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It is not often you can really say that you love your job.  Hand on heart, we love ours. We love meeting couples to plan their ceremonies, we love hearing the best and funniest engagement stories, we love telling stories and we love family celebrations so therefore we really have the dream job.

Coastal Ceremonies is run by Clara Malone and is based in Co. Clare and along with Orla Cronin and Susan Eyles, the team provide celebrants for your legal or symbolic wedding, elopements and vow renewal ceremonies.

Coastal Ceremonies can offer you a wedding or vow renewal ceremony which is personalised, meaningful and memorable. Our role as celebrants is to ensure your ceremony reflects you both as a couple, reflecting your own beliefs, personality and style. We can officiate at non religious, semi-religious or mixed faith ceremonies. We can help you bring your ideas and vision to life and create a ceremony that you and your guests will never forget.

We have been so lucky to work with the most amazing couples over the past few years and they have also been so generous with their feedback after their ceremonies.  To find out what couples have said about us and the ceremonies we created for them, you can read their wonderful words here

We are planting trees for you!
For every ceremony booked with Coastal Ceremonies we are planting two trees for you at the Hometree site in Ennistymon, Co. Clare. You can read more about this initiative here

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    • Brooklyn and Caleb
      August 22, 2023 at 8:05 pm

      Clara and Susan gave my husband and I the wedding of our dreams. They took their time to get to know us over the past few months and made sure our intimate ceremony was everything we could have ever wanted! We highly recommend them to anyone that wants the most epic wedding ever! We cannot stop reminiscing over every little detail that they put into our ceremony. Our family keeps bragging and pictures are worth a 1000 words on how beautiful it was. We cannot thank them enough for how amazing our experience was and the love that went into making our day the best day ever!!!

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    • Amanda and Patrick
      August 22, 2023 at 8:04 pm

      Our experience with Coastal Ceremonies and Clara specifically was truly amazing! We were traveling from the United States to get married at a castle for a non-denominational ceremony and our expectations were greatly exceeded. We were so impressed with how much care Clara took to get to know us and our story, so that she could deliver a ceremony that was truly tailored to our story and our love. Clara also took care to be receptive to our requests to make sure the ceremony was absolutely perfect for us. The Celtic handfasting was the perfect touch to give us that authentic Irish flavor we were looking for. I would highly recommend Clara and Coastal Ceremonies to anyone looking for a magical wedding experience.

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    • Aoife & Marcus
      August 22, 2023 at 8:04 pm

      Thank you to Orla from Coastal Ceremonies who was celebrant for our recent wedding. Orla helped us create a meaningful ceremony script for our special day. We wanted something quite informal and relaxed and that is just what we got. When I was super super busy in the lead up to the wedding, Orla put together the ceremony script from our conversations and took the brunt of the workload so that we just had to proof it. Thank you Orla for your great service!

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    • Linda and Anthony
      August 22, 2023 at 8:03 pm

      From the moment we first made contact with Coastal Ceremonies we knew we were on the right path to planning our dream wedding. Susan went out of her way to coordinate the most magical wedding day, it exceeded our expectations. Every wedding vendor Susan helped us to choose were all fantastic and they all helped to make our wedding day perfect.
      On the day of the wedding Susan was with us throughout, ensuring that everything ran smoothly, allowing us to relax and enjoy every moment of our special day. We will be forever grateful for Susan’s professionalism leading up to and on the day itself. We couldn’t recommend Susan and Coastal Ceremonies enough.

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    • Gary & Aoife
      August 22, 2023 at 8:02 pm

      Clara from Coastal Ceremonies was our celebrant for our vow renewal as part of our wedding reception in July ‘22. We originally married in July ‘21 in a small ceremony in pandemic times, so came to Clara with the idea of a vow renewal ceremony to build our day around but not really knowing what this involved!!

      Clara guided us through developing the vow renewal ceremony with ease. Using questionnaires we both answered individually and meeting for a chat over coffee Clara developed a truly beautiful ceremony. We loved that a few elements were a surprise, this really kept us in the moment on the day and it was lovely to hear how Clara weaved our replies throughout the ceremony.

