Catherine Kentridge, Celebrant
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My name is Catherine Kentridge and I am a professional celebrant. I create and conduct beautiful, elegant and fully customised wedding, vow renewal and civil partnership ceremonies, together with baby naming & family ceremonies, and memorial or celebration of life ceremonies, across the UK.
Because celebrant ceremonies do not have the restrictions of a church, synagogue or registry office, they can take place anytime, any place, anywhere and be based on a religious, non-religious, interfaith, spiritual or civil basis, containing the traditions, rituals, and customs you choose.
I speak fluent French and Italian and can create completely bilingual ceremonies in those languages. Over the years, I have united hundreds of couples and on request, have also included elements of Spanish, German, Czech, Russian, Hebrew, Cantonese, Portuguese, and Afrikaans into the ceremony.
Whether you choose a simple or elaborate ceremony, to celebrate happy new beginnings or the life of a loved one who has passed, I will work with you to create a beautiful, elegant ceremony that is full of feeling and warmth, something extremely personal to you and a memory to treasure for always.
I have a deep respect for and openness to different personal beliefs, cultures, and traditions and love to weave these different elements together into a harmonious and profoundly meaningful ceremony.
As a trained soprano, a professional storyteller and writer, and an experienced actor, I am able to use these skills to help put people at their ease (so I’m told…) and lead a ceremony that will be a lifetime memory for you.
Your wedding will be in the words and language(s) of your choice.
I will advise and support you, drawing on my extensive knowledge of these special ceremonies to make your wedding an occasion you will be thrilled to experience and always remember with happiness.
I speak French and Italian, besides English, and have often included these languages at the couple’s request.
I am also happy to include words or greetings in the language of your choice (as long as they are transliterated and I get some help with pronunciation, if needed!).
Licensed Wedding Officiant
– Ontario, Canada
I was educated in England (I studied at Oxford), but having spent many happy years in Canada, I am also licensed to conduct wedding ceremonies all over Ontario. If you are planning a Destination Wedding to Ontario, I’d be more than happy to talk to you about it. These days, many couples elope or have a destination wedding and then have a blessing ceremony back in the UK for friends and family who were unable to travel to a destination wedding.
Thanks again for taking the time to meet with us at such a late hour! We both felt that you were a perfect fit for us, even after a quick 30 minute chat. We loved your energy, your knowledge, and your beliefs/attitudes towards the wedding day. You have the perfect blend of formality and lightheartedness that we were looking for (and your love of cats sealed the deal!).
Your German was flawless and my family was highly impressed!
You took the happy and the sad stories about our son and wove them into a beautiful ceremony.
Thank you for the eloquent and comforting celebration of life service. You made us feel you’d been a dear friend of our beloved mother.
Hiring you to perform the ceremony is the best decision we’ve ever made!
After our wedding, so many people commented on how wonderful you were. You kept it interesting and fun and you were everything we could have possibly hoped for in an officiant.
People really enjoyed the way you told our story and your French was bang on!
Catherine was so wonderful that we’ve already had people ask for her contact information so she can do weddings for their relatives.
You are not only such a professional, but so warm, a lovely speaker, and did such an amazing job of customizing everything to our unique needs. I can’t tell you how many people remarked on just how wonderful a job you did.
We cannot thank you enough for your wonderful officiating of our marriage. We continue to receive praise for our ceremony. It was all we could have imagined, hoped and dreamed.
It was a pleasure working with you to create an interfaith ceremony that was intimate, personal, and most importantly, meaningful to us. We are so happy as we reminisce about our special day.
We were so thrilled with how it all turned out and felt that the ceremony you scripted for us was perfect. Your command of the audience was excellent and your suggestions really made for the perfect wedding.
At very short notice Catherine Kentridge agreed to come to our home and marry us in front of a couple dozen close friends. She was well-prepared, kind, and professional. I could not recommend her more highly.
You were like part of the family.
It was a joy to listen to you. Your voice is like music.
What a beautiful, elegant wedding. We are so glad we found you. You were just perfect for our ceremony.
What a lovely ceremony. You are a natural for this. You have such presence and radiate such a sense of joy. And your accent is to die for!
We have received so many compliments on the beautiful way the ceremony was set up.
You are a lovely speaker and a true professional—your guidance and advice on creating a custom ceremony was greatly appreciated! You were a delight to work with!
Thank you for giving us the wedding we had dreamed of for eight years. It was perfect!