Testimonials

From some of our big days…

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Client Testimonials

“We can’t thank Clara enough for creating such treasured memories.”

We were blessed to win the services of Clara from Coastal Ceremonies in a national competition for frontline workers. That I suppose is the first reason why Coastal Ceremonies deserve so much credit – for the support shown to those who have had to go the extra mile to protect our most vulnerable during the COVID pandemic. Huge thanks to Clara and the team for being part of the competition.

With regards to the wedding itself, Clara’s support and guidance both in the build up and delivery of our wedding ceremony was second to none. Her kind, easy-going nature and professional diligence blended so well to put us right at ease, making our preparation all the more straightforward and enjoyable. On the big day itself, there’s no doubt in the fact that our ceremony was our favorite part. We can’t thank Clara enough for creating such treasured memories. We would have no hesitation in recommending Clara and Coastal Ceremonies to any couple tying the knot.

Ben & Kirsty 🙌

“Celina and I had made the best decision to start our lives together by choosing Coastal Ceremonies”

Celina and I had made the best decision to start our lives together by choosing Coastal Ceremonies. Everything was so well planned and put together by Susan and her team. Every moment from the car ride to the cliffs, our pint in Doolin and our wedding dinner was all coordinated by them. The communication and accommodations that were made, especially with us being from out of the country, made it very stress free and easy. Extra love and care was put into our day that we never thought imaginable. Our video chat with Orla put us even more at ease and she took the time to really get to know us. She made our ceremony so intimate and made it our own. We both recommend anyone to choose them who are looking for a destination wedding or elopement. Thank you to all involved Susan, Orla, Michael, Pearce, Elaine, Flan, Collette and Aisling for the most perfect day, we are still in shock with our truly amazing of a day it was.

Sean and Celina

“We worked with Coastal Ceremonies to plan our 10 year vow renewal at the Cliffs of Moher, and it was a dream!”

We worked with Coastal Ceremonies to plan our 10 year vow renewal at the Cliffs of Moher, and it was a dream! Clara and Susan were so helpful and easy to work with! They answered all of my questions and were great help in general for us traveling from the states to Ireland. Everything turned out beautiful!

Taylor and Sean

“Our ceremony was truly one of the best days of my life”

Working with Coastal Ceremonies for our vow renewal was such an incredible experience. Clara worked with us very closely to make sure we had the ceremony we wanted. Her incredible attention to details and thoughtfulness made it extra special. I cannot recommend Coastal Ceremonies highly enough. Our ceremony was truly one of the best days of my life. Thank you Clara!

 

Laura and Sean

“Having worked in the wedding industry and gone to thousands of weddings over the years, I can say yours was the most heartfelt and unique ceremony I’ve attended”

“Having worked in the wedding industry and gone to thousands of weddings over the years, I can say yours was the most heartfelt and unique ceremony I’ve attended” a direct quote from one of my wedding guests. Clara was recommended to me through my wedding venue Dromoland Castle – as an American looking to come to Ireland for my wedding, during COVID nonetheless, I was relying heavily on recommendations from my venue for who I should work with as a celebrant and I am so glad that I took the advice to work with Clara. Being thousands of miles apart, Clara took the time to truly get to know both my husband and I individually before we ever made it to Ireland for our wedding. She spent countless hours learning what was important to us, learning our story, our personalities and understanding our guests as well! By no means did I want a traditional ceremony, I wanted a ceremony that was extremely personalized, one that told our story and honored the life of my late sister Morgan who passed from cancer just 5 years ago. Clara perfectly captured my vision. She weaved my sister into the ceremony so beautifully – for my family it became a moment of celebration but also an amazing moment of healing. I truly could go on for days about how amazing Clara is & important it is to have someone to her caliber involved in your wedding day. I would be happy to recommend to any bride to book Coastal Ceremonies for their special day.

Meghan and Joe

“So many people told me it was the best wedding ceremony they’d ever attended”

“Clara!!! Everyone was RAVING about you! Can’t tell you how many people came up to tell me it was the best wedding ceremony they were ever at, not too long, emotional and heartfelt yet funny and light. Felt like you’d known us forever and it really started our day off on the absolute best note. It was magnificent – thank you SO MUCH , you really made our whole day”

We can’t believe how lucky we got with Clara. If you’re looking for laid back yet heartfelt wedding ceremony, I couldn’t recommend her enough. She really understood what we wanted from the very beginning, never chased us (even though we were frequently late with things!) and crafted just the most  incredibly special ceremony for us. So many people told me it was the best wedding ceremony they’d ever attended, it was intimate and funny and she felt like an old friend from the moment we met.

