Linda Keys, Celebrant

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Warm, inclusive celebrant working with all kinds of beautiful couples. Passionate about love, hearing and sharing your stories, and CELEBRATING!!
Pricing & Costs

Prices start at

£400
Details

Products and Services

Celebrant / Officiant
Pre-Wedding Consultation
Full Description
It is an absolute joy to meet with couples and to hear your stories. I could (and do) sit for hours listening to the tales of first meetings, proposals, near misses, and that time you broke your leg and your other half had to carry you down the stairs. I adore hearing what people love and admire most about each other and the funny stories about what just drives you nuts about them. For me, this is a key part of the process and one I’m told I do really well. We are getting to know one another while I am gathering material for the ceremony script; we are likely to laugh a lot and maybe shed a few tears too. I’m available to help you (lots, if you need it!) with selecting readings, music, and writing vows or promises that will be made. I can help you think of beautiful symbolic elements that add meaning and texture to your ceremony. If you want to write your own words, I am supportive and understanding when you don’t get them to me by Friday, as you promised! But I will give you a nudge and encouragement when you feel stuck and need to work through a creative block. Or else I can take what I’ve learned from you and write your vows on your behalf - and I won’t rest until they feel like they’ve been spoken from your own heart! I promise I will give you a ceremony that is truly personal, sings of your love, and buzzes with joyful energy. Let’s create a day to remember!

Personal Message from the Manager

Name of Wedding Contact: Linda Keys
Hello, And most importantly, congratulations on your engagement! Thanks for taking a look at my profile; please feel free to get in contact with any questions. I have more reviews on my Google page and some photos and testimonials to browse on my website. I’d love to hear all about your plans for your wedding and to help put your love story right at the heart of it! Linda xx

Experience

Year Business Was Established
2018
No. of Weddings Hosted
Less than 10
Public Liability Insurance
Yes
No. of People In Team
1
Reviews
(11)
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Tash and Ricki
Happy couple Married on March
March 2022
above and beyond
We're so glad we asked Linda to be the celebrant for our wedding in the Scottish borders last November. From the start, Linda was warm and responsive, and we enjoyed spending time with her planning our ceremony. She took the time to get to know us and the script she prepared for us was beautiful. It perfectly captured our story and the mood we wanted to create during our ceremony. Like many, we had to postpone our original planned date in 2020, and we were so glad Linda was available for one of our rescheduled options. Linda was very reassuring during this period and helped make sure we were aware of any covid impacts/requirements on the ceremony. We were particularly touched when Linda asked a nearby friend to collect us an oathing stone from the place my husband proposed - this was above and beyond and was a really special touch! On the day everyone commented about how amazing the ceremony was and what a great job Linda did. We'd highly recommend Linda for anyone seeking a celebrant.
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L & F
Happy couple Married on March
March 2022
warm, emotive and humorous
My husband and I got married in our garden in July 2021, with Linda as our celebrant. She conducted the ceremony beautifully. It was warm, emotive and humorous- just exactly what you would hope for. Linda spent a lot of time before the wedding getting to know us, so it was personal and meaningful and completely centred around our story. We couldn’t recommend Linda highly enough. In fact, reluctant to lose contact with her, I joined her pregnancy yoga class (also exceptional!). Thank you, Linda, you fantastic human.
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Pauline and Richie Woods
Happy couple Married on March
March 2022
Our guests all commented
My wife Pauline & I are so glad we found Linda, she made the ceremony experience truly amazing. Linda was patient, she took time to understand how we wanted our special day to flow. She ensured our family and friends were key to the proceedings. Our guests all commented on how fabulous she was. Our day (after 3 cancellations due to COVID) finally went ahead in October 2021 and was perfect. Linda even presented us with boxed copies of our wedding vows as a keepsake. We cannot Thank her enough. Pauline & Richie Woods.
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Hayley and Julie
Happy couple Married on April
May 2019
A day full of love, joy and commitment!
Aaaah Linda! We could not have found a better person to tell our story and lead us us through our wedding. From the first meeting Julie and I were so excited about the process and working with Linda. When we got our first piece of “homework” it was really refreshing to see that all kinds of individuals, couples and families would feel represented in the way everything was worded. Linda realises that each couple and each story is unique and takes the time to really personalise the experience. At first we weren’t sure if doing the legal bit separately would be extra hassle but it worked out so much better than we even imagined. The process of designing the ceremony with Linda and the energy she created while performing was so full of love, commitment, joy and truth. So many of our guests commented on what an amazing ceremony it had been and how it fit us as a couple so well. It felt like having a friend up there who knew us and cared about our love. Linda kept the excitement and importance of the occasion while still making sure we were relaxed and knew what was happening when. We can’t wait to have babies so Linda can do their naming ceremonies.
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Alison Jones
Happy couple Married on February
April 2019
Our amazing wedding in Comrie
We had a beautiful day and this was largely down to a perfect start with our ceremony. Linda touched everyone's hearts with her personalised words, not only were both of us brides sobbing, but so were most of our throng! Linda had put so much care into picking out of our stories, the essence of what was most significant factors of our relationship and giving just the right level of detail, delivered in her just right manner of warmth, humour, friendship and still the gravity that befits the occasion. Everyone loved our ceremony and that made us feel so glad and so happy on the day. Great start to our wedding and to our married life.
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Isobel
Wedding: February
March 2019
Heartfelt and honest
Linda managed to bring laughter and intimacy together at my friends wedding ceremony. Linda told the couples story with romance and genuine warmth. There were many happy tears! If I get married, I will be looking Linda up!
Location & Contact Details

