Debra Jessett, the Celebrant

My name is Debra Jessett and I became a humanist celebrant six years ago. I create personalised non-religious ceremonies to recognise and celebrate the key milestones in people’s lives and provide Naming, Wedding, Civil Partnership, Vow Renewal and Funeral Ceremonies.

Since starting, I have conducted ceremonies for between 2 – 200 people in many different settings. What I enjoy most about what I do is meeting people and finding out what is important to them in their lives. I have discovered a love of writing and telling people’s stories, whether talking about how a couple first met, what a baby has brought into a family’s life or remembering happy times spent with a loved one.

From the feedback I have received, this is what people have found meaningful and has made their ceremony so special.

Each ceremony that I write is unique and is created around the people involved. My main priority is to get to know my clients so that I can help them design a ceremony that celebrates their occasion in the way that they wish.

As well as being a trained and accredited celebrant with the British Humanist Association, I hold a Summer Mountain Leadership Award and have experience of working in the outdoors. I have conducted ceremonies in a wide variety of indoor and outdoor settings which have included many local hotels as well as family homes and gardens. More unusual settings include a jetty on Coniston Water, the shores of Ullswater and a field in Borrowdale!

The main service that I provide includes an initial meeting, writing and designing the ceremony and then finally delivering the ceremony on the day. A rehearsal is included for Wedding and Civil Partnership Ceremonies. I also offer a script-only service if people would prefer a family member or friend to deliver their ceremony but would like help with the content.

For further information on all the ceremonies I conduct, including testimonials and readings, please look at my website:

Please contact me if you feel my services are of interest to you or your family or friends. I am happy to talk through ideas and answer any queries.

I conduct Humanist Ceremonies in Cumbria, North Lancashire & North Yorkshire
Call me: 01539 740365
My mobile number is: 07879 050778
My address: 12 Shap Rd, Kendal LA9 6NZ, UK

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