We consider ourselves to be highly honourable people and we believe that if we provide an excellent service for you, then we also honour our Pagan paths, The Scottish Pagan Federation, and Orkney. This is why we will do everything in our power to ensure that our website is accurate and that any work you subsequently ask us to perform for you proceeds safely and to your exact instructions and in accordance with Scottish Law. However, we have found it necessary to protect ourselves by formally stating the terms by which we offer our website and services, so please read our "small print" ...
If you continue to browse and use this website, and if you subsequently commission work from us, you are agreeing to comply with and be bound by the following terms and conditions of use, which governs our relationship with you in regard to this website and the services we offer. If you disagree with any part of these terms and conditions, please do not use our website and please do not ask us to perform work for you. Your continuing use of this website and any service we offer implies your agreeing to be bound by these terms and conditions of use.
For the avoidance of doubt, "us", "our" and "we" refers to "Orkney Pagan Weddings", "Spiritual Orkney" and Helen and Mark Woodsford-Dean, both jointly and individually. "You" refers to the customer, service user, user or viewer of our website or any service we offer.
"Orkney Pagan Weddings" are one of the many services and products offered by "Spiritual Orkney". "Spiritual Orkney" is a partnership, the partners are Helen and Mark Woodsford-Dean.
The information contained in this website is for general information purposes only. The information is provided by us and we make every effort to keep the information up to date and accurate; it is, however, subject to change without notice. In using this website, you acknowledge that it may contain inaccuracies or errors; any reliance you place on such information is therefore strictly at your own risk. You agree that it is your own responsibility to ensure that any products, services or information available through this website meet your specific requirements. Neither we nor any third parties provide any representations, guarantees or warranties of any kind, either expressed or implied, about the completeness, timeliness, accuracy, reliability, suitability, performance or availability with respect to the website or the information, products, or services contained on the website for any purpose. In no event will we be liable for any loss or damage including without limitation, indirect or consequential loss or damage, or any loss or damage whatsoever arising from loss of data or profits arising out of, or in connection with, the use of this website or any service we offer.
If in any doubt, you are advised to obtain independent advice from a relevant specialist or expert, for example, independent and free tourist advice is available from VisitScotland.
Although to date we have never had to cancel a legal wedding, in commissioning our services, you accept that sometimes the unexpected does happen and it is impossible to mitigate for all possibilities. We always expect to honour any agreement with you, and in particular to conduct your ceremony on the date and time agreed, at the place agreed, and in the manner agreed, and to contact you in the event of there being any problem regarding any aspect of your ceremony. You understand and agree that we will do everything we can to honour our agreement with you, but that under some circumstances we may have to cancel or postpone any agreement without notice or compensation. Such circumstances would include fire, flood, drought, weather conditions, war (whether declared or not), acts of terrorism, civil disturbance, industrial disputes, act of God, personal injury or illness, being called for jury service or as a witness in a trial, any disruption to the ferry service, or any other cause beyond our control making it impossible for us to fulfill any contract.
In all circumstances, you agree that the absolute limit of our liability to you or to any other party is strictly limited to the return of any monies paid by you to us. In addition, you will not hold us liable for any consequential loss or damage whatsoever, however caused.
Although we will always try to respond sensitively, please consider any deposits requested by us, or paid to us, as non-refundable. Deposits cover us for reserving dates and advance preparation. We normally request the balance of any fee due to us to be paid within 8 weeks of your reserved date. Any balances requested by us or paid to us are also non-refundable if cancelled within 8 weeks (56 days) of your reserved date. We will, on request, accept alterations and postponement to bookings, for which we reserve the right to make an additional charge.
As Orkney is a remote place, we do always try to mitigate for unforeseen circumstances, for example, in the event of one of us being unavoidably unable to act as legal Celebrant, the other of us may be able to step in at short notice to perform your ritual instead. Obviously, if we have to cancel for any reason beyond our control, we will refund any monies paid by you to us – although we will not be responsible for any fluctuations in the value of the £GB in the interim, if applicable.
In all circumstances, you agree that the absolute limit of our liability to you or to any other party is strictly limited to the return of any monies paid by you to us. In addition, you will not hold us liable for any consequential loss or damage whatsoever, however caused. If you are concerned about this, we advise you to take out insurance to cover wedding (or other) cancellation in all circumstances.
