Your life is worth celebrating.
Welcome to Steve Morris Celebrant.
Hi I’m Steve, the Costumed Celebrant.
I deliver costumed fantasy celebrations. I specialise in themed events – so whether it’s the Lord of the Rings, GoT, Harry Potter, any period in history, steampunk, zombies, (etc.) I can help. I can write or adapt scripts into wedding or funeral services. I can be a fully-armoured knight or a ship’s captain. There is no limit to where I can perform your ceremony either. I’m happy to travel.
what is ceremony?
They are a chance to say “I love you”, “thank you”, “I’ll miss you”, or “I’m moving on” to the people, places, ideas and experiences which form and shape us. Most are a celebration. Some are a recognition of sadness and loss. Every ceremony has one thing in common. They mark the milestones in our lives.
Most people still think that ceremonies are or ought to be religious. In fact they are perfectly human and need not be religious at all. Humanity has developed all sorts of ways to mark important life events and transitions. There was a time when the conventional path welcomed every child into the community with a ceremony based on religion: the child married in adulthood, and death was commemorated.
That meant almost everyone had three rituals in their lives. Today, there are many ceremonies and celebrations in almost every life, and there are fewer people who follow that conventional path.
Ceremonies are a chance to celebrate how you got to now. They are chance to leave the past behind and embrace the future.
Ceremonies are a chance for you to be heard. For you to you use your words, actions and feelings to make a statement to your family or community. Almost any occasion where someone gets up and makes a speech or where the family or community gets together can be a ceremony. A particularly important birthday can be as significant as a funeral or a wedding. A retirement, a divorce, the death of a pet, a change of employment; the list is endless.
You decide what you want to celebrate, and I’ll help you have the best day!
- Naming Ceremony (for a child or if you decide to claim a new identity)
- Ritual of child protection (Pagan)
- Child Protection (community)
- Coming of Age/Majority
- Leaving home
Adult Life Ceremonies
- New Start
- Friends and Family Ceremony
- Special Anniversary
- Renewal of Vows
- Divorce Ceremony
End of Life Ceremonies
- Celebrations of life
- ‘Living Funeral’ (life re-set)
- Memorial Ceremonies
- Scattering Ashes
- Death of a pet
- Coming Out – Public recognition of (for example) your sexual preference
- Change of Life
- Achieving a lifetime ambition
- Transitioning (for example, to another gender)
Celebration price guide
Expenses are based on where your ceremony needs to be conducted. I charge at-cost, which is basically the HMRC ‘per mile’ rate plus any toll road charges etc. I will let you know how much that is. For any location which is over 3 hours away, it may also be necessary to do an ‘overnight’ – but only if the ceremony is particularly early or late. I will always try and keep expenses down to a minimum.
Ceremony fees are more difficult. As each one is different, and work is unique to you, it can depend on what you want and how long it takes to achieve it. I don’t aim to be the cheapest celebrant, but why would you want that for your special day?
Children and Young People’s Ceremonies
Costumed Ceremonies including Handfasting
End of Life
OR NEW LIFE Celebrations
modern and traditional
It’s not just the words; it is the whole shape of the event. The place, the time of day, the setting, the props and the staging all make or break the event.
Sometimes that special ceremony just isn’t possible at the time. Many people dream of a ‘special day’ yet cannot afford it or don’t know how to fulfill their dreams early in life. A renewal of vows or public ceremony can make those dreams come true, wherever and however you like.
Whatever your wish: to jump the broom or be married on an anvil like an eloping couple, to pass from the world with a bespoke themed funeral, or to remember your loved one with a special memorial, there are no limits.
Perhaps you have always dreamed of being married by the Green Man or a fully-armoured knight? Would you like something themed around vampires, steampunk or your favourite TV series? Would you like to use only words from Shakespeare?
Your ceremony should be fantastic. It should also fulfil your fantasies. There are some case studies in the blog section below.
a little about me.
I have around 30 years of experience writing and performing rituals and celebrations. I love taking your ideas and transforming them into your perfect occasion; I never forget who really matters!
I am not here to tell you what to believe in. I do not agree with dogmatic religion or militant atheism. The universe is a big place, and therefore humans have always made up ‘gods’ or archeypes as symbols of bigger things. Maybe the Universe is conscious, as we are. Maybe not.
Whether you want something completely humanist (with no mention of ‘god’) or you’d like something a little more traditional with some spiritual or pagan content (whichever tradition speaks to you) I can help. I am completely comfortable with atheist celebrations and agnostic ones.
I see my role as more of a ‘master of ceremonies’, someone who helps you say what you need to in the way that you want to. It’s not just my job to make sure it works, it’s my pleasure, no matter what the celebration.
I have worked with British and Celtic, Greek, Egyptian and Northern traditions. I have made some contributions of my own to the literature as well as adapting pieces of folklore into full ceremonies.
It’s not just the words though. I have been an actor and presenter for many years. I know the importance of place, of props and costumes. Music too can be very important.
I’ve got all those bases covered. I will write your celebration using original or source material and keep you in touch with the script every step of the way.
If you want something truly bespoke in form as well as function, something so tailored to you it’s like you made it yourself, come and talk to me.
After witnessing him performing similar ceremonies in the past, I knew he would be able to introduce our first born in a ceremonial way that fitted us.
We were more than happy with the ceremony and will be asking Steve to conduct other ceremonies in the future.
RH, September 2019
That was thanks to Steve’s skill and presence presiding it.
I have attended many ceremonies and rituals of family and friends presided by Steve, including several weddings and naming ceremonies, each has been unique and ideally catered to its environment.
KV and RV
When we were planning our wedding, we approached Steve and asked if he would lead our handfasting as we were confident that he would do it better than anyone else we know and we were not disappointed.
Steve listened to what we wanted and ensured that our wedding was inclusive to all of our family and friends regardless of their own beliefs.
Thank you Steve for helping to make our day perfect xx
MB and IB, 2018
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