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Hi, I'm Andrea
Hello, I’m Andrea – Soulful Celebrant
I live by the sea in Edinburgh and am happy to travel for ceremony.
I am a Life Celebrant and founding member of Agnostic Scotland – a not for profit, values led organisation. In regard to ceremony my practice is inclusive and open-minded. I am collaborative in my approach and always open to working with members of other secular and faith-based organisations. I am flexible and supportive of choice, and very keen to collaborate with you to co-create a ceremony that reflects your beliefs, values and wishes because it’s your ceremony.
What's my ceremony style?
As a modern Celebrant I treasure and embrace your decision to acknowledge, and create, ceremony and ritual, whether for marriage, civil partnership, intentional, ethical conscious commitments, death or divorce, indeed, any rite of passage or transformative moment in your life. Many of these choices also need rites of protection and I champion the right for you to be informed, have options and make decisions that are right for you, your partner and your family. I have the skills to hold, nurture, realise and deliver your individual choices. As an Agnostic Celebrant my offerings for couples, families and communities include a myriad of traditional and modern, mixed faith, a nod to faith, religious or non- religious, multicultural but always inclusive, ceremonies and rituals. These encompass Marriage, Civil Partnerships, Commitment Ceremonies, Blessingways, Family Blending Ceremonies along with Celebration of Life Memorials and Funerals .
Why choose Andrea?
I am here to support any treasured life or community event that needs to, and should be, marked and celebrated in some way.
I offer facilitation and support in an open-minded and collaborative way offering choice, inclusion, support, guidance, advocacy that embraces you and your community to create a ceremony that is heartfelt with a light touch
Co-creating your ceremony is a beautiful process
My only stipulations are that your ceremony is safe, respectful, does no harm and leaves no trace 🌿
I plant a tree for every ceremony conducted and dedicate it to you or your person with Trees For Life
What do I offer?
First of all the couple who choose to work with me have a strong sense of identity & self awareness. Fundamentally the couple are aware of their rights, aware they have choices and are informed. They love being outdoors, are active and are respectful of the natural world, they are engaged with what is going on in the world, politically & environmentally. They are creative even though they think they are not. The couple see their wedding day as a gathering, a gathering of their community. They want their ceremony to embrace everyone present, to make their guests feel, for a moment, that they all got a little bit married. My favourite ceremony type with this couple is all marriage/civil partnership ceremonies. Indoors or outdoors, big or teeny their ceremony is creative, feminist, poignant, funny, upbeat, heartfelt and meaningful. It also recognises the power of the moment.
I haven’t created ‘packages’ as yet. Any suggestions welcome.
Anyone exploring ways of working with celebrants in regard to marriage, civil partnership and commitment ceremonies can find it hard to picture how it will all happen.
Here is a blogpost explaining my practice and process of ceremony co-creation and collaboration – soulfulcelebrant.wordpress.com/
For me a couple are made up of two individual autonomous adults. Everyone is individual, everyone has different needs and we all work in different ways, time scales etc but I’m there to listen, support, give choices, guide, advocate, discuss options, explore meaning, nudge gently and not so gently.
As a midwife I often joke that that is what I am doing ‘midwifing’ couple’s through the process, the gestation and birth of their very own ceremony.
Why choose Andrea for your wedding?
I am a bright, caring, spirited practitioner ready to nurture collaboration and co-creation while holding space for your ceremony with authenticity and care.
I’d be happy to welcome you to my website and Instagram space where I share the practices close to my heart and you can read through some of the Love Notes sent by couples, hit the highlight buttons on Instagram for videos of poetry reading and more, watch the waves, hear my voice and get a sense of me.
Unfortunately Soulful Celebrant is not available for Naming Ceremonies.
Unfortunately Soulful Celebrant is not available for Renewal of Vows
I like to work with families who have an awareness of choice around the loss of their person and the knowledge they can do things differently.
I don’t tend to work for Funeral Directors within the traditional funerary process. Most of the memorials and celebrations of life I support come via word of mouth from families who want something different, who want to co-create their own ceremony in their own way.
The Funeral/Memorial Celebrancy practice I aim to cultivate is underpinned by what I call the 3 C’s – choice, collaboration and co-creation.
This may include ritual and creating the ceremony space. We can explore how to take the space and make it our own, make it safe and authentic. Also how we gather, enter and step out of the space.
Taking time to plan and consider such aspects contributes beautifully to a meaningful memorial or funeral for the living and for the dead.
Why choose Andrea for your funeral?
We can create a ceremony that honours your person or yourself and it can be whatever you want or need it to be.
You can take time to pause and consider, you can explore and question, you can make informed choices.
You have autonomy and rights.
Taking the opportunity to pause to say goodbye, grieve, celebrate, remember, honour and show love in your way, while respecting the ways of your person, through ceremony and ritual can be a remedy for individuals and families
Find me on Instagram @soulfulexit
Reviews for Soulful Celebrant
Total Reviews: 11
Average Rating: 5
The best celebrant!
Andrea was amazing from start to finish. My husband and I were looking for a ceremony that would be true to us, and found that an Agnostic Scotland ceremony was fully customizable. That was just the first ticked box. Form there, Andrea was so personable, meeting with us a few times to discuss how we would like our ceremony to go, and was so helpful when it came to suggestions of what could be included. Our ‘Love Homework’ made the process of writing our vows much easier, and ensured that our ceremony was rich with facets of our relationship, and full of nice little suprises of what we had said about each other. On the big day, Andrea was just fabulous, and the ceremony really was the highlight of the day. Cannot recommend her more to anyone looking for a personal, vulnerable and significant wedding ceremony. Thank you Andrea!
She Brought the Magic
When we decided to runaway to Scotland and get married, we had no idea what we were getting ourselves into! We didn’t know anyone there, we’d never even left our country before! Then we met Andrea, and it was as if the universe itself had plopped her down in front of us and said, “Here you go, the answer to your questions.” Andrea is an absolutely brilliant woman, who went above and beyond what we could have ever dreamed and she made our wedding day nothing short of perfect. There was laughter, there were tears, and most importantly, there was love. In every word of the ceremony, which was tailor made by Andrea for us! We were extremely lucky to be able to book Andrea, and without her I know that our big day wouldn’t have felt as magical as it did.
Andrea was the best celebrant
Andrea was such a dream to work with as our celebrant. From start to finish it felt so personalised and intimate – which was exactly what we hoped for!
She put us both at ease from day one to on the day. Its safe to say it was truly the highlight of our day being married by Andrea 🤍
We would highly recommend Andrea for those who want to have a personalised and heartfelt ceremony. She respectfully delves into your relationship to understand what makes you and your relationship unique. Andrea then uses the most poetic language and puts a lot of thought into writing your ceremony that reflects your relationship values and depth of your love for one another.
We will be forever grateful to Andrea xx