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Ask the Wedding Celebrant: Jayne White

We spoke to Jayne White from White Dove to find out more about their ceremonies and what to expect when getting married in The Islands of Guernsey.

What is your style/approach as a wedding celebrant?

It’s key to discover what the couple have in mind for their wedding day and work with them to incorporate their ideas and wishes in the Ceremony.

On a wedding day the ceremony is the first time that all the guests are gathered together and there is much anticipation as the arrival of the bride draws near. The style and impression created for the ceremony sets the tone for the day – from an informal gathering with just a couple of witnesses to a more formal occasions – this is the start of the celebrations.

Apart from the legal declarations, which are defined in law, the inclusion of readings and personal content chosen by the bride and groom is very important especially when there are children and blended families. Being able to offer suggestions and ideas based on years of conducting ceremonies is really important to me.

Nick Despres photography

What is your background?

Although my main roles have been in finance I have always enjoyed the challenge of doing something different and taking opportunities when they come along. These including becoming a lecturer for professional courses and setting up some small retail ventures. In 2008 I became aware that there was a need for an alternative to church ceremonies for the important life occasions and I initially trained with the British Humanist Association as a celebrant for funerals, namings and weddings.

Over the next few years I built on this training and created Whitedove Ceremonies bringing my own ideas and creating meaningful secular ceremonies.
The wedding ceremonies became more and more popular as couples appreciated the chance to have a unique and personal ceremony that was in keeping with their outlook on life.

With more couples looking for what we offered I felt confident to train another celebrant to work alongside me. I’ve now trained five Whitedove celebrants who have all now become Civil Celebrants under the new Marriage Law.

I also have a strong interest in design and aslo love creating beautiful certificates and other stationery for our weddings and namings.

Your top tip for couples considering the Islands of Guernsey as their wedding destination?

Visit the island if you can and see for yourselves the great options we have available for your wedding. We can meet with you to chat through your ideas and even offer a tailored tour of possible venues based on your wedding style.

Enjoy the island for a few days and appreciate life at a slightly slower pace. Imagine how your guests might enjoy exploring the beaches, learning about the islands history, wandering the quiet country lanes, or heading off to Herm for the day.

Engage with local wedding planners who know the island and can provide great advice and connection to a range of suppliers to ensure you have everything you need

Find a photographer who’s work you like and book a location session with them while you are here. Most will have photographed weddings in all the popular locations and will be able to provide good advice on these.

But if you are looking for a simple get away to tie the knot then choose Guernsey or any of the other islands where you can be legally married at any location – we can even provide the witnesses for a legal marriage if you need them.

Find out more on the White Dove website here. 

Photos kindly provided by Nick Depres for Clarence Battery and Evoke for Castle Cornet