Hire Your Own Wedding Celebrant – An Interview with Daphne van den Boogaard

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Wedding Celebrant Daphne van den Boogaard

I first met Daphne at one of my friend & client’s wedding last year. I loved her presentation about the wedding couple during the ceremony, in both Dutch and English, tailored to the audiences from different cultures. The speech was personalized, light with touching details.

Q: What motivates you as a wedding celebrant?
A: The love two people share. Each love story is different, each couple is unique.
That inspires me to create the most beautiful, unforgettable start of their wedding.

Q: What is your expertise?
A: My personal style is lively, dedicated and interactive – I like to involve both bridal couple and their guests in the ceremony.
In close consultation with the bride and groom, we design the wedding ceremony from scratch. We start with a blank page and after brainstorming, we determine the balance of form, content and meaning of their dream ceremony.

Q: What’s your starting rate?
A: The price range of a tailor made wedding ceremony (in English) starts at € 895,- including 21% VAT.
The first meeting is always free of charge, so we can experience if there’s a mutual ground.

Q: What kind of relationship do you have with your clients?
A: A very personal one! To be sure the wedding speech is a testament to their love and relationship, I ask the bridal couple a lot of questions. The preparatory process together is like a pressure cooker: in a short time we get to know each other very well. After the ceremony, the guests often ask me if I’m a good friend of the couple. Well, it sure feels like it!

Q: Please offer ONE tip to expat brides who’s planning a wedding in the Netherlands?
A: If you want to avoid the paperwork, you can also opt for a ceremonial wedding. In that case, you are to be married legally in your own home town. After that, you’re free to arrange your Dutch wedding just the way you like it. As your personal wedding celebrant, I’ll make sure it feels like a real wedding. And in mine opinion, it is! The moment you say ‘YES’ to one another, with whole your heart, reflects the true meaning of marriage.

Q: What do you like the most about Amsterdam?
A: The inviting atmosphere of the city, full of creativity, diversity and of course… romance!

Contact Daphne for an appointment

Phone: +31 (0)6 52 55 09 27
Email: daphne@levensceremonie.nl
Address: Jo Vincentstraat 6, 1902 MD Castricum
Website: www.levensceremonie.nl

Founder & Editor of Expat Wedding Amsterdam, Creative Director of Unielle Couture, passionate about food and travel, coffee and high-heel addict.

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