Richard R. Wood
Your North Yorkshire
Richard R. Wood
Your North Yorkshire Civil Celebrant.
Have you ever looked back on your life and thought that the journey you took led you, unknowingly, to the place you find yourself at? That's how I felt when I became a Civil Celebrant.
So much of my previous experience and background pointed to this vocation. For example my time years ago as a Training Manager delivering training on, among other things, presentation skills; the 10 years I spent in the wedding industry: my involvement in the funeral industry - all these aspects and many more led me to this role delivering beautiful ceremonies at weddings, funerals, naming ceremonies and Vow Renewals.
I was trained by the nation's leading celebrant training organisation, Fellowship Of Independent Celebrants, to the highest standard.
So if you're looking for a Celebrant who is relaxed and professional, who will work with you to design a beautiful and at times lighthearted service which is perfect for you, let me know and I'll recommend someone. Only kidding!
Contact me and let's have a meeting to see if we make a good team.
So that's a bit about how I became a Celebrant. The rest of my time is spent being a professional singer and working as a Supporting Artist (also known as background or an extra) in TV and film. You may, if you concentrate, have seen me on Peaky Blinders, Victoria, Emmerdale, Coronation Street and Fresh Meat to name a few.
I also won Come Dine With Me on Channel 4. Notable mainly because I can't cook.
Frequently asked questions
Are there any legal requirements if I have a Wedding Celebrant to conduct our ceremony?
For most marriages or civil partnerships you must give 28 days notice at your Registry Office. You will both need to pay a small fee when you attend and the notice will be publicly displayed in the registry office for 28 days. When you attend the Registry Office to register the marriage or civil partnership, you will again pay a small fee, then you will repeat two vows in the presence of two witnesses.
Can we meet to discuss our ceremony?
Of course. At the moment there are limitations however, with the use of Zoom or FaceTime etc. we can spend as much time as we need to make the ceremony perfect for you.
Why choose a Celebrant for my wedding?
By separating the legal registration from your wedding ceremony, you are free to choose the time, the venue and the content of your ceremony. You are able to include family members, poems, religious elements. Your Celebrant will take time to get to know you and your partner to create and deliver a truly unique ceremony.
We were married during lockdown. Can we have a blessing, with all our family & friends?
Absolutely - when we are able, it would be a lovely way to celebrate your marriage. A celebrant can work with you and suggest how to create a wonderful, memorable service.