Your celebration, in your own words.
IN THEIR OWN WORDS
"Lizzie is the hardest working, most professional and most talented person in the wedding industry that we experienced or have heard of."
You are unique and so is your marriage. You don't want to use words dredged up from the internet for your ceremony, vows, readings or speeches. You want a wedding that really comes from you, and really sounds like you.
On your wedding day (or weekend, or week!), you and your loved ones deserve to have exactly the right words to say, and your very own way of saying them.
When writing for a wedding I know how to strike the right tone, crafting a ceremony which speaks of you, and to your beloved friends and family.
"Thank you so much for writing the most amazing reading for our wedding day. It was so lovely and brought a personal touch to our ceremony. Everyone commented on how 'us' it was - I cannot believe that simply from that questionnaire, you were spot on!"
Niki and Stu, wedding poem
What do you need?
A PERSONAL POEM.
If I write you a poem, people will believe I’ve known you for years.
Poems can be long or short; they may rhyme or they may not; but the important bit is, they will speak honestly and beautifully of you and your marriage - nobody else's.
People typically commission poems as a ceremony readings, reception speeches or a gift.
Home is wherever I'm with you
Niki and Stu were Brits living in Australia when they fell in love. By the time they married they were back in the UK, but – as anyone who has lived abroad will tell you – a portion of their hearts remained Down Under. For their wedding, I was tasked with sharing their pride at the multi-faceted life they’d created, and their love for everyone who’d helped them get there. It was the first poem I wrote as In Your Own Words, and remains one of my favourites. Listen here:
Let's do your ceremony right, right? I have no cut-and-paste structure when writing ceremonies, because there are lots of details that you'll bring to your ceremony that are personal to you. When writing a wedding ceremony I take time striking your tone, crafting a ceremony which speaks of you, and reaches out to your beloved friends and family.
I’m an actor and a communication coach; I can deliver the ceremony or give your loved one the confidence to officiate! Let me lighten the emotional load by writing the script, then training your chosen celebrant to be their best and enjoy the experience, giving everyone an incredible day.
A bilingual ceremony
Denise and Marko’s wedding was bespoke in every way. Music from the guitarist they saw play on their first date; the ring bearer was their very own pooch Dexter; Brewdog even brewed them a unique beer for their special day. So I was so thrilled to be asked to be their celebrant…especially because I went to school with Denise! They got in touch nine months before the wedding and we met up when they were back in the UK for Christmas, so I got to ask them about themselves in person. I crafted a hugely personal ceremony and worked with the best man (above) to deliver it partly in German so all their guests were included. Their July day in Berlin was full – of games, of gorgeous words, of love. I want someone special to you to be with you on your special day; this time though, it was my turn. I’m very grateful!
I'M DOING A SPEECH AND I NEED HELP!
You're going to get up in front of a crowd at a wedding and, several glasses of prosecco the worse for wear, deliver a speech - I’m already so impressed by you.
Does public speaking freak you out (especially on such an important day)? I am the person to ask for help.
I’ll write the speech, edit it or offer an outside eye on what you’ve made. Then, I'll give you personalised tips on how to deliver it so that everyone enjoys it – including you!
The In Your Own Words way
Enquiry is free - let's chat over email, phone or videocall about your idea and how I can help.
Your answers to my bespoke questionnaire, sent to you by email and in an accessible format, will give me what I need to write your speech.
Just want a bit of help? I can consult consult on, edit or proof what you've written.
You also get tailored a public speaking coaching session (in person or remote).
I WANT CREATIVE WRITING TO BE PART OF MY WEDDING.
Anytime a couple has a creative writing idea for their wedding that seems too “out there”, I want to hear about it. The more "ridiculous" or "out there", the better. Poems instead of table names? Got it. Individual haikus for each of your guests? Can do. A poet in a top hat with a typewriter producing poems on demand at your reception? Why yes, actually, I do that as well.
The In Your Own Words way
This will go however you want it to go...so yeah, be in touch!
As a typewriter poet I write for a maximum of 3 hours (and I go hard in those hours).
"I had never thought of doing something like this before, it is so personal and unique and my friend loved it!"
Lydia, wedding gift
Give it some VIP attention
Break with tradition if the tradition doesn’t feel right
Sensitively include your guests
Be honest about what you love
HOW TO HAVE A UNIQUE WEDDING CEREMONY:
Thanks for reading this far - you're excellent.
Your rewards is these photos of me at Den and Marko's wedding, just after I'd married them, really committing to literally every aspect of the day: