Take a look at The Wedding Man ......
...... and Anne McGough - Celebrant
Member of the Fellowship of Professional Celebrants
Why not enjoy one of the most important days in your life, here in the sunshine of the Algarve,
or perhaps another of your favourite Portuguese locations.
We believe the service we provide and the symbolic ceremonies we write make your wedding personal to you and
therefore means much more than just fulfilling legal requirements. This style of ceremony gives you more opportunity
to create the wedding you want. As Celebrants, we have conducted many wedding ceremonies where couples
have already taken care of the legalities in their home country. This takes away the requirement to have a Civil
Registrar, but still allows for a full symbolic wedding.
Of course if you prefer we can combine your symbolic ceremony to include an appointed Civil Registrar. This provides the richness and flexibility which a symbolic ceremony offers, alongside the necessary legalities of a marriage, thus allowing for a much more personal ceremony to be created.
Ceremonies are conducted in English, but when required we can liaise with translators so that your ceremony can be carried out not just in English, but in another language too! Recent examples are Lithuanian, Russian, Portuguese, Dutch, Norwegian and French.
We also officiate at a large number of same sex ceremonies, written to reflect your style and the preferences you may have for your special day - for example couples often wish to walk down the aisle together, or each partner has their own escort and follow each other along the aisle, to where the ceremony is going to be performed, where we are waiting to greet you with welcoming words and a warm smile.
Once you have appointed us as your Celebrants, we work with you in the months leading up to your wedding to create a personalised wedding ceremony, which can include marriage promises, vows, exchange of rings, signing of wedding certificate and discuss the importance of music choices to be played during different parts of your ceremony. Additionally, if you wish, we can incorporate within your ceremony readings and poems, as well as joining rituals such as hand binding, sand blending, lighting of a marriage candle, the giving of a rose, wine sharing, love letter time capsule locked box, and much more. ..
We open the service by welcoming all the guests, greet the bride and her escort once she has walked down the aisle and then continue
with the ceremony until we reach a natural point to hand over to the Civil Registrar (if this is the style you have chosen) who will carry out the legal requirements of the country. This part is spoken in Portuguese and then translated for you. The Civil Registrar is fulfilling the requirement of the law, confirming names, ages, place of birth and residence, passport details etc. Once this has been completed the ceremony returns to us as Celebrants to continue with the symbolic wedding service, through to signing of the certificate and, you now married, walking back down the aisle.
As part of our commitment to you we offer a rehearsal prior to the "Big Day". On your wedding day we are there to support the groom prior to the bride arriving and make sure that everything is set up as has been agreed with you. We assist with any last minute questions regarding Best Man, Groomsmen, Usher duties etc. and liaise with whomever you have chosen to provide music for your ceremony.
We are of course happy working alongside your chosen wedding planner; just ask if you would like our recommendations!