Yvonne Beck has been conducting weddings in two different countries in two languages for the pas eight years. She knows how to guide a couple through the process of creating the wedding ceremony that suits them. Find out more about her in our Tiny Weddings Fair brochure we’ll be giving away at the fair on 10th March in Birmingham, and in the interview below, or check out her website to find out about the many other wonderful things she does.
Please give a brief overview of what you do.
Hi, I am Yvonne, and I create unique, bespoke Wedding, Elopement, and Vow Renewal Ceremonies for anyone looking for something personalised and represents them and their values. As a Wedding Celebrant, over the last eight years following my training with the Fellowship of Professional Celebrants, it has been a great pleasure to design, create, write and lead over 150 ceremonies, indoors and outdoors, in both England and Germany. I am bilingual and work in both English and German, giving an added dimension to couples and families, who want to ensure everyone is included in their ceremony.
What do you love about small weddings and elopements?
I love the sense of excited and anticipation in a small wedding or an elopement, I think they are just more inclusive, romantic and personal. Everyone is in the moment, they are all participants, not simply spectators, in a ceremony between two people who love each other, love them and who are loved by everyone there.
Do you feel there has been an increase in tiny weddings in the past few years or have you always worked with a lot of small wedding parties?
Yes, most definitely there is a trend to holding a smaller wedding and celebrating with a group of perfectly handpicked guests – and there is definitely a rise in elopements, particularly in beautiful scenic locations where there is a sense of intimacy and commitment on a deeply personal level.
How do you think the couples are different when working with a large wedding versus a tiny wedding?
I actually think that couples who are looking for a smaller more intimate wedding as against a much bigger event are much more relaxed and feel more involved, in control and also feel they can really get every detail perfect for their wedding, whereas with a larger event there is often the need to delegate more, rely on more people and it can be stressful and tiring – even if there are several great professionals on board. A smaller wedding or “tiny wedding” allows the couple to ensure all their guests are cared for and looked after, that everything can be managed and doesn’t become this overwhelming responsibility.
If you could work on a tiny wedding anywhere in the world, any theme, any couple; where or what or whom would it be?
I love the outdoors and conducting outdoor ceremonies, so I guess where there are hills, mountains, lakes, rivers and woodland – in any part of Europe! Every love story is unique, and it is an honour to be trusted with every couple’s story.
Can you talk about a particular tiny wedding you have worked on and what you did for the couple?
A couple who wanted to hold ceremony in Germany, came from Canada and brought twenty-two guests with them. We held the ceremony on a floating raft on a glacial lake in the Bavarian Mountains, the evening before I was with them for the rehearsal dinner and the next morning I helped to decorate the raft, set up with the videographer and photographer to ensure the best areas on the raft for great pictures of the couple and their family and guests, and also tested the live streaming to Canada. We had two readings and I included some German wedding prose and advice which I added as a surprise for them! They wanted a final Toast and I suggested that we have this also in German, with closing words in both languages as we congratulated them!
What are the main differences in the way you do business when dealing with a couple planning a smaller wedding?
I create the ceremony and therefore whatever the size of wedding my process will still be very much about listening to the couple and understanding them as partners, what they are hoping to feel like during their ceremony and getting to know them. For a smaller event however I might offer suggestions that allow more guests or family to take part in symbolic or other rituals. A larger event would not be so great to offer a “Ring Warming” where the rings are passed to every person and “warmed” with their good wishes or blessings, whereas in a smaller or tiny wedding, a Ring Warming is a beautiful way to allow guests to take part, and even practice their own faith by conferring a silent blessing. Another suggestion might be the choreography or use of space in order to create a circle rather than a square aisle space – larger events would of necessity probably become more “distant” and use the space in a more traditional manner. There are many more suggestions and advice that I would give that would work in a tiny wedding scenario that probably would not work in a larger event.
What makes you unique in the service you can offer a couple planning a smaller wedding?
I spend all the time that the couple needs and wants in terms of being there for them from the beginning of our relationship until the day – sometimes three or four months, sometimes up to three years! I have the ability to create ceremony in two languages, and a host of experience, advice and suggestions in terms of creating a totally personalised ceremony that is authentic and represents the couple and their values and lifestyle. I am happy to incorporate religion, faith, ritual, culture and support all couples who want a ceremony that speaks truly of their commitment. I also have contact with great professionals and suppliers.
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