Meet the Celebrant!

Jillian Canney is a fully qualified, independent civil celebrant, based in Northern Ireland but delivering her unique brand of civil ceremony on both sides of the Irish border, England, Scotland and Spain- so far!.. Offering a bespoke service, her goal, as celebrant, is to create and deliver tailor-made ceremonies for couples and families who prefer to do things a bit more their own way…

Jill also creates Baby Blessings, Renewal of Vows and Commitment ceremonies, amongst others, as part of her very fulfilling role as celebrant.

The Joy of Going Civil…

Getting married these days can be a bit of a minefield. Rules and regulations, do’s and don’t…. And that’s exactly where a civil ceremony differs…By its very nature, a civil celebration gives you the absolute freedom to have your day, your way. No restrictions on times, locations, participants and most importantly, ceremony content. The power to put together an entirely unique and very personal celebration of your love…



Embrace the freedom that a civil ceremony brings with a bespoke wedding or commitment ceremony. Include a Hand Fasting or Unity Candle and/or include your own ideas, too. Pretty much anything is possible when you go civil.

Baby Naming

Welcome to the family, baby! Baby Namings – or Baby Blessings – are the perfect way to present your little bundle of joy to your nearest and dearest, whilst you and your baby’s supporting adults make your life promises to your little one(s).


The stuff dreams are made of. Many years down the line, still side by side and still proclaiming those three little words, loud and proud. A Renewal Of Vows is a beautiful occasion and a great excuse to bring family together in the name of love.

Kind Words

Thank you so much Jillian for a wonderful ceremony. It’s made our day so special,with all the personal touches.
You were brilliant to work with from the initial meeting and right up to the wedding day. R&M xx

Roma & Michael

Thanks so much to Jill from Civil Celebrations, her ceremony was the icing on the cake (pun intended!). She conducted the ceremony in both English and Spanish, thereby creating a vital link between our families and friends, in the most special moment of our lives. She combined professionalism and humour at just the right moment and kept me going when the tears wouldn’t stop flowing. Both myself and Lourdes will be eternally grateful for all your hard work, dedication and enthusiasm in making our wedding wonderful, If you are looking for a wedding celebrant then Jill’s your woman. As Dennis Edwards said,”Don’t look any further!”

Colin & Lourdes

Jill, where do we start… Thank you so much for making our wedding so amazing. Your professional and personal approach made us feel relaxed in the run up to the day. How you conducted the ceremony was like nothing any of our guests had ever seen. The guests spoke so highly of you with many asking had we been friends for years because of how personal and detailed the ceremony was. You guided us throughout the planning and worked so so hard to give us the perfect day. Once again thanks for being part of our special day ❤️??❤️

Cathy & Paul

You clearly put so much love and effort into making our day perfect. Anyone thinking of getting married I could not recommend your bespoke service enough!! ❤❤❤If it wasn’t for the music, the sound track would be laughter. Thanks again for making our day so special. ❤❤❤❤

Sinead & Steven

Jillian I can’t thank you enough for being our celebrant. You were an absolute joy to work with from start to finish. Everyone was completely blown away by you and the ceremony itself and they continue to tell us so. I couldn’t have wished for a more perfect, wonderful, warm, heartfelt and tailor made service. You captured everything that made us ‘us’ and turned it into the most beautiful (and hilarious) ceremony. You made us laugh, you made us cry & you made us married! THANK YOU Xx

Dave & Julie

Our Wedding Ceremony was magical, thanks to all the time and effort put in by our civil celebrant, JIllian. All her suggestions and attention to detail made the whole event come together in such a beautiful and special way. Thank you so much, Jillian, a wonderful day to remember for the rest of our lives!

Jane & Decky

Thank you so much Jillian for making our big day so perfect. We wanted a ceremony that was more personal to us than a registry office affair and what we got was the most amazing ceremony totally tailored to us.
You got to know us and told our love story much better than we ever could. You took all our ideas of what we would like and wove it all together into something magical.
You helped us both write our own vows and we got to include family members and friends in the ceremony too, nothing was too much hassle for you. We received so many compliments from our guests on the uniqueness and awesomeness of the service.
Thank you for making our big day the massive success it was, we couldn’t have done it without you!

Dani & Sam

Jill, thank you so much for conducting our ceremony, It was so special and meaningful to all of us All our family and atendees on Saturday remarked on how personal it was. We had an absolute ball and it was our pleasure to have you as our celebrant. Thanks so much again!

Caroline & Martin

Jill we couldn’t have had anyone better to conduct our ceremony. It was so personal and emotional for everyone. You spent lots of time to create a beautiful ceremony that suited us exactly. You were a rock on the day, as well as the months leading up to it and your professionalism and empathy made the day flow without a hitch (excuse the pun!). If anyone wants to talk to me directly to ask any questions please feel free. I cant recommend Jill enough, it was a great pleasure to have her as part of our very special day. I shall never forget it and all the guests commented on how lovely you and the ceremony was.

Sue & Matt

We are so glad that we chose Jillian, Civil Celebrations, as our wedding celebrant. right from the start we knew had picked with right person to help and guide us through the whole process. Jillian was always available at the other end of the phone, came to meet us at our venue and did a rehearsal with us the evening before. A true professional, warm and friendly, you would be very lucky to have Jillian involved in your big day.

Noeleen & Brian

Jill helped myself and my husband organise the most personal, romantic, beautiful ceremony. She was there every step of the way throughout the planning and made us both feel at ease, especially when we decided we wanted to write our own vows.
The ceremony had our family and friends laughing and crying at the same time (happy tears obviously ?)
Guests who had never been at a civil ceremony before we blown away by how relaxed it was and how much it reflected us as a couple.
I could not recommend Jill enough ♥️♥️

Emma & Paddy


Get In Touch

civil celebrations

Tel: 07833321753