Rosalie Kuyvenhoven

Rituals Today

Reviews (15)

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This Celebrant specialises in Weddings This Celebrant specialises in Funerals This Celebrant specialises in Naming Ceremonies This Celebrant specialises in Renewals of Vows
Areas Covered

London

Essex

Herefordshire

I travel Nationally and Internationally

Specialisms

Interfaith ceremonies, multicultural ceremonies, LGBT+ ceremonies, including children in ceremonies

Affiliations

Fellowship of Professional Celebrants, The Good Funeral Guild

Spoken Languages

English, Dutch

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Prices from From £625 (Weddings), £250 (Funerals)
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Rosalie Kuyvenhoven

Rituals Today

Reviews (15) - 5/5

EXPERIENCE

I create warm, truthful and sensitive ceremonies with a cosmopolitan touch. By carefully listening to your personal story, your ideas for the day and your views on life, love and death, I create and deliver unique and memorable ceremonies for any life-event.

When I work with a couple on their wedding ceremony I take them on a journey, identifying what makes their relationship meaningful, what makes their love unique, and what it means for them to get married. This typically results in a warm, moving and heartfelt event, with room for both laughter and tears. I work closely with wedding planners, photographers, venue managers and other suppliers on the day to ensure a smooth an relaxed ceremony.

I believe that a good funeral provides a space for the living to acknowledge a death, to pay tribute to a life lived, to release emotions that come with a loss, and to find continuity in the relationship with the deceased. A funeral does not have to be sombre. There are many ways to make it an uplifting, comforting and meaningful experience. I meet families in person and will take the time that's needed to get a sound understanding of their ideas, and of whom the deceased was. I provide guidance and support, liaise with funeral directors, crematoria staff and other suppliers to ensure that the funeral service honours the family's wishes.

In addition to wedding ceremonies and funerals I do baby-namings, renewal-of-vows and any other tailor-made rituals for everyone who wishes to mark a transition in their life. In June 2018 I even conducted a ceremony for a building!

In 2018 I won the National Celebrant Award for Outstanding Funeral Celebrancy. I was Runner Up Celebrant of the Year for the Good Funeral Awards 2016 and a finalist in 2017. I am a member of the Fellowship of Professional Celebrants, member of the Good Funeral Guild and supplier member for the National Association of Funeral Directors. I have had spotlight interviews with wedding blogs Engaged & Ready and Girl Gets Wed and regularly write blogs or articles on ceremonies and rituals.

I have professional backgrounds in theology, consultancy and learning & development. I play the piano, write, and love taking photos of the things that make me smile or cry. In 2015 I wrote and self-published a children's book. Born and bred in the Netherlands I now live in London with my husband and two children.

CEREMONY STYLE

Being Dutch and fascinated by rituals from around the world, many of the couples I work with have an international or multicultural background. We work together to find a fun, relaxed and fitting way on how to incorporate multiple traditions within the wedding or baby-naming ceremony. I have conducted weddings in Morocco, France, and the Netherlands and have spoken Dutch, French, German and even Rumanian and Korean at ceremonies.

I have designed tailor-made rituals for couples to reflect what their relationship meant to them. Examples are a modern interpretation of the Jewish Seven Blessings for a multi-faith couple, a food ritual for a couple of whom the bride was a nutritional therapist and a symbolic ring cleansing ritual for a couple that renewed their vows.

The funerals I conduct are about the person who has died and provide a space for the living to say their farewells in a way that feels right for them. Funeral services I conduct may contain religious or multifaith elements, or none. I encourage families and, if they wish, children, to actively participate in the service and inspire them with creative and meaningful ideas to say their farewells.

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Reviews

Highly recommended

Barry Miles

Funeral at

West London Crematorium | April 2019

I was dreading the thought of organising the order of service for my wife's funeral. But then we were introduced to Rosalie and she took over. Ev... Read review.

Warm, sensitive and caring

Needra Copley

Funeral at

St Marylebone Crematorium | March 2019

Rosalie was introduced to us by our funeral director and I'm very glad they recommend her.. From the beginning she was extremely sensitive to th... Read review.

Funeral Service

Caitriona Forde

Funeral at

West Norwood Cemetery & Crematorium | March 2019

Rosalie recently conducted a funeral on our behalf and I can highly recommend her services. At such a difficult time, it was incredibly important... Read review.

Very thoughtful service

Cherry

Funeral at

Golder’s Green Crematorium | March 2019

Rosalie performed a very warm, considered and thoughtful service for us. She took time to speak to us and really listened to what we had to say, ... Read review.

Funeral Service

Andrew Wales

Funeral at

Islington Crematorium | March 2019

I put in touch with Rosalie by the funeral director who facilitated my mother's funeral and cremation. I cannot recommend her highly enough, she ... Read review.

Wedding

Matt and Georgina

Wedding at

The Lanesborough, London | November 2018

Rosalie helped craft the perfect wedding ceremony. She had a structured process and was in regular contact before the wedding, ensuring that she... Read review.

