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Boat naming/re-naming/ceremonies aboard boats/naturist ceremonies


International College of Professional Celebrants and The Celebrant Circle



Hi, I'm Karen

I am Karen Hopwood, a Professional Celebrant trained by the ICPC. I set up Coast Ceremonies to provide a service for you. I am used to public speaking and I take great pride in doing a good job. I feel so honoured to be able to write about YOU. I write and officiate at wedding celebration ceremonies, baby naming ceremonies, boat naming or re-naming ceremonies, building dedications and blessings, vow renewal ceremonies and funeral ceremonies. I am willing to conduct destination weddings (prices on request) if that is your wish.

What's my ceremony style?

I like a little bit of humour – it’s a great tension-breaker. I am part of the sailing community here in Lymington and that is reflected in some of my work, namely boat naming and re-naming ceremonies and wedding blessings on board boats. I have also done a scattering of ashes at sea.

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Why choose Karen?

I’m Karen and I really care about getting your ceremony right. I will listen carefully to what you want and then write your ceremony for you from beginning to end. I started Coast Ceremonies so that I could do just that. I love people and that reflects in everything I do. I am used to speaking in public and I take great care to get things right. Everything I do is about love, whether that is a wedding, a baby naming, a vow renewal or a funeral. I feel really privileged to be able to write about you and your love story.

What do I offer?



My ideal couple would be a couple who want a relaxed wedding in a rural location/garden/sailing club/”camping/glamping”. They might like to have something a little bit different that will include things that reflect their personalities and interests. This could be a themed wedding or a boho style wedding.

Basic wedding package: Help writing their vows and conducting the ceremony. A very personal wedding ceremony would be created in consultation with both parties individually and together.

Enhanced wedding package: Help writing vows and conducting the ceremony but also includes a mini-ceremony such as hand fasting, jumping the broom, sand ceremony etc. Again, a very personal wedding ceremony created in consultation with both parties individually and together.

If the couple want me to attend the rehearsal there is a separate charge for that.

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£600 minimum for 2022 weddings.

Why choose Karen for your wedding?

A couple should choose me as their celebrant because I will go the extra mile to ensure that the couple get the sort of wedding they always dreamed of. Intimate, personal, humorous or serious, themed or more conventional – a service that reflects their personalities both individually and as a couple.

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Naming Ceremonies

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Why choose Karen for your funeral?


Reviews for Coast Ceremonies

Total Reviews: 3

Average Rating: 5

reviews (3)


Thank you

5 Stars
Janice Burlison

Funeral | 01/11/2022 | New Forest Crematorium

Good evening Karen

I just wanted to drop you a line on behalf of us all to say thank you for the most heartfelt ceremony and tribute you conducted for us last Friday.
We all commented on your kind and sincere manner, yet the words you spoke were so full of meaning that it was if you had known Dad for years!
You made the whole event so much more bearable during such sad and difficult times.

Thank you so much curating such a memorable service for us all, Dad would have been very proud and it meant the world to us.



5 Stars
Chrissy Gough

Funeral | 09/20/2022 | New Forest Crematorium

I can thoroughly recommend Karen Hopwood of Karen at Coast Ceremonies who was the Celebrant at a Funeral l attended today of a young lady.

she was absolutely perfect paying particular detail to dress code by wearing something purple and also wearing an Angel pin in her lapel which was very special the this young

The services was conducted with dignity empathy care and compassion

If any funeral can be beautiful Karen certainly helped to achieve this in a very caring way


A heartfelt thank you to Karen

5 Stars

Funeral | 08/27/2023 | The Beach House, Milford on sea

A heartfelt thank you to Karen for being such a wonderful Celebrant at both the funerals and celebration of life events of our Mum and Dad who sadly passed away recently.. Your professional yet personal approach brought us comfort and guidance at a difficult time.. Thank you for taking the time to get to know us as a family and for conducting these services with genuine warmth and grace.. I would highly recommend Karen as a Celebrant.

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