A cause for celebration


A woman from Portreath has become one of the first people in the county to be fully qualified as an independent civil celebrant.

Georgie Higgs is now able to help couples create a celebratory event that is personalised to them. Words, vows and promises can all be individualised – as can the format and the special elements that make a civil ceremony unique and memorable.

Unlike registrars and priests, celebrants are not restricted by legalities and formality. Their ceremonies can take place anywhere, at any time of the day or night.

“Celebrant-led ceremonies are designed around the people they are for, rather than conforming to stereotypical rituals,” said Higgs, a serving Justice of the Peace who has a masters degree in law.

“They are a joy to be part of because they’re deeply meaningful, flexible in their structure and bespoke to the people concerned.

“My role is to work closely with the couple, helping them write what they want to say and providing ideas on how the event should flow. I will never take on more than one ceremony a day so each celebration always gets my total attention.”