Debbie Skyrme - Celebrant Spain

Weddings and Elopements

As an independent Civil Celebrant I celebrate the marriage of people in love. You don't need to ask here, I am delighted to welcome whatever your love is.

I’m a big believer in

….being in it for the long haul
…making a heartfelt promise to be together through the bad stuff as well as the good stuff
…celebrating that commitment in whatever way suits you best, witnessed by people who love you and wish you well
…modern day marriage in all its varying shapes and guises.

Mix all that with

… an easy laugh, the biggest of smiles, the warmest of words, proven experience and unerring professionalism and you have me (!) guiding you effortlessly through your perfect wedding, vow renewal or elopement ceremony - in English, Spanish or a little of both!

two grooms symbolic wedding ceremony with officiant at La Cala Resort Mijas in Spain

How do you write a wedding ceremony?

Whether you are celebrating your wedding, elopement, civil marriage, civil partnership or renewing your vows we can have some fun putting your symbolic ceremony script together to totally personalise it.
With an open heart and an open mind I will ask you about your love story - what brought you to this point.
I will learn from you what you expect from your wedding ceremony, how you visualise your special day to be and what rituals and traditions you want to include.
I will ultimately weave all this into your bespoke ceremony and craft a script that reflects your values, your beliefs and your vision of your perfect wedding ceremony.

groom and best man at white wedding in Las Salinas, Jaen

What's the difference between a marriage and a wedding?

Marriage is a legal record of a contracted agreement between two people. A marriage can be performed by the minister of a recognised faith or a registrar.
A wedding ceremony is a symbolic celebration of your marriage and can be whenever, wherever and however you want. Read my blog
bride shows ring exchange in symbolic blessing at La Cala Resort Mijas in Spain

What can be included in a wedding ceremony?

Ceremony Script

The parts of the ceremony that people are accustomed to hearing to make it seem like a "real wedding" are the legal declaration and contracting words.
I am delighted to include this wording into your personalised wedding ceremony - or not, as you wish!

Wedding Vows

I can suggest some beautiful wording that you can repeat after me..... or I will give you every support, guidance and advice to write your own personal vows to each other.

Ring Exchange and other Wedding Rituals

As well as writing your own promises or vows, another optional part of your wedding celebration is the giving and receiving of rings.
There are some beautiful words we can add to your ceremony to describe this perfect circle, the symbol of endless and eternal love.
Other rituals include hand-fasting where the phrase "tie the knot" comes from; or the Spanish traditon of Las Arras Matrimonias where 13 coins are exchanged as a symbol of support and trust.

Wedding Readings and Ceremony Music

Perhaps you have family or friends who would like to read a poem, play an instrument or sing at your ceremony?
You may have some favourite lyrics or poems that have special significance to you that we can include?
Have fun considering two or three pieces of music to walk down the aisle, sign your commemorative certificate and exit together.

kid friendly beach wedding tipis at Nuevo y Sur Torremolinos.jpg

What about Wedding Planning?

This is your day, your way and basically anything goes! But there are some wedding theatrics and practicalities you might consider.
Whether you choose a destination wedding, an outdoor wedding or an indoor venue, traditionally the planning of your wedding ceremony will include the colour scheme, the seating, the flowers and the decoration.
After your ceremony you may have celebration drinks, a wedding breakfast and some kind of wedding cake.

Spanish Wedding Planner

Here in Spain, many couples choose a wedding planner to help organise the details, coordinate with local Spanish wedding suppliers and make sure everything happens when it should on The Day!
Let me know if you would like any recommendations.

Torremonlinos beach wedding ceremony at Nuevo y Sur.jpg

What is the Order of a Wedding Ceremony?

I get excited by each and every ceremony that I write. Every script is crafted with the benefit of a unique insite into each couple's vision of their perfect ceremony and delivered with warmth, humour and genuine love for what I do.
Every Celebrant-lead ceremony is different! The traditional order can be totally reworked and interspersed with readings and rituals or thrown away and written totally bespoke from a blank sheet of paper!

Traditional Wedding Ceremony Order of Service

The order of a traditional wedding is along the lines of:
Processional Entrance | Welcome | Opening Words | Declaratory and Contracting Words | Exchange of Vows | Ring Exchange | Marriage | Announcement | The Kiss | Certificate Signing | Closing Words | Processional Exit

Bilingual Spanish | English Wedding Ceremony

Yup! Us Celebrants certainly earn our keep.... and remember, with me you can have a bilingual element too!
Whether it is a quick introductory welcome in Spanish or the entire ceremony, I am happy to incorporate Spanish and English into your wedding ceremony.


Wedding testimonials

Wedding Ceremony and Vow Renewal Practicalities

What rituals can I have in my ceremony?

Real celebrant led wedding - Steve & Steffi

Wedding FAQs


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