reviews

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"I was very impressed by her website."

- My good friend, Jonny Lee, August 2022

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"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 wedding 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."

- Vanessa and Ross, April 2022

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"My husband and I chose to have Louise for our celebrant for our wedding. She was absolutely fantastic from the very start, and took lots of time to get to know us and our story before putting together our beautiful ceremony. It was so personal and perfect for us, our guests all commented that it was one of the nicest ceremonies they had been to. We can't thank you enough!"

- Andy and Sophie, April 2022

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"Louise officiated at at our daughter's wedding in September 2021 (3rd attempt after 2 Covid cancellations!) The ceremony was wonderful and Louise had clearly spent a lot of time finding out what makes Charley and Andy's relationship so special. It was all very personal and conducted with plenty of humour. Our guests loved it, as did we. It was just the perfect day, and Louise played a pivotal part in this.

 

Many thanks, and we would thoroughly recommend Louise to anyone who is looking for a personally-tailored, fun-filled, kickass wedding ceremony xx"

- Andy and Charley, September 2021

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"We contacted Louise after our original celebrant couldn't make our new date and it was utter fate!

 

Right from the beginning, Louise made us feel confident and our zoom calls where always fun and felt like chatting with a friend. Before the big day, Louise sent us the script and we laughed and cried.

 

As an English teacher, it is clear that Louise has a way with words and she delivered it with perfect timing and personality on the day; all our guests said it was the best ceremony they'd ever been to and she captured our love story perfectly.

Here's to cancelled celebrants and finding the one :)"

 

- Carlie and Rob, Aug 2021 

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"We had a normal legal "boring" ceremony during Covid with 13 of our close family but we still wanted to celebrate with our friends and family when things improved, we looked at getting a celebrant, from the moment of seeing Louise's Instagram profile we knew she was the one for us, everything was handled very professionally and Louise was always available answering any questions promptly and honestly.

The ceremony was so personal, warm and friendly, there were tears(the good sort) and much laughter. Everyone of our guests loved the ceremony and said it made such a change from the normal and found it amazing.


I would encourage anyone to use Louise for their ceremony."

- Nikki and John, October 2021

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"Louise is absolutely incredible! If you want a wedding ceremony that is 100% personalized to you then kickass gatherings is what you need!

 

She goes above and beyond to create the perfect ceremony.

 

We had the best day of our lives and our wedding was perfect for us because of Louise!"

- Emily and Peter, October 2021

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"Luke and I were honoured to have Louise marry us!

From our initial planning meeting - through to the ceremony itself - Louise was such a pleasure to work with. She gathered our details, and made a beautiful love story, which our friends and family loved hearing. This was so much more than a standard wedding ceremony.

Having been to so many weddings - this felt such an intimate, personal way of exchanging our vows.

We wouldn’t change a thing.

Thanks so much to Louise for such an

incredible, memorable and sentimental experience. We will forever cherish this memory!"

- Jess & Luke, July 2021

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"Booking Louise is one of the best decisions we made for our wedding! It was a risky move for us to choose a humanist wedding, (as Indians who wanted to go against the grain and live to our own values!) Louise made it feel like a walk in the park.

From our first phone call and discussing the issues we may come across, Louise guided us on how to handle difficult conversations, and made us feel at ease with what we wanted. Louise has a way of just understanding you as a couple and writes a script like the most perfect love story, with all the LOLZ and tears of joy!

The journey was an easy ride and Louise was happy to be on call and work with any changes we wanted to make and last minute additions to our ceremony. Although a little noisy with some crying babies in our wedding - Louise powered through as if it was the most quiet room - she was able to draw the attention of our guests, had everyone laughing and crying at all the right moments - joined us for a selfie because that’s what we love and generally brought the feel good vibes to our day!

We honestly could not recommend Louise enough. She will bring the good time vibes, the warmth and comfort to doing things a little differently and oh man her style is on point!

We love you Louise,

thank you for making our day so perfect!"

- Hemel and Jaina, March 2022

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"Louise married Matt and I last month and I can honestly say it was the best decision we made regarding our wedding day!

The planning process was so much fun. We loved reminiscing when filling out initial questionnaire and found Louise to be super helpful when planning the readings, music choices etc. We both felt that Louise just ‘got us’ and knew exactly what sort of ceremony we wanted. I remember feeling SO excited for the wedding day after our first meeting, Louise was full of amazing ideas and I couldn’t wait to see how it would all come together!
Louise was great in the run up to the big day, she helped with our vows, checked in on us in the week before and was brilliant on the morning of the wedding, too.
The ceremony itself was so so so brilliant. We loved every second. The way Louise told our story was exactly what we hoped for - there was lots of laughing and some happy tears too!

Our doggo Charlie was also heavily involved in the ceremony. We loved that Louise fully embraced this and even suggested Charlie sign his paw print on our certificate! Our guests loved the ceremony! We had so many comments on the day and since about how fantastic the ceremony was. People felt that although they knew us, they really enjoyed hearing ‘our story’ and the funny anecdotes Louise told.
We got a beautiful card, copy of the vows and ceremony too which were such a gorgeous surprise and a lovely reminder of our brilliant day.

