I travel Nationally and Internationally
Bespoke Ceremonies, Symbolic Ceremonies, Handfasting, Traditional Ceremonies, Unique Ceremonies, Themed Ceremonies, Blessings and Dedications. I write about these frequently on my blog: http://ellenbowerceremonies.blogspot.co.uk/
Fellowship of Professional Celebrants. Member of: The Celebrant Directory, The Celebrant's Collective, The Wedding Planner, LGBTQ Equality Weddings, and Hitched.co.uk. I am also a Qualified Soul Midwife
English, intermediate French
As my special way of saying 'thank you' and showing my gratitude to you for entrusting me with your very special and beautiful ceremony, I offer a £50 discount on ceremonies that are booked through The Celebrant Directory.
Catherington Cemetary | February 2019
We want to thank you for the most enjoyable, excellent service on 6th February at Catherington Cemetery for our mum. Everyone appreciated your words.
Did you notice the shaft of sunlight when mum's coffin was lowered, the fly past of birds - their exceptionally loud birdsong and little Timmy's whimpering?
We believe there was something happening that was not intended to be understood by us. Thanks and appreciation for an excellent job.
Anne, Christina and Jean
Chichester, West Sussex | July 2017
My husband and I got married at Upwaltham Barns in July of 2017. I remember so clearly the first time I met Ellen at a wedding fair in Portsmouth; her enthusiasm and warmth of spirit were contagious and there wasn't a doubt in my mind that she was the right person to officiate our ceremony.
Being from abroad I'm not used to the way British wedding ceremonies work, and we knew we wanted to go in a different direction. Ellen was open to all of our ideas and more importantly, she just got them (and us). Her attention to detail and ability to make us feel relaxed and excited about our wedding was immensely appreciated. She always ensured that everything was just right and just the way we wanted it. She also had great ideas and helped us individually write personal vows.
Ellen is incredibly talented and dedicated to both her craft and her clients. She is also an outstanding writer and orator - so many of our guests commented on how heartfelt and meaningful our ceremony was and on what a wonderful job Ellen did. Many also mentioned that there wasn't a dull or forced moment during our ceremony.
We could not recommend Ellen more!
Aldershot | December 2018
I hesitate to say we had a lovely day yesterday but I think you will know what I mean.
You stepped in at very short notice and made the whole process very easy for Jane and I which was just what we needed at a time of great loss and stress. Your service captured the spirit of dad which was all the remarkable as you hadn't met him before and had so little time to prepare. Your timings were 'spot on'. I had several friends comment that it was a really nice service and more personal that the normal religious service. Thank you also for the nice touches including the copies of the service. Once again thank you so much, good luck with your business in future and Jane and I will 'sing your praises' to the Co-op!
Havant, Hampshire | November 2018
Thank you so much for the service today. It was lovely and lots of people commented on it. The whole day went so smoothly and it was a get-together that dad would have loved! Thank you once again!
Aldershot | December 2018
I just wanted to thank you for a beautiful Eulogy for Dad and all your help at such short notice. I feel so pleased as the day certainly felt a celebration which was all due to you. A couple of my friends said they couldn't believe that you didn't know Dad and so many said how lovely and moving it was. Simon and I both couldn't believe it was only Saturday that we met you. The copies of the Eulogy was such a nice touch and I shall treasure your card.
Both myself and my daughters have said it would be lovely to stay in touch!
Best wishes, Jane
Portchester, Hampshire | November 2018
Thank you for such a lovely service for Austin. Everyone there said what a lovely service it was and one of the nicest tributes they've experienced. Thank you again for everything you did.
Crawley, West Sussex | November 2018
I want to thank you so much for making the service for my Dad everything I hoped for and more.
It was perfect every step of the way and all who attended commented on how lovely the service was and how you were the perfect person for the job.
Sending Blessings your way.
Love & Gratitude
Skylark Golf and Country Club, Fareham, Hampshire | October 2018
We just want to say a huge THANK YOU!! You made our ceremony so personal and it was all just perfect!
You really are amazing at what you do!
Ayesha and Sam
The Oaks, Havant, Hampshire | October 2018
Thank you for such a wonderful service you gave us for our father. You turned a difficult day into a celebration the way you spoke about dad. Everyone thought you actually knew him personally. It was just wonderful!
