We support commitment and respect in human relationships. One of the ways to signify such a commitment is through a public declaration and ceremony, whether or not this includes a legally binding element. Whatever stage a relationship has reached, there's something unique and galvanising when the people who are in that relationship call upon family and friends to recognise and support their union.
We're proud to perform legal marriages for all people, regardless of their sexuality or gender identity. We have long supported and worked for the advancement of marriage equality. And we're open to performing blessings for other committed, loving relationships.
We want your ceremony to be yours - fitting you, your beliefs, your values, and your dreams. We're open to crafting the ceremony accordingly (our themed ceremonies have included Star Wars and pirates!). The requirements for a legal marriage include only two specific sentences: one sentence to attest that you're free legally to marry, and one sentence to confirm that you accept one another as spouse. Beyond that, the shape of your ceremony is for you to decide.
For guidance, a typical ceremony includes
Address by the minister
Exchange of rings
In addition, a legal wedding or civil partnership ceremony must include time for the signing of registers, which we provide.
Our costs include:
Rev Andy's services as a celebrant (including all prior consultation)
Hire of the venue
All admin support
Our costs exclude extras such as flowers and live music.
Please contact our minister, Rev Andy Pakula, RevAndy@new-unity.org. He'll be happy to answer any questions. If you decide that you'd like to progress to the next stage, Andy will be happy to have an initial meeting with you to learn about your particular circumstances and preferences.
Please note that you'll need to give notice at your local register office at least 28 days prior to your wedding or civil partnership. If either partner is a foreign national, the notice period can be much longer. Check the relevant Gov.UK page for details here: http://bit.ly/UK-notice.
"Andy, we are so happy that we found you! Thank you for making our wedding extraordinary. Thank you for truly listening to us and encouraging our every whim! But most of all, thank you for becoming a friend."
"Thank you so much for our bespoke artisanal wedding! The whole weekend was unbelievably special and beautiful, and you really made this possible. You gave us both the confidence for it all to be the way we wanted it to be."
If you'd like to find out more about any of our ceremonies, please complete the form below and we'll get straight back to you.