Rosalie at Rituals Today is a super accommodating wedding celebrant who will work with you to celebrate your day your way. Rosalie’s philosophy is that you are unique, your love story is unique, so it follows that your wedding ceremony should truly reflect your personalities and life together.
As a wedding celebrant, Rosalie is passionate about creating a ceremony that is meaningful to yourselves as a couple. The venue, tone of the ceremony, the music, symbolism and of course the words you choose for you ceremony can all be advised upon.
With such an individual approach to your wedding, whether you’re looking for something traditional or contemporary, secular, religious or interfaith Rosalie can create the perfect ceremony for you. We’ll hand you over to her now.
Tell us a little about yourself and your business
Hello and thanks for your interest in my services! I am Rosalie, independent celebrant based in London, but I work with clients from all over the world. I create and conduct creative, fun and bespoke ceremonies for people of all backgrounds. Whatever their belief, wishes, sexuality or gender identity, I work with couples to frame their vows in a way that is truly meaningful for them.
I studied theology and business administration, worked in the corporate world for more than 12 years as a project manager, change management consultant and learning & development consultant, and am now combining all my interests and talents in a job that never fails to excite me. Originally from the Netherlands I now live in London with my husband and our two children.
What motivated you to start your business?
I have always been interested in how people use creative expressions to give meaning to their lives. The magic and wonder of love is something we don’t invent – it overcomes us. Every person is unique, and every relationship is unique. So it seems only natural to find a unique way to celebrate this!
Although a registrar-led ceremony is important to make your marriage legal it does not allow for lots of creativity, and you won’t be able to include any religious elements. On the other hand, a religious ceremony can be meaningful if you are affiliated to a particular belief, but may feel restricted if you are not a believer, or if you and your partner come from different traditions.
A celebrant -led ceremony is not about the law, or about a particular religion, it’s all about YOU. It can take place anywhere, and you are free to include any themes, symbols, music, readings you like.
Tell us a little more about the day to day activities of your business
Couples approach me on a regular basis. After an initial chat I send them everything they need to decide whether they would like to have me as their celebrant on their day. It’s important that there is a mutual vibe, as we are going on a journey together, and that the couples trust me to deliver a smooth and relaxed ceremony on the day.
I meet the couples in person, or, if they live further away, via Skype. I send them questions to learn about their story together, what it means for them to get married, and how they envision their ideal wedding day. I write a draft script which we fine-tune together until it feels perfectly right. I liaise with the wedding planner, venue manager, photographer, videographer, florist and everyone else who is involved in the ceremony, to make sure we’re all on the same page and know what to do. On the day, I make sure everything is in place and I deliver the ceremony with a smile on my face, and a tissue at hand!
When I am not writing scripts or doing weddings, I research wedding ceremonies and symbolic rituals, and post ideas and inspiration on social media and my website. I also connect with like-minded other wedding suppliers so I can advise couples if they wish.
If our readers were to order from you, what can they expect?
A heartfelt ceremony: expect laughter, and tears. A dedicated, creative, relaxed and organised approach to your wedding day. I’m a perfectionist and make sure all the I’s are dotted and the t’s are crossed!
How can couples judge if a company is the right fit for their wedding?
A personal connection is key. Some couples can be quite nervous for their wedding, and having a celebrant and other suppliers who give you the reassurance that they have it all in hand is key, so you can relax and enjoy your special day to the full!
What are your favourite moments from previous weddings you’ve been involved with?
There are many! I love doing ceremonies at special places and have precious memories of the ones I did in a carousel, a cinema, and a former fashion school. Also the one in a rose garden in Morocco was one I will never forget. Favourite moments during ceremonies are the tears and smiles when couples read out their vows – witnessing two people express their love to each other is a very moving experience.
The bigger picture – does your business offer goods/services outside of the wedding world? Tell us more
I also create and conduct funeral services. Increasingly, they become celebrations of life rather than sad and gloomy occasions. I am inspiring people to approach funerals, just like weddings, in a more personalised and meaningful way. Not many people realise, for example, that you can have funeral ceremonies wherever you want.
What have you got planned for the next 12 months?
Writing and conducting ceremonies for the most wonderful couples, who live all over the world. I look forward to learn more about their backgrounds and ideas for the day, and to conduct their ceremonies against the most stunning backdrops. Amongst them are a Gregorian mansion, a boat, a Greek island and a hall in art-deco style.
And finally, what or who inspires you and why?
My children. Their open mind and curious questions inspire me every day to look out for the things that make life truly worth living for.
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