Training Feedback from Celebrants

Distance Learning Feedback


‘Excellent information given on every aspect of the residential course.’

‘It was an excellent resource to work from. All the information was very clearly presented.’

‘So far I have been delighted with every aspect of this course.’

‘Always friendly, understanding, helpful and willing to go the extra mile. Also very positive and encouraging.’

Overall Course Feedback:

‘I cannot believe how much I have learnt. I have gone from dreading writing up a script to quite enjoying it. The trainers have been quite exceptional. I feel I can say this with a degree of professionalism as I am a trainer. Tutors were kind, thoughtful and very understanding. Thank you so much for quite an exceptional week. I have learnt more than I ever thought possible and age is no barrier!’ Angie Phillips - Mar 19


‘Learnt A LOT! Felt incredibly supported by everyone – all tutors and my fellow participants. Will be super super proud if I pass. Loved the writing part, so reaffirmed my wish to try and make a success in this world. Thank you for everything.’ Jane Briers - Mar 19


‘I just wanted to let you know how wonderful it was to attend the naming and couples course. It challenged me so much and bought me out of my comfort zone. I dug deep and surprised myself at what I achieved. This I put down to the expert tuition from yourself and the others, which was delivered beautifully.  The coursework prior to attending the residential course made me think and I have learned so much from every part of the course. This qualification is going to change so much for me. My absolute sincere thanks for the opportunity. I am going to embrace being a celebrant wholeheartedly!’ Bev Bennett - Jan 19


The course was very well thought out and I learnt a whole new way in thinking about the content. Civil Ceremonies Ltd really do give you training that is worth remembering. The course made everyone feel valued and the content was taught to a very high level. John Scott - Oct 18


Dear Anne, Jill & Emily  (and all the other members who make your training so brilliant!)

I completed my Couples and Naming course with you back in October ‘17.  Whilst I found the course hard going at the time I left feeling “ready” and knowledgeable about the new career path I had chosen.

I can now tell you that I have led my first baby naming and my first wedding celebration in the last few weeks and I loved every minute of it.  I wrote and delivered both with a confidence that I can only put down to your terrific training!  I cannot tell you how delighted I am to have 3 more ceremonies (which I am currently writing) and another 2 consultations in the diary for ceremonies this summer.

A huge thank you to you all for everything that you do! Kelly Hawes - Oct 17


Thank you so much for sending my certificate which arrived this morning.  It's nice to have the final certificate acknowledging my hard work.  This has prompted me to say a huge thank you for the excellent course. Civil ceremonies is certainly a very professional company and thanks to you, I came away from it feeling confident that I could be a professional celebrant.  Ruth Gwilliam - April 2018


‘The blue workbook and all the resources, handouts and booklets were amazing.  From the moment we arrived and received the workbook, USB, pen and fabulous notepad and highlighter pen, oh and not forgetting the sooooo useful bag (!), it really made me feel as if Anne and Emily were there to support us and that nothing would be too much trouble.  The attention to detail that was paid in the handouts and the sample products was amazing.  I really feel confident in launching my business and indeed in less than a week returning home from the course (and before my official launch) I have secured two bookings (a wedding and a civil partnership conversion), plus a possible commitment ceremony in June (though that is my mother in law so that doesn’t count!), a potential 10 year vow renewal in December and two enquiries for naming ceremonies.  I truly believe that it is the enthusiasm with which I spoke about the course to my contacts (including my Facebook postings) that has resulted in the business.  Anne is a truly inspiration woman and you really get the sense that she wants everyone who attends the course to succeed. Fiona Brown - Trained Jan 2018


‘Thank you for one of the most amazing weeks of my life. I got up this morning and thought I would happily do it all again this week! It was completely inspiring.

I am quite sure that we will all be better, more confident celebrants knowing that you and Civil Ceremonies are there to help and support us. I’m still grinning from ear to ear and can’t wait to get cracking.’ - Debbie Harbotts Trained July 2017


‘The course delivered on all levels. I turned up nervous and wondering if the work was right for me  - then left feeling informed, enthusiastic and confident that  and that I could go straight out and meet couples, create their ceremony and deliver it. The information was all there and tutors answered questions all through the week, even out of hours. It was nice to have them at the venue eating with us and being around. The week was intensive a tiring but I cannot fault this course, the venue, content or delivery. I chose this course because of its high standards.’ Deborah Tomlinson - April 2017


Following a very positive recommendation from a friend, I contacted Civil Ceremonies about their accredited training course relating to Naming and Couples Ceremonies.   I was interested in developing a new career following my retirement after forty years in education.

Civil Ceremonies helped me initially by providing excellent materials upon which I could base my decision about my new career path. The professional office staff were able to answer all my questions and give me further guidance when I contacted them via their website.  The distance learning pack was well structured and provided a good introduction to the course.  Feedback was pertinent and focused on key areas. The residential course built on the work within the distance learning pack, putting it into context.

The result was that upon completion of the course I felt fully prepared to create and lead Naming and Couples Ceremonies in a professional way. This is very important to me as such ceremonies, are by their nature, very special to the client and celebrate a key life event.    Should I require any advice and support in the future I know I am I am able to contact Civil Ceremonies at any time.

I would highly recommend Civil Ceremonies to people who are looking for professional training in this field. Christine O’Malley - Jan 2016


"The Naming and Ceremonies Course provided a great learning experience from which I emerged with a sense of having been fully prepared to offer celebrancy services in those areas. It offered the right mix of learning what you need to know about the law, and other more practical matters, through seminars, with enough time for practising all the essential skills a celebrant needs (interviewing people, writing scripts and delivering ceremonies). I particularly enjoyed the practice script writing in these areas - it was a wonderful setting to have space to write creatively. There was time working alone and time working with others on the course. I enjoyed both. I had a marvellous time and would highly recommend it to people who, like me, want to benefit from learning from very experienced celebrants and excellent trainers." Sarah Leon - Feb 2015  


"Having been a Funeral Director for several years and completing the Funeral Celebrancy Course in May 2014, I felt a bit out of my comfort zone when I decided to complete the Naming and Couples course in February 2015.  I need not have worried though. The staff at Civil Ceremonies are all helpful and knowledgeable, the course content is comprehensive and easy to follow, and tutors so nice and approachable. The residential course is great though intense, who would have thought in one of the course training days I would be married to a blond, a brunette and another guy! Now my business is complete and truly from “Cradle to Grave”. Thanks to all at Civil Ceremonies Ltd." Phil Perrin Celebrant - Omega Ceremonies Ltd - Feb 2015  


"The Naming and Couples Course with Civil Ceremonies is both absorbing and complete. The class particularly enjoyed the practical work, where we wrote, prepared and performed our ceremonies.  The days flew by, but Anne and Jill our tutors, were thorough, and by the end of our week's training we were bursting with confidence and keen to start work. It is important to stress how helpful the team at Civil Ceremonies are, and Anne Barber is always there to counsel and give advice. I highly   recommend the courses and the support given to students. I am very proud of having trained with Civil Ceremonies." Michelle Hart - Trained February 2015


"Extremely well organised course! Gre