 

Lauren and Martin

“The ceremony was filled with laughter and so relaxed.”

Clara was amazing right from the very beginning. She went above and beyond and put so much work into our day. We wanted a small ceremony with just family and she took the time to get to know each guest and made it very personal. We had regular chats with Clara and she had some fantastic ideas which we loved. Nothing was to much trouble. Clara is a genuine lovely person and on the day of our ceremony she went out of her way to chat to our guests. Everyone loved her. The ceremony was filled with laughter and so relaxed. I want to do it all again. I would highly recommend Coastal Ceremonies. They are a wealth of knowledge and make everything so much easier. We don’t live in the area we got married so having someone we could trust from the area was very important. Thank you so much Clara for being absolutely amazing. We miss you now its all over. Love Grá & Seán xxxx

“Clara is really genuine and bubbly and a welcome addition to any couples day.”

We can’t recommend Coastal Ceremonies enough. We aren’t from the area so we had been recommended Clara from our wedding coordinator. I’m so glad we were. The entire process was stress free and brilliant. Clara took the time to come meet us and really get to know us both. She put a lot of effort into our service and it was evident on the day. Nothing was any trouble for her and her positive attitude really shown on our day. Clara is really genuine and bubbly and a welcome addition to any couples day. All our family has been praising how lovely our service was and it was all down to Clara. We can’t thank you enough!

Emma and Peter

“A testament to how amazing the ceremony was- I know several of my friends have now contacted her for their own weddings!!”

I cannot explain to you how amazing Clara was for our wedding. Every time we spoke to her in the build up she made us more excited and enthusiastic. She was a constant support and was always available.

The ceremony was beautiful- she was so knowledgeable it was as if she had witnessed our relationship! She intertwined both love and humour- creating the most emotive story that left everyone in tears.

A testament to how amazing the ceremony was- I know several of my friends have now contacted her for their own weddings!!

I feel like I left the whole process with a friend and I cannot be more grateful to you Clara. Thank you ❤️

Tara and Shane

“On the day the ceremony was even better than we imagined it would be. Clara nailed it!”

“We wanted a stress free, no fuss wedding and Clara from Coastal Ceremonies helped us deliver just that from the prep right through to the ceremony on our wedding day.

The ceremony preparation was so easy despite being in a global pandemic! Two phone calls and zooms and we felt like we knew Clara all our lives! There was never any pressure getting back to her and she always made us feel at ease.

On the day the ceremony was even better than we imagined it would be. Clara nailed it! How she encapsulated our lives together in such detail still amazes us! She had everyone in attendance in the palm of her hand delivering our love story, our values, the handfasting and our vows. It was intimate, personal and fun and we enjoyed it from start to finish.

We can’t thank Clara enough for the amazing part she played on our wedding day. It was the best day of our lives ♥️

Sharon and Paddy

Wow Wow Wow…We had Clara as our celebrant and honestly the whole process from start to finish was 100% excellent.

Wow wow wow 🤩 We had Clara as our celebrant and honestly the whole process from start to finish was 100% excellent.
We had our ceremony in the Cliffs of Moher and it was a million times more special than we ever could have imagined. Our friends and family loved it so much and have said it was one of the most special and personal ceremonies they were ever at. And that’s how we felt too. It was all about us and our story. Clara did a fantastic job putting together the script for the ceremony and we had the Celtic Handfasting which was so beautiful too. There wasn’t a dry eye to be seen 💕
Thanks so much for helping us have the best day of our lives!
Karen and Declan

“We had the most amazing day and cannot thank Orla and all at Coastal Ceremonies for their help and guidance from beginning to end.”

