It’s your day… let’s make it unique and memorable!

You will have individual attention to ensure that the ceremony reflects your personal wishes.

Whatever the ceremony; wedding, hand fasting, baby naming or funeral a bespoke ceremony will be written in partnership with you to mark your special day.

The ceremony will reflect your individual spiritual or religious beliefs with readings and symbolism reflecting the diversity and wishes of those central to the day.

I bring a professional and caring approach with your needs and wishes as a core principle of my work.

You are welcome to contact me by phone or email for informal discussion without obligation.


Why Choose a Celebrant?

A professionally trained Celebrant is committed to providing real choice for your special occasion and an opportunity to have a ceremony unique to you.

We understand the elements that make these occasions memorable and are skilled in weaving them into a seamless whole that incorporates your ideas and reflects the things that are important to you.

We are not restricted by religion, tradition or legalities, so if your dream ceremony includes a beach, Alice in Wonderland or being at a place dear to your hearts then I can help you make that dream come true!





Ceremonies and Rites of Passage

Some cultures and traditions celebrate rites of passage ceremonially more than is usual in this country today, but there is a growing trend to mark these transitions with a bespoke ceremony to celebrate or mark the day – whether this is a wedding, vow renewal, birth of a baby, adoption, funeral, or other special occasions that you wish to celebrate or remember.

I will be pleased to craft a ceremony to suit your special day.

The list below may give you some ideas but I am very happy to discuss other occasions that you might want to celebrate:

  • Weddings / handfastings
  • Renewal of vows / anniversaries
  • Baby naming / becoming parents
  • Adoption / new step-family or “family joining”
  • House blessing
  • Graduation
  • Retirement
  • Leaving home / emigration
  • Divorce
  • Funeral / memorials
  • Loss of companion animals

Wedding Legalities

For a marriage to be recognised in law in England and Wales, a legally binding “registration of marriage” must take place at a licensed venue in the presence of a Registrar. This is similar to registering a birth or death and can be very basic and does not need to involve vows or ring exchanges.

You then have complete freedom to choose when and how you want a ceremony to celebrate your marriage which can include music, readings, vows, ring exchange and so much more!

About me

I am an Independent Celebrant and have a broad range of experience of traditional and alternative ceremonies.

I am member of The Fellowship of Professional Celebrants (UK) and have Professional Indemnity and Public Liability Insurance with them.

Living on Dartmoor in beautiful Devon, I work as a Celebrant throughout the County and further afield.

The varied countryside here gives me the opportunity to conduct ceremonies in some incredible locations: beaches, hotels, woodland, castles, stone circles, formal gardens and waterfalls to name but a few.



I am pleased to work with people of all beliefs or none .

Your ceremony can be traditional, based within a spiritual framework, or focused on a theme that is of importance to you – perhaps reflecting a place you love or relating to an important interest such as horses, folk music or Harry Potter.




I have worked for many years with children both as a nurse and Celebrant and also with a children’s bereavement charity.

Whether we are planning a wedding, baby naming or funeral I can ensure that children are included or indeed take an active part in your ceremony if you wish them to.



When planning a funeral or memorial service I can advise on how to consider children who have been affected by the death and create a ceremony which aims to help with adjustment at such a difficult time.

I am also experienced at planning funerals and memorial services with people who wish to look ahead to the type of service they would want to have for themselves in the future.

I became a Celebrant as I am passionate about people having choice, making ceremonies unique and enabling them to incorporate individual beliefs, rituals and traditions into their special days.




Wedding – Dr Stan Hewitt, Taoist Priest

Sandy gave us a beautiful wedding, it not only flowed through time, containing all the core elements of marriage but itself was married together with the gluten of humour. The simplistic  way that she guided us through this wonderful day will always live in my heart; as will she.

This whole ceremony had an air of the magical and mystical in a sense of being suspended in time, and that this particular celebration was but just a part of the whole universal philosophy and containment of spirit. Without doubt ours was a wonderful wedding. Thank you.

Woodland Burial and Memorial Service – Kirsty

“Sandy created the perfect ceremony for our daughter Kirsty. She was very sensitive to the needs of everyone, whilst also taking into account Kirsty’s wishes. There were people of all ages, from Kirsty’s own daughter to her grandfather, and the mix of speaking and music was very well balanced. She was also by our sides to step in when we struggled to read our own words. I have no hesitation in recommending her as a Celebrant.”

Wedding and handfasting – Ben and Ashton

“Our experience with Sandy was an overwhelmingly positive one.  Sandy was very organised and professional through all stages of planning and execution of the wedding before and on the day.  Everything that needed to be thought of was covered, and she set our mind at ease from day one that we were in capable hands.  Her skills as a celebrant brought the sacredness and specialness to our wedding ritual that we had hoped for.  We couldn’t have been more happy with our ring exchange and handfasting ceremony.  Thanks Sandy! “

Wedding – Mr and Mrs B

“Sandy is a wonderful celebrant and we are so pleased she was a part of our day! Before the ceremony we emailed regularly, filled out ‘get to know you’ forms and met up for coffee to get a feel for each other as people. At every stage Sandy had good information and advice, and the whole service was very professional. Sandy listened to all our requests and made all the changes we asked. It was really a bespoke and personal ceremony. Sandy was also very flexible and considerate when rain tried to prevent our ceremony from happening!”

Handfasting – Matt and Beth

“Sandy helped my partner and I put together a sensitive, inclusive and powerful ceremony together for a special day; a handfasting that was held in a cancer hospice a few days before my mother passed away. Sandy worked passionately and efficiently in circumstances that demanded extreme sensitivity. She was flexible, understanding and full of thoughtful practical advice. She brought understanding and a love for her work, which allowed a very special day to take place, both through contributing to arrangements beforehand and delivery on the day. Sandy’s background in a variety of sensitive care settings – and her impressive experience of working with people from all walks of life – make her a celebrant that I am sure many other people will be thrilled to work with.”

Wedding – Darren and Lindsey

“We both just want to say a huge Thank You to Sandy, for making our ceremony unique and bespoke. You were very accommodating with tailoring the style of ceremony to suit our tastes and theme. You were very professional and friendly throughout the build up, making sure to get to know us before writing the ceremony. Thank you so much for performing the perfect ceremony.”



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You can download and fill in my Ceremony Booking Form here

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Sandy Buckle
Independent Celebrant
Cross Hayes
Exeter Road
TQ13 8NW

Tel: 0781 8065382

email: mail@sandybuckle-celebrant.co.uk