Celebrants offer an alternative to the traditional ceremonies of birth, marriage and death.
Whether we are religious or not, practicing or not, a traditional, divorced or same-sex couple, a traditional or blended family, or a family of mixed race or faith... we all go through periods of change and transitions, the joys and trials that punctuate the cycle of our lives. Now, according to Paule Lebrun, author and founder of the school Ho Rites, “Ritual work opens the door of the human soul by creating a particular sense around the significant passages of our lives.” Thus, one of my main motivations in becoming celebrant was to meet the increasing request of individuals, couples, and families to affirm life's milestones and transitions through non-religious and yet dignified and meaningful ceremonies, in substance and in form.
A graduate since 2010 of the renewed American Celebrant Foundation & Institute, I take the personalized and intimate approach at the heart of the Celebrant’s philosophy, performing and co-creating customized, thoughtful celebrations and rituals for people of all backgrounds, traditions, cultures and faiths.
Furthermore, I help clients create a safe and ceremonial space that enables everyone to celebrate with meaning and significance. It seems to me that here is what the beauty of a ceremony is all about: to give us the opportunity as a community to honor the fullness of the human experience across the lifecycle — may it be in joy or sorrow — and thus come together in a solemn moment of sharing. Participating in an authentic and significant ceremony creates an opening, an emotional complicity, and when family and friends gather mindfully as witnesses, it creates a real sense of connection and belonging that no one forgets.
As a certified Life-Cycle Celebrant®, I am a ceremonial facilitator and ritual creator, trained in the art of ritual, ceremony, world and faith traditions, ceremonial writing, and public speaking and presentation. I specialize in bilingual and inter-cultural ceremonies (two languages, two cultures, two families that sometimes have never met).
For more information about Karine Wegel and her ceremonies, visit her website at www.celebrations-memoire.com
Wedding Celebrancy (weddings, commitment, vow renewals…), Funeral Celebrancy (funerals, memorials, pet funerals, end of life célébrations), Ceremonies Across the Life-Cycle (such as cérémonies for expectant parents, Mother's blessing, baby namings and welcomings, milestone birthdays, seasonal ceremonies, retirement, etc.)
Why Choose Karine
A testimonial will tell more about me and my work as a Celebrant than I ever could:
“It was important to us that our ceremony was bi-lingual. Karine was excellent and made the whole ceremony so special for us. The ceremony was in French and English with both of us saying vows / readings in both languages; the guests really appreciated it being in both languages and Karine spoke in both languages fluently throughout.She was very attentive and made sure everything was perfect for us; she was extremely approachable and we had no hesitation in asking her questions or making suggestions. Karine was very open to ideas and really listened to what we wanted and the type of ceremony that we hoped for. There was no problem communicating with Karine, she was always available on Skype and the only time we met her was on the day of the ceremony. She was very precise and wanted everything to be perfect for us. She took the time before the ceremony to speak with the witnesses and make sure that everyone was comfortable with where they would be seated and knew what they had to say. She was a true professional and I highly recommend her.” ~ Emma et David