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Writing hilarious, meaningful, kick-ass ceremonies to start your wedding day with a bang! My ceremonies will always be tailored to the vibe you want, but if you consider yourselves funny, alternative and creative then I'm the girl for you!
Humanists UK Fully Accredited
Hi, I'm Louise
**Fully Booked for 2022! Get in touch about your 2023 and 2024 celebrations!**
I’m Louise Gather, and I create Kickass Gatherings: heartfelt yet hilarious Humanist wedding ceremonies. Whatever your style and whatever your story, we will work together to create a joyous, unforgettable ceremony which truly reflects you and your relationship, and sets the tone for an incredible wedding day. I am based in Derby, but willing to travel! Find me on instagram @kickassgatherings to see up-to-date pics and feedback from an incredible 2021/22 wedding season.
What's my ceremony style?
I have tons of ideas, bags of enthusiasm, and top-notch Humanists UK training under my belt. No ‘delete as applicable’ / ‘insert name here’ scripts, just personal, meaningful kick-ass ceremonies. Want to write your own vows? I have a vow workshop for that. Need ideas for readings? I am an ex English teacher so I’ll find you the perfect suggestions. Fancy a ceremony involving booze? Want to involve your pets? Getting married on a hot air balloon? In the middle of the forest? Or want a massive knees-up in your local pub? I am HERE FOR IT. Hit me up and let’s get planning.
£850 for 2023. See what that includes on my website.
Enter with style!
Who says the bride and groom have to enter together? The entrance of Russell and Ellie was one to remember. Russell greeted his guests, disappeared, and then strutted in to ‘Never Too Much’ by Luther Vandross. Just when you didn’t think it could get any better, we heard: “It’s Britney, B*tch” and Ellie entered to ‘Gimme More’ by Queen Britney!!
Why choose Louise?
As a fully accredited Humanists UK celebrant, you can be assured that I have undertaken a rigorous training and accreditation process. This involves numerous assignments, requirement for ongoing CPD, and a ceremony observation by an official Humanists UK accreditor. I am fully insured and have a huge network of humanist celebrant buddies to call on if and when needed for ideas and support – I can also help you source an alternative Humanists UK celebrant if I am not available for your date.
What do I offer?
My favourite couples are ones who want to include plenty of fun and humour in their ceremony! We have all sat through weddings which have bored us to tears with their dry delivery and ‘insert name here’ approach. I firmly believe that your ceremony should set the tone for your day and give you and your guests a fun, personalised experience that you will all remember forever! No templates – the content and structure is totally up to you. And you don’t need to include things just because they are tradition; don’t want to exchange rings? Sack it off. Exchange bracelets instead. Or tattoos. Or tequila shots. Whatever your vision, I’ll help make it happen.
My wedding package includes: introduction and planning meetings (ideally in person, but also online depending on location and circumstances); advice and support for inclusion of readings, rituals, and music, if required; vow writing workshop; writing your fully personalised script and making any necessary amendments and revisions; and obviously delivering an awesome ceremony on the big day! I also help with greeting guests and wedding party logistics in the hour before the ceremony. I only ever do one wedding per day, so you will have my full attention and I can be flexible with timings. If your venue or guest numbers mean microphones are required, I have a PA system to use, and after your wedding you will receive a beautiful presentation copy of your ceremony script. I am fully insured and accredited through Humanists UK.
Why choose Louise for your wedding?
With me you will get a totally bespoke kickass wedding ceremony. I absolutely love what I do and I will bring all of the joy, fun and enthusiasm to your big day! We will work together closely to plan something to reflect you as a couple and your relationship. Why not include some symbolic rituals which link to your favourite things? So if you are gin connoisseurs, let’s blend some gin in your ceremony! If you are rock climbers, let’s do a hand-fasting using some climbing ropes. The world is your oyster, and I will hep find the perfect ideas and inspiration for you.
Unfortunately KickAss Gatherings is not available for Naming Ceremonies.
Renewal of Vows
I am SO excited about writing and conducting vow renewal ceremonies, because there is so much more story to tell! We can reflect on what you have achieved together and how your lives have changed in the years since your wedding. You can re-affirm your original vows and make some new ones for the future. And your renewal ceremony can be as big or as intimate as you like. Maybe you want it ‘elopement style’ just the two of you; maybe you would like to involve your children; maybe you want it to be even bigger and better than your original day. Whatever you want, let’s make it happen!
For a vow renewal, you get exactly the same effort and input as you would for a wedding ceremony! The package includes: introduction and planning meetings (ideally in person, but also online depending on location and circumstances); advice and support for inclusion of readings, rituals, and music, if required; vow writing workshop; writing your fully personalised script and making any necessary amendments and revisions; and obviously delivering an awesome ceremony on the big day! I also help with greeting guests and wedding party logistics in the hour before the ceremony. I only ever do one wedding per day, so you will have my full attention and I can be flexible with timings. If your venue or guest numbers mean microphones are required, I have a PA system to use, and after your wedding you will receive a beautiful presentation copy of your ceremony script.
Why choose Louise for your renewal of vows?
With me you will get a totally bespoke kick-ass vow renewal ceremony. I absolutely love what I do and I will bring all of the joy, fun and enthusiasm to your big day! We will work together closely to plan something to reflect you as a couple and your relationship. Why not include some symbolic rituals which link to your favourite things? So if you are gin connoisseurs, let’s blend some gin in your ceremony! If you are rock climbers, let’s do a hand-fasting using some climbing ropes. The world is your oyster, and I will find the perfect ideas and inspiration for you.
