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TESTIMONIALS

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Karen was the best choice of celebrant for our wedding. She's kind, patient and understanding. She made our ceremony beautiful and exactly as we wanted it.

Anna Lynch
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I had the privilege of working with Reverend Karen on January 4th. She is an amazing lady that brings in such a calmness when she enters the room. The delivery of the ceremony was absolutely beautiful from start to finish. It was very emotional,beautiful and personal to the couple. I have to say there wasn't a dry eye in the house. I really hope to meet you along the way again Karen. I will be highly recommending you to couples.💖💖

Annie Powderly
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Karen performed our wedding ceremony last Saturday and she blew everyone away!! She made our day so special and personalised our ceremony to be a perfect representation of us! She made both of our families and friends feel involved by engaging with them throughout the ceremony and every single person raved about it afterwards!!! Thank you so much Karen!! We are so happy you were apart of our special day! 🙂 xxx

Stephen King
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I just want to thank you for the most amazing wedding ceremony you gave to me and my husband. It was so beautiful and perfect! I had the best time of my life, very touching and so personal. You did an amazing job! I was impressed with how many people told us the ceremony was the best they've seen at a wedding! Many guests said that was the best part of the wedding, they were so excited about it which was a great surprise. One of my husbands guests said she was really touched and it was a great way to get to know myself better, that the ceremony was really like us. That was so nice to hear because it was exactly what we wanted: the ceremony to represent who we are as individuals and as a couple. I am glad we have chosen you, it was perfect! 💕

Patrícia Diotto
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My husband and I were so lucky to be married by Karen this August and we absolutely could not be more grateful for the incredibly beautiful ceremony she created. Every step of the way through the (relatively short!) planning stages, Karen calmed us and centered us and kept us grounded. We never felt rushed or like anything was too much or too little to ask or consider. The ceremony was all at once fun, comfortable, emotional and personal. She is a complete natural and it’s as though she was born to celebrate people! Everyone at our wedding asked for her name after as they all can’t wait to have her for their own ceremonies! She put everyone at ease and created the most beautiful and comfortable environment for all of us. We truly could not have imagined better, or more tailored to us. Thank you again, Karen. ✨

Stephanie Crowe Taft
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We had the privilege of being married by Karen two weeks ago and the whole experience was perfect from beginning to end. We had a relatively short run in time to the ceremony but we never felt rushed with Karen. Her system works very well in that she has lots of suggestions and guidance for every stage of the ceremony that she can send by email in advance. She was very prompt to reply with suggestions and thoughts, so that, by the time we met her, we were able to personalise the ceremony exactly as we wished. We were able to combine Karen's suggestions with some of our readings and it all went like a dream. Karen has a lovely warm, caring, inclusive manner, that shines through at every stage. For a number of our guests, this was their first non-church wedding and they were all blown away by how personal and thoughtful Karen's service was. We cannot recommend Karen highly enough, she is incredible.

Fiona Ní Shíocháin
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Matt and I could not be one ounce happier with the amazing, magical and at times hilarious ceremony Rev. Karen delivered for us and our guests. It was a really heartfelt and personal celebration for us both, with nerves running high, both of us clinging to each other with somewhat sweaty palms, Karen kept us centered, in the moment, and focussed on what this marriage was all about... our commitment to each other. Every single one of our guests commented on just how personal the ceremony was, with many pointing out the differences with more traditional civil or religious ceremonies. More importantly they commented on Karen and her amazing personality and what it brought to making this day special for everyone in the room. We were on this journey with Karen, planning the ceremony for over a year; and even though we had planned it in detail, it still blew us both away. The day and party that followed just could not have been more perfect with everyone in fantastic spirits ready to celebrate a big moment for us; we firmly believe that was in part caused by the tone Rev. Karen set for the day. You are amazing Karen! Once again a big thank you and massive hug from the both of us! Sean and Matt x

Seán Bryceland
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Had my first experience of meeting Karen yesterday when she officiated a ceremony for mary and Trish In Drogheda. I have been singing at ceremonies for a long time and have met many officiates of civil ceremonies. I can honestly say Karen’s approach took my breath away. It was beyond perfect, so personal and calm and she was just completely in tune with everything about the occasion. I would highly recommend Karen for any ceremony you would design. ❤️

Jen Brereton
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Karen performed a wedding celebration I photographed last year and was it was just amazing - beautiful and so well crafted. Karen is interesting and interested in everyone else, creative, sincere and great craic - you can tell she loves her job and was made for it.

