Hello, I am Aileen Dockerty, a certified celebrant by the United Kingdom Society of Celebrants and a marriage officiant licensed by the Province of Ontario. As a certified celebrant, I am a creative ceremonialist with an understanding of the cultural and emotional nuances of different ceremonies.
My primary role as a celebrant is to facilitate, create, write and lead ceremonies and rituals. This may include weddings, handfastings, vow renewals, commitment ceremonies and celebrations of life. My goal is to design a meaningful and memorable experience that honours the occasion and the individuals involved.
One of the key aspects of my role as a celebrant is customization. I work closely with my clients (as they wish) to understand their desires, values, and beliefs, then tailor the ceremony accordingly. This may involve customizing or custom-writing the ceremony, assisting with personalized vows, selecting readings, and incorporating symbolic rituals or cultural traditions.
I also have the privilege of often working with diverse groups of people, providing cultural sensitivity and respect for different traditions and beliefs by accommodating my clients’ needs.
Over the years, I have had the privilege of helping people mark significant life events with personalized and meaningful ceremonies, making a positive impact on their lives and the communities I serve.
On a personal note, I was born and educated in Manchester, England and consequently an avid fan of Manchester United – my first love! However, I have lived in Durham Region with my family for more than 28 years and before that in the hub of Toronto.
I am also passionate about animals, particularly dogs and currently own a rescued German Shorthaired Pointer dog at around 12 years old named Casey.
Your Life is Unique
Every life is unique. We do not all travel on the same path. Therefore, a ceremony celebrating a marriage, commitment, vow renewal or another rite of passage should be as unique as the individuals involved.
Aileen will explore ways of making the service as meaningful and as personalized as possible. As a result, a distinctive and special wedding or funeral ceremony will be produced, rather than a standard ceremony with interchangeable names.
Your ceremony will be remembered for years to come and the Celebrant difference will speak for itself.
You may be wondering, what is a wedding celebrant?
The word, meaning and value of a Celebrant are generally unknown to most Ontarians. We intend to change that along with you.
Generally, public knowledge regarding wedding celebrancy in Ontario is scarce; its existence in our culture and community has been missed thus far.
Quite simply, a Celebrant is a ceremony specialist trained to write and create personal, memorable and meaningful ceremonies for weddings, commitment ceremonies, handfastings, vow renewals as well as celebrations of life. Celebrancy is not a one size fits all service.
For more information on the wedding celebrant difference, please click here to see our own blog article.
During our lives, we experience numerous milestones. Each event can be marked and celebrated with a perfect ceremonial experience created for you and for your loved ones.