Tell us all about you!!
I am Ali Fleming, I am based in the East Midlands, lucky to be living in an area surrounded by fields, cows, horses and sheep. I love the countryside but I love the sea much more and being an Aquarian am happiest by the sea. I regularly have to visit the Gower coast to top up my ions. I am married, have the two most amazing sons, 3 step grandchildren and have a golden labrador called Carla. I love music, gin, great company and laughter!
How did you first get your business started?
I had been a Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages in Derbyshire for 12 years prior to starting up my business. I faced my lightbulb moment when a close friend approached me to marry her and her fiancée wanting the ceremony to be at their home, outside in their own large garden, the outcome was I married them legally at the Register Office where I was working, then working with them, listening to what they both wanted out of the day, involving their children from their previous marriages, wrote and delivered a unique ceremony as part of A Mad Hatters Tea Party theme. It was purely magical!
Because of all the different restrictions that registration law creates in marriage ceremonies, everyone having the same ceremony content with limited choices and lack of flexibility, I looked into ways of being able to offer ceremonies just like the one I had created for my friends. The world of celebrancy completely opened my eyes to what I would be able to offer couples. I therefore completed my thorough training and qualifications to be a celebrant, leaving my full time job behind me.
What makes your business different?
My passion is to be able to offer all couples the opportunity to fulfill their dreams in being able to have a completely bespoke personalised ceremony with whatever choice of content they would like and anywhere they would like it. The chosen place does not have to be licensed. I provide suggestions to put meaningful parts into their ceremony, involving important guests and family. Everyone can be involved! Sitting watching boring ceremonies are so “old hat”. With my expertise in the wedding industry coupled with my unique ideas as well as listening to your own ideas, all can be brought to reality.
What do you love most about weddings?
Having the privilege of sharing the couple’s journey and seeing that all come to fruition on the day and how everyone is wowed by the ceremony, which starts the whole day off in such an amazing way. I just love the fact that the couples feel so relaxed on the day and can enjoy their ceremony so much – because after all, they have written it !
Any tip for brides looking into your type of service?
Osmaston Park is an ideal venue for holding your whole day, from ceremony through to reception all in one place, why not have your ceremony outside overlooking the amazing lake?
So if any of you are planning a civil ceremony, please come and talk to me first – this is one of the most important days of your lives. Ensure that you have found out about all your choices and yes there are many!!
If you are not able to get to speak to me on the day of the show, please contact me on 07961 668996. With no obligation whatsover.
Are there any special offers available for the wedding show?
Yes there will be special offers on the day!
Anything else you’d like the world to know?
I do have to confirm that all celebrant ceremonies are not legally binding and a straight forward, low cost, legal process must take place at your local register office before your ceremony day. I am happy to talk and guide any couples through this process.
I want to tell the whole world how it is possible to have the most amazing ceremony ever, it can be held in a field, village hall, a private garden, a boat, a beach…. anywhere that you choose!! It can have religious parts as well as civil – a mix of both or either, no restrictions on candles, content of music or readings, we can have singing, dancing, we can have dogs, llamas, a pet rabbit to bring the rings or quite simply a traditional ceremony. “Your day Your way”…… Spreading the Cariad Love….
Business Name: Cariad Personal Ceremonies