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I travel Nationally & Internationally
Hand-fasting, creative writing, Irish customs & heritage.
Entheos Ireland, Irish Ethical Celebrants Society (IECS) Irish Institute of Celebrants (IIOC)
English; I've been known to learn phrases in other languages with a little coaching from my clients!
Hi, I'm Rosemary
I’m an intuitive, open minded, open hearted Celebrant, researching, writing and delivering love-filled ceremonies for weddings, naming days, vow renewals, elopements and milestone events such as retirements, coming of age, or graduation. I love words and the impact the right ones can have on a ceremony. I like to have fun with words too and include gentle humour to a celebration.
I am on the Register of Solemnisers in Ireland; I can complete the legal element of your wedding within your ceremony.
I work in Ireland, Italy and the UK and have also had the pleasure of a Floridian wedding . I have a passport and am ready to travel!
What's my ceremony style?
By listening carefully to what my clients say, (and sometimes what they don’t say!), I write ceremonies that reflect their personalities and beliefs. I build a relationship with them and from our conversations, I find a common thread to weave through my ceremonies, linking their story to places, readings, music and other elements. I treat every client as if they were my own family to ensure their ceremony is all they dreamed of, and more.
295 - 650
Adding extra elements to a celebration keeps the guests engaged. Sometimes it might just be some fun before the couple arrive - a warm up pep talk reminding them to switch off phones or risk having to buy everyone a drink! That (almost!) always works!
Twice this year, I have had Grooms enter the ceremony space, prior to the Bride arriving. I love this as I feel sometimes the Groom takes second place in a wedding. One Groom entered with his bestman (brother) and new stepson, signifying the joining of two families. Another walked up the aisle with his 90 year old mother and 4 year old son, representing the love that runs through the generations of his family.
It’s a slightly unusual start to a wedding and made everyone sit up, pay attention as they knew something special was about to happen!
Why choose Rosemary?
If you want a Celebrant full of enthusiasm, joy and quirky facts about wedding traditions, I’m your woman. I love sharing good news and joyful occasions with others, researching wedding traditions, songs and readings. There’s nothing quite like finding the perfect words for a ceremony. I find a lot of weddings are about the party and not the marriage. Let’s change that by putting the focus on the reason why we are gathered together. By listening to the story of the couple and joining in the celebration of their love for each other, they receive the greatest gift of all.
I am also on the Register of Solemnisers in Ireland; I can complete the legal element of your wedding within your ceremony.
What do I offer?
500 plus travel
Why choose Rosemary for your wedding?
From 2021 clients Catriona & Darragh :
Rosemary was a pleasure to work with and did an excellent job capturing everything we wanted as part of our very personal wedding ceremony. After several covid cancellations, Rosemary stuck with us every step of the way and was so flexible even when we had to make some changes on the day. Full of suggestions for enhancements and open to adapt our suggestions into the ceremony. Very friendly and personable. Very punctual. An excellent orator who commanded the room very effectively and there were so many comments from our guests how she had captured us so well as a couple. We couldn’t recommend her enough and will always be grateful for her contribution to our day. Thank you so much Rosemary for a beautiful wedding ceremony.
I love working with families introducing a new child to their family and community. This can be a new baby, a foster child, or a newly adopted child. Naming ceremonies are also wonderful when a new family is created through a re-marriage, where new children are introduced to the family dynamic. While they may not be changing their name, it is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate their arrival in the family and to tell their new relations a little about them.
I research, write and deliver a ceremony based on the instructions received from the family. I will find suitable readings and enhancements for them or, using their chosen texts, work the ceremony around their choices.
If the family has no idea as to where to start, I will talk them through a number of options and guide them to a ceremony that suits their beliefs and personalities
250 plus travel if applicable
Why choose Rosemary for your naming ceremony?
I am open minded and friendly. I listen to what my clients want and guide them in perfecting their ceremony. I’m quick thinking and fairly unshakeable – important when dealing with babies and small children who don’t know that they are the centre of a ceremony and sometimes want to add their own voice to the proceedings! Knowing when to keep going, or to offer the parents a moment to stop and take care of their child’s requirements is key to a calm, stress free and joyful ceremony. Life happens, embrace it!
Renewal of Vows
I love working with people who have been together a long time; sometimes the questions asked during the creating of the ceremony spark a memory that evolves into a key part of their story. Intimate ceremonies for a family gathered to celebrate the milestone achieved are an honour to be part of.
As with all my ceremonies, if the clients have an idea of what they want, I listen carefully and make suggestions to enhance their plans. If they don’t know where to start, I offer various options that reflect their personalities, ethics and love for each other. Together we select readings, poetry or songs to suit their style; enhancements to add an extra element to the ceremony, and how the ceremony should flow. I offer guidance as to involving family members, making it a truly inclusive experience for everyone.
400 (plus travel if applicable)
Why choose Rosemary for your renewal of vows?
I listen – I take everything my clients tell me and work it into a ceremony that reflects their life and love together. I make suggestions if required, based on my experiences in Celebrancy, public speaking, and event management. I love my job and love celebrating the milestones of life.
Unfortunately Rosemary Hartigan, Celebrant & Legal Solemniser is not available for Funerals.
Reviews for Rosemary Hartigan, Celebrant & Legal Solemniser
Total Reviews: 7
Average Rating: 5
Wonderful to work with!
Rosemary was an absolute joy to work with from start to finish. She was incredibly kind, considerate, and helpful as we prepared for our wedding. We were an international couple who didn’t really know where to start when it came to finding a celebrant. As soon as we spoke to Rosemary though, we knew instantly that she was the celebrant we wanted to work with.
Rosemary crafted a ceremony that was an absolute perfect representation of us. It was beautiful from start to finish. Everyone at our wedding kept commenting on how much they loved the ceremony and enjoyed talking with Rosemary afterward. She also went above and beyond helping us with the smaller details of our ceremony, such as the unity candle and wishing stones. She also helped to coordinate well with our musician and photographer to help take some pressure off of us on our wedding day. We are so lucky to have had Rosemary as a part of our day, and would highly recommend her!
Highly recommend friendly and personable celebrant
Extremely personable, professional and detail orientated celebrant. As a same-sex couple we would highly recommend Rosemary to anyone thinking of tying the knot. We had the perfect day and Rosemary went above and beyond for us.
We had several meetings where she helped guide us to make the choices that resonated with us, when we didn’t know what those choices might be.
An absolute dream to work with
Rosemary is an absolute dream to work with. From our first meeting we knew we had someone special to lead our ceremony. Her attention to detail and ear for a story are amazing. Our chats transformed into the most personal and special marriage ceremony. She picked up on details that I would have deemed insignificant to weave them into an amazing ceremony. Guests (both in person and virtually) have all commented on how personal the ceremony was and how talented Rosemary is. Both my husband and I would recommend Rosemary for any ceremony that requires personalisation and a special touch.
(and yes, we provided two reviews, it was hard to put into words how special our ceremony was!)