Suzanne Errington - Celebrant

Wedding, Vow Renewal and Naming Ceremonies

Have Your Way - Own Your Day


My name is Suzanne Errington and I have over 18 years experience performing ceremonies for a local register office before deciding to spread my wings and go it alone as an Independent Celebrant. This has allowed me to step away from the restraints of the traditional ceremonies and create something unique and bespoke, something that makes your day your own. Over my career I have married 1000's of couples and performed 100's of naming ceremonies. No ceremony is the same, each has different emotions, different backgrounds and experiences. This is what makes my job so special. I love it!

When I got married many years ago (too many to mention), the only options that were available to us for a wedding were a religious ceremony in church or go to a register office, and for a traditional 'Christening' it was simply a church. So it is amazing that now there are so many different options, from your garden to a castle, your perfect location is out there for your special day. If you have always imagined a woodland ceremony, then why not?

I have a pretty cool job, I love meeting people from different backgrounds and listening to their stories. It makes each ceremony an adventure, and who doesn't love an adventure?

My ceremonies can take place during the day, evening, weekends and bank holidays.

I live in the North East of England and my services cover Tyneside, County Durham, Northumberland, North Yorkshire and Cumbria but I am able to travel further afield or even abroad to be part of your day, just get in touch for a quote.

I am a member of the Association of Independent Celebrants.

Please feel free to get in touch for a chat or a non-obligation meet up with a cuppa about what you have in mind.

Marriage, Commitment and renewal ceremonies

Marriage Ceremonies

If you would like to get married somewhere such as a favourite restaurant, your parents garden, a beach or just your favourite place, then a celebrant such as myself is what you need! As well as the usual licenced venues I can perform your ceremony wherever you desire. Or maybe you have the perfect licenced venue but the registrars are unavailable that day or time, then I can help you out. I can tailor your ceremony to your needs, we can include readings, religious elements, candle ceremonies, sand ceremonies, music and more. 

Unlike a civil ceremony you will not be dictated to what you are required to say to each other, your vows can be personal and heart felt. You could include a candle ceremony, readings from loved ones or close friends, I can help you with your vows or you could write your own!

Every ceremony I deliver is personally written by myself and performed in a way that ensures you celebrate your day exactly how you want, showcasing your personalities and wishes.

If you are thinking of a themed ceremony I am more than happy to join in (see the gallery where I am dressed as an apocalyptic priest!). Who doesn't love a bit of a dress up?

My services include;

  • Unlimited contact to discuss your ceremony with as many amendments as you require
  • Meeting with you in person approximately 10-12 weeks before the ceremony to discuss your plans and desires for your ceremony
  • Option to include a symbolic ceremony such as a candle ceremony
  • Option to include your children, making promises to them as well as your partner
  • Inclusion of a candle ceremony if you wish
  • Option for a rehearsal prior to the ceremony
  • Commemorative certificate

Prices for your ceremony start from £280. 

*Travel expenses may be incurred depending on the distance to the venue

** Please note my ceremonies are not a legal marriage, to be a lawfully recognised wedding you will need to do this at a register office before or after your ceremony from £57.

Renewal and Commitment Ceremonies

There are many reasons why you might choose one of the above. An anniversary, a statement of your togetherness, a life changing event amongst others. So why not be a little indulgent and celebrate with a ceremony just how you would want it to be? 

These ceremonies have no legal standing so you can have some fun and really showcase yourselves and your relationship. Like the marriages ceremonies, your ceremony can be held anywhere you want (with permission). Your ceremony will be personal to you. You might wish to mention your story, how you got to where you are and your milestones in life.

There could be a rededication of your wedding rings, or how about a new ring? Even better! 

Readings are a lovely way to include family and friends. It does not have to be a serious piece of work, a light-hearted poem or something that a guest has written especially for the day is a beautiful and memorable way to celebrate. Do not worry if you cannot find anything I have a huge selection for you to browse through.  

My services for Renewal and Commitment ceremonies start from £140.

*Travel expenses may be incurred depending on the distance to the venue

Naming and Welcoming Ceremonies

Naming and Welcoming Ceremonies are a fantastic and modern way to celebrate your children and officially welcome them into your world. Maybe you want to celebrate a new baby, a newly adopted child, a joining of families through marriage or you just didn't want a religious Christening, well this is for you and I would be honoured to be part of the journey!!!

Naming ceremonies are becoming increasingly popular and they can be held anywhere, your local public house, a hotel, your back garden. They can include siblings as they play such an important role in a ceremony, from taking part in a reading to saying their own promises to their siblings (this can be so cute) Then we cannot forget the Grandparents can we? If you wish to include them we can certainly do that. You can select special friends or family members to be 'Supporting Guardians' to your child or children. You could include readings, music to enhance the ceremony. It is an opportunity to declare your life long commitment to your child. Together we can celebrate your child in a relaxed manor, fitting to your requirements and meaningful to you.

You will also have the option to include a symbolic element to the day such as candle lighting, memory boxes or keepsake gifts.

I will initially meet up with you a several weeks before the big day to discuss your script and get a feel for the type of ceremony you are looking for. We will work together to get the ceremony you want and I will be available on the day of the ceremony to have a relaxed run through of the proceedings before the official ceremony.

Each child will receive a personal certificate as a token of the event.

The standard price for Naming and Welcoming Ceremonies is £140 and can be held any day of the week.

* Please note this is not a Christening