We’re delighted to announce that Sussex-based Humanist Ceremonies celebrant, Jane Blackman was awarded the coveted title of ‘Wedding Celebrant of the Year 2020’ at a glittering awards ceremony last week.
Jane was one of two Humanist Ceremonies wedding celebrants shortlisted at the Wedding Industry Awards which took place in London last week. Winner of the East of England Region, Dawn Rees also attended the annual celebration, which took place at the Café de Paris in Leicester Square. Jane was the winning celebrant for the South East of England Region.
The awards are the most highly regarded and sought after in the wedding industry in England as they acknowledge the contribution that all wedding suppliers make to a couple’s big day. They recognise people and businesses whose excellent services have gone above and beyond, ensuring the most perfect days for couples getting wed.
The awards are based purely on couples’ votes and feedback, and the judging is carried out by wedding industry experts including, for the celebrant category, a panel of very experienced and highly regarded wedding celebrants.
Jane is incredibly proud of her award. She told us:
‘This is a very special accolade and I could not be more thrilled to receive it!
‘It’s such a wonderful feeling to be recognised for this particular award, as it relies totally on real couples voting and giving detailed feedback about their experience of working with me – and having me there as their wedding celebrant on one of the most important days of their lives.
‘Being a celebrant is a huge responsibility – there are no second chances in this role. Getting a ceremony just right and delivering it perfectly on the big day is a substantial challenge (which can feel a bit daunting at times), but I’ve always been someone who loves a challenge, who rises to it and always wants to do the very best I can. Ultimately, it’s a role I feel privileged to have and I never take for granted the opportunities I’ve had to work with amazing couples in fabulous places, throughout my celebrant journey so far.
‘It’s by no means an easy job. Being a celebrant can be really hard work: I take funerals, baby namings, and vow renewals too, so there’s much juggling involved! There are hours and hours of writing and communication involved, not to mention the thousands of miles I drive every year to deliver ceremonies, but it’s all completely worth it because the couples and families who ask me to work with them, are such warm, inspiring, thoughtful people, whose stories are fascinating to learn and tell. Knowing that couples are delighted with their ceremonies and that their experience was ‘just right’ for them; kicking their celebrations off in the best possible way on their wedding day, is an extremely rewarding feeling.
‘To be recognised as ‘Celebrant Of The Year 2020’ for doing a job I wholeheartedly love, really is the icing on the cake – and I’m still getting over such a fabulous surprise!’
We are delighted that two finalists in the Celebrant category – and the overall winner – are members of the Humanist Ceremonies network. This no doubt reflects the high quality of service we provide and the depth of personalisation and connection we have with our couples. Humanist Ceremonies really do make the most positive difference to such important, memorable occasions.
If you would like to consider a Humanist Ceremony for your wedding day or any other occasion or milestone, why not use our ‘Find a celebrant’ map to find one of our accredited celebrants near you?