Our experience with Orla from Coastal Ceremonies was amazing from start to finish. Our first meeting with Orla over video call was so lovely. She was so bubbly and kind while also being thorough with the details! Orla put us both completely at ease about the day but she made sure to get enough details from us to make our ceremony really personal and special. We were so laid back and would definitely have forgotten things but Orla made sure we had everything included!
The day itself could not have run any smoother, Orla arrived in plenty of time and was mingling with all the family straight away. The ceremony was beautiful, she had everyone in tears with her delivery of our chosen words. The handfasting ceremony at the end was so incredible, we had incorporated pieces from family and friends to make sure they were with us on the day, even in the midst of the pandemic.
We had the most amazing day and cannot thank Orla and all at Coastal Ceremonies for their help and guidance from beginning to end. Thank you so so much!! You are amazing!
Molly and Jordan x

“Clara made our ceremony very personal and beautiful”

Clara made our ceremony very personal and beautiful. She put a lot of effort in it and it showed. She guided us thru the preparation. She made sure that our ceremony was everything we wanted and even more. Thank you.

Michelle and Ondřej

 

 

“All of our guests commented on how personable, warm and lovely Clara was”

If you’re looking for an officiant for your wedding I cannot recommend Clara from Coastal Ceremonies highly enough. The amount of thought and care put into our day was second to none. Every consultation we had prior to the wedding was so relaxed yet filled with such great guidance and attention to detail. I ended every chat with Clara so excited for our wedding. All of our guests commented on how personable, warm and lovely she was and she rocked and rolled with the punches when we had to pause the ceremony due to our upset baby. She’s an absolute star! Thank you Clara for making our day feel so special.

 

Niamh and Tom

“Whatever guidance Clara offers you, take it, I promise you won’t regret it!”

So as our wedding plans were slowly coming together, we met with Clara of Coastal Ceremonies to chat about the big day and it was one of the best decisions we ever made, besides getting married of course. Throughout the whole process, Clara was so professional and dealt with all our requests with such ease. Given her vast amount of experience in the area, she was able to offer some great insight into what makes a wedding ceremony unique and special, covering all the finer details that made ours our own.

Often wedding ceremonies can drag on too long while guests begin to lose patience slowly, but thankfully with the help of Clara, we got it right. From the type of ceremony (we went with a sand ceremony given where we live), to where we were positioned so our guests felt part of our special moment, to the number of songs sang on the day. Every single aspect was covered in great detail which made our wedding a day to remember. So if we were to offer any advice to a couple who plan on getting married…do it with Coastal Ceremonies and whatever guidance Clara offers you, take it, I promise you won’t regret it! Thanks again for everything. T&R xxx

Robbie and Triona

“We are so happy Clara was the one to marry us”

We were planning our elopement wedding all the way from the states and Clara made it so much easier for us to do so! We started off with a Skype meeting with Clara to get to know each other and from there she was able to write the most beautiful ceremony, capturing both our personalities and our personality as a couple. She is extremely knowledgeable of the industry and even helped us with other recommendations for our ceremony at the Cliffs of Moher! We are so happy Clara was the one to marry us and can’t recommend using her enough! Thank you so much for making our ceremony so special and a time we will never forget!

Catherine and Kevin

“When we think of our wedding day, it was so easy to navigate because you planned it so well”

Susan, we just wanted to say thank you again for making our day so magical. When we think of the day, it was so easy to navigate because you planned it so well. In talking with friends, we know that we were incredibly fortunate to have you managing our wedding day and we greatly appreciate all that you did for us.  Wishing you all the best,

Chris and Kevin 

“Susan thank you so much for helping to make our day so memorable, we really had the best time.”

Thanks so much for all the time and effort you put into our wedding, we had a fantastic time and it was everything we imagined and it couldn’t have happened without all your work, help and advice. It’s been such a pleasure to deal with you over the last while and you made planning our wedding a very enjoyable experience.

Once again Susan thank you so much for helping to make our day so memorable, we really had the best time.

Elva & Danny

“Orla, what can I say, you wove a spell of peace and magic all round you as Celebrant”

Orla, what can I say, you wove a spell of peace and magic all round you as Celebrant of Kate and Jonas’ Wedding.  Babies shushed, the rain danced lighter and you held us all in a beautiful space that was reverent, mindful and absolutely present. You launched us with majesty into a mighty and joyful celebration that lasted several days, but more importantly left many with the feeling of quiet awe that they had been part of something quietly wonderful. Take a bow girl !! Colette (mother of the bride)

Colette (mother of the bride)

“Thank you Orla for being our amazing Celebrant”

Thank you Orla for being our amazing Celebrant at our August Wedding. We were just so delighted with the ceremony; the intro, the stories, the handfasting – so great ! The incorporation about Celtic traditions was so fantastic and you made us both feel very at ease.

