Reverend Lesley Edwards is a Bachelor and Master
of Theology. Her studies centre on exploring ’rites
of passage’ and how we can best express
life changing events within our own communities.
Since her ordination by a Free church in 1994
Lesley has been offering her services as a
freelance Celebrant, priest and minister. Lesley
is dedicated to her ministry but more than
that she is sensitive, understanding, caring
and supportive for as long as you need her
She is also able to provide full professional
training given for those seeking to become
Celebrants. Lesley comes highly
Find out more by clicking on any of the
links to the pages above.
Why have a professional
celebrant, priest or minister to conduct
Some people find it very difficult to express
their publicly and find it helps to have someone
who can articulate their thoughts and feelings
Because Celebrants provide beautifully worded
and visually stunning ceremonies
Cater for all clients by fully respecting all
personal beliefs and experiences through offering
non-religious or religious ceremonies which
have a spirituality all of their own.
Robed in fine garments to compliment your
day, everything provided to create a beautiful
romantic ambience throughout the ceremony.
Spends time getting to know you so your ceremony
is personal, warm and friendly.
Able to offer ongoing support. Many clients
keep in touch and it is a joy to celebrate
other family events such as renewal of vows,
baby Namings and Christenings.
We fully respect your personal beliefs, philosophy
and experiences and spend time getting to
know you to make sure your ceremony reflects
all that you want to say.
Our ceremonies are person centred, warm,
sensitive and caring; honouring and respecting
personal dignity and values.
We accommodate and are understanding of many
different needs and approaches.
We have conducted many types of ceremonies,
from informal to formal including, sometimes
all or a combination of the following:
Non-religious, Church of
England, Roman Catholic, Greek Orthodox,
Celtic, Hindu, Buddhist, Pagan, Panentheist
We are happy to conduct your
ceremony at any venue, which can be inside
or outside. Perhaps a historical site, your
favourite pub, club, or hotel. Perhaps in the
New Forest, or on the beach, the top of Hurst
Castle, or by a lake, or on the river in a
boat, or go no further than your home and your
The choice is yours.
Every ceremony from Choice Ceremonies is a
visual delight with colour co-ordinated, beautifully
dressed altar/table, including candles, flowers,
ribbons, and font.
Your Celebrant, Priest or Minister dressed in
a wide choice of ceremonial robes to suit the
We conduct rites of passage for all milestones
in life from Birth, Baby Naming, Christening,
Coming of Age, Wedding, Blessing, Handfasting,
Lesbian and Gay ceremonies, Heal past hurts,
Boat De-Naming ~ Blessing and Namings, House
Blessings, Renewal of Wedding Vows, Divorce,
to Retirement and celebration of the mature person.
Choice Ceremonies provide a personalised ceremony
for every rite of passage. By planning your ceremony
with the Celebrant you choose everything about
your special day: - any time of the day and week,
any venue, the length of the ceremony depends
on the order of service that is the poetry, blessings,
prayers and prose you have chosen.
Choice Ceremonies are able to conduct your ceremony
throughout the South: Hampshire, Dorset, Wiltshire,
Surrey, West Sussex. (Travel expenses may be
" Thank you for the wonderful service you
conducted for D. You were an immediate success at point of
arrival at our house and the trip down memory lane you prompted
so easily was good therapy for all the family".
"Friends present at the service believed you must have
known D for quite a few years. We cannot thank you enough.
You made D’s funeral as enjoyable as was humanly possible,
and I believe that because of you, our grandchildren’s
memories of the occasion will be pleasant ones".
"Thank you so much for everything… "
"you made it very special …"
"it was even nicer than we had imagined it would be and
we were so impressed with the thought that had gone into every
little detail, from your robes, the beautiful table dressing,
the wonderful keepsake book, the way you had with R, the wording
and delivery of the service, right down to the blowing of bubbles …"
"We feel utterly privileged to have had you to conduct Chloe's christening day with the style and personality that you created. All our guests, without exception, commented on how wonderful the ceremony was, enabling us to carry on the tradition of a baptism with the wording and character of our lives today.
The table was exquisite showing us a deeper level of preparation than we had first thought and the skilful way you 'managed' Chloe and commanded her attention was highly impressive!"