Many thanks, Mollie, Phil and Andrew
Square Tower, Portsmouth | September 2018
We just wanted to thank you for the wonderful ceremony you performed for our daughter's naming day last Saturday. Lots of people have commented what a lovely ceremony it was. We really appreciate all your kindness and help on the day also!
Sending lots of heartfelt thanks.
Best wishes, Lorraine and Chris
Chawton House, Hampshire | September 2018
Ellen, you put so much time and thought into everything you do. Thanks for the extremely helpful pack that you give couples to prepare, for all the thoughtful touches along the way and all the bling! We love it! We were so touched to have met you! Love Hannah and Kieren
New Park Hotel, Wickham, Hampshire | September 2018
Just wanted to write and say thank you for such a beautiful day on Friday. You really, really made it so special and we have had so many comments about how fantastic you were! You really did such a great job of telling our story and the ceremony was beautiful, and exactly how we imagined it.
Thank you again for such an amazing ceremony. It was really, really lovely.
Rob and Rowena
Skylark Golf and Country Club, Hampshire | August 2018
We just wanted to say thank you for such a lovely ceremony - we had so many compliments from our friends and family on how nice your words were. Thank you for starting off our wedding with such a beautiful ceremony!
Skylark Golf and Country Club, Whiteley, Hampshire | August 2018
From the Bride's parents: Your warmth truly filled the room and is so genuine! Thank you for such a beautiful ceremony and for making it such a loving and inviting atmosphere! It was beautiful!
Tournerbury, Hayling Island, Hampshire | August 2018
We just wanted to say a proper thank you for your part in our wedding. You helped us craft a ceremony that truly reflected us and included our guests; it made our day really special. We also wanted to say thank you for the card you left and the lovely message inside!
Soberton, Hampshire | June 2018
We cannot thank you enough for creating a beautiful and personal wedding ceremony for us. We couldn't stop smiling at each other through the whole thing! We had lots of lovely comments from our guests about how gorgeous and personal our ceremony was. And a fair few shed very happy tears!
Emma and Zak
Skylark Golf and Country Club, Whiteley, Hampshire | June 2018
Thank you so much for helping to make our day so special! It was the perfect ceremony we had hoped for, so thank you again so much for that. We are both extremely grateful for the time and the effort you gave us prior to the wedding; it really helped us to be as ready as we could hope to be. So a big thank you for everything!
Ed and Amanda
Skylark Golf and Country Club, Whiteley, Hampshire | July 2018
We just wanted to say a massive 'thank you' for making our day so special and for giving it a little extra something! You really made it amazing! Thank you so much!
Mrs. and Mrs. Wilcox
Southend Barns, Chichester | April 2018
Thank you so much for your amazing ceremony! It was wonderful and we are both honoured to have had you to do this for us. We are incredibly grateful! Thank you so much!
Sarah and Joseph
Havant, Hampshire | May 2018
Thank you very much for the time and effort you put into my father's funeral. You quickly understood the essence of my father & your delivery at the funeral was spot on. The funeral was certainly a celebration of George's life which is what we wanted. Thank you also for the folder containing the script & for the kind words in your card. Take care Ellen & thank you again. Tim
Southsea, Hampshire | March 2018
We just wanted to say a massive THANK YOU for yesterday's Naming Ceremony for Olivia! We LOVED your ceremony and the special touches you did, like making her lovely certificate and one for her big brother too! And thank you for her birthday card - so much care and thought, thank you Ellen! xx
Havant | January 2018
Ellen recently conducted a beautiful memorial ceremony for my daughter and I cannot thank her enough her commitment, sensitivity and kindness. I cannot recommend her highly enough. If you engage her for your ceremony you will remember forever her warmth and loving dedication.
Skylark Golf and Country Club, Fareham, Hampshire | August 2017
We just wanted to say a massive 'thank you' for officiating our wedding ceremony in August! We had an incredible day and you made it so perfect for us!
