Me, The Alternative Celebrant
I believe that every person is extraordinary, that every chapter change in the novel of our lives is worth a celebration. Everybody is unique; and, as The Alternative Celebrant, I aim to help people celebrate, commemorate and remember in their own unique and ordinarily extraordinary way, by helping to create and then deliver services that truly reflect them, encouraging them to be true to themselves and those they are celebrating, forget about what is ‘expected’ and do it exactly how they want. I specialise in intimate, honest, heartfelt events: funerals, remembrances, elopements, vow renewals, joining ceremonies and other unique personal reasons to punctuate your story.
I own a small rural B&B in Llanwrtyd, Mid Wales, am a stained-glass artist and teacher and Lady Lily the Pink of the Official Monster Raving Loony Party. Sometimes these hats are worn separately, but somehow, they all work in synergy to create one unique and alternative package
My full name is Bernice Benton, everyone calls me Berni, (except my parents who use the full name if they’re cross even to this day, and I’m 52!). Sometimes I’m Lady Lily the Pink of the Official Monster Raving Loony Party…
“The first time Berni told me she was thinking of training as a Celebrant, I think my heart skipped a beat. When someone finds their path, and you get to be even a tiny part of the journey, it’s a special thing.
Berni is compassionate and passionate, she’s quirky and totally real. I would not hesitate to recommend Berni to anyone who wants to mark a special moment in their lives in a way that will be one-of-a-kind.
Training Berni as an Independent Celebrant has been a joy and watching her create truly unique celebrations with her glorious approach and authenticity has been a highlight of my career as a trainer.” – Dinah Liversidge – Coach, Mentor, Writer, Speaker – No Box Thinker
Personally I’ve been happily unmarried to the same man for 25 years. That doesn’t mean that we don’t share a common commitment, sense of unity and values. Sometimes it’s worth celebrating this. As an independent celebrant I am able to help you create the perfect quirky, intimate, alternative celebrations of love and unity, and provide a unique package for you and your close friends or family in our grounds here at Cerdyn Villa.
As The Alternative Celebrant, and being an artist who runs a rural guesthouse I would be overjoyed and honoured to help you create that perfect unique, quirky, intimate, alternative celebration of your love, commitment and unity. I can help write speeches or vows, coordinate a celebration service, provide a memento of the occasion and help you with ideas and contacts…