North East Wedding Celebrant

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Hi, I'm Donna 👋
Donna is passionate and professional, with a wicked sense of humour. Donna captured our relaxed modern yet traditional vibe perfectly, blending the right amount of emotion and humour.
Your ceremony should be more than just a box to tick… It should be the highlight of your day, the celebration of love that your guests won’t stop raving about! AWARDED BEST CELEBRANT NEWCOMER OF 2022
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FAQS ​ Before the day: I try to keep the planning, prep and on-the-day process as simple as possible. I offer a no-obligation zoom chat before you book, so we can check we are a good fit for each other; we need to click! (Reserve now) The Unique North East Wedding Celebrant Guide To Planning Your Modern Wedding Ceremony, which includes information on writing your own vows, selecting readings, sample readings, alternative rituals, music and seating layouts ... and so much more Online or in-person planning meetings in Durham city where I am based. ​ THE LOVE questionnaire, fasten your seatbelts, chill the wine and get that take-away ordered... time to answer those questions! The creation of a totally unique script for your ceremony, and working with you to make any edits or tweaks needed until you are completely happy with it; or many couples request I keep the script a secret until the wedding day (I can only tell the story you provide in the questionnaires - so be careful what you write) A check-in call two weeks prior to your wedding. ​ ON THE DAY: ​ Travel to and from your venue; with me arriving an hour before the ceremony (I m not ready to hang up that planners hat yet, let me assist with arranging the ceremony space, liaising with musicians, confirming details with your venue wedding co-ordinators, shepherding guests, or dealing with anything else that crops up!) Me conducting a heartfelt and hilarious ceremony which has you and your guests needing tissues to mop up those happy tears The inclusion of any alternative wedding rituals or symbolic actions you fancy including; (Shots, sand, handfasting or dancing in the aisles- yep I'm up for that) I stay until your welcome drinks reception is in full swing, and then quietly leave you to party with your guests.
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North East Wedding Celebrant Full Description
We’ve all been to weddings that just don’t cut the mustard, there's no excuse! I absolutely ADORE creating amazing memories for couples who recognize the value of a totally awesome ceremony that tells your story with passion, emotion and humour. Take all your guests on a journey with you, where they’ll be soaking up every meaningful moment, feeling completely part of it, and not just a witness to it. Believe me, they won’t even be thinking about when they can grab a drink from the bar! And because the legalities are taken care of separately, the only limit to what you can do is your imagination. A wedding ceremony is not just about the words that are said, the place where it is held, or the people who are present. It is all about the vibration that is created, linking all of those elements together. That is what stays with us forever - the feeling and the frequency that anchors us to a particular moment in time. ​ If you’re trying to avoid a stuffy traditional ceremony you are in the right place. I’ll work with you to create a ceremony that’s custom-tailored to suit your vibe. I aim to strike the perfect balance to make your wedding fun, relaxed and engaging while still being memorable, meaningful and magical. ​ As an independent celebrant, I'm able to include religious, spiritual, pagan, and Celtic rituals or blend cultural elements into the ceremony to ensure the script captures you as a couple. Your ceremony should be more than just a box to tick… It should be the highlight of your day, the celebration of inclusive love that your guests won’t stop raving about! I love adventure so I'm more than happy to travel anywhere (Please someone invite me to Santorini), although I mainly complete ceremonies in Northumberland, County Durham, Cumbria, and Yorkshire. 2022 Award winner for best newcomer Celebrant of the Year.

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Name of Wedding Contact: Donna Hartley-Redfearn
Hello, I'm Donna. You can normally find me in my wellies roaming the countryside or north east coastline. I love live music, horse daft and prefer cozy fireside chats to partying these days. I'm passionate about being authentic, keeping it real should be my lifes motto, in a world of trendsetters, I prefer to just be me.. and encourage you to celebrate being you. x


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North East Wedding Celebrant Location & Contact Details


Chester-le-Street, County Durham, England

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Chester le street

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Chester Le Street

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North East Wedding Celebrant Press & Awards

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Belle Bridal Magazine
Rock n Roll Bride Magazine
Unconventional Wedding Blog
Frequently Asked Questions

What is your most memorable wedding?

Ooh thats too tough to narrow down to one, every wedding or commitment celebration is special. I'm a people person and storyteller who simply adores working with couples who smash the box never mind think out of it. I've had owls, dogs and next year a racehorse will deliver the rings, married couples on old hallows eve at dusk on the beach and hosted a circus-themed wedding with fire eaters and ariel artists..... then there have been the intimate elopements just the couple, photographer and me in the wild... I love what I do.

Describe your style in 5 adjectives.

Alternative, creative, incomparable, unconventional, personal.

What about your business are you most proud of?

I could say the blogs or media that North East Wedding Celebrant ceremonies have featured in, but if I'm brutally honest it is the couples I've had the pleasure to collaborate with, celebrate with, laugh and cry with.. the rest is just the icing on the cake.

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

In a modern world, it is easy to appeal to the masses, become mainstream and bland! The ethos of the service has always been Be Bold, Be Different, Be You, don't compromise on your ideas or conform to the industry expectation of what Instagram or Pinterest depicts as on-trend... do what feels right for you

Describe your typical process with a couple.

Planning a wedding is similar to building a house, if you firstly secure the perfect location, create a good foundation, infuse the right energy, fill the space with family and friends and then add your unique decor and finishing touches..... My style is modern, free spirited and the couples I worked with have commented on how simple I make everything. I always suggest starting with a get-to-know-you meeting, this can be via zoom or over coffee, then together we start the process of clarifying your must-haves, and identifying the must not's! Couples who secure the service of an independent celebrant are looking for something different and often the need for a celebrant is influenced by the location of the wedding. I have created a creative planning schedule based around you, keeping each stage simple with a guide for each area of the ceremony, (Script, Vows, Reading, Rituals, even music and how to create the perfect atmosphere) there's a fun questionnaire, loads of samples stuff so you dont have to search google (I've hopefully done all the donkey work) leaving you to enjoy the journey of working with me.

How do you ensure a stress-free wedding?

Easy, step by step planning.

What do you love most about your job?

Breathe, sounds really silly but overwhelm and stress isn't enjoyable.... take one stage of the planning at a time, write a list of what is essential, important, and would like if able! Talk openly to each other about how you see your day, the season, large celebration or intimate, venue or DIY, UK or overseas... Communication is key.

What is your favourite moment at a wedding?

I adore the exchange of vows, always highly emotional and a beautiful intimate moment....

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