distancing and local crematoria are allowing attended services currently […]