Loved by all in the audience

Christina and Tim

Wedding at

Hertfordshire | May 2018

Rosalie was loved by everyone in the audience and helped us tell our story beautifully.
She took the time to meet us several times prior to the ... Read review.

A day to treasure forever

Aika and Dongyoung

Wedding at

London | May 2018

Rosalie went above and beyond to make our wedding ceremony so meaningful and personal. Rosalie living in the UK, my fiancé (now husband) living i... Read review.

A happy couple from America

Lucille and Steve

at

London | September 2018

Steve and I can't thank Rosalie enough for everything she did to deliver a wonderful wedding ceremony. As we live in America, Rosalie was always ... Read review.

Rosalie is fantastic!

Fleur & Jaap

Wedding at

Horniman Conservatory | August 2018

We would highly recommend Rosalie for any wedding ceremony! Rosalie has been fantastic in helping us to make our wedding ceremony absolutely perf... Read review.

You held it all together

Family of L

Funeral at

London | February 2017

“We wish to thank you so much for making this affirmation of life and very personal family service possible. You held it all together with your g... Read review.

So glad to have found her

Mark and Ceri

Renewal at

London | August 2016

“Rosalie worked with us to create a wonderfully personal ceremony, renewing our wedding vows. She was able to very quickly develop deep empathy w... Read review.

Our vows were framed perfectly

Rosalie and Barry

Wedding at

France | September 2015

“We are so happy we decided to use Rosalie as our celebrant at our wedding. After a couple of meetings with us, she listened to our ideas and cre... Read review.

A celebration of life

Alison Evans

Funeral at

London | April 2017

“Once we had chosen a funeral director and gone through the various options, it was a great relief to be introduced to you at their recommendatio... Read review.

Right in every way

Ian Mistlin

Funeral at

London | November 2016

“I cannot praise Rosalie and her services high enough. She is an exceptionally warm, caring and sensitive lady. From our first phone conversation... Read review.

Highly recommended

Barry Miles

West London Crematorium | April 2019

I was dreading the thought of organising the order of service for my wife's funeral. But then we were introduced to Rosalie and she took over. Everything ran absolutely smoothly. She did her homework on my wife's life, she was respectful but not in an artificial way. The timing was perfect. Several people commented afterwards on how well she conducted the event.

Warm, sensitive and caring

Needra Copley

St Marylebone Crematorium | March 2019

Rosalie was introduced to us by our funeral director and I'm very glad they recommend her.. From the beginning she was extremely sensitive to the situation, being caring and respectful with my 93 year old mother who had just lost her husband of 70 years. Rosalie took time to get to know us and did well to capture our father as best possible without having met him. She made the process easy, taking care of many practicalities and I felt reassured by her comments. Her presentation at the service was very warm and encompassed all faiths. I would not hesitate to recommend her for other ceremonies.

Funeral Service

Caitriona Forde

West Norwood Cemetery & Crematorium | March 2019

Rosalie recently conducted a funeral on our behalf and I can highly recommend her services. At such a difficult time, it was incredibly important for us to find the right celebrant. From the very start, Rosalie was empathetic and genuine. She took the time to sit down with us, listen to our story, and develop a personalised service tailored to our needs. Our friends and family all remarked on what a warm and heartfelt service Rosalie delivered, and how it honoured the memory of our son beautifully

Very thoughtful service

Cherry

Golder’s Green Crematorium | March 2019

Rosalie performed a very warm, considered and thoughtful service for us. She took time to speak to us and really listened to what we had to say, which she incorporated into her words during the service. She also made a number of very helpful suggestions about how best to manage the service which we were very happy to incorporate. We were very impressed with her professionalism and kindness at a very difficult time.

Funeral Service

Andrew Wales

Islington Crematorium | March 2019

I put in touch with Rosalie by the funeral director who facilitated my mother's funeral and cremation. I cannot recommend her highly enough, she was both sensitive to any concerns I might have had and went out of her way to assist me in ensuring that my mother's long and largely happy life was properly commemorated and this went well beyond simply conducting the service at the crematorium.

Wedding

Matt and Georgina

The Lanesborough, London | November 2018

Rosalie helped craft the perfect wedding ceremony. She had a structured process and was in regular contact before the wedding, ensuring that she got to know us well before the big day. The ceremony itself was spectacular, in no small part to Rosalie’s warm and glowing delivery. It was a very relaxed affair and our guests thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

Loved by all in the audience

Christina and Tim

Hertfordshire | May 2018

Rosalie was loved by everyone in the audience and helped us tell our story beautifully.
She took the time to meet us several times prior to the wedding and was a great help during the actual day. We loved having a more bespoke ceremony and appreciated her advice. We recommend her to any couples looking to personalise their ceremony. She is extremely diligent, a wonderful listener and a fabulous speaker.
Thank you so much Rosalie xx

A day to treasure forever

Aika and Dongyoung

London | May 2018

Rosalie went above and beyond to make our wedding ceremony so meaningful and personal. Rosalie living in the UK, my fiancé (now husband) living in Abu Dhabi, and I living in Tokyo, we had to discuss everything through Skype and emails. She took time to get to know us and our story, created a beautiful script, and because I couldn’t go to the wedding venue in London, she went ahead to make sure all the logistics at the venue were well prepared. Rosalie, thank you so much for an amazing wedding. It definitely wouldn’t have been the same without you. My family all loved the wedding ceremony and I will treasure this day forever.