Thanks also for facilitating us via skype and emails, and being such a delight to get to know. Love always. Neil and Kath

Neil and Kath

“Clara took the time to get to know our story and incorporated that into the ceremony beautifully!”

Clara made us feel so comfortable and taken care of for our vow renewal and hand fasting ceremony especially when we were coming over from Sydney. She took the time to get to know our story and incorporated that into the ceremony beautifully! Would highly recommend!

Megan and Rhys

“Clara has an amazing ability to interact, involve and relax the crowd”

I surprised my husband by organising a renewal of our wedding vows on the Cliffs of Moher,  facilitated by Clara from Coastal Ceremonies. It was absolutely fantastic to say the least. Clara made things so easy for me as time was limited on my side. Clara has an amazing ability to interact, involve and relax the crowd. She is warm engaging and great fun . I highly recommend Coastal Ceremonies if you want a SPECIAL day. My husband is still in shock and very grateful to Clara and me of course 😂.. five stars all the way 💓💓

Maria

“Clara was nothing short of amazing.”

Clara was nothing short of amazing. We organised our wedding in Ireland from Australia and she made the whole process a breeze from start to finish. A wonderful, warm person who made our day very, very special.

Julie and Barry

“It was such a magical day because of how smooth our ceremony went with Clara!!”

I am so glad we choose to work with Coastal Ceremonies and Clara. Working with Clara was so natural! She took the time to get to know us and customize the ceremony with so many details personal to us. She was so patient working with us from a country away via FaceTime and email! She asked questions and truly wanted to understand our story and this reflected in the ceremony. She kept us organized and on time for our tasks!! Her drafts for the ceremony were so helpful to have and understand the flow of the day!

Meeting Clara her personality just effortlessly lit up the space. She put my mom at ease. The day itself was so wonderful and personal. All our guests raved about the ceremony. Myself and Husband loved loved our ceremony. It was filled with love, was personal, and kept the guests engaged.

Myself and my husband highly recommend Clara and Coastal Ceremonies. It was such a magical day because of how smooth our ceremony went!!

Megan and KC

“I would recommend Clara to anyone looking for a celebrant”

Clara from Coastal Ceremonies was the perfect celebrant for our Ireland elopement. She took the time to get to know us as a couple as well as the history of our relationship. The ceremony she wrote for us was amazing- the perfect combination of funny, sweet, and loving. I would recommend Clara to anyone looking for a celebrant for their ceremony and we will definitely use her again if we renew our vows in the future!

Mark and Alicia

“Clara and Coastal Ceremonies helped to create a day that we’ll always cherish.”

Clara is amazing! From our first conversation we felt supported and relieved. She was very responsive and always went out of her way to answer our questions. Coming from the United States to have our blessing ceremony in Ireland we were completely lost on where to begin. Clara and Coastal Ceremonies helped to create a day that we’ll always cherish.

Samantha and Adrienne

“Superb service.”

Clara was the most accommodating person I’ve met, creative and pleasant. They set up the ceremony to make this a surprise as that was what I wanted. They seem to be able to perform a ceremony with class and perfection to meet anyone’s desires. I would highly recommend Coastal Ceremonies to anyone wanting a memorable and beautiful ceremony. Superb service.

Thomas and Barbara

“Would highly recommend Clara to be a part of anyone’s special day!”

Clara with Coastal Ceremonies helped us have a fabulous day renewing our wedding vows with a handfasting ceremony. She spent a lot of time over the months leading up to our trip ensuring she had every detail ready for us, and that we would have a familiar face on our travels to Ireland from the United States. The video and email communication with her was spot-on, and she even gave us great recommendations of other vendors and nearby restaurants. Truly made our experience fun and low-stress. Would highly recommend to be a part of anyone’s special day!

Brian and Briana

“Clara really captured the essence of me and my husbands relationship.”

