Marriage Officer – Hugh McGuiness
Hello, and thank you for looking at my website. So who am I… I had a pretty uneventful upbringing, but my mum and dad raised my brother, sister and myself to appreciate the things we had. Dad worked hard, and mum had a part time job too, but I think things were still a struggle financially. We were brought up respecting the little we had, and when we had a treat we were really grateful for it.
I have always been a worker. On leaving school in the summer I found myself working in a casual gent’s clothes shop for a couple of weeks filling in holiday cover. I enjoyed dealing with the public and talking to them. We lived in Port Glasgow, heart of the shipyards at the time. I secured an apprenticeship in the yards as a coppersmith, and found myself there till the demise of the yards, yes I was made redundant. I never worked as a coppersmith ever again. I retrained my career and I have been self employed running multiple companies since 2000.
I met my wife in Rutherglen. I was visiting a friend and we popped in to a pub on the main street for a pint. She was playing what I considered rubbish on the jukebox and I protested. It was the start of a long relationship, and we will be 35 years married this year. We have two kids, one of each, and grand children that keep us fit and keep us on our toes. I was brought up in the catholic religion, my wife protestant, but we are not religious people, and don’t attend church. But we respect others around us and that’s where the TLC faith suits us. We live life respecting ourselves and those around us. If everyone in life practised this the world would be a much better place.
Music has always played a large part of my life. I was always the one in charge of the music at a home party, or if I went to a friends party I would take over control of the music and always had my records with me. In 2006 I formed a disco company specialising in weddings. I paid thousands each year in personal training, not mixing music, I knew that.. It was more public speaking courses, master of ceremony etiquette, marketing for weddings and studying weddings throughout the world. I found myself offering couples music for their ceremonies and Master of Ceremonies for the day. I saw lots of celebrants working, some were great, and some were not so great. As celebrants and hotels got to see the services I offered I gained the reputation as a professional and gained recommendations.
TLC Celebrants were looking to recruit more celebrants to their list and one of their current celebrants recommended me, so, they approached me asking if I would be interested in joining their team. I was really excited at being offered this new opportunity and accepted the offer straight away. They spent time training me and added me to their list of trained marriage officers at the secretary general office in Edinburgh.
Now, I work with couples every week planning a personal and emotional ceremony just for them. Some want formal, some want funny, rest assured it will be the way the bride and groom envisioned it, and it will be perfect for them.
CELEBRANT HUGH MCGUINESS WAS FANTASTIC AT MAKING OUR SERVICE EXACTLY AS WE WANTED IT TO BEChelsea & Daniel made the Press I was delighted to see Chelsea and Daniel's wedding story being told in one of Scotland's magazines. Darren Mitchell, one of the leading...read more
Danielle & Steven McPhee's Wedding Ceremony Hi, I can't thank you enough for all your help leading up to the ceremony you kept us right from day one! The ceremony was fantastic, better than I could ever of wished for, the compliments we received was fantastic....read more
Face to Face Meeting
Want to have a chat about your wedding plans? I offer a no obligation meeting with couples to get to know one another, find out what couples have in mind, and to see if I can assist them moving forward. This can be arranged at your home, my home, your venue or at a coffee shop or cafe somewhere. If you live too far away for this, I offer phone calls and video conference calls too.