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About Ruth Gwilliam Ceremonies

Independent Celebrant for Weddings, Partnerships and Vow Renewals

Meeting new people and listening to their life stories makes my role as a Celebrant so enjoyable.

I aim to connect with you and listen carefully to your ideas enabling me to create a truly personal ceremony. I’m also happy to make suggestions which you may not have thought of and generally guide you in a calm and friendly way throughout the whole planning process to achieve the ceremony you have in mind. By doing this, you can rest assured that on the day, your ceremony will be a truly memorable occasion not just for you but also for your family and friends.

No two couples are the same and I make sure that no two ceremonies are the same either. I always remember that it’s your ceremony and it’s all about you.

If you are looking for a highly organised, extremely positive and motivated celebrant, whose eye for detail is paramount and whose desire is to make your big day extra special, then you’ve come to the right place.

Past clients have described me as extremely friendly, a good listener and an excellent communicator. I’m relaxed and confident when meeting couples and like to deliver a ceremony with professionalism, enthusiasm and fun.

So why not let your ceremony journey start here.

Ready to begin?

Call me to discuss your ceremony on

07736 039705

or send me a message and I will get back to you.

My background

I am a fully qualified Independent Celebrant with a focus on Wedding Ceremonies, Partnership Ceremonies and Vow Renewals. I have an accredited Level 3 National Diploma from Civil Ceremonies Ltd, one of the UK’s leading celebrant training companies.

I now have several years experience in writing and delivering ceremonies at many of the outstanding venues here in Gloucestershire and the surrounding area.

I became a celebrant having witnessed and enjoyed the beauty and personal experiences of celebrations whilst living in Australia. Across a variety of locations, wineries to beaches, gardens to golf clubs, I observed the relaxed, vibrant and unique atmosphere these locations offered to those getting married. I wanted to take a piece of this home and create my own ceremonies for couples like you.

Ruth Gwilliams Celebrant at Matara Kingscote - Photographer Lee Hawley Photography

Common Questions

Regarding Ceremonies

What is a wedding celebrant?

A celebrant is a professionally trained official, with the skills and experience to create and deliver a personal ceremony just for you. A celebrant ceremony has no restrictions in terms of format or style. You can quite simply have the ceremony in the venue and location of your choice and no licence is required.

I believe that no two couples are the same and your wedding ceremony is probably one of the most amazing and beautiful moments you will share with each other. I make sure I listen carefully to your requirements and I’m open to any suggestions you may want whilst also able to offer some ideas you may not have thought of. It’s your day and your ceremony and I am here to ensure it is exactly as you want it to be on the day.

Is a ceremony legally binding?

A celebrant ceremony is not legally binding and you would need to be legally married by a Registrar.  This can be done either before or after your celebrant ceremony in a short and simple service at the Register Office. I am totally flexible with timings for your ceremony because I only do one ceremony a day.

What happens during a ceremony?

There are no strict rules on the format of a ceremony but usually they are around 30 minutes in length. Why not include friends and family within your ceremony. You may wish to have music, readings and to exchange your wedding rings. Writing your own personal vows is a beautiful way to really make your ceremony extremely personal to you and I can help you with ideas on writing these.. I also offer a certificate signing at the end of your ceremony if you wish and included in the price is a souvenir script of your ceremony.

Why choose a celebrant ceremony?

A celebrant ceremony is a great alternative and will ensure your wedding is unique and personal.

With many couples now looking at more unusual locations and wishing to choose their own words and vows to say to each other, a celebrant is a far more accommodating choice. Furthermore, if you have dreams of getting married overseas but wish to celebrate with family and friends on your return then a celebrant ceremony can be a beautiful way to recreate your wedding day.

How much does it cost?

My fees are all-inclusive with no hidden extras.

Wedding Ceremony:  £650 

Vow Renewal Ceremony:  £650

Commitment Ceremony:  £650

Find out about what these costs include below

What do costs include?

  • Initial interview/meeting by zoom
  • All clients meetings, phone calls, emails throughout the time period
  • Writing/editing of your script and as many drafts as required until you are entirely happy with the end result
  • All fuel and mileage 
  • Suggestions for readings and writing vows
  • Suggestions for wordings within the exchanging of your rings
  • A venue visit prior to the ceremony
  • A symbolic action should you want one (there may be additional cost to a client should small purchases for this be required)
  • Delivering your ceremony on the day (arrival one hour before the ceremony)
  • A souvenir certificate
  • A souvenir copy of your ceremony script


It’s important to me that all my couples feel comfortable working with me.  I look forward to working with you regardless of your race, religion or belief, sexual orientation or disability.

Mike and Becca at The Matara, Kingscote

She helped us relax and feel confident the ceremony would go smoothly

Ruth was amazing from the start and we very much trusted her advice and experience. Being professional and friendly she helped us relax and feel confident the ceremony would go smoothly and had the significance and meaning we wanted. We loved our ceremony and Ruth allowed us to make it exactly what we wanted, including hand fasting and our dog being the ring bearer. We would highly recommend Ruth to everyone. Thanks so much for being a part of our dream wedding.