Clara was absolutely amazing! She really captured the essence of me and my husbands relationship. She kept in constant contact leading up to the wedding as well as afterwards to make sure we enjoyed our trip, and our wedding, and to check that we made it home safe. Thank you for everything Clara! You’re amazing!!!

Rebecca and Christian

“Clara was fantastic!”

My husband Matt and I recently did a Hag’s Head elopement with Clara officiating. She was fantastic! She wrote a beautiful and unique ceremony that perfectly fit our personalities and what we wanted. She was extremely helpful every step of the way and added a lot of thoughtful touches. I highly recommend working with her!

Brittany and Matt

“Susan, we really appreciate all of your hard work and dedication in working with us in planning this wedding from overseas.”

Hi Susan, 

Thank you so much for helping us make our beautiful wedding a reality. It was perfect. We really appreciate all of your hard work and dedication in working with us in planning this wedding from overseas. We will cherish the memories forever.

Love Jeannie & Brendan

“We are so grateful to Orla for the incredible service provided on our wedding day”

We are so grateful to Orla and Coastal Ceremonies for the incredible service provided on our wedding day. On very short notice Orla could not do enough for us. Her enthusiasm was infectious and we were so grateful for her thoughtfulness in the lead-up and right through to the end of the day. You made the whole experience so personal and we cannot say how very glad we are to have found you as our celebrant! Thank you again, from the bottom of our hearts.

Deirdre and John

…so well received by all the guests

Orla, with regard to your superb baby naming ceremony for my daughter Marilou and delivery of same, what can I say… it was so so good and was so well received by all the guests, I can say that 100% of them commented in a really positive way about you and your words as I went around chatting with everyone later on!
Everyone thought you were a friend of mine (one of the gang!) as it was all so cordial and laid back and perfectly informal!
I would and will absolutely recommend you and Coastal Ceremonies to anyone looking for a special, personal and heartfelt ceremony. I will most definitely be back in touch as my kids make their way through all of these coming of age milestones so inherent in our culture!
Thanks so much,

Fiona, Andrew and Marilou

…it was absolutely perfect.

A huge thank you to Clara for being such an important part of our day. She made the ceremony incredibly special and personal, and everyone we have spoken to since has remarked on it. Many of our guests asked how long we had been friends with Clara and were amazed when we explained how we had found Coastal Ceremonies online, although I was happy to tell them how we considered Clara a friend since meeting her in the run up to the wedding! She met us several times in the run up to the wedding to discuss what we wanted included in our ceremony, and it was absolutely perfect. Every part of it was meaningful to us. Shane and I could not recommend Coastal Ceremonies enough.

Maeve and Shane

…a really relaxed vibe and a very personal touch.

From start to finish we had a fantastic experience creating our wedding ceremony with Clara. Starting with all the content creation, right through to delivery, Clara adds warmth, a really relaxed vibe and a very personal touch. Would highly recommend Clara!

Cliona and Donal

…it was so special and we absolutely loved it.

“Orla! Thank you so much for the wonderful ceremony – it was so special and we absolutely loved it. I couldn’t have imagined it better. Thank you” Kate and Jonas
“Mitch and I were truly blessed to have Clara from Coastal Ceremonies as our celebrant for our special day. Clara was super organised and professional from start to finish. The whole process was totally stress free, and Mitch told me that on the day, Clara was a godsend, keeping him calm and making sure everyone and everything was in the right place at the right time. Highly recommended. We were totally delighted. Thanks Clara x”

Louise and Mitch

…our 10 year wedding ow renewal

“Clara officiated over our 10 year wedding vow renewal. As we are currently building a new house, we thought it fitting to hold the ceremony on our site. Despite being surrounded by concrete blocks and rubble, Clara couldn’t have made it any more romantic and perfect. She put us at ease immediately and was very patient with our children who were present and really got them involved. Clara has such a lovely, warm personality and was the perfect person to officiate at our ceremony. We’d both highly recommend the services of Coastal Ceremonies to anyone. Thank you Clara for making our anniversary so special.”

