These few testimonials -from last year and before- will tell you more about my Celebrant practice than I ever could and about my absolute commitment to making your ceremony perfect for you!

Célébrations & Mémoire - Frise

“It was important to us that our ceremony was bi-lingual. Karine was excellent and made the whole ceremony so special for us. The ceremony was in French and English with both of us saying vows / readings in both languages; the guests really appreciated it being in both languages and Karine spoke in both languages fluently throughout. She was very attentive and made sure everything was perfect for us; she was extremely approachable and we had no hesitation in asking her questions or making suggestions. Karine was very open to ideas and really listened to what we wanted and the type of ceremony that we hoped for. There was no problem communicating with Karine, she was always available on Skype and the only time we met her was on the day of the ceremony. She was very precise and wanted everything to be perfect for us. She took the time before the ceremony to speak with the witnesses and make sure that everyone was comfortable with where they would be seated and knew what they had to say. She was a true professional and I highly recommend her.”

Emma et David, French-British couple (UK)
LES CARMES ~ LE THOR

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“Mathew and I quickly realized that the services of an officiant was exactly what we wanted for our wedding; we were immediately impressed with both the customization possibilities and flexibility. The experience and expertise of Karine really helped prepare a ceremony that was both very personal and very much ‘like us’. The challenge of us living thousands of miles away and the fact that we asked Karine to create a bilingual ceremony was handled brilliantly. Karine managed with great skill to conduct a dynamic ceremony in French and English while being intimate, romantic and touching. Not only were we as a couple deeply moved, most of our guests had tears in their eyes. We have also received many compliments on our ceremony and know that much of that credit is due to Karine.
Thank you for your listening, your advice to lead our union so brilliantly and share your passion for officiating.”

Bérengère & Matthew, French/Canadian couple (Singapore)
LE MAS DE LA ROSE ~ ORGON

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“Dear Karine, Thank you for our most beautiful day – more than words can really say – And for your lovely personality that added the richness to make the ceremony perfect! The ceremony without question was more than we had ever dared hope for; it was personal, relaxed, sincere, and so very meaningful. You do have a gift, and everyone spoke about it being the most ‘romantic, meaningful, and moving’ wedding they had ever attended. Also the printed copy of the service is so beautiful. We are making a copy for my mother who will be very touched by the reference to my father, and to her. Thanks again for all of your personal touches – they made all the difference. We are very grateful for your patience, your caring, and your most touching ceremony!”

Fern & Gerry (Canada)
PRIVATE RESIDENCE ~ SAINT REMY DE PROVENCE

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 Jamie and Anthony, UK
DOMAINE DU GROS NORE ~ LA CADIERE D’AZUR

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“Dear Karine, We wanted to thank you for the sterling work you did for our wedding. We both thoroughly enjoyed the ceremony and the way you delivered it. You put so much efforts into it, between the transcript, the translation, the delivery and the last minute surprises that you handled beautifully! We had a lot of compliments from our guests on this « emotional », « so personable », « romantic » and « unique » ceremony. So thank you again.”

Maud & David, French/British couple (UK)
CHATEAU DU MARTINET ~ CARPENTRAS

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“Dear Karine, Thank you very much for everything, it was a perfect day for us. All the best.”

Annika & Alex (Germany)
LA PLAGE DES JUMEAUX ~ RAMATUELLE

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“Thank you for the ceremony and the beautiful words you have put together. It was personal and sentimental. It’s exactly what we wanted.”

Lauren & Robert (Canada)
HOTEL EDEN ROC ~ ANTIBES

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“It’s was great to meet you. We are honored to have you as a celebrant at our wedding. You made it special and custom the ceremony to fit us and the family in such a short time. I really appreciated all your effort. Thank you again for everything.”

