Sue Skillings - Independent Cornish Celebrant Tel: 07850011290 Shortlisted for Wedding of the Year 2017 by
Sue Skillings - Independent  Cornish Celebrant      Tel: 07850011290 Shortlisted for Wedding of the Year 2017

The Legal Stuff


Sue Skillings: Independent Cornish Celebrant

12 Talveneth, Redruth, Cornwall. TR15 1SU. Tel: 01209 215668. Mobile: 07850 011 290


Facebook: Sue Skillings@independentcornishcelebrant


Weddings - In English Law, to be legally valid, a UK marriage ceremony must be performed by an authorised person (A registrar, a vicar or a priest) and be witnessed by two people. This means couples must choose between: an approved religious ceremony, a registry office ceremony, or a registrar who will attend the wedding at a licensed venue. Couples must have already been legally married before their Celebrant Wedding Ceremony which can take place anywhere and at any time.


Civil Partnerships - A UK Civil Partnership Ceremony is not recognised under the Civil Partnership Act 2004. To legally register under the Act you will have to do so at a Register Office.

Register Office - The laws governing Register Office weddings strictly controls what can be said or done during the ceremony and there are limitations on the time, place and content of the ceremonies. Register Office weddings cannot contain religious content.

Settings - Please ensure you have the permission of the landowner if you are using an outdoor setting for your ceremony. If it is a public place, please be aware that there could be members of the public passing by that may want to stop and watch the proceedings.

Documents – No documents issued as part of the proceedings have any legal status. Any “Record of Ceremony,” document or “Certificate,” provided after any celebrancy ceremony are for keepsakes only and cannot be used as proof of identification; the ceremony itself is not legally binding. In addition, a couple’s original wedding certificate will not be altered when a renewal of vows ceremony has taken place.


Deposit - A £100.00 non-refundable deposit secures the booking date, time and my services. Without the deposit the date for your ceremony cannot be confirmed.

Payment of Balance - The outstanding balance is due 6 weeks prior to the ceremony, unless the booking is made within 6 weeks of your ceremony, in which case payment is required in full at the time of booking. 

Use of Imagery and Testimonials - The contract provides an option for you to share any photographic likeness taken by me or my representative, yout or your representative to be used in print or electronically for promotional purposes only and guarantees they will not be intentionally exploited in any way. You will be asked on the booking form if you grant permission to use photos taken at your event and/or for you to provide us with photos and/or a testimonial, to be used for promotional purposes. If permission is granted, separate permission will be sought from your photographer, and any of their images used will be accredited to them. You are under no obligation to grant such permission.

Legal Weddings - You are being made aware that this ceremony will not be legally recognised in England and Wales. To formalise the legal requirements, you must attend a Register office (if you desire legal recognition).

Confidentiality - All correspondence and documentation in respect of our services, including any ceremony examples provided by us which is copyrighted, must be kept confidential both before and after your event. This information can only be shared with our express written consent. (An email will suffice).


If you choose to cancel after the statutory 14 days, for whatever reason your fee will be invoiced as follows:

Fees forfeited for cancellation are as follows:

·         Within 3 months of ceremony date - 60% of Celebrancy Fee. 

·         Within 2 months - 80% of Celebrancy Fee.

·         Within 1 month - 100% of Celebrancy Fee.

Added to the above are any special expenses incurred by the Celebrant, such as travel, resources specific to your ceremony and any accommodation expenses.

Delay to Ceremony Start and Finish - For every hour, or part thereof, past the agreed starting time £60 will be invoiced, or part thereof.

Unavailability - If on the day of your ceremony we are not able, for whatever reason, to provide the service you have paid for, we will request an alternative trained, professional substitute celebrant to provide the service in our place, using the script agreed upon by you. Only if no substitute celebrant can be found will you be entitled to a refund.

In the event that we cancel, you will be entitled to 100% refund.


This privacy policy sets out how Sue Skillings, Independent Cornish Celebrant uses and protects any information that you give when you use our service.

Sue Skillings, Independent Cornish Celebrant is committed to ensuring that your privacy is protected. Should we ask you to provide certain information by which you can be identified when using the website, then you can be assured that it will only be used in accordance with this privacy statement.

Sue Skillings, Independent Cornish Celebrant may change this policy from time to time by updating the website page. You should check the page from time to time to ensure that you are happy with any changes. This policy is effective from Monday 232rd April 2018.

New General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) - Compliance

In order for us to fully comply to the GDPR, we now have to show formal consent for you to receive emails from us via our mailing list and you now have to 'opt in'. This puts you in control of what you receive from us. This is done using your booking form or you can send an email via the link below – with the words 'OPT IN'. You can change your mind and email to OPT OUT, at any time. To OPT IN email me at:

What we Collect

As part of your booking and the process of creating your ceremony, we will collect the following information:

Your Name, your contact information (Address, email and telephone numbers of you and your partner.)

Contact information including emails and telephone numbers of those having specific roles at your ceremony.

Additional information provided by you on the Planning Form which informs the content of your personalised ceremony.

What we do with this information.

We require this information to enable Sue Skillings, Independent Cornish Celebrant to carry out the contracted service of creating and conducting your ceremony, including liaising with others taking part in it.

We may occasionally want to contact you for market research purposes such as a Customer Satisfaction Survey. We may want to contact you by email, phone or by post. You can choose to opt out of this by ticking the box on the booking form, or by notifying us at any time. To opt out of marketing communications at any time, please email us at

Confidentiality and Security

·         Your information will only be used for the purposes outlined in this policy.

·         We will not sell, distribute or lease your information to third parties unless we have your permission or are required by law to do so. 

·         We are committed to ensuring that your information is secure and will only be kept as long as is necessary.  

·         You may request details of personal information which we hold about you under the GDPR 2016. A small fee will be payable.

If you would like a copy of the information held on you please email


If you believe that any information we are holding on you is incorrect or incomplete, please email us as soon as possible, at the above address. We will promptly correct any information found to be incorrect.

Links to other Websites

Our website may contain links to other websites of interest. Once you use these links to leave our site, you must note that we do not have any control over those other websites Therefore, we cannot be responsible for the protection and privacy of any information which you provide whilst visiting such sites which are not governed by this privacy statement. You should exercise caution and look at the privacy statement applicable to the website in question.



If you are holding a home ceremony it is advisable you check that your domestic insurance policy covers third party liability for any visitors to the home. You will be responsible for carrying out a risk assessment for the event and the Celebrant will not be held responsible for any accidents that occur at your home as a result of negligence on your part.

Public Liability Insurance Cover provided by Royal Sun Alliance.


We are located at:

12 Talveneth, Redruth, Cornwall. TR15 1SU

Contact us today!

If you would like further information or want to talk about your ideas for a ceremony, give me a call on: 07850011290

Or use the Contact Us form.

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