Éadaoin Curtin
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Rev. Karen dempsey was the perfect choice for celebrant for our wedding. She was so sensitive and aware of our needs and helped to create the day of a life time filled with so much love, joy and connection. So many people commented to us about how wonderful she was and we felt absolutely blessed to find her and have her guide us on our big day. She provided us with inspiration for all aspects of the ceremony and yet recognised when we needed freedom to do things our way, and she loved it. A beautiful human, full of wisdom and spiritual grace. I recommend her without hesitation!

Rachael Nitya Lindsay
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Rev. Karen Dempsey celebrated a beautiful tree planting ceremony for my late husband Rod's first anniversary. It was a moving, atmospheric, peaceful and healing occasion and a deeply moving experience for my family and I and our extended family, friend's and neighbours who stood with us in this and throughout our journey. Our beautiful daughter Ciara and our two two beautiful special needs son's watch "Daddy's Tree" grow and know that he will always be connected to the earth, close to them and forever holding a watchful eye. Thank you Karen, huge love and respect to you, proud to call you our friend. Xx

Jane Johnstone

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SO YOU’VE CHOSEN YOUR DATE AND VENUE…. WHAT NEXT?

I know how this part feels.

You have a vague idea of what you might like, but no idea of how to bring it to life.

This is where I come in! I have a wealth of experience with all kinds of couples, families and ceremonies, and I will quickly see right to the heart of your ideas so we can create a ceremony that is joyous, heartfelt and absolutely unique.

You don’t need to prepare anything, just bring yourselves! And maybe a cuppa 🙂

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READ THROUGH MY WEBSITE
Read through my website, FAQ’s and Testimonials, and if you like what you see…..
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CONTACT ME
Contact me to check my availability for your date and venue.
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ZOOM
Schedule your Zoom call so we can meet and discuss your ceremony in more depth
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CONFIRM
Pay your booking-fee so your ceremony date is confirmed.
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REGISTER
Register your Intent to Marry with the HSE, naming me as your Solemniser.
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CREATE
Go through the Ceremony Planning documents I will send you, and together we will create your very own, once-in-a-lifetime marriage ceremony.
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CELEBRATE!!
Celebrate your marriage with a ceremony that you’ll cherish forever ❤️
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Frequently Asked Questions

YES! I am a HSE Registered Solemniser, and as such I can Legally Solemnise your marriage at your venue on your chosen day.

Nope! I am an OneWorld (Independent/Interfaith) Minister, which gives me the freedom to perform ceremonies for people of all faiths and/or none- including (and not limited to!) all of the above 😉 I am not a member of the Humanist Society, but my ceremonies are often referred to as humanist in style, in that I do not reference any particular God or belief system unless specifically requested to do so. I have no agenda with regard to your ceremony, it can be as spiritual, secular or atheist as you choose, using whatever language, music and readings you would like. I also have no requirement to speak about any parent organisation during your ceremony. OneWorld Ministers take a vow of inclusivity, so no couple would ever be refused on the grounds of any diversity of gender, orientation, colour, nationality, ability, culture or any other reason- within the bounds of Irish law.

Because I am authorised to carry out ceremonies for couples of all faiths and none, I am listed on the HSE Register of Solemnisers as a Religious Solemniser, as opposed to Secular. This sometimes causes confusion for couples who want a secular/atheist/humanist ceremony. Please know that this classification has absolutely no bearing on the content of your ceremony, and simply affords me the freedom to include religious content if specifically requested by a couple.

Yes! I can Legally Solemnise your marriage at any time, on any day of the week, in any venue of your choosing that is compliant with Section 52 of the Civil Registrations Act 2004. The main requirements being that the Solemnisation takes place at an identifiable address which is open to the general public. Ceremonies with no legal component can take place pretty much anywhere, (as long as we have permission from the owner!) and I am happy to work with you on this. (Ski weddings & cliff-side weddings are a speciality!) 😉

Once we have established that I’m available on your date, your booking is confirmed upon receipt of a €150 booking deposit. The balance (usually €450) will be payable in advance of your ceremony, either via PayPal, credit/debit card or bank transfer, along with mileage fees or any additional agreed expenses.

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