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Hi, I'm Alison 👋
“Ali Ali Ali. We love you." S&M “So many guests said the ceremony was the best they’ve ever attended! R&L “Ali, you were absolutely sensational ...people still talk about you." L&P
Originally from Australia, I've lived in the UK 35 years. My accent has softened a little. :-) I adore being a celebrant. No two weddings are the same... not on MY watch anyway! I'll take the time to get to know you both, and write you a wedding celebration that you and your guests will never forget. I'm warm, genuine, rather funny and really good at my job... because I love it, I'm organised and don't leave things to chance. :-)

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I spend time getting to know you, so that I can write a ceremony that is personal and unique to you. I don't work from templates. I pride myself on providing a first-class service to my couples. I offer advice pertaining to wording, readings, music choices, live musicians & singers and have a wealth of knowledge and experience in planning the perfect wedding day. As part of my fee as celebrant, I usually help my couples with the music: editing your tracks so that they're timed perfectly and your guests aren't subjected to music stopping abruptly. I am often engaged to sing at ceremonies I'm officiating. This involves a lot more time and work, both in the lead up to the wedding day and on the day itself, hence the higher price bracket. The cost is based on your choice of song, and whether a track needs to be created for use on the day.

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ALISON ANN is an award-winning celebrant with a 3 nationally recognised qualifications in celebrancy. She won Global Celebrant of the Year and Best National Wedding Celebrant at the Celebrant Industry Awards 2021, and was nominated for Most Unique Wedding Ceremony, and Best Client Service. Alison goes above and beyond to take the stress out of ceremony planning by making her couples feel comfortable, safe and reassured in her care. She will speak to friends and family who are contributing, print vows and readings, liaise with your venue coordinator / wedding planner / relevant suppliers to ensure that everything goes smoothly on the day. Whether you imagine something traditional or something a little ‘outside the box’, Alison is on hand from the day you meet til the day itself and will work with you to ensure your wedding celebration is a true reflection of who you are, both as individuals and as a couple, empowering you to make choices that are right for you! Bespoke Music Service Alison is an Olivier Award nominated actress and regular soloist with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and major UK orchestras. She is often called upon to provide additional assistance with music for the ceremonies she officiates. This ranges from simple music editing to facilitating flashmobs / singalongs at the end of the service. She can even sing you down the aisle. POA

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Name of Wedding Contact: Hi ... I'm Alison Ann
If you're imagining your Wedding Day to be personal, joyful, warm with a little light-hearted humour ... I'm your celebrant. I've got a 40 year background in the Arts, so carry an abundance of transferable skills: excellent creative writing skills, public speaking, a warm, friendly voice with clear diction, passionate about diversity and inclusivity, an ability to “hold a room” and I will make you and your guests feel like you’ve known me for years! I promise you'll feel safe in my care.


Year Business Was Established
No. of Weddings Hosted
More than 50
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No. of People In Team
Amy & Machile
Wedding: October
October 2023
Not a Dry Eye in the House
Alison did an amazing job! She really made the time to get to know us. On the day, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house and plenty of laughter. Our ceremony couldn’t have been more personal or more relaxed, which was just what we wanted. Our guests said it was the BEST wedding. Amy & Machile
Brett & Madina
Happy couple married in October
October 2023
WEDDING | 07/15/2021 | PENDLEY MANOR, TRING We were introduced to Alison ... instantly my (soon to be) wife & I felt an amazing connection and relief that we had found our guide through this magical & stressful occasion! Ali was different than everyone else we had spoken to. She took the time to learn about us, our journey to that moment and what was important to us about our personal beliefs. Ali is an amazing Celebrant and I would highly recommend her.
Teri Okita Allen
Wedding: October
October 2023
A Lovely New Friend
Alison Ann had our guests howling with laughter, weeping happy tears, and feeling the joy and grace of our beautiful wedding day. The #1 question we’ve been asked is, “Where did you find your celebrant?!” In the weeks preceding the ceremony, Ali’s preparation, personalisation and thoroughness in getting to know us, both as individuals and as a couple, were incomparable. And bonus: she has the voice of an angel!
Theresa & Mike
Happy couple married in October
October 2023
Just perfect!
WEDDING | 10/02/2021 | CHISWICK HOUSE & GARDENS Thank you, Alison, for the immense support you were to us! You made our day so special and memorable!!! Many of our guests commented how perfect the ceremony was and how well it suited us as a couple and a family!! Theresa & Mike xx
Claire & Ivor
Happy couple married in October
October 2023
You are just incredible!
Wedding 2022 You are just incredible! Thank you so much for making our dreams come true with the best day of our lives. We honestly can’t thank you enough for making our wedding the very best! We still can’t wipe our smiles of our faces! You're the Best!" Claire & Ivor - Ashridge House "You were wonderful Alison- a truly amazing day for Ivor & Claire." Sarah Stratford - Groom’s Mother "Simply The Best!" Robert Stratford - Groom’s Father
Sonal and Tim
Happy couple married in October
October 2023
A truly Magical Wedding Day
Thank you for what was a truly magical Wedding Day! You delivered the most beautiful ceremony, we have had so many compliments from friends and family on how special, intimate, personalised, and unique the whole day was. And you were a massive part of that! You kept everyone so engaged throughout and there was lots of laughter and smiles as they heard you recite our love story. We loved every minute of it.You’ve been an absolute pleasure to work with and we’ve loved the build up.
ALISON ANN - THE CIVIL CELEBRANT Location & Contact Details