Unfortunately KickAss Gatherings is not available for Funerals.
Reviews for KickAss Gatherings
Total Reviews: 6
Average Rating: 5
Louise WAS the Wedding!
We laughed our entire way through the wedding ceremony and we wouldn’t have wanted it any other way. From the initial planning stages to the ceremony itself, Louise couldn’t have made the process easier or more enjoyable.
Louise helped us achieve so many wonderful moments within our ceremony that we’d never have been able to do otherwise. The most wonderful addition for us was Louise’s assistance in having our dog be a part of the wedding. The enthusiasm with which Louise worked to integrate Darcie into the ceremony will forever be appreciated. Who doesn’t want their dog to walk down the aisle and sign their marriage certificate?
Louise also suggested we have our reception drinks within the ceremony for guests to “cheers” with at the end of the ceremony. It was a nice touch we wouldn’t have considered on our own, nor is it something we could have done with a registrar-led ceremony.
Secret vows were something I never imagined us doing but Louise made it seem so much easier than we’d have thought. Louise worked as the middle point to make sure we were both writing in a similar manner and length and provided help and guidance when we needed it. Louise also has a really handy guide for different stages of the planning process but the vows guide was the most helpful of all!
One of the first stages of the wedding process was completing a Googleform with loads of questions about us and what we thought we wanted from a ceremony. We opened a bottle of prosecco, ordered a pizza and awkwardly laughed our way through composing answers before sending it off for Louise to read. We both said it was far harder putting into words why we actually wanted to marry than it should have been! By the same token though, it was a really great tool for making us sit down and reminisce and truly consider what we wanted from the day.
We then met Louise at her house and chatted through our answers in more detail. We were both a bit apprehensive about this part because we were nervous it was going to be awkward and uncomfortable talking about ourselves but Louise couldn’t have put us more at ease and we had a lovely time.
Getting the first draft of our ceremony script through was amazing. Considering Louise had only met us in person once, she told our story in a way that made you believe she’d been a part of our lives from the start. Neither of us wanted anything too emotional and Louise immediately hit the desired tone, imbuing sarcasm and amusing anecdotes all throughout. It’s not just Louise’s writing style that is incredible, but her delivery is even better. I’ll never tire of reading the script and it’s a lovely memory to treasure.
What more can I say other than if we were to start planning all over again, I’d book Louise before I even booked the venue. So many of our family and friends came over to us throughout the day and told us it was the most different but best ceremony they’d ever attended. We cannot thank Louise enough for her support and guidance throughout the planning process. She even helped us find a new photographer when our first one bailed on us – and agreed to move dates when our first venue cancelled too!
P.S A registrar (probably!) won’t lie to your soon-to-be-husband and say the minibus got lost making it’s way to the venue, when really you and your entire bridal party had to return home because you all left your handbags behind. Chances are they won’t even be able to wait for you if you’re running late. In that moment of panic, knowing Louise was able and willing to wait relieved so much stress.
We’re forever grateful to Louise and I hope to see her marry many of our friends in the future because I think the ceremony spoke for itself.
A Kickass Day from a Kickass Celebrant
What can I possibly say about Louise?
We were forced to go for a celebrant ceremony as there were no registrars available for our wedding day. So we got married at the town hall a few weeks before our wedding day. Who would have known that this would be the best thing to happen to us?
We scrolled past many celebrants who looked very formal, stuffy, boring and traditional and then we found ‘Kickass Gatherings’. The name drew us in immediately, the celebrants appearance cemented our choice and it was made even clearer that she was the right choice…..as I knew her personally.
This may make you think that my review is somewhat biased but we were only connected through mutual friends but I was perfectly aware that she was the right person for the job.
From our first meeting, Louise was attentive, charming, funny and bloody lovely. We had to rearrange our wedding 5 times due to Covid and we had lost all of the spark and excitement, especially my wife who couldn’t have cared less about the big day. After we spoke to Louise, my wife told me that this was the first time she’d been excited for the wedding since I proposed.
The ceremony was personal, funny and sentimental and incredibly unique. We had guests who were due to get married, tell us that they were reconsidering their whole ceremony, based entirely on what Louise has constructed for us.
If you’re on the fence or considering a traditional (yawn) wedding, let me tell you that you need to book a Kickass Gathering. I cried throughout the ceremony and that is a hard thing to happen.
You will smile, cry, laugh and be filled with the kind of rich feelings that are normally reserved for an all you can eat buffet (we love food).
Louise is your one stop shop for making your wedding the most perfect day that you could have ever imagined…..and she even dressed accordingly to our colour scheme….without being asked.
Personal, professional and FUCKING AMAZING. I’m not afraid to swear.
You NEED a Kickass Gathering!
The best day!
From the onset of arranging a humanist ceremony Louise was so friendly and helpful. We first met to discuss ‘our story’ and our wedding plans, from that Louise was able to create a wonderful ceremony script, which every guest who attended commented that it was the best wedding ceremony they have been to. It was such a personal ceremony, no boring legal stuff here!!
Louise helped us both write our vows, which was a daunting task! But with Louise’s help and support she made the process simple and easy.
We would not hesitate to reccomend Louise for any event, she made our wedding so special and memorable. I didn’t know that a wedding ceremony could be so much fun! Honestly I wish we were renewing our vows next year just so we can do it all again.