The legal aspects (i.e. obtaining and returning the marriage schedule) of your wedding ceremony are wholly and solely your responsibility. We may offer you advice in this regard but have no other liabilities to you. You agree that unless you provide to us a valid Marriage Schedule prior to the date of the ceremony, we will not be able to proceed with your ritual if your ritual is intended to be a legal wedding ceremony. You agree that the acceptance by us of any monies from you, whether as a deposit to secure a specific date or as final payment, neither implies nor confirms your legal right to enter into a marriage contract with each other or with anyone else. We advise you to seek guidance on this from the General Register Office for Scotland. Where necessary, you will also need to seek advice and permission to marry from relevant Embassies – this applies if you are nationalities of any country other than the UK – for some countries you may need to obtain marriage visas. The rules in this paragraph apply only to legal wedding ceremonies, non-legal rituals are NOT subject to the same constraints.
Please note that for legal reasons there are some circumstances when we may not be able to proceed with performing your legal wedding ritual, despite your having booked with us and providing a valid marriage schedule. These include if we suspect that either party to the marriage is being forced to do so against their will, or does not understand that it is a legal marriage that is being performed (this includes if there is a language or disability issue), or if we have any suspicion that the couple are in a "sham" relationship for the purposes of getting married (usually applies to UK residency issues). If we have any doubt that both parties to the marriage actually intend to get married or either party is not "in a fit state" to get married (e.g. is inebriated) during the ritual, we may also have to decline to proceed with the ritual. At all times, the final decision whether or not to proceed with a legal wedding ceremony rests solely and absolutely with the Celebrant because to go ahead with a ceremony in circumstances such as those given in this paragraph may be illegal and may result in a custodial sentence for the Celebrant. Most of these problems can be resolved by communicating with us and designing a solution, for example by using the services of a translator, but these arrangements need to be made in advance. The marriage schedule also needs to be correct prior to proceeding, but these problems can be sorted by the registrar very quickly. To date, we have NEVER had a problem of this sort BUT we do feel it fair to warn all couples of our legal duties as Celebrants. The rules in this paragraph apply only to legal wedding ceremonies, non-legal rituals are NOT subject to the same constraints.
If in any doubt, you are advised to obtain independent legal advice from a solicitor.
The hiring and gaining permissions to use the venue(s) for your ceremony are wholly and solely your responsibility. We may offer you advice in this regard but have no other liabilities to you. You are wholly and solely responsible for your own and your guests’ behaviour at the venue(s) and you agree to fully indemnify us against any claims made by the landowner or any other party, for damage to the venue(s) or other parties, howsoever caused. Neither you nor your guests will throw confetti, rice, petals, etc. at the venue(s), nor leave any rubbish or anything that could be considered litter, unless you have the express permission of the landowner to do so (please note that Historic Scotland will NOT provide permission to do this at any of their sites). You are wholly and solely responsible for informing your guests of this and for ensuring that they comply with these instructions.
To ensure that everything proceeds according to your plans and to minimise misunderstandings, we recommend that you plan ahead and communicate with us as much as possible, we will do likewise with you.
Through this website you are able to link to other websites which are not under the control of us. These links are provided for your convenience to supply you with further information which we believe may be useful to you. We have no control over the nature, content and availability of those sites. The inclusion of any links does not necessarily imply a recommendation or endorse the views expressed within them. If you use these links to leave our site, you should note that we do not have any control over those other websites and cannot be responsible for the protection and privacy of any information which you provide whilst visiting such sites. You should exercise caution and look at the privacy statement applicable to the website in question.
Although we may recommend other services to you, if you procure those services then your contract is solely with those other service providers for the provision of those services and not with us.
We require payment in advance of your ritual taking place. We accept a variety of forms of payment but the funds must be cleared prior to the "big day" please.
Although we ask you to supply personal information or contact data to us, we do so solely for the purposes of contacting you and providing you with the service you request from us. We NEVER sell or pass on your personal information or contact data without your permission. We store your information in paper and electronic format and if you submit information to us, you agree to us storing your data in these formats and for these purposes. We endeavour to keep any information pertaining to you private and secure in whatever format we hold it.
We make every effort to keep this website up and running smoothly. However, we take no responsibility for, and will not be liable for, the website being temporarily unavailable due to technical issues beyond our control.
For the avoidance of doubt: rituals are provided as a religious / spiritual service, whilst tourist guiding is a tourism service, our crafts are a craft / religious / spiritual service.
Copyright:- All photographs on this web-site are copyrighted to Mark Woodsford-Dean (unless they were taken by Alba Photographic, Suzi Lee, Corinne Fudge or Graham Wharton, in which case they are copyrighted to them) and may not be reproduced without the permission of Mark or the people they depict. All text is copyrighted to Helen Woodsford-Dean and may not be reproduced without the permission of Helen.
Your use of this website and our services and any dispute arising out of such use of the website and our services is subject to the laws of England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.