We are still so over the moon that we booked Louise to marry us! Thank you thank you! XX"

- Dani and Matt, April 2022

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"We found Louise via Instagram, after deciding to do our legalities separately, and she was, quite frankly, one of the best decisions we made when it came to our wedding.
Louise was amazing from start to finish, such a constant source of joy and fun during what we were told would be one of the most stressful time of our lives.
From the beginning, communication and transparency were clearly so important to her, with Louise setting our expectations about delivery of first draft, what she would need from us and how she would be in touch. Our Zoom calls (typical Covid) were always well planned and considerate, and she was more than happy to work around us despite that running into her evenings (and the attendance of Jarvis was also an added bonus).
When we got our ceremony through, it was exactly what we wanted and more - moving, hilarious, personal and SO thoughtful. You could tell how much effort Louise had gone to, to capture our story perfectly. She is a true wordsmith, and can make any ordinary love story sound like a Richard Curtis plot line.
On the day, Louise was so lovely - she looked amazing and chic (all of my friends immediately wanted green suits and orange hair), she was such a doll with our guests, saw both Brad and I before the ceremony and was so supportive to both of us.
The delivery of our ceremony was perfect, everyone LOVED it, and it was all people could talk about at our reception drinks. We were told time and time again how lovely it was, and it was so nice of Louise to stick around for a drink afterwards, to celebrate with us.
The personalisation didn't stop there, we got an amazing pack after the ceremony including such a lovely card, beautiful printed vow cards (which we will absolutely be framing) and our ceremony to read back through.
I cannot wait to re-watch our ceremony, I'm so excited to see the magic again, and I'm so glad we chose Louise to be such a prominent part of the day. I would recommend her in a heartbeat, she is such a delightful person and energy to be around, and she's going to have a really hard job of getting rid of me now, because I feel like I made a pal, not just paid a supplier."

- Tash and Brad, Feb 2022

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"If you're looking for a fun, relaxed, UNIQUE and meaningful ceremony which will have your guests laughing, crying and getting to really know the couple that stands before them...look no further.

 

Louise has an incredible ability to bring to life your relationship; from how you met, what keeps you together, what you look forward to in the future and what makes you the unique couple you are...it'll feel like you've know her for years.

We got so many amazing comments at our wedding about how relaxed our ceremony was. We had guests attend who weren't interested in getting married - until they witnessed a Humanist ceremony.

 

Where else can you combine Scottish and Greek traditions - sipping on whisky, a crown ceremony and involving your friends and family to name a few!!!

Louise provides just the right amount of support and guidance to shape a ceremony that fits your personalities.

I would recommend her (and I have!) again and again. It'll be the best money you spend on your wedding day!!!"

- Leah and Allan, August 2021

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"What a delight!!

Louise was fabulous throughout the whole process. We originally booked Louise for our first date in June 2020, then again for June 2021 and finally in September 2021 and the communication between the numerous date changes was excellent.

We love the relaxed, personal and informal approach that a celebrant brings and Louise tailored each part of our ceremony to suit us exactly - it was the perfect mix of laughs and emotional moments!

 

Both ourselves and our guests loved it. We thank you so much Louise, as it was the perfect way to begin the best day of our lives!"

 

- Charley and Andy, September 2021

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"My sister recommended Louise to us for our wedding and we couldn't be happier with the service she provided for us. Everyone at the ceremony said how beautiful and amazing it was and that it was the best ceremony they have been to.

Louise told our story so well and everything went by beautifully. Our personalized vow cards (with a little shiba on!) are lovely and we will keep them forever. I am looking forward to rewatching the ceremony on video.

 

Would definitely recommend Louise to anyone getting married, much MUCH better & personal than any boring legal ceremony. I loved how personal & special the ceremony was, we will never forget our perfect day so thank you for being part of it <3 definitely recommend Kickass Gatherings! x"

Jason and Lily, September 2021

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"Louise was absolutely perfect for our wedding. We actually hadn’t originally chosen to have a celebrant at our wedding - it was because of covid and changes to our dates that meant there was no Registrar available… but honestly it must of been FATE! I’m a true believer that everything happens for a reason, and we couldn’t of asked for more.

After our ceremony we had so many of our guests comment on how much they loved to hear our story, how personal it was, funny and exciting!

 

Guests asked - was Louise a friend of ours?

It came across as though she had known us for years! Some guests even said they want a humanist wedding after being at our ceremony!

Louise captured the essence of our relationship incredibly and it was everything we imagined and more! And ‘The Suit’ was saved especially for us- she rocked it and fit right in with our tropical theme (see Insta profile pic 😜)

We can’t thank you enough Louise, for being such a legend! #celebrantgoals"

- Daniel and Hannah, September 2021