Eadaoin and Diarmuid

Thank you so much for helping make our dream a reality…

“Clara, we wanted to thank you again for such a wonderful experience renewing our vows.
You were so helpful, from even before our journey began, to the day of the ceremony. All of your tips, guides, and thoughtful advice made the experience so easy, it was truly a time we could simply enjoy. The ceremony itself was magical, and your words beautifully related what our family meant to us. Plus the kids even had some fun too with the sand mixing (which sits now in a beautiful jar in our family room) and knot tying.
Marriage is something we hold dearly, and to be able to renew our vows in such a beautiful place like Ireland, was a dream come true. Even more so, to have this experience with our children, filled our hearts with love and understanding of how important family really is.

Thank you so much for helping make our dream a reality. We will remember it for the rest of our lives.”

Scott and Shirley

…our Christmas Wedding

“Clara officiated at our Christmas wedding in 2017. The wedding was a day to remember that was made possible on the basis of Clara’s wonderful ceremony. We had laughter and tears (of joy), solemnity and frivolity, a mix that made the ceremony unique and truly memorable. After the service, more guests congratulated us for the ceremony than for the marriage. Anyone who is looking for a Celebrant would find it hard to better Clara.”

Phil Hughes

…we had the most amazing relaxed day.

“When my husband and I decided to have a naming ceremony for our son we had a couple of things on our minds. Firstly we had never attended a naming ceremony for any other baby and secondly we were conscious of the fact that our families and friends were used to more of a traditional ceremony for babies. We wanted our families and friends to enjoy the day and feel included. From the initial meeting with Orla we were so happy with our choice. We felt that Orla really understood our needs and put our minds at ease. She ensured that Oran was the centre of the entire ceremony and wrapped everyone else around him. Orla gave us lovely ideas for the ceremony and we decided to have everyone offer a flower to Oran which created a beautiful bouquet of flowers that we kept as a memory of the day. We had the most amazing relaxed day. Orla facilitated and guided everyone with her lovely relaxed and friendly ways and she made it so enjoyable for everyone.”
Thank you so much Orla from the Kavanagh’s

The Kavanagh's

…a highly personalised ceremony which reflected us as a couple

“We had the great pleasure and joy of having Clara as our celebrant at our recent wedding. I was an anxious bride and had no idea what I wanted our ceremony to be. Clara was amazing, she spent time with both of us working through what we wanted the day to feel like, who we wanted to include in the service and how we could remember loved ones no longer with us. On the day itself we were both incredibly relaxed and thoroughly enjoyed the ceremony. Clara had spent time getting to understand our story and delivered a highly personalised ceremony which reflected us as a couple – there was plenty of laughter as well as a few sentimental tears. Many of our family and friends praised Clara and the uniqueness of the service – within a few weeks one couple has already engaged Clara for their wedding!! Thanks Clara you made our day incredibly special xxx “

Sally Goodwin

“Orla, thank you dearly for celebrating our wedding with us”

Orla! Thank you dearly for celebrating our wedding with us. You are very kind and we truly enjoyed working with you. You made our moment so very special to us. Thank you for all of the work you put in to the ceremony. With love, Ron and Brittaney

Ron and Brittaney

“Orla was incredibly professional but also very authentic and genuine.”

My husband Jimmy and I had the absolute pleasure of having Orla as the celebrant for our wedding in May 2018. Orla was so lovely to work with. She was so friendly and easy to talk to and was genuinely interested in finding out about our story and incorporating our personalities into our special day. Her down to earth and easy going personality meant that we always looked forward to our meetings or conversations with her. Orla took on board any of the suggestions we had with regards to what we wanted included in our ceremony and was always ready to offer sensible and well thought out advice. She brought warmth, humour and a sense of calm to our wonderful day. Orla was incredibly professional but also very authentic and genuine. We knew long before our wedding day that she was a perfect fit for us, which is why it was so lovely to hear the comments from our friends and family after the event – everyone had nothing but lovely things to say about Orla! Friends told us it was the most personal wedding ceremony they had been to and we had a number of people ask us for Orla’s contact details afterwards so that they could speak to her about their own upcoming big days! Despite only meeting for the first time a few months beforehand, by the time our wedding day arrived we felt like Orla was an old friend already! If you’re looking for a friendly and professional celebrant who will fill your day with warmth, sentiment and humour, then we couldn’t recommend Orla highly enough! Thank you Orla 🙂 Tríona and Jimmy

Tríona and Jimmy 

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