A happy couple from America

Lucille and Steve

London | September 2018

Steve and I can't thank Rosalie enough for everything she did to deliver a wonderful wedding ceremony. As we live in America, Rosalie was always open to Skype and did a really good job at keeping us on track. Rosalie thoroughly listened to our story and was genuinely interested in our relationship. From there, Rosalie crafted a personal and meaningful script for our ceremony. For me personally, Rosalie put me at ease and it was one less thing to worry about. On our wedding day, everything went exactly how Rosalie said it would. Rosalie then delivered a perfect ceremony that allowed all of our guests to see what our relationship means to us. We can't thank her enough and would recommend Rosalie to anyone.

Rosalie is fantastic!

Fleur & Jaap

Horniman Conservatory | August 2018

We would highly recommend Rosalie for any wedding ceremony! Rosalie has been fantastic in helping us to make our wedding ceremony absolutely perfect. Right from the first meeting, Rosalie has shown great expertise, knowledge and creativity. She was incredibly helpful in shaping our ceremony and went above and beyond to ensure we were aligned at all times. An extra bonus was the fact that Rosalie is Dutch, allowing us to have a Dutch ceremony in London, while also providing our international guests with English summaries. The ceremony was beautiful, personal and was perfect for my husband and me. All our guests were impressed and we received countless positive reactions regarding the ceremony as well as Rosalie’s performance. Rosalie, thank you for everything! You were fantastic.

You held it all together

Family of L

London | February 2017

“We wish to thank you so much for making this affirmation of life and very personal family service possible. You held it all together with your gentle support, giving us the quiet but assured confidence to open up our hearts and speak honestly. We will never forget this momentous celebration of life, truly honouring L.”

So glad to have found her

Mark and Ceri

London | August 2016

“Rosalie worked with us to create a wonderfully personal ceremony, renewing our wedding vows. She was able to very quickly develop deep empathy with us, and we felt a lot of trust that she would be able to capture the tone and nuance that was so important to us. She helped us to develop our own ideas for the ceremony, asking insightful questions and suggesting in such a way as to leave us free to take what we wanted and leave the rest. The process of working with Rosalie was extremely smooth. She kept all her commitments around timelines, worked around our busy schedule, and generally made us feel as though we were her only clients. She even rescheduled a flight in order to accommodate our ceremony! The actual event turned out fabulously; Rosalie worked with the venue to keep everything smooth, and was unruffled by our young children’s unscripted contributions to the ceremony. We would wholeheartedly recommend Rosalie as a celebrant. She did a fantastic job for us, and we are so glad to have found her.”

Our vows were framed perfectly

Rosalie and Barry

France | September 2015

“We are so happy we decided to use Rosalie as our celebrant at our wedding. After a couple of meetings with us, she listened to our ideas and created a perfect service, which incorporated all of the things that were important to us. She is warm, personable and incredibly professional; often thinking one step ahead, asking the right questions to guide us along the way. Our vows were framed in such a beautiful, perfect way. When we look back for years to come, we can’t imagine anyone else performing the integral role that Rosalie played…”

A celebration of life

Alison Evans

London | April 2017

“Once we had chosen a funeral director and gone through the various options, it was a great relief to be introduced to you at their recommendation. We wanted to follow my brother’s wishes to have a non religious funeral but had no idea how to arrange one. As soon as I spoke to you and you explained the ways in which a Celebrant can help organise this important occasion, I felt completely reassured and supported. During our first, arranged phone call to talk about his life, achievements, character, family and friends, I was able to relax and include all sorts of memories. After several emails and phone calls, together we built a picture of my brother that all who attended the funeral agreed was a good reflection of his character. Although our choice of music was pretty diverse, you were able to download and organise it into seamlessly into our chosen ‘service’. It was so good to finally meet you on the day. It felt as if you were a family friend and I will never forget your kindness and understanding. Thank you once again. You helped make a potentially difficult occasion one that we will all remember as a celebration of life, led by a kind, professional lady.”

Right in every way

Ian Mistlin

London | November 2016

“I cannot praise Rosalie and her services high enough. She is an exceptionally warm, caring and sensitive lady. From our first phone conversation to our first meeting I knew Rosalie was the right person to work with in order to make my brothers humanist funeral a special and memorable occasion. And she did not disappoint. Rosalie devoted a lot of time and thought into helping us customise a ceremony that was right in every way. Everyone one was so complementary. This was my first experience of a funeral ceremony officiated by a celebrant. Rosalie was so good, I will be booking her for mine.”

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