Hannah and Matthew xx
Lyndhurst, Hampshire | September 2017
We cannot thank you enough for all the effort and love that you put into making our wedding so perfect! We are so glad we chose you! It couldn't have been more perfect! Thanking you a million times over! Love Dawn and Tom xxx
Fareham, Hampshire | October 2017
Ellen, thank you so much for preparing and conducting our wedding ceremony on Friday. You have been a joy to work with and we have had some lovely comments about the service. Sorry I didn’t get a chance to say a proper goodbye. Thank you so so much xx
Fareham, Hampshire | October 0016
We could not recommend Ellen enough! She took the time to meet us a number of times before our wedding day to get to know us personally and as a result wrote the most beautiful ceremony for us. We loved it and our guests could not stop talking about it afterwards. She made is so personal and special. She took all of our suggestions on board and if we wanted to change anything she would make the time! Our wedding day was amazing and the ceremony made it so special so thank you Ellen!!
Selborne, Hampshire | August 0016
Ellen made our day, with her kind words and her presence. Her words made our wedding video extra special! We highly recommend her!
Havant, Hampshire | January 0015
I would like to thank you for your beautiful words, the way you led the service for our mother with such sensitivity and empathy and succeeded in combining our contributions into a truly memorable farewell for our family and friends. It was an unusual service for many, but they were all moved and thought it was a lovely service.
Havant, Hampshire | November 0015
Thank you, Ellen, for making our father's funeral a true legacy and celebration of his life. You made it all about the wonderful man he was and tailored our favourite memories and tales into a beautiful memorial. Thank you for being there to support and guide us every step of the way. You have the most amazing gift of making us feel at ease and comfortable , and to talk openly with you about our favourite memories, celebrations and thoughts. You truly made what should have been the most miserable day into a beautiful celebration of life and everyone who attended commented on how personal the ceremony was and how they were overwhelmed with the emotion you put into the words, and how eloquently you delivered them. Ellen, we thank you again for making our Dad's funeral one that we are very proud of.
Eastleigh, Hampshire | July 2015
Thank you for the lovely ceremony. We were very pleased and felt it all went well. We received a lot of positive comments and some of my friends who have not had a ceremony for their children either religious or a naming celebration were very impressed with you and are considering something similar for their children. We will forward them your details. Thanks again! We are undecided about more little ones but we will definitely be calling upon your services again should the occasion arise.
Fareham, Hampshire | May 0015
Thank you so much for our ceremony. It was perfect! We loved our special day! We could not have chosen a nicer person to do our ceremony.
Fareham, Hampshire | March 0015
It truly was the best day! Thank you so much for the beautiful service. You did us proud!
Surrey, Hampshire | July 0015
Thank you! We had a fantastic day and it was just as perfect as we'd hoped. We'd like to thank you for all your contribution to that day, everything was just as we wished!
Fareham, Hampshire | May 0015
My husband and I would like to sincerely thank you for being our celebrant. The service was beautiful and you told our story better than we could. You helped make our day perfect. Thank you again.
Fareham, Hampshire | April 0015
Thank you once again for an amazing ceremony. Everyone commented about how lovely it was and how wonderful it was to share such a personal ceremony with our guests. We are extremely happy with the outcome of the day - thank you so much!
Hayling Island, Hampshire | May 0015
The ceremony was wonderful! We are so grateful to you for making it so special! Thank you so much for such a personal, heartfelt ceremony; our special day wouldn't have been the same without you!
Fareham, Hampshire | July 0015
Thank you for such a beautiful and personal ceremony. Your warm and caring nature made us feel at home in your presence. All of your hard work and dedication in making our day so special came through for all to see during the ceremony and having our commemorative copy gives us something to look back on in years to come. It was a pleasure to go through the process of creating our wedding with you and you will remain unforgettable to us!Fare
Fareham, Hampshire | April 0015
We just wanted to say thank you for everything you did for us on and leading up to our wedding day. It was an amazing day and we were glad you were part of it. We just need to find somewhere to put our sand heart out of the reach of our kids!
Hayling Island, Hampshire | August 0015
We have been talking about how great you were throughout the wedding and in the lead up. Thank you so much for everything! You were brilliant, and we couldn't have asked for a nicer celebrant. Our ceremony was exactly what we wanted!
Fareham, Hampshire | December 0014
We would just like to thank you for an absolutely perfect wedding ceremony. Not only were we over the moon with it, but all our guests commented on how lovely it was also. We are both so glad that you did the ceremony for us and couldn't have hoped for anything more. Once again we can't thank you enough!