Garland Close, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, HP2 5HU, England

Nearest Town

Hemel Hempstead

Nearest Motorway & Junction

M1 Junction 8

Nearest Train Station

Hemel Hempstead

Nearest Airport


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Press & Awards (1)

Herts & Beds. Wedding Magazine - Real Life Wedding at Ashridge House

Accreditations (1)

(NOCN) Level 3 Diploma in Couples & Naming Ceremonies RVQ
Frequently Asked Questions

What is your most memorable wedding?

Can't choose ... I have many. Here's two!!! Ivor and Claire at Ashridge House was a super special one. Their dog Simba was only the second dog EVER to feature in a wedding there (the pooch belonging to Ronnie Wood from the Rolling Stones was the other). It was a big secret. ALL of the music was edited for the couple. Both Ivor and Claire made spectacular entrances. The congregation were epic! Simba flew down the stairs to I JUST CAN'T WAIT TO BE KING to rapturous applause. Tears were shed. So much laughter and love ... unforgettable. Rich and Lauren at Chicheley Hall - surprise flashmob with the Bridal Party. (See pic on my profile with the bride falling back laughing) ... I sang the closing number ... ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE ... one by one the bridal party stood up holding signs that read SING!!! The entire congregation sang along. Just glorious!

Describe your style in 5 adjectives.

Heartfelt, fun, emotional, warm, genuine.

What about your business are you most proud of?

My attention to detail and ability to make my couples feel secure and safe in my care.

What is your No. 1 wedding planning tip for couples?

Choose a celebrant over a Registrar! There's no comparison. You get one shot to do this, so make it memorable. Choose someone you click with, someone who's going to invest in you as a couple, and create your dream wedding day for you.

What is your favourite personal touch you have seen at a wedding?

I haven't BEEN to many weddings, but I've officiated many. My beautiful Hawaiian bride "T" lost both her mother AND father the year before her wedding. As a tribute to them, I was asked to sing The Lord's Prayer at the end of the service. Without the bride knowing, I reached out to T's sister in the US, who not only brought across a glass bottle of beach water/sand from the bride's family's favourite beach, which we used to bless the rings before the ring exchange but also her mother's bible, that she'd taken to church as a child. As I sang the final song, I gave the box to the bride to open. It made it so special for her.

Describe your typical process with a couple.

Get to Know You Zoom Call - see if we click. Outline the schedule so the couple know when certain deadlines are met and what will be achieved when. More in-depth planning meeting: readings, music, history of relationship, contributors ... everything to do with the ceremony. Stay in touch and meet deadlines that re agreed with the couple. Visit the venue if required and liaise with venue coordinator and relevant suppliers. Sign off on script one month before the wedding day. Print all vows/readings. Attend wedding rehearsal if required. Wedding Day.

What is the most unusual thing you’ve been asked to plan?

A surprise Renewal of Vows - the bride didn't know!!! I wrote the ceremony with Neil. His wife was at the venue under the guise of her 50th birthday celebration. As they walked around the grounds, they heard someone singing in the pergola... me ... singing her favourite song ... invite them in for champagne ... why not? Then... surprise. I tell her why she's really there! The photographer and videographer pop out of their hiding places, and off we went ... before they flew off to lunch in a helicopter (photo on my profile).

How do you ensure a stress-free wedding?

Organisation, communication, lists and being a tiny bit OCD.

What do you love most about your job?

The smiles on my couples' faces at the end of the ceremony.

What is your favourite moment at a wedding?

Secret Vows