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What to do when the priest is unavailable for your Lanzarote Wedding Day

The wedding planners here in Lanzarote always try their best to fulfil all of your hopes and dreams for your Lanzarote Wedding Day. However, unfortunately, there are sometimes certain things that are out of their control.

We sadly had to say goodbye to our much loved, and well respected Father Stan in 2022 when he headed back home to Ireland.

So, until the church finds his replacement, you may have to consider an alternative for your Lanzarote wedding ceremony.

Now this doesn't mean that you will have to settle for second best, quite the opposite in fact.

My name is Sarah, and I am The Lanzarote Celebrant. Hi there!

The Lanzarote Celebrant smiling and talking during an outdoor wedding ceremony

I trained with the Academy of Modern Celebrancy in 2020. I joined the team at Lindsey Stonier Signature Weddings and Events in 2021. I also started taking private bookings for the couple's who wanted a smaller, intimate, elopement style wedding blessing.

Have a quick read through some of my Google reviews to see how I have been exceeding the expectations of these beautiful couples. Like this review below.

"Sarah Henry, The Lanzarote Celebrant, is the most wonderful officiant.

If you are looking for someone to bring a personal and unique touch to your wedding or vow renewal ceremony, I would highly recommend that you use Sarah.

My husband surprised me with a holiday for my birthday had suggested that whilst there, we do something special to celebrate our love.

With only 3 weeks to plan and prepare. I approached a few celebrants who were based on the island to discuss the possibility of having some sort of ceremony; vow renewal/celebration of love

From the first meeting, I knew that Sarah was the right person for us. Professional but warm, I immediately felt at ease in her presence.

Sarah has a natural instinct that allows her to understand her clients and is highly skilled at focusing on what they need and require, meeting their needs effectively.

As a result, in October 2022, we had the most wonderful, intimate sunset ceremony with Sarah Henry as our celebrant.

It was clear that in such a short time she had understood who we were and was able to convey this eloquently.

We totally trusted Sarah and chose not to read what she had prepared before the ceremony, and it was most certainly the right decision for us.

What she prepared was beyond words. It was a wonderful surprise and incredibly moving to hear so profoundly and accurately our journey together.

Sarah wrote the most unique ceremony that captured not only our personalities but our story.

A beautiful sunset ceremony against the amazing backdrop of the sea and The Castillo de San Marcial de Rubicon (which Sarah suggested).

There were tears and much laughter and I’m pleased to say that she wasn’t phased by the risqué humour in the message sent courtesy of our children!

Thank you Sarah!

You have been part of creating one of our fondest memories and we will be eternally grateful.

You are amazing at what you do and It was a pleasure to meet you. The day truly exceeded our expectations.


The Lanzarote Celebrant reading her sermon, and a laughing bride and groom
Photo @stevelupsonphotography

I have a passion for creating unique ceremonies that truly reflect the personalities of the engaged couple, and their families. I endeavour to make each and every service I write and deliver to be engaging, meaningful, and enjoyable.

I do this by asking you, the nearly-weds, many questions to ascertain what type of wedding blessing you really want. Don’t worry if you don’t know what type of ceremony you are looking for as I will always put forward plenty of ideas and suggestions to help you decide. You will then immediately know what sits right with you, and what doesn’t.

If religion and faith are important factors for you then I will of course cater to this. A few examples of how I can bring your beliefs into the ceremony are as follows:

  • Talk to your family priest back home and ask him to send me a few of his/her own words, best wishes, or a chosen verse to be read aloud on their behalf. (I've even received a video recording from one priest that I played mid ceremony!)

  • Family or friends can stand and read a passage from the bible, or sing a hymn. (I have had a ceremony where 3 family members stood up at various stages of the service and read different verses).

  • The Vows and Commitments can be the standard religious ones you would say in church, (minus the word lawful). I would omit the word lawful, or switch it to beloved Wife/Husband.

  • Include a symbolic element such as the Lighting of a candle, or Hand Washing Ceremony.

  • Include The Prayers of the faithful.

  • I can use one of Father Stans, or one of your own priests services as a base to build your own unique ceremony from.

If you would like to meet me before making your decision then I would be more than happy to arrange a meeting in person, or via a video call, to make sure that I'm the right person for your important moment.

I understand the significance of this pinnacle of your life, and would be devastated if any of my couples were disappointed.

Have a look through my website, to see my personality shining through.

Look forward to speaking with you soon

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