Fareham, Hampshire | November 2015
Thank you so very much for our ceremony! It was truly a wonderful day and we loved every minute! Everyone (literally everyone!) commented on how beautiful the ceremony was and how lovely that it had been personalised in the way it had been. Our guests loved the sand Ceremony and it is lovely for us to have something to remind us of our special day! Thank you for making our day truly one we will always remember!
Fareham, Hampshire | August 2015
Mel and I just wanted to say a huge thank you for helping us enjoy a day filled with such happiness, and so much of that was down to the ceremony you created. You helped make the occasion perfect for us. We keep reminiscing and looking back at our video - we absolutely loved the service! Needless to say if we know of any others getting married you will come highly recommended!
Fareham, Hampshire | August 2017
We wanted to say a huge thank you to you for doing such an incredible job at our wedding. We have had nothing but good feedback from our guests. All the guests had such lovely things to say about you and your character. You are such a lovely person who makes us feel so calm and at ease. Just want to say again thank you very much for being such a lovely person and doing such a lovely job at our wedding!
Havant, Hampshire | August 2017
I knew from the time I spent with you that you were very thoughtful, observant and very good at what you do. I had been dreading mum's funeral, but I didn't need to worry at all. The service was totally perfect. Every part of it was seamless and just right for my mother. The music you suggested was just right. You excelled all my expectations. All my family said the same. From the bottom of my heart, thank you Ellen, for making mum's departure from this wonderful world a perfect celebration of her life. I will cherish my memories of her funeral service, forever. Thank you once again.
Havant, Hampshire | April 2017
We would like to thank you for preparing and officiating such a lovely service for our father. It was very much appreciated how everything was organised so well. We have had so many comments afterwards on how lovely the service was.
Fareham, Hampshire | June 2017
Thank you for making our day so special the ceremony was so personal, and it was truly beautiful. Every one of our guests commented on how lovely the ceremony was. We really do appreciate everything you have done, especially as it was such short notice! You made it perfect!
Upwaltham Barn, Chichester, West Sussex | July 2017
We cannot thank you enough for everything you did to help make our wedding ceremony so wonderful and unforgettable! From the beginning, your attentiveness showed just how much you care about your clients and your work. Through your beautifully written words you expressed the sentiment that we wanted to convey and the ceremony so perfectly set the tone for a wedding we will never forget. Not a word you spoke was wasted; everything carried profound meaning and significance to us and to the occasion. So many of our guests remarked on what a beautiful and meaningful ceremony it was. Thank you for the commemorative gift box you created for us which we will cherish. You provided such special touches throughout the entire process, and we will always be grateful!
Fareham, Hampshire | September 2016
Ellen officiated our ceremony in sept and was absolutely lovely. She has such a warm, caring personality and we were so pleased she officiated our wedding day. We highly recommend her!!
Southsea, Hampshire | August 2017
Ellen conducted our committment ceremony in May. From the moment we met it was clear Ellen was sincere in wanting to know as much as possible about us as a couple for our special day. She was truly engaged, very professional and the words she produced were completely personalised. I would (and have) recommend her!
Fareham, Hampshire | September 2016
Ellen officiated our wedding in September! She did an amazing job! Very personal and from the moment we had our first meeting made us feel at ease and welcoming! A lovely lady who does an amazing service! Would highly recommend her!
Romsey, Hampshire | August 2017
Ellen is a fantastic lady who absolutely made the day for us with our Naming Ceremony for our daughter. All our guests commented on how warm, funny and inclusive she was throughout the ceremony. I highly recommend her services, you won't be disappointed!
Brockenhurst, Hampshire | August 2017
Thank you so much for yesterday, you brought such a lovely warm open energy to our celebration. The ceremony was exactly what we wanted and hoped for Ella. Your love, kind words and energy made the ceremony what we hoped it would be. I am so glad I contacted you - the work you do brings joy, thank you!
Havant, Hampshire | May 2017
Just a note to say thank you for the service this morning. You helped make what was a sad occasion a true celebration of dad's life and we felt that that you found exactly the right tone in delivering what was an excellent snapshot of his life. That you managed to capture his spirit is a testament to your skill and the efforts you put in, first in listening to us talk about him and then refining your story by involving us in the drafts. Thank you too for your suggestions around timings on the day which allowed the words and the feelings they conveyed to take centre stage. I'm sure Dad would have approved.
Such thoughtful touches as well to phone mum this morning and to enclose a card with your well wishes, unexpected but truly appreciated, thank you.
