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 by

The Legal Stuff


Sue Skillings: Independent Cornish Celebrant

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



Celebrant Ceremonies are NOT legally binding.


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.


Register Office - The laws governing Register Office weddings strictly and controls what can be said or done during the ceremony. 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 “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 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, you 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 is not 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 written consent. (An email will suffice).


There is no forfeit fee if you choose to cancel after the statutory 14 days, but please be aware that the £100.00 deposit is non-refundable as work will have been done on your behalf once you have engaged the services.

Any special expenses incurred by the Celebrant, such as travel, resources specific to your ceremony and any accommodation expenses will be charged to you.

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.


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 1st January 2022.


General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) - Compliance

In order for us to fully comply to the GDPR, businesses have to show formal consent for you to receive emails from us via their mailing list. Sue Skillings, acting as Independent Cornish Celebrant will only communicate with you as a direct result of an enquiry from you and for any subsequent business during the development of your script, up to and including the time of your ceremony. Post ceremony contact will only be made if you have agreed to share photographs and/or provide a testimonial. We do not send unsolicited marketing email, texts or phone calls to you. If you need more information, please contact 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 including address, email address and telephone number of you and your partner.
  • Contact information including email address and telephone number of those having specific roles at your 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. Minimum personal information will be retained for seven years for tax purposes before being destroyed. We will not send you promotional or marketing emails.


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 Data Protection Act 1998. 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 occasionally 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 to 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.


Contact us today!

Call 07850011290 or use the Contact Us form on the Contacts & Fees page.

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