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Special Days in

Special Ways


Debbie Merritt

Independent Family Celebrant

Funeral Celebrant

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Frequently Asked Questions

At Special Days in Special Ways, I've done my best to create a site that informative. So I've compiled a list of frequently asked questions. If you do not find an answer to your question here, contact me at 01409 254144 or

Where are you based?

I live in Holsworthy, North Devon.

How far will you travel to do a ceremony?

That is really up to you, as we will have to charge for diesel and travelling time. However we are reasonable about this and will discuss it with you from the start.

Will we meet you before the day?

Ideally yes, we should meet at the location and walk through the ceremony. If you are on email, we can often work the ceremony out that way.

For funerals a home visit prior to the ceremony is included in the cost

How much will it all cost?

Prices start at £100 for baby naming and welcomings, Vow renewals and Elderings, and £50 for home blessings. This includes creating and conducting the ceremony, and mileage within 15 miles of my home. Further afield mileage will be charged at 45p per mile.

Can you find a location for us?

We don’t do this as so much is down to personal preference - yours! However we are happy to make suggestions of locations that we have already used and know. Please see our links page.

What about catering etc?

Again, this one’s for you. Basically, I write and conduct your ceremony and ensure that all of that part goes to plan. The rest is up to you.

How do I book you?

For funerals most people go through their Funeral Director, so just ask for me by name. If I haven’t worked with them before, please just give them this website address. Some people wish to do the funeral arranging themselves, and I am happy to work with you on this, though my fee will be higher as I will be spending more time with you.

 For other ceremonies contact me directly, we can have a chat on the phone or Skype and see if I am the celebrant for you - I hope I am! Once your date is set I ask for a non-refundable ‘keep the date’ booking fee of £100.

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