Mishelle & Andrew (USA/Singapore)
CRILLON LE BRAVE HOTEL

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  »Karine, We felt that our wedding celebration was truly magical. It was exactly what we dreamed of for our ceremony: a memorable moment to share, out of time, and very intimate. Our guests were very touched by some passages, especially particularly the exchange between Jérôme and his brother. They were very appreciative of your way of being, your speech, etc.  Thank you again for contributing to our happiness and the success of our memorable day! We wish you all the best.”

Séverine & Jérôme (France)
CHATEAU DE L’AUMERADE ~ August 2011

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« Dear Karine, A sincere and heartfelt thanks to you for our celebration. The ceremony was perfectly written and performed, and beyond our wildest dreams. We lived one of the happiest moments of our lives! There was so much love that everybody felt it: the friends, the family, even the staff were all very moved. Thank you once again for your creativity and professionalism which made a success of our wedding day!  Yours sincerely.”

Ernest & Sandra (Switzerland)
DOMAINE DES ANDEOLS ~ July 2011

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“We are a French/English couple from London who got married in the South of France. We were introduced to Karine through our wedding planner. After one conversation over Skype we were sure Karine was the right person to host our ceremony.  We had no idea what we wanted but with Karine’s help we were able to shape the ceremony into exactly what we had dreamed of. Karine worked to make sure that every element we had mentioned was present in the ceremony – including a part for our daughter. It was personal, touching, original, light hearted at times and extremely accessible. Karine was an absolute joy to work with, taking our comments on board at each part of the process. The ceremony was really the high point of our wedding and is certainly the part that meant the most to both of us. On the day Karine was perfect, hitting the right tone and making us feel at ease.

The ceremony has been the one thing that our guests have continually talked about as being the best they have seen… So thank you Karine!!!”

Angharad & Luc, French-English couple (UK)
MAS DE PUECH ~ June 2011

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 “We sincerely enjoyed the symbolic wedding ceremony performed by Karine Wegel on our wedding day. We are a couple of mixed nationalities, Dutch and Irish, and we decided to celebrate our wedding at le Mas des Comtes de Provence in France where we enjoyed the company of 50 guests.

Thanks to Karine, we and our guests enjoyed a well written and well spoken wedding ceremony. Many of our guests had never met each other before, but the ceremony, written and spoken by Karine, was intimate and bonded the guests. Also, all our guests knew parts of our lives and love story. However, Karine made sure that our guests left the ceremony with the feeling that they had got to know us even better. All these aspects made our wedding ceremony and wedding day very special. Karine was very thorough in her preparations. Months before our wedding we received questionnaires and other forms to fill in. We answered the questions honestly and sincerely, therefore Karine was able to personalise the ceremony and as a result we enjoyed an intimate and personal celebration. We also talked several times with Karine; On Skype, over the phone and via email. In these phone and email conversations we discussed (parts of) the ceremony. A few days before our wedding celebration we met with Karine at the wedding venue to discuss the practical parts of the ceremony as where to walk, where to stand/sit, etc.  All in all we experienced a ceremony which was intimate and personal and we are sure that Karine has provided all of our guests with good memories.

Karine, thank you so much for all your energy and expertise you put into our wedding ceremony. It was very special. Best wishes.”

Eefje & Michael (Netherlands/Ireland)
MAS DES COMTES DE PROVENCE ~ May 2011

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Testimonial Celebrant Karine Wegel“Thank you for this unforgettable day! A few months ago, when we met to prepare our Wedding Celebration, we did not imagine how important each element of the ceremony was, may it be the script, the development of our ceremony, step by step, the placement of the guests… and the Bride and Groom (!), etc. It was not until our wedding day for us to realize all this. Indeed you truly thought about everything, down to the tiniest details such as the candles, the gong, the music… but, above all, you have managed to tell our story with our joys and our pains.  To conclude, we thank you again for the beautiful ceremony you created for us!!!”

PS :  “During the ceremony, I felt like my parents were present! And during the Stone Ritual, my son shed a few tears, touched by the intensity of the moment [...] He was deeply moved when he expressed his love to both of us.” ~ Ange

Valérie & Ange (France)
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC ~ February 2011

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“Dear Karine, We received the keepsake ceremony just a few days ago!  Oh my goodness how sweet!  I’ve shown it to 2 of my friends that just got married; and they’re so jealous.  I’ve even made a copy and sent it to my Grandmother that could not make it! Thanks a million.”

