Our Top Legal Tips for Celebrants

Top tips for you chaps, this week as we have out SPOTLIGHT feature on the celebrants in the Facebook group. What do you REALLY need to make sure you have covered in your Terms and Conditions?

Take care about stating the legality of any celebration or service you perform. This needs to be spelt out to ensure clarity for your couple. DON’T ASSUME ANYTHING….  ensure your couple understand the difference between the legal ceremony and the celebrant’s involvement, and that your contract is clear what you are not legally performing a marriage.

Take care also if you are pulled into advice on this point by the couple once your services are agreed. I don’t suggest you are obstructive, or unhelpful, but be clear about where help and actual legal advice about the process starts and finishes. If in doubt, always refer them to the correct registration services.

Note to anyone doing destination weddings – this is particularly true if the legal framework of a destination may be unfamiliar to you, as well as to the couple. Don’t overstep your remit – if they rely on you, and your advice, your liability clauses better be up to scratch….

I can almost guarantee you are not insured to advise on the process to legally complete the marriage, and of course, you have insurance to deliver your services overseas too – don’t you??

Finally, a little note on GDPR. You are compliant, right? Good privacy policy, opting in to receive marketing materials from you? Client Contract up to date and reviewed since May 2018? If not,

THEN GET ON WITH IT………………!

You are processing not just personal data, but special category personal data (this used to be referred to as sensitive personal data) and the obligations on you are higher and stricter as a result. If you haven’t self-assessed – here’s a good online free tool if you need more help – or a privacy policy – you can pick one up as part of the option three package with our contract templates:

Double bonus!

If you need any more help get in touch with me.