Wedded to the job...

If you love weddings, then there’s a job going that will give you the best seat in the house, each and every time.

Due to an increase in the number of civil and celebrant weddings, Buckinghamshire County Council has launched a recruitment drive for more registrars – with an outgoing personality, attention to detail and neat handwriting (you only get one chance on the wedding certificate) all essential qualities.

Rachel Grant has been a registrar for seven years, combining the role with her career as an air stewardess, when she no doubt gets to serve plenty of newly-weds off on their honeymoons.

“It’s a great job and no two days are the same,” said Rachel, who as a deputy registrar has responsibility for registering births, deaths and marriages.

“You get to meet so many people, and you’re dealing with them at these really important times in their lives. My customer service experience has really stood me in good stead.”

For Rachel, there’s a special moment before each wedding, just as the guests are about to arrive – which only a registrar is likely to experience.

“The room is ready to go and looking pristine. In the next few minutes people are going to start coming in, the atmosphere will change to one of real excitement and you know you’ll soon be presiding over one of the most pivotal moments in a couple’s life.”

The work on offer is flexible, which Rachel said allows her to combine the two jobs and have a healthy work-life balance.

The registration team has two main offices in Aylesbury and Beaconsfield Old Town but registrars will be expected to work county-wide in the 70-plus licensed venues and registration offices. The hourly rate is £11.38.

Cabinet member for Community Engagement, Margaret Aston, said: “This is a marvellous opportunity for people looking to do something different. Our registration team brings in an important income for the council. Having more registrars will enable us to offer more flexibility to couples, for example who want to get married on bank holidays or later in the day, and help bring in additional revenue.”

Info: Applications close on February 6th. See Ref: FS04504