Karine & William (France/Australia)
PRIVATE RESIDENCE ~ August 2010

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Témoignage Cérémonie Laïque par Célébrante Karine Wegel“We had a civil wedding in the UK but we wanted to have a proper wedding in the South of France with a non-religious bilingual ceremony. The services that Karine offered as a Celebrant exceeded all our expectations. Karine took her job to heart throughout the entire process and the passion for what she does shone through every time we met or talked – she advised us on the structure of the ceremony, on the good timing of the music and the texts. She also took the time to get to know my husband and I to celebrate our story as a couple with our own words. She found the perfect tone for our personalised ceremony in both English and French to make our wedding day unique. She consulted with the wedding party present during our rehearsal, including the DJ and videographer and went through all the details. As a result, she delivered the most beautiful and moving ceremony we could ever hope for. My family and guests thought she was absolutely brilliant and we hope to have her around for many other great milestones of our lives.”

Nelly & Michael (France/USA)
CHATEAU L’ARC ~ July 2010

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« Before leaving for our honeymoon, we take a few minutes to tell you a big MERCI… You made our wedding celebration a real fairy tall. We felt we were in a movie, surrounded by tenderness, happiness and joy! So again merci because it is indeed thanks to you that everything has been possible. We received compliments only… We wish you well for the future.”

Sandrine & Benoît (France)
VILLENEUVE-LES-AVIGNON ~ June 2010

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Each of our celebrations is unique

You wish to celebrate an important life change, you do not want or cannot have a traditional religious ceremony, and you are looking for a celebrant:

- to help you create a ceremony that respects all that is meaningful to you
- to create a memorable and meaningful celebration
- to represent the occasion
- to advise and offer expertise
- to conduct the ceremony
- to monitor the smooth running of the celebration 

Please contact Célébrations & Mémoire for a no-obligation interview to discuss the your vision of the ceremony. 

The initial consultation helps assess your needs and expectations as well as data relevant to your ceremony, including the number of guests, the date and the venue of the event, the complexity of ceremonials and set up coordination, etc. 

In the following days you will receive a draft proposal including a quote. Upon mutual agreement of terms and signature of the contract, the design of your ceremony begins.

In a collaborative process, we guide you in choosing rituals, readings, symbols and music in order to fulfill your ideals and bring your vision to life. Moreover we provide unlimited consultation while creating your ceremony until final approval of the text.

Célébrations & Mémoire conducts a rehearsal where necessary to the ceremony. On the day of your celebration we are present to officiate and, to ensure the smooth running of the celebration, we collaborate with your photographer, your musicians, your wedding planner et the venue’s personal if necessary. 

To conclude, we will provide you with a lovely keepsake copy of the ceremony.

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For more information about Célébrations & Mémoire and the services we offer, do not hesitate to contact Life-Cycle Celebrant® Karine Wegel, by e-mail celebrations-memoire@orange.fr or phone +33 (0)6 75 17 21 26.

 

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The Celebrants’ Motto:
« Your Story, Your Voice, Your Ceremony »

Our fees reflect the time and care dedicated to writing, designing and performing each ceremony. They vary according to the event general complexity, the rituals involved, the number of people attending, the equipment needed, and the amount for preparation, rehearsal, location and travel that is necessary. 

Célébrations & Mémoire officiates at all events that celebrate the change of life (adapted from the Celebrant Foundation & Institute):

Ceremonies for Couples
Weddings
Commitment Ceremonies
Pacs Unions
Vow Renewals
Engagements 

Ceremonies for Families & Children
Baby Namings & Welcomings
Ceremonies for Adoptive Families
Coming of Age Ceremonies for Teens 

Ceremonies of Healing & Transition
Funerals & Memorials
Divorce
Survivor Ceremonies
Career Downsizing 

Rites of Passage
Birthdays
Graduations
Retirement
Special Achievements 

Civic & Corporate Events
Awards Ceremonies
Special Events
Community & Nonprofit Events
Civic Ceremonies

Do not hesitate to contact Célébrations & Mémoire, we will be happy to give you a price quotation.

