About Me


I’m Ruth, not only am I friendly, approachable and sociable but I’m also a passionate Independent Celebrant who loves my job. I am a fully qualified celebrant, gaining an accredited Level 3 National Diploma from Civil Ceremonies Ltd, one of the UK’s leading celebrant training companies. I now have several years experience in writing and delivering ceremonies here in Gloucestershire and the surrounding area.

I became a celebrant having witnessed and enjoyed the beauty and personal experiences of celebrations whilst living in Australia. Across a variety of locations, wineries to beaches, gardens to golf clubs, I observed the relaxed, vibrant and unique atmosphere these locations offered to those getting married. I wanted to take a piece of this home and create my own ceremonies for couples like you.

Past clients have described me as extremely friendly, a good listener and an excellent communicator. I’m relaxed and confident in delivering ceremonies with enthusiasm and professionalism at all times. Meeting new people and listening to their stories makes my role as a celebrant so enjoyable. Your personal story helps me to create your unique and individual ceremony. No two couples are the same and I make sure that no two ceremonies are the same either.

My priority is to work closely with you, and to support you in the creation of a beautiful, memorable ceremony and I will do everything in my capacity to ensure this. My attention to detail is paramount and nothing is too much trouble. I appreciate all the stress which can arise in the planning of your big day and I make sure that the planning of your ceremony is totally stress free.

If you’re looking for a highly organised, extremely positive and motivated celebrant, whose eye for detail is paramount and whose desire is to make your big day extra special – then look no further.

Why Choose Ruth Gwilliam Ceremonies?

  • I will create your unique and personalised ceremony where you can choose the content, timing and location
  • I offer wedding ceremonies in unlicensed wedding venues, both indoors and outdoors
  • I create naming ceremonies for babies and children in non-religious settings.
  • I will listen carefully to your ideas and guide you throughout the whole experience.
  • I will deliver your ceremony in a relaxed and professional manner, ensuring it is exactly as you have planned.
  • I never forget it’s your ceremony and it’s all about you

I hope that having read my website you feel inspired to contact me for a chat. I would really love to be your chosen celebrant and look forward to hearing from you very soon.

Thank you for reading.
Ruth x

Ruth conducted our wedding celebration in December 2019 at The Frogmill, Andoversford and we could not rate her highly enough.

Despite the fact we planned our entire wedding from Australia, Ruth managed to prepare and deliver a ceremony that our friends and family commented ‘summed us up perfectly’ and we couldn’t have agreed more.

Planning a wedding is stressful work, but Ruth was flexible, helpful and friendly and she definitely helped keep us on track in regards to the ceremony, offering support and guidance whilst allowing us to feel it was uniquely about us. She took all of the worry out of this aspect of the day.

It’s clear from all aspects of the preparation to the Big Day itself, that Ruth is passionate about her work and we couldn’t have selected a better celebrant.

If you are looking for a love filled unique ceremony then I would highly recommend Ruth.

Vicky and Tristan – The Frogmill, Andoversford, Glos. December 2019.

Over Barn, Gloucester – September 2019

Dear Ruth,  Firstly thank you so much for the beautiful ceremony you did for us on Saturday.  It was beautiful and everyone loved it.  Josh and I just wanted to say how kind, friendly and approachable you were from the start to finish.  You listened to every word we said and created the most perfect wedding ceremony.  We could not have asked for anyone better.  Thank you.


Josh and Kirsty – September 2019

Hilles House, Stroud Glos – September 2019

Dear Ruth, Thank you!!  Tom and I had such a wonderful day – I enjoyed myself way more than I imagined I would or could.  It all felt so relaxed, so thank you for getting the day off to the right start.  So many of our friends and family commented that the ceremony was very special and personal.  Exactly as we had hoped.

Laura and Tom Steventon – September 2019

Lapstone Barn, Glos – August 2019

Ruth, you conducted a beautiful and personalised ceremony for us at Lapstone Barn, which was the cornerstone of our wedding day.  Although we don’t live in the UK and weren’t able to meet you before the ceremony, you made the effort to really get to know us over the phone and made the ceremony very intimate and personal.  It was a real pleasure dealing with you.  A number of people commented on how the ceremony was so personal and intimate.  Thanks so much again.

Helen & Morgan (from Dubai) – August 2019

Twyning Park, Glos – August 2019

Thank you, thank you, thank you Ruth.  It was so easy to work with you from the initial meeting to creating our bespoke ceremony and thank for the idea of including our little girls in a sand ceremony.  You played such a special part in our day, worked incredibly hard to make sure everything was just right for us and we couldn’t be more grateful to you.  You are a wonderful lady who we are so glad to have met.  Thank you again for everything.

James & Kirsty – August 2019

Welcome Hotel, Stratford – August 2019

Thank you Ruth for making our wedding day so fantastic.  It was a beautiful, intimate ceremony with our children joining in and the ceremony was the foundation for our perfect weekend.

Many thanks

Dexter and Laura – August 2019

Wedding Jinney Ring Worcs – July 2019

Dear Ruth

Thank you so much for being our Celebrant.  From day one you made us feel at ease and you worked so hard to make our celebration personal to us.  Even when we thought we were happy with the script you came back and made it even better!  It really meant that we had a perfect ceremony that was so ‘us’.  So many guests on the day came and told us how lovely it was.  We are so lucky to have a souvenir script to read through and remember the day.  Thank you from the new Mr & Mrs Birkinshaw

Bredon Wedding June 2019

Dear Ruth

Just to say thank you so much for writing such a beautiful ceremony for our wedding on Sunday.  It really was spot on for the kind of day we wanted to have.  Many thanks

Stephanie & Mark – June 2019

Vow Renewal – May 2019

Dear Ruth, Thank you so much for our beautiful vow renewal ceremony.  It was amazing.  You made our day extra special and we are so happy we picked you for our ceremony.  Thank you for our beautiful souvenir script which made me cry yet again.  It will go in my lovely memory box.  You made our day so special and you felt like part of the family.  You were brilliant. Thank you

Cath & Paul – Winchcombe Glos. May 2019