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♡ I'm Katie Keen, an Independent Celebrant with many years experience of creating bespoke, personal Wedding Ceremonies for my couples. Every love story is special, but yours is my favourite! ♡
Pricing & Costs

Prices start at

£625
Details

Products and Services

Speech Writer
Celebrant / Officiant
Marquee Wedding Specialist
Last-Minute Orders
Inbound Destination Wedding Specialist
Outbound Destination Wedding Specialist
Toastmaster / Master of Ceremony
Pre-Wedding Consultation
Full Description
If you are looking for an alternative to a standard religious or statutory civil ceremony then hiring an Independent Celebrant is the perfect choice. Like Humanists, we create moving and beautiful wedding ceremonies which are personalised to each couple we work with. However we are also able to include spiritual content so if you are an inter-faith couple you may incorporate the rituals of one or more of your cultures or backgrounds as part of your ceremony. Celebrant-led Weddings are also a perfect option for couples who have had a destination wedding abroad and wish to hold a Blessing amongst extended family and friends on their return. Most couples simply wish to hold a personalised Wedding Ceremony amongst friends and family in a place that is not a traditional wedding venue or perhaps isn't licenced for marriage. They may choose to exchange their vows outdoors at the family home, on a beach, in woodland or a barn. Many couples now book a whole weekend to celebrate their wedding, often 'festival-style' with tents, marquees or tipis and friends camping. The civil marriage registration is taken care of in a separate brief appointment, splitting the legal and ceremonial side of the wedding - much as happens across Europe. Baby Naming Days and Vow Renewals are also a speciality; I love creating happy days for happy families!

Personal Message from the Manager

Name of Wedding Contact: Katie Keen
I'd love to help you make your big day really special with a bespoke personalised wedding ceremony that's written all about you!

Experience

Year Business Was Established
2013
No. of Weddings Hosted
More than 50
Public Liability Insurance
true
No. of People In Team
1
Reviews
(4)
(4)
Alexandra & Wesley
Wedding: August 2019
June 2016
Wedding Ceremony- June 2019
Katie was a brilliant celebrant and she told our story beautifully. She took into account all our ideas and she put together a personal ceremony which wasn’t too cheesy but was just right! All our guests loved it and told us how personal it was and how lovely it was to hear the story of us. Katie did an amazing job in the lead up and on the day. Highly recommend her, she even coordinated her outfit with the groomsmen!
Julie & Darren
Wedding: December 2016
June 2016
Wedding Ceremony - December 2016
Katie is amazing! The service she performed for our wedding was impeccable. Katie helped us through the whole process, from the first initial email to helping us write our own vows to each together, seating guests and timings to walk down the aisle. Every question or email was answered within hours and nothing was too much trouble. Katie is a true professional and we would recommend her 100%.
Kayleigh & Karl
Wedding: May 2018
June 2016
Wedding Ceremony - May 2018
We knew we wanted a personal ceremony but didn't know how to start, this wasn't a problem as Katie was able to get all the info she needed to make it perfect for us. Katie was incredibly helpful and offered a lot of guidance when we were unsure of how to begin with our vows, followed by lots of reassurance on the lead up to and on the wedding day when anxiety kicked in. Nothing was too much trouble and when I was struggling to find a unity candle I felt suited us, Katie went out of her way to make some for us and they were so beautiful. We can't thank you enough and will not hesitate on recommending you to other couples!
Lee & Bo
Wedding: September 2018
June 2016
Elopement Ceremony - September 2018
I can’t explain how perfect our ceremony and experience was with Katie. Truly magical in every way!
Location & Contact Details

Address

Tonbridge, Kent

Travel Notes

I meet clients either at their chosen venue or we chose somewhere to go for coffee. If distance is too far, we can always Skype!

Nearest Town

Maidstone/Tunbridge Wells

Nearest Motorway & Junction

M20 Junction 6

Nearest Train Station

Marden

Nearest Airport

Gatwick Airport

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Press & Awards
(12)

Accreditations / Associations (2)

Your Sussex Wedding Magazine - various real wedding features
Your Kent Wedding Magazine - Expert Panel: Jul/Aug 2016, Sept/Oct 2016 editions

Industry Awards (2)

The Wedding Industry Awards 2018: South East Region - Highly Commended
Wedding Industry Experts Awards 2014: Most Popular Officiant Kent & South East
FAQ
(10)

What is your most memorable wedding?

I always rehearse and practice the ceremony with my couples - this really helps settle any nerves and ensures everyone knows their role, and where they're supposed to be at any given time. I like to think my calm professional approach helps during this process.

Describe your style in 5 adjectives.

Have fun with your wedding day and really try to make it as personal as you can - that way it stays memorable in your guests' minds for a long time. You'll ( hopefully!) only do it once!

What about your business are you most proud of?

I love that I get to work with so many truly lovely couples and their families - it really is a pleasure and a privilege to do this and call it a job!

What is your No. 1 wedding planning tip for couples?

Seeing all the happy smiling faces of family and friends gazing on as my couple say their wedding vows to one another - that's priceless.

What is your favourite personal touch you have seen at a wedding?

I am currently working with a lovely couple who wish to have their cat involved as a Bridesmaid in their wedding ceremony - on a lead!

Describe your typical process with a couple.

Caring - Creative - Professional - Proficient -

What is the most unusual thing you’ve been asked to plan?

Where possible we meet up first to see if we might be a good fit. I bring example scripts from real weddings to my couple consultations. We discuss your ideas and I make suggestions, before drafting and writing a ceremony script that is completely tailored to you in terms of spoken content, and as many ceremony enhancements as you wish. You might choose a unity ceremony such as candle lighting, or sand pouring, or a hand-fasting element to your ceremony. These are poignant moments remembered by your friends and family and make incredible photo opportunities too. With experience of many different ceremonies I am well placed to advise on stage management and the look and feel of your wedding ceremony, and offer a rehearsal as standard in my fee.

How do you ensure a stress-free wedding?

Individual wicker picnic baskets for small groups of guests, filled with vintage crockery and cutlery, a blanket, a bottle of Prosecco and a selection of chutneys - guests then added to this from tables of breads, cold meats, cheeses and salads. A very relaxed picnic-style Wedding Breakfast!

What do you love most about your job?

This has to be Anna and James' wedding which was featured in Rock n Roll Bride ... they really went to town on personalising every aspect of their day starting with their ceremony which included a London gospel choir, a mid-ceremony surprise karaoke, both Mums delivering a very funny poem complete with actions, and giant confetti cannons exploding over them at the kiss finale. They followed a strolling jazz band to their village fete-themed reception where they played silly games and a tug of war, and performed a perfectly choreographed first dance later that night!

What is your favourite moment at a wedding?

I am so proud to have had my several of my couples' weddings published on the popular Wedding Blogs: Rock n Roll Bride, Rock My Wedding, Festival Brides, Whimsical Wonderland Weddings, Mr & Mrs Unique - to name a few. It's so lovely to get the recognition and to see my couples photos featured in print!