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Karine Wegel, Certified Life-Cycle Celebrant®, creates unique and personalized ceremonies for all major changes in life. You can reach her via e-mail at celebrations-memoire@orange.fr or  call at +33 (0)6 75 17 21 26.

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Celebrant Foundation & Institute: Celebrant’s code of Ethics

As a Celebrant Association Member, Célébration & Mémoire has agreed:

  • To maintain a professional standard of service to the public.
  • To serve each client-honorees with respect, sensitivity and professionalism and to provide all services in timely manner.
  • To ensure that clients-honorees have complete choice of and final say over their ceremonies, and that the Celebrant’s personal beliefs are immaterial to this process.
  • To encourage clients in choosing and/or approving a ceremony that is satisfying to them.
  • To respectfully provide a ceremony that is as accurate as possible in all respects, including the pronunciation of the names of people, places and things.
  • To meet the client for a no-obligation interview to discuss services prior to engagement.
  • To provide unlimited consultation to clients while creating their ceremony.
  • To conduct a rehearsal where necessary to the ceremony.
  • To perform the ceremony in a professional, prepared and appropriate manner.
  • To gift the client/honoree a copy of their ceremony.
  • To provide a service that recognizes the unique personalities of your clients, being sensitive to their needs, wishes, values, philosophical and spiritual beliefs and cultural backgrounds. 
  • Not to discriminate on the basis of gender, race, religion, philosophy of life, ethnicity, national origin, age, disability, or sexual orientation
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 “I tell your unique story with your own words.”

Based in Provence
Available for ceremonies throughout France

A native of Provence, I lived and worked betweenParisand abroad for many years. In 2008, I discovered the celebrant movement with genuine interest. Even though this movement is still little known in France, in the face of the unique needs of people and modern families for a new type of ceremonies, I was stuck by the concept which naturally led me to find my true calling in Celebrancy. 

I am now a full-time Life-Cycle Celebrant® and professional officiant. Expert in composing, planning and performing ceremonies, I help individuals, couples, families and communities to celebrate weddings, funerals, and other life-cycle transitions in a special way that is completely their own. Dedicated to my clients, I aim at crafting and performing unique and meaningful ceremonies where the atmosphere, the words reflect their aspirations and their convictions. Respectful of the special needs of people and modern families, I have an inclusive approach which honors all beliefs, philosophy of life, and traditions. 

Trained and certified by the Celebrant Foundation & Institute, I take the personalised and intimate approach at the heart of the Life-Cycle Celebrants’ philosophy, a community of people bounded by the same ethics of integrity, respect, and confidentiality.

Very creative, I bring to my Celebrant practice developed organization skills and a good sense of detail.

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For more information about Célébrations & Mémoire, contact:
Karine Wegel, Certified Life-Cycle Celebrant®
E-mail: celebrations-memoire@orange.fr
Mob.: +33 (0)6 75 17 21 26

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Certified Life-Cycle Celebrant

Life-Cycle Celebrant®, trained and certified by the Celebrant Foundation & Institute (USA)

Celebrant Karine Wegel performs ceremonies that help individuals, couples or families mark life-changing events or decisions. She works with and for her clients, creating custom-made ceremonies that respect all that is meaningful to them.

