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Orla McCarthy, Celebrant & Legal Solemniser

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Countries Covered

I travel Nationally & Internationally

Specialisms

Legal Weddings, Funerals, Baby Welcoming, Milestone Ceremonies

Affiliations

Entheos

Hi, I'm Orla

I am a registered Solemniser and Celebrant with Entheos (www.entheos.ie). I work full time providing inclusive legal weddings, funerals, baby welcoming, vow renewals and milestone ceremonies, 7 days a week. When I decided to become a Celebrant, Entheos stood out as the right place for me. They are authentically inclusive and fit with my values and what I want to provide in the world of ceremony. People can include whatever they wish in their ceremony, whether they follow a particular faith path or not. It’s such a privilege to be part of some of the biggest events to happen in people’s lives.
I look forward to hearing from you and helping you to feel supported and know that I have everything under control, for whatever type of ceremony you are looking to hold.

What's my ceremony style?

I lived abroad for many years and experienced numerous diverse cultures. It gave me a broader understanding of the world and a greater appreciation for different perspectives. I want to bring that open mindset to all my ceremonies and provide what people really want, without any constraints. I also have a son who’s autistic and he has taught me a whole new way of viewing the world, when I view it through his eyes.
You need a Celebrant who’s the right fit for you and what you want from your ceremony, so let’s have a chat and see if we are a right fit for each other!

Prices From

€600

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€50 off Weddings

Summer time is here and to celebrate, I’m offering a €50 discount on all wedding bookings, secured with a deposit before the end of August 2024. If you’re planning your 2025/2026 wedding (or late 2024), get in touch to check my availability and organise a chat to talk through your ceremony.

€550 for Weddings

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Why choose Orla?

I want to take the stress out of planning and provide a ceremony that’s unique, personalised and truly memorable. I am outgoing, friendly and organised and will guide you through every stage, from the planning to the ceremony itself.

What do I offer?

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Weddings

I love a wedding ceremony that truly reflects the couple and their life together. Whether you are having a small intimate wedding or a bigger gathering of your family and friends, the wedding ceremony should include exactly what you want. Any spoken words (readings, poems, lyrics) or enhancements (e.g. handfasting, unity candles, remembrance candles, sand ceremony, ring warming, wine box ceremony etc.) should have meaning and significance to you and I can talk you through all of the options to find the best fit for you.
If you would like your love story included in detail or you would just like to mention some key aspects of your life together, this can all be incorporated into your ceremony, whichever way you like.

I have a one wedding per day policy, so you have my undivided attention and commitment on the day of your wedding. I perform wedding ceremonies 7 days a week. I’m a legal solemniser, so can carry out the legal part of your wedding on the same day, as part your ceremony. My cost of €600 includes crafting your personalised ceremony, carrying out whichever enhancements you want to include, full legal solemnising and unlimited meetings, phone calls and correspondence in the lead up to your wedding. The only additional cost is mileage outside of Cork city.

Prices From

€600

Why choose Orla for your wedding?

I am a full-time Celebrant and love nothing more than working with couples to create a truly unique, personalised and memorable ceremony to celebrate your love and lives together.

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Naming Ceremonies

A baby naming ceremony is such a special way to bring your family together to welcome a new arrival into your life, in whatever way they became part of your life. There are many ways that you can personalise the ceremony to represent what’s important to you. Enhancements to the ceremony also allow you to include others in the ceremony, be that friends and family or other children. You could include a candle ceremony to symbolise the new light in your life. A remembrance candle to honour those who cannot be there on the day. Select poems, readings or music that have meaning to you. Choose Guide Parents or guardians who can make their promise to the child, along with your own promises and wishes that you have for them. I will weave any enhancements into the ceremony, along with celebrating their name and their story.

Baby naming ceremonies can be carried out any day of the week, in any location of your choice. My cost of €250 includes crafting your personalised ceremony, carrying out any enhancements you want to include and all meetings and correspondence in the lead up to the ceremony. The only additional cost may be mileage.

Prices From

€250

Why choose Orla for your naming ceremony?

