Katie Keen founded True Blue Ceremonies after 8 years’ experience as a Registrar of Marriages, having conducted and registered many hundreds of marriages and civil partnerships for happy couples in Kent. She very much enjoyed her career and loved meeting all the couples she married, but as a Registrar felt frustrated by the restrictions that existed, and at only being able to offer them a standard wedding script – as we all know, one size doesn’t necessarily fit all!
Katie observed that there was a need to offer a Celebrant-led Wedding Ceremony that could be tailored to each couple in order to make it totally personal for them, and enable them to celebrate their special day without restriction.
As an Independent Celebrant, Katie now enjoys meeting and getting to know her couples well before their Wedding Day (often many months in advance) and helping them celebrate their love with a really individual, bespoke Wedding Ceremony.
Each ceremony script she produces is written from scratch, with elements and ideas drawn from the couple, as well as any symbolism they’d like to include – for instance, the inclusion of hand-fasting or the lighting of a unity candle. Unlike a Humanist Celebrant, Katie is free include religious prayer, hymns or other symbolic aspects that may be important in a couple’s life. The script develops over time and is not finalised until the clients are totally happy with it.
The legal Marriage Registration part of the Wedding takes place separately, perhaps a few days before the Wedding Day. Katie’s couples liken this to registering a birth, or signing the legal deeds on a property. Once the short but necessary legalities are completed, a Wedding Celebration may be held anywhere, and at any time.
Katie is often asked to perform a symbolic Wedding Ceremony for couples who have completed their legal marriage overseas where they might be resident, or indeed, who have chosen to hold a destination wedding somewhere with guaranteed sunshine!
Katie has worked at many beautiful Wedding venues across Kent, Sussex, Surrey and the South East, but her favourites tend to be the off-the-beaten track, less well-known places. Any venue (whether it has a civil licence or not) is suitable for a Celebrant-led Wedding, so this means lots more business opportunities have opened up in the industry.
Recent times have seen an upward trend in Weddings that are held completely outdoors, either in private gardens, meadows or woodland. Weddings hosted in marquees, yurts and tepees are becoming very popular and are the perfect solution for a relaxed, festival-type feel or a village fete/tea party atmosphere.
Katie is happy to fit in with whatever style of wedding her clients envisage – whether this is outdoors under an oak tree, or in the grand surroundings of a stately home – her ceremonies are unique, meaningful and above all, personal.
If you’d like an informal chat about your Wedding or Renewal of Vows Ceremony to discuss the options available to you, please contact True Blue Ceremonies via email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01622 832829 / 07986 121841.