About Mary Richards
I’m a down-to-earth true Yorkshire bred celebrant (in Cumbria - temporary visa!) and like Yorkshire’s famous tea I’m a blend of characteristics; warm, caring, fun-loving, creative, practical, no-nonsense approach, and sometimes just a little bit crazy. I can be straightforward and casual or eloquent and sophisticated but asking me to put on a posh accent might be pushing it a bit! I can talk clearly though so don’t worry if your guests aren’t from Yorkshire, they will still be able to understand me.
My celebrant business is fairly new but that doesn’t mean I’m not experienced. Prior to training as a celebrant, I was a Deputy Superintendent Registrar for a County Council conducting legal marriage ceremonies as well as naming ceremonies and renewal of vows.
I have conducted over 200 ceremonies and learned a lot about the issues facing the happy couple; from the perils of having a ‘big’ dress to dealing with animals at ceremonies, and because of this I can offer a few hints and tips you may find useful. I started my business as a celebrant because I felt I could offer couples much more choice, more flexibility, and much more attention, without the restrictions of a Civil or Religious marriage.
I am married to Mark, who escorts me to the ceremonies, partly for the day out but mainly to take a few photos (with permission of course) to put on my website. We both love dogs but feel our home and our lifestyle (that is pre-Covid) is not one that would be suitable for a dog, so we are holding off for now (but the urge is strong). I love to see dogs at weddings especially when they are the ring bearer!
I like a laugh by way of comedy films, shows, comedians, and Mark! My favourite comedians used to be Morecambe and Wise but that may have been because my Dad looked like Eric and could do the paper bag trick just as well as him. I love Superhero and action films; they are my escapism!
Why not arrange a no-obligation chat so you can get to know me personally to see if I am the right celebrant for you.