The Celebrant Foundation & Institute is a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to training Celebrants and to promoting the use of ceremony to mark the milestones and transitions in the lives of individuals, families, communities and organizations. For more information about the Celebrant Foundation, visit their website at www.celebrantusa.org


Certificates:

Weddings and Other Ceremonies for Couples Celebrant

 

Funerals and Ceremonies for Healing Celebrant

 

Cérémonies for Families and Children

 
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Célébrations & Mémoire
Karine Wegel, Life-Cycle Celebrant ®
~ Professional Officiant and Ceremony Specialist ~
E-mail: celebrations-memoire@orange.fr
Mob. : +33 (0)6 75 17 21 26

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Life-Cycle Celebrants® are professional officiants et ceremony specialistes

Celebrants are professional officiants who collaborate with their clients to create and perform personal ceremonies that reflect the clients’ beliefs, philosophy of life and personalities. No two Celebrant ceremonies are the same.

Life-Cycle Celebrants® are ceremony specialists who have a solid background in the history of ritual and ceremonial, and the traditions of many cultures, beliefs and religions. They are experts in composing ceremonies, managing rehearsals and performing life-cycle ceremonies. Celebrants are also experienced in the art of ceremonial public speaking.

Whether you are secular, religious, spiritual, nondenominational, a Life-Cycle Celebrant® can help you create a ceremony that respects all that is meaningful to you, and that you can share with your family and your friends.

Note from Celebrant: Celebrants are not Wedding Planners. 

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The Celebrant Moto: « Your Story, Your Voice, Your Ceremony »

The Celebrant Foundation & Institute is a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to training Celebrant officiants. The Certified Life-Cycle Celebrants® promote the use of personalized ceremony to mark the moments and milestones in the lives of individuals, families, communities and organizations.  

For more information about the Celebrant Foundation & Institute, visit them at www.celebrantusa.org

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All the questions frequently asked. If you do not find answers to your requests , we invite you to contact us.

(Excerpts from the Celebrant Foundation & Institute – USA)

What is a Celebrant?

Celebrants are professional life-cycle ceremony officiants who believe in the power and effectiveness of ceremony and ritual to serve basic needs of society and the individual. They collaborate with their clients to create and perform personalized ceremonies that reflect the clients’ beliefs, philosophy of life and personalities; not the Celebrant’s.

Which ceremonies do you officiate at?

Celebrants officiate at all types of life-cycle ceremonies and rituals including baby namings and adoption ceremonies, coming of age ceremonies, weddings, civil unions and commitment ceremonies, funerals and memorials. Celebrants also develop ceremonies to enrich daily life and for community, corporate and civic events. The opportunities to use ceremony to create connections among neighbors and families, and for healing and celebration, are as varied as are the Celebrants.

How is a Celebrant Ceremony Unique?

Personalized ceremonies are the specialty of Celebrants. Each ceremony is designed to reflect who the honorees are either as individuals or as a couple or family. A Celebrant certified by the Celebrant Foundation & Institute will take the time to understand the honorees’ beliefs and values and what makes their ceremony unique.

In a Celebrant ceremony, the honorees are empowered. Nothing is imposed on them. Instead, in a collaborative process, the Celebrant will guide them in choosing rituals, readings, symbols and music to fulfill their ideals and vision for their Ceremony. No two Celebrant ceremonies are the same.

What Does a Celebrant Do?

Celebrants are ceremony specialists who have a solid background in the history of ritual and ceremony, and the traditions of many cultures, beliefs and religions. They are experts in composing ceremonies, managing rehearsals and performing life-cycle ceremonies. Celebrants are also experienced in the art of ceremonial public speaking.

Life-Cycle Celebrants are trained and certified by the Celebrant USA Foundation & Institute to perform ceremonies that help individuals, couples, and families mark life-changing events or decisions

Celebrant services for their honoree client(s) include:
- Meeting at a no-obligation interview to discuss the honoree client’s vision of the ceremony
- Listening and taking notes as they learn the client’s personal story
- Consulting with the honoree client until the ceremony is just right
- Providing a beautiful keepsake copy of the ceremony   

What do Celebrants believe?

The beliefs of the Celebrant are immaterial ; it’s the beliefs of the clients that are primary. Celebrants believe that personalized ceremonies are a vital way to bring happiness and balance to individuals, and connection and beauty within society. They believe in people. They believe in adding to the sum total of human happiness wherever they can assist in doing so. Celebrants are trained to focus on the values and priorities of the client, so that the ceremony is a total reflection and extension of the honoree. 