      Working with Clara was an easy and pleasant experience, she took care of all the small details along with encouraging us to create our own vows and the end result was a beautiful, personal ceremony. Our guests really enjoyed the ceremony, with many complementing both the ceremony and Clara as the celebrant.

      Thank you for everything Clara!

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    • Martha & Mark
      August 22, 2023 at 7:29 pm

      We had the absolute pleasure of having Orla as our wedding Celebrant. We wanted a relaxed ceremony. One where our guests could sit back, relax and listen to our story. It was important for us to have a sense of our humour incorporated in to the ceremony and Orla certainly delivered!
      Orla was so helpful, professional and easy to deal with. When we met to discuss the ceremony Orla listened attentively to our story and wrote and delivered the most wonderful ceremony. She sent on a draft a few days after our meeting and gave us the opportunity to read and make any changes.
      Her warm presence on the day put us at ease and enhanced the ceremony itself.
      Our guests both laughed and cried as she told our love story.
      One month later and we are still receiving lovely comments.. Everyone was blown away by Orla and the way in which she celebrated us, our own personal story and brought our guests along.
      We could not have been happier. We would highly recommend Coastal Ceremonies.
      Thank you Orla x

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    • Aine and Daniel
      August 22, 2023 at 11:22 am

      I cannot even find words for how wonderful these ladies are! From start to finish in dealing with them for our wedding day, they made everything so easy. We were planning a wedding in Doolin from London and our celebrant Susan arranged zoom calls at our convenience, we also constantly reassured that everything would work out, we felt like we were in a pair of really safe hands.

      Susan really listened to what we wanted and encouraged and directed us when we needed it! The ceremony she put together was so personal and really showed us as a couple, she really understood our personalities! All our guests were raving about the ceremony afterwards and commenting on how great Susan was!

      I would have absolutely no reservations in recommending any of the celebrants at Coastal Ceremonies- thank you Susan for making our ceremony so wonderful ❤️

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    • Eimear & Gerard
      August 22, 2023 at 11:22 am

      Orla set the precedent for our day and I have no doubt everyone in attendance will agree when we say, we could not have asked for a more personal, inclusive, immersive or engaging ceremony.
      Orla took such amazing care to learn about us, our story and who we are as a couple and wove an incredible story within our ceremony from where our journey started to where it will take us. On top of this, she was an amazing support along the way and truly went above and beyond what we ever could have expected.
      We would highly recommend Orla and Coastal Ceremonies to officiate any occasion.

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    • April and Drew
      August 22, 2023 at 11:22 am

      We got married on the Cliffs in March and Coastal Ceremonies were an amazing help through the entire process. Coming from the US, we didn’t have much knowledge on what we would need to take care of, but Susan was extremely helpful. The team also understood exactly what we were looking for and made it happen. Our celebrant Clara felt like a good friend by the end of our event, and wrote us a perfect ceremony with so many details she picked up we wouldn’t have expected. Every person we were put in touch with for hair, makeup and photography were wonderful. I would certainly use this group if planning a wedding in Ireland, or even as a reason to go get married in Ireland!

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    • Andrea & Thomas
      August 22, 2023 at 11:21 am

      My husband and I decided to do something completely out of the ordinary and elope to Ireland from our home in Virginia. We googled Celebrants in Ireland and found Coastal Ceremonies. Their responsiveness was excellent. We met with Orla and the rest is history. She is truly a bright shining star, and we are forever grateful for her ability to read people and listen. Prior to our big day, we walked the property of Ballynahinch Castle and found our desired wedding location. The location was beside 2 enormous stones in the woods. I emailed Orla and told her, please wear athletic clothing and shoes. I assume this isn’t the normal attire for most ceremonies as she even had to prove to her family members that we had requested casual clothing and shoes. She arrived hours early and kept to herself allowing us to get ready. She is the absolute most beautiful person you will meet, inside and out. Our ceremony was private and deeply personal. She sent us an original draft early on and asked if we liked it and what changes were needed. Her draft was the first and last. Because like I mentