Why Choose Diana Saxby

"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams", Eleanor Roosevelt

Diana is the preferred wedding celebrant for some of the most exclusive venues in the UK and works with some of the country’s top wedding planners. See Diana’s valued and trusted suppliers.

An independent celebrant gives you the freedom to move away from traditional restrictions, allowing you to celebrate where and when you want to, with a ceremony designed uniquely for you.

Diana designs and conducts all ceremonies personally. She researches and writes all the ceremony scripts and does not use formatted scripts nor does she franchise or sub-contract her work unless in an emergency. She attends all client meetings herself and employs a highly trained and professional Personal Assistant who may answer calls and emails on her behalf.

As a dedicated, full-time marriage celebrant, Diana is available seven days a week for advice, consultations, contact and to conduct weekday, weekend and evening ceremonies.

Diana is the preferred wedding celebrant for some of the most exclusive venues in the UK – some only made available for exclusive weddings conducted by Diana - and works with the country’s top wedding planners. See Diana’s valued and trusted suppliers.

She will personally guide you through the design and delivery of your own, tailor-made, perfect ceremony.

For more information about the personal service Diana offers, please see here.

Choosing a civil celebrant

Diana encourages potential clients to think carefully before finally selecting the celebrant they want to work with.

To help you, she has compiled the following checklist so you can see if other celebrants come up to her high standards. By the way, Diana Saxby of Grace the Day, ticks ALL the boxes!

Is the celebrant…

  • fully trained, truly independent and a member of professional governing body such as the Association of Independent Celebrants
  • full-time, available to meet you and conduct your ceremony at any time of day or night, seven days a week. You won’t be able to take advantage of excellent weekday venue rates if your celebrant only works at weekends!
  • able to show you authentic client testimonials
  • has a clear pricing structure  detailing everything that is included – including unlimited changes to the ceremony script to get it exactly right, and supervising a full rehearsal. Check there are no hidden charges for script edits, travel time, mileage, a rehearsal etc
  • happy to give you a copy of your personal ceremony script as a memento at no extra charge
  • in a working relationship with the wedding venue of your choice, with good contacts
  • confident about all the legal procedures and able to guide you through the process of obtaining a marriage certificate through your local Registration Service.  NB: There are no legal requirements for Vow Renewal, Naming Day or Commitment ceremonies,  or if you have married overseas and are booking a Wedding Blessing ceremony in the UK
  • able to call on someone of equal skills and high standards who could step in in the unlikely event of last-minute emergency or illness, so your ceremony can go ahead without any worries

Above all, you need to be confident that the Celebrant will respect your wishes and conduct your special ceremony the way you want it to be done, and without deviating from your instructions. Diana is committed to offering you her personal attention and the very best professional support.

What happens next?

Once you have spoken to Diana and agreed a date…

  • A holding deposit secures the date in Diana’s booking diary, the balance of the fee is due no later than 8 weeks before the ceremony.

  • Diana will meet you soon after your booking is secured to start drafting your personalised ceremony script, exchanging ideas, learning more about exactly what you want and sharing material from her vast collection of reading, vow and music suggestions.  The initial consultation meeting is confidential and normally includes only the couple.  If a wedding planner has been engaged, Diana is very happy to liaise with them after the meeting to keep them informed of all decisions throughout the ceremony planning process.

  • Diana then writes a draft script for the ceremony and emails it to you for your thoughts, amendments, edits - unlimited edits and changes can be made to get it absolutely right and ensure it is a true reflection of your wishes for your ceremony and your relationship.

  • A meeting at the venue is then organised to discuss practicalities, and to meet the wedding planner if appropriate.

  • A rehearsal at the venue takes place, if you feel one is needed.

  • On the big day, Diana conducts the ceremony, with an assistant in attendance if there is a large number of guests .

Terms and Conditions

By making a booking, you enter into a contract with Diana Saxby (trading as Grace The Day).
A provisional booking may be held for 7 days only on a verbal or written undertaking, after which a holding deposit is required to secure your booking in Diana's booking diary. After 7 days without a deposit, the date will be released.

For secured bookings, an invoice or reminder by email for the remaining balance will be sent and full settlement is required before a script is released and no later than 8 weeks prior to your ceremony, whichever is the soonest.

Diana reserves the right to raise an invoice at her discretion for all time, travel and mileage plus the sharing of her professional expertise and advice which is charged at £45 per hour in the event that she has been called to a meeting, or given professional advice where there is no intention to book her services.

Conditions of Booking
By making a booking with Diana Saxby t/a Grace The Day, you accept and agree to pay a non-refundable deposit and you enter into an agreement for Diana Saxby to conduct your ceremony, (or in exceptional circumstances, one of her personally trained deputies). Diana Saxby is the business owner and will personally attend all meetings, design your ceremony with you, and be available for support, guidance and to share her professional expertise throughout the planning stages.

Changes and Cancellations
Changes to booking dates and times must be notified in writing and will be accommodated whenever possible but cannot be guaranteed.
No cancellations are permitted unless notified in writing by email or letter and the full fee is payable unless the booking can be filled by another client.

 

 

Script Timescale
Unless previously agreed with Diana Saxby, all scripts must be finalised and signed off by the client no later than two weeks before their ceremony date. Diana reserves the right to make a surcharge of £20 per day for scripts not finalised within the deadline, to cover the cost of extra printing and administration. Diana regrets that she cannot guarantee the acceptance or inclusion of any late changes to the script which arrive after the 14 day deadline.

Late Payments
We regret that in the case of payments outstanding beyond the 8 week deadline, following the first reminder, an administration charge of £10 per week will be applied to the final invoice to cover the cost of additional invoicing and reminders.

Copyright
All ceremony scripts are copyrighted and owned by Diana Saxby. Copying, distribution or circulation of scripts to parties other than Diana's clients is not permitted and all wording remains the property of Diana Saxby. Scripts cannot be copied or forwarded to wedding planners, friends or family members without permission and the penalty for infringement of copyright is £1,000 plus legal costs, where applicable.

"And special thanks to each and every bride, groom and family who have put their faith in me to design and conduct a personal ceremony celebrating their happy event, and who have kindly supplied me with photos both as a personal memento of their day and granted me permission to share them publicly on my photo gallery page"

Diana Saxby