Address

Ratho, Edinburgh, Scotland

Travel Notes

Nearest Town

Ratho

Nearest Motorway & Junction

Newbridge Roundabout M8 M9

Nearest Train Station

Edinburgh Gateway

Nearest Airport

Edinburgh

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FAQ
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What is your most memorable wedding?

It sounds trite, but they all are. Whether it’s the first one I did (for friends) with the confetti cannon, the couple (whom I just fell in love with) that live in my very own village, or the local “celebrity” whose wedding I never dreamed I’d get to do.... Every wedding finds a special place in my heart!

Describe your style in 5 adjectives.

Warm, inclusive, heartfelt, relaxed, professional.

What about your business are you most proud of?

The feedback I get. To know that I have “made” a wedding by setting it off with the right tone. The whole wedding tends to start off with the ceremony, so absolutely nailing what the couple wants feels like the best gift I could give. All of the guests fall in love with the couple, are besotted by their love story, and just want to celebrate with them after they’ve been part of a wonderful ceremony.

What is your No. 1 wedding planning tip for couples?

Don’t sweat the small stuff. I am perhaps biased, but to me it’s the ceremony that really matters! This is a relatively new thing for modern couples; that nowadays you can have a completely personalised ceremony which really tells the story of your love, loads of help (if you want it) with writing personalised vows, and an engaging celebrant leading a heartfelt ceremony.... it’s magical! I'm not diminishing the wonderful impact that decor/ cake/ catering etc can make. But at the end of the day the only thing that matters is that you both turn up and get a chance to declare your love to one another with friends and family as witnesses.

What is your favourite personal touch you have seen at a wedding?

Special/personalised readings or songs always get me.

Describe your typical process with a couple.

We usually email back and forth to check my availability and so I can answer any initial questions . Then I will quickly send out some information sheets so the couple can browse what I offer without feeling pressured. Once it’s all confirmed I send out my lovely questionnaire which couples LOVE because it gets them in gear to think about what they want from their ceremony and tells me some of the key moments of their relationship, as well as what they love most about one another. It’s a great warm-up for our first meeting. I make sure we have a really good first meeting where the couple can become relaxed with me, and then we use our follow-up meetings to chat through ceremony structure, readings, who's standing where, and other creative or logistical elements. I’m also available for a rehearsal or walk-through if they’ve been chosen that add-on option.

What is the most unusual thing you’ve been asked to plan?

Dog ring bearers! (They actually didn’t go through with it in the end though they did make a very cute flower girl and page boy!)

How do you ensure a stress-free wedding?

I always make sure I communicate well with the couple and take as much load off them as I can. I’m on hand in the days leading up to the wedding and arrive nice and early on the day of the ceremony. I think I help people remember what the wedding is all about; celebrating their love with the people that matter. Once you get that in perspective the rest of the stuff is fun rather than stressful - as it should be!

What is your favourite moment at a wedding?

I love the exchange of vows. Most couples think they will struggle with nerves but very few do; they just look so caught up in the LOVE!

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