Mike and Becca

The Matara Centre / 2021

James and Kirsty at Twyning Park

You played such a special part in our day

Thank you, thank you, thank you Ruth. It was so easy to work with you from the initial meeting to creating our bespoke ceremony and thank for the idea of including our little girls in a sand ceremony. You played such a special part in our day, worked incredibly hard to make sure everything was just right for us and we couldn’t be more grateful to you. You are a wonderful lady who we are so glad to have met. Thank you again for everything.

James & Kirsty

Twyning Park / 2019

Sarah, Martin and Baby Arlo at Whitbourne Hall

Blown away by how personal and sentimental the ceremony was

Ruth. We wanted to say a HUGE thank you for your part in our wedding. The ceremony was just incredible and everything that Ruth orchestrated from start to finish worked perfectly. We received lovely compliments from our guests who were blown away by how personal and sentimental the ceremony was. It was our pleasure to work with Ruth. Thank you.

Sarah and Martin and baby Arlo

Whitbourne Hall / 2021

Frankie and Ashley at Saxon Mill

Would recommend her to any couples looking for a personable and confident celebrant

Ruth worked with us to create a personal and beautiful wedding.  We received lots of comments about how moving and special our ceremony was.  Ruth is a true professional, who went above and beyond to get to know us and put us totally at ease before our big day.  We would recommend her to any couples looking for a personable and confident celebrant.  Thank you Ruth!

Frankie and Ashley

The Saxon Mill / 2021

Rosie and Tom - Bicester Garden Wedding

Ruth got it exactly right

We wanted a ceremony that was relaxed and Ruth got it exactly right. She incorporated small details which made it really personal. Ruth made sure we had nothing to worry about and was very helpful sending tips on writing vows and choosing readings. We are so glad we chose Ruth and received many lovely comments on our ceremony. We would definitely recommend Ruth as your celebrant to give both a professional and personal touch to your ceremony.

Rosie and Tom

Bicester Garden Wedding / 2021

Holly and James at The Barn at Upcote

Summing us up as a couple perfectly

We cannot thank Ruth enough for the most beautiful ceremony. So many of our guests commented on how personal it was, summing us up as a couple perfectly. It was so special to share our love and our vows with friends and family and Ruth made that possible. Ruth is wonderful and has given us amazing memories to treasure forever. Thank you so much

Holly and James

The Barn at Upcote / 2021

Vicky and Tristan - The Frogmill

We couldn't have selected a better celebrant

Despite the fact we planned our entire wedding from Australia, Ruth managed to prepare and deliver a ceremony that our friends and family commented ‘summed us up perfectly’ and we couldn’t have agreed more. It’s clear from all aspects of the preparation to the Big Day itself, that Ruth is passionate about her work and we couldn’t have selected a better celebrant. If you are looking for a love filled unique ceremony then I would highly recommend Ruth.

Vicky and Tristan

The Frogmill, Andoversford / 2019

Josh and Kirsty - Over Barn

It was beautiful and everyone loved it

Dear Ruth, Firstly thank you so much for the beautiful ceremony you did for us on Saturday. It was beautiful and everyone loved it. Josh and I just wanted to say how kind, friendly and approachable you were from the start to finish. You listened to every word we said and created the most perfect wedding ceremony. We could not have asked for anyone better. Thank you.

Josh and Kirsty

Over Barn, Gloucester / 2019

Laura and Tom - Hilles House

Thank you for getting the day off to the right start

Dear Ruth, Thank you!! Tom and I had such a wonderful day – I enjoyed myself way more than I imagined I would or could. It all felt so relaxed, so thank you for getting the day off to the right start. So many of our friends and family commented that the ceremony was very special and personal. Exactly as we had hoped.

Laura and Tom Steventon

Hilles House, Stroud / 2019

Lapstone Barn

The ceremony was so personal and intimate

Ruth, you conducted a beautiful and personalised ceremony for us at Lapstone Barn, which was the cornerstone of our wedding day. Although we don’t live in the UK and weren’t able to meet you before the ceremony, you made the effort to really get to know us over the phone and made the ceremony very intimate and personal. It was a real pleasure dealing with you. A number of people commented on how the ceremony was so personal and intimate. Thanks so much again.

Helen and Morgan (from Dubai)

Lapstone Barn / 2019

Lapstone Barn

It was such a beautiful ceremony

Ruth performed our Wedding Ceremony after such a long wait due to lockdowns (2 years and 26 days after our original date to be exact). It was such a beautiful ceremony. Ruth was great throughout the whole process and really helped capture us both within her words.

She was also extremely caring and calming on the day when we were getting super stressed about one of our wedding party guests being late! Thank you so much Ruth for making our special day so perfect. 1000% recommend! ❤️

Jen and Darren

Lakeside Ceremony at Fladbury / July 2022

Ready to begin?

Call me to discuss your ceremony on

07736 039705

or send me a message and I will get back to you.