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Hello, my name is Karen Jay and I'm an independent Celebrant

You’re more than likely here because you’re curious about what a celebrant is & does, and you’re looking for someone to conduct your forthcoming ceremony, be it a wedding ceremony, a renewal of vows, a commitment ceremony or perhaps a naming ceremony.

As an independent celebrant my job is to help you to create your ceremony.  It will be a joy to work with you to reflect your unique and beautiful story.  This is what I do & love.  Together we can create a bespoke celebration that is as wonderful and personal as your relationship.

Karen Jay Celebrant Marrying Couple Under A Tree

Having four years experience as a trained ceremonies registration officer conducting wedding ceremonies, and as a wedding coordinator, I am only too aware of the nerves and butterflies which are inevitably present on your special day, and during the run up to that day.  We will arrange a practice run, if that’s what you would like, so that you have an idea of what to expect on your wedding day.  We will have met a couple of times, to review & perfect your ceremony, and you will know that you can rely on my calm guidance to lead and ease you through the most important moments of your wedding day, and to ensure that your hopes and dreams will come together perfectly, on one of the most important days of your lives.

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"If you are looking for an Independent Celebrant you must contact Karen Jay. The moment you meet Karen you know she is the perfect fit for your special day. She has wonderful energy and is very professional. We loved working with Karen. She takes the stress away and tends to every detail. We highly recommended Karen and can’t wait to renew our vows and work with her again".

Jan and NickyMarried in July 2022
Karen Jay Wedding Celebrant In Hampshire
Karen Jay Celebrant in Hampshire & West Sussex

As your celebrant, it is an honour and a privilege for me to listen to your wishes, and to weave them into a truly touching and memorable ceremony, guiding you through and allowing you total freedom to express yourselves and your individuality, in a calm and un-rushed atmosphere.  There are no rules or restrictions, no rights or wrongs.  It is your day, and your ceremony will be entirely your way.  Your own vows, your music, your readings, your words.  Anything you want to include, anybody you’d like to include.  It can be as simple or as detailed as you like, as traditional or as quirky as you are.  It’s all entirely up to you.


Your family and friends are not just spectators of your marriage, they are there to share your joy and love, and some of them may be perfect candidates for a role in your ceremony, if this might be your wish.  I can help with finding readings or poetry, and incorporate them into your ceremony.

We will talk through your hopes and desires for your ceremony, which will enable you both to feel absolutely confident that when the day arrives, you are able to completely enjoy every single magical moment together.

It is my passion and my privilege to help you to create this most important part of your wedding day, and to bring you both together in love on that day, with beautifully created personal words, that will remain in your hearts and minds forever.

There will be laughter and tears – happy ones, and the people who you have chosen to share your special day with you, will also look back and remember your unique ceremony for years to come.

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