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Ellen Gibson

Ceremonies performed: Weddings, Naming Ceremonies, Funerals

I live in Dumbarton with my husband, who, in his spare time is a Piper and teaches youngsters in Dumbarton and District Pipe Band. We have 2 children and 2 Cavalier King Charles Spaniels. I am a Civil Servant and have worked with people in difficult situations for 40 years. Through this I have attended Bereavement Counselling courses.

I have been a member of the Humanist Society Scotland for 5 years. It was by attending a funeral conducted by an HSS celebrant that I felt inspired and impressed and wanted to know more about humanism.

As well as being funeral celebrant I also conduct naming ceremonies. I am a wedding celebrant and have lots of enthusiasm and ideas to help make your wedding day special and memorable, not just for you but for your family and guests. It's a day you will remember for the rest of your lives.

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Wedding & Civil Partnership Ceremonies

It is a privilege to be able to marry two people who choose to spend the rest of their lives together. I love meeting people, chatting with them and working with them, from the initial contact to their wedding day. It is an incredibly happy and exciting process. Planning a wedding can be so stressful, and my role is to work with you to create your dream wedding ceremony. I will strive to make it an exciting, happy, and stress-free process!

After the initial contact I will meet up with you at a convenient location and have an informal chat. Once you have decided that I am the celebrant you want to help compose and conduct your ceremony, the work begins. I will provide samples and help you choose everything you need to have that perfect ceremony: symbolic gestures, poetry, readings, vows/promises, the list goes on.

I will be at the venue an hour before the wedding begins to liaise with your photographer, videographer and the venue to ensure every aspect runs smoothly.

Whether you want your ceremony to be in your back garden, in a hotel, on a beach, on a boat or on a farm I am happy to accommodate. We are all unique individuals and have different ideas and styles.

I live 10 minutes from Loch Lomond, which is very popular for wedding venues. There are lots of hotels and special places to have your ceremony around the Loch. I can also travel throughout the Central Belt and further.

Together we will create the ceremony you want: a very inclusive, personal and intimate ceremony that both you, your family and guests will remember forever.

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Naming & Welcoming Ceremonies

Everyone is unique and deserves that special day to officially welcome them not only into the world but into a loving family. This is a celebration not only for the parents and guide parents but especially for the child or the new addition to the family. It is a unique ceremony, an inclusive one where everyone can contribute and make it a very wonderful occasion.

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Funeral Ceremonies

I have been trained to the highest standard by the Humanist Society Scotland. A funeral ceremony should reflect the character and life of the person who has died. The ceremony is a celebration of life incorporating music, poetry and a tribute to the deceased. I find visiting bereaved families and the ability to help them in their grief very rewarding. I feel honoured to be a part of the funeral ceremony. Families feel I am approachable, sensitive, professional, discreet and a good listener. All of this helps with the gathering of information to create a ceremony which is totally dedicated to the deceased. I strive to go the extra mile, to listen, advise, and to provide a ceremony which is a tribute and a celebration of life according to the family’s wishes.

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