I am a full-time Celebrant, available for ceremonies 7 days a week. I love working with families to create a personalised and memorable baby naming ceremony, to bring a family together to celebrate the new arrival into their lives. I have a son who’s autistic and understand the challenges and stress that can come with organising a ceremony which includes a child/children who are neurodivergent. I can work closely with you to create a ceremony with their needs in mind, in a neuro affirmative way.

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Renewal of Vows

Couples carry out a vow renewal for several reasons. To celebrate a milestone anniversary, after a time of serious illness or to bring a family together to celebrate their love. A vow renewal can be a small intimate ceremony with just the couple, or it may be a bigger gathering of your family and friends. The couple can say the same vows they said on their wedding day or they may decide to write their own updated vows. They can also include readings, poems, music and enhancements (e.g. handfasting, unity candles, remembrance candles etc.), that have the most significance to them. They may also want to include other family members in their ceremony. I will talk you through all of the options and will write your ceremony, including details of your love and life together.

I have a one ceremony per day policy, so you have my undivided attention and commitment on the day of your vow renewal. I can perform your ceremony 7 days a week, in your chosen venue. My cost of €400 includes crafting your personalised ceremony, carrying out any enhancements you want to include and all meetings and correspondence in the lead up to your ceremony. The only additional cost may be mileage.

Prices From

€400

Why choose Orla for your renewal of vows?

I am a full-time Celebrant, available for ceremonies 7 days a week. I love to work with couples to celebrate their love and life together and renew their vows, in a truly unique, personalised and memorable ceremony.

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Funerals

We have many celebrations during our lives and I believe that it’s just as important to celebrate and commemorate somebody when they have passed. It’s such a privilege to be part of a funeral ceremony, where I can work closely with the family to take some of the stress and burden from them, during such a difficult time. I will work with you to write a ceremony befitting of the person’s life and ensure the ceremony represents their true self. I can help you to choose readings, poems and music. A funeral ceremony offers a time to share memories and comfort each other, while celebrating the person’s interests, achievements and impact they made during their life.
If someone is in an end-of-life situation, I’m happy to meet with them to go through the ceremony and what their wishes are.

Funerals can be carried out any day of the week. They may take place in a funeral home, at a crematorium or non-religious graveside. My cost of €250- 280 includes crafting your personalised ceremony and all meetings and correspondence in the lead up to the ceremony. If you would like me to carry out a funeral ceremony, please speak to your Funeral Director or get in touch.

Prices From

€250 - 280

Why choose Orla for your funeral?

I am a full-time Celebrant, available for ceremonies 7 days a week and love working with families to create a personalised funeral ceremony to honour the passing of someone in their lives.

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Reviews for Orla McCarthy, Celebrant & Legal Solemniser

Total Reviews: 3

Average Rating: 5

reviews (3)

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Orla made our wedding ceremony very special

5 Stars
Clare

Wedding | 05/31/2024 | Dromquinna Manor

Orla helped make our wedding ceremony very special! We really appreciate the time she took to get to know us in the months leading up to our wedding and she created a perfect ceremony that was personal to us and reflected us as a couple. She was professional and planned everything very well so that the day went very smoothly. We would highly recommend Orla to anyone who is looking for a celebrant for their wedding.

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Baby Naming Ceremony

5 Stars
Eimear

Naming Ceremony | 05/05/2024 | Courtmacsherry, Cork

Delighted with the naming ceremony Orla did for our baby. She put tougher a ceremony that suited our wishes and delivered it beautifully.

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Highly Recommended

5 Stars
Ruth

Naming Ceremony | 07/09/2023 | Kilkenny

From the beginning Orla was professional, practical and personal up to and during our daughter’s Naming Ceremony. While she provided us with a format for the ceremony and different ideas for what could be included we were still able to put in or take out whatever suited us. She guided us through what we would need to bring on the day and advised us about what would work or not. She was all about making it personal and significant to us and was so sensitive in terms of acknowledging a grandparent who had passed away and would be remembered during the ceremony. On the day itself Orla arrived early, helped set up and put everyone at ease. She directed proceedings with both senserity and humour and made this such a special day. We couldn’t recommend Orla more and are only sorry we are already married as she would have brought something very exceptional to that ceremony too.

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