What is the Celebrant Foundation & Institute?

The Celebrant Foundation & Institute is a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to training Celebrant officiants. The Certified Life-Cycle CelebrantsTM promote the use of personalized ceremony to mark the moments and milestones in the lives of individuals, families, communities and organizations.

For more information about the Celebrant Foundation & Institute, visit them at www.celebrantusa.org

What is Celebrancy ?

Celebrancy is a movement which provides professional officiants – better known as “Celebrants”- to create and officiate at weddings, funerals, and other life ceremonies for people who do not want or cannot have a traditional religious ceremony. 

Celebrancy began in Australia in the early 1970s. Presently there are more than 3000 Celebrants worldwide, who have presided over one million ceremonies in the last forty years.

Who should choose a Celebrant?

 Anyone and everyone! Whether you are secular, religious, spiritual, nondenominational, part of an interfaith or multicultural couple, or if you simply wish to express yourself in a manner of your own choosing, a Celebrant can help you create a ceremony that respects all that is meaningful to you.

Why use ceremony to mark life’s milestones?

« A culture that forgets its rites of passage eventually loses its capacity to celebrate joy and unity. » ~ Michael Meade, Author

Life is a journey for us all. It is a growing process. We all go through many physical stages in our lives: infancy, childhood, adolescence, adulthood, maturity and death. We go through personal, sentimental and emotional stages as well: we might find a partner, build a career or have children, live through illnesses or the loss of family and friends. There is a deep human need to find some sort of stability in this ever-changing state. Since ancient times, humans have used ceremony to mark these rites of passages and create a space and place to express our humanness in all its simple glory. 

What are « Rites of Passage »?

Rites of passage are those moments when an individual or group pauses, through ceremony or ritual, to acknowledge an important life change. Such changes include birth, adoption, coming of age, graduation, marriage, moving to a new home, becoming a parent, starting a new job, opening a new business, surviving an illness, or death.

Ceremonies to mark such rites of passage include baby welcoming ceremonies, weddings, commitment ceremonies, housewarming ceremonies and funerals.

Many of the important and common rites of passage are connected with the biological stages of life: birth, puberty, maturity, marriage, reproduction and death; other rites celebrate changes that are wholly cultural. These rites of passage serve to bridge critical stages in the life process and to help the individual confront certain uncontrollable aspects of the world he or she inhabits. By providing a predictable, communal context for individual experience, rites of passage act to alleviate the inevitable anxiety that accompanies change. 

Do Celebrants Adhere to a Code of Ethics?

Yes! By using a Certified Funeral Celebrant trained by the Celebrant Institute, you are assured that I have agreed to uphold the highest level of service and professionalism.

As a Celebrant Association Member, I have agreed:

  • To maintain a professional standard of service to the public.
  • To serve each client-honorees with respect, sensitivity and professionalism and to provide all services in timely manner.
  • To ensure that clients-honorees have complete choice of and final say over their ceremonies, and that the Celebrant’s personal beliefs are immaterial to this process.
  •  To encourage clients in choosing and/or approving a ceremony that is satisfying to them.
  • To respectfully provide a ceremony that is as accurate as possible in all respects, including the pronunciation of the names of people, places and things.
  • To meet the client for a no-obligation interview to discuss services prior to engagement.
  • To provide unlimited consultation to clients while creating their ceremony.
  • To conduct a rehearsal where necessary to the ceremony.
  • To perform the ceremony in a professional, prepared and appropriate manner.
    - To gift the client/honoree a copy of their ceremony.
  • To provide a service that recognizes the unique personalities of your clients, being sensitive to their needs, wishes, values, philosophical and spiritual beliefs and cultural backgrounds.
  • Not to discriminate on the basis of gender, race, religion, philosophy of life, ethnicity, national origin, age, disability, or sexual orientation.
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