It was our good fortunate to have found you through the Funeral Director!
Havant, Hampshire | May 2017
We wanted to say a huge 'thank you' for our brother's service. Everyone who was there said how pleased they were that you captured him in ways that they remembered him. For us as a family, the service was perfect - your thoughtful words were lovely and the poem you chose 'Hector the Collector' described him to a 'T'!
Basingstoke, Hampshire | May 2017
I just wanted to thank you, so much, for your guidance and kindness during the week after Dad's death, and indeed the ceremony itself. Heartfelt thanks!
Havant, Hampshire | January 2016
Thank you so much for the beautiful service you did for mum, on her celebration of life. I received so many comments on how you captured her perfectly! Thank you again!
Fareham, Hampshire | June 2017
We just wanted to say a huge thank you. You where amazing and you really did make the ceremony so special. Our guests loved it! Thank you for all your help leading up to the day as well. You really where a super star through it all.
Fareham, Hampshire | May 2016
We both want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for our beautiful ceremony. You are a truly wonderful lady who we are very privileged to have met.
You made our day so special and we really couldn't have wished for anything more.
Havant, Hampshire | September 2014
First of all I want to thank you ever so much for writing such beautiful words and capturing such precious memories of our mum. Thank you sincerely from us all. We couldn't have wished for a nicer person to be helping us though this difficult time. I know mum would be thrilled to have you take the service for her. She would have really liked you.
Southampton | August 2016
Thank you so much for today's Naming Ceremony for our daughter. We absolutely loved the ceremony and lots of people commented on how lovely you were and how special it was. Thank you also for the certificate and the commemorative copy; that was so very sweet and very much appreciated.
Arundel, West Sussex | August 2016
We just wanted to say Thank You for the lovely Naming Ceremony for our son. You helped make the day very special and memorable. Everyone commented on how lovely it was!
Fareham, Hampshire | December 2014
Our sincere thanks for making our wedding ceremony so special. We have lost count of the number of friends who have said how wonderful and personalised the service was. They had never been to a ceremony which meant so much. Thank you so much for the care, effort and time that you spent. You surpassed all our expectations.
Fareham, Hampshire | May 2015
I wanted to take a moment to send you our gratitude for hosting our wedding ceremony. From the second we met, both myself and Kate felt comfortable that you were the right person to present our big day. From the Californian accent to your general happy character and smiles, we knew you were the right choice. The ‘wedding’ part of our day went exactly how we wanted it to, it was funny, reflected our characters and your choice of wording felt personal to us with a grander sense of meaning surrounding the ideals of ‘marriage’. For both of us that was important as we love each other very much and wanted that to come across on the day. The feedback from all of our guests was that it was beautifully presented and we wouldn’t hesitate to recommend you to our friends! Thank you so much for working with us to make our big day magical!
Bramshaw, Hampshire | July 2015
Just to say a huge thank you! It was a truly magical ceremony! So many people have commented to us about how fabulous you were, that you gave the ceremony a wonderful relaxed atmosphere but added so much interest with the history of us as a couple, and that of the rings and hand fasting. Matt particularly made mention of how at ease you made him feel with giving a reading. Everyone mentioned that you were absolutely perfect for the day, and we totally agree! We cannot imagine anyone else doing a better job, you worked with late arrivals, Simon's heckling etc. with such calmness and humour and made the ceremony both informal yet totally meaningful at the same time. A very rare talent! Thank you so much for being such a special part of our day, we truly appreciate your contribution!
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Working with me as your Celebrant is like having a close and caring friend at your side, encouraging you in all the right ways, inspiring you with the loveliest of ideas, unconditionally listening and guiding you in the direction of your heart's desire, accepting your ideas and plans with grace, and very simply - 'being' that voice that mentors you comfortably through the process of giving life to your ceremony.
My role as a Celebrant is nothing less than a deep 'labour of love' for me. My desire for honouring life through ceremony has been nurtured for as long as I can remember and goes back to my earliest recollection as a child. I always recognised the beauty and sentiment of ceremony whether it was to honour a family pet, to celebrate an achievement in my family, or to recognise whenever something 'special' was happening in someone's life that needed a platform to be remembered.
And that is the role I wish to play for you ... being by your side, on your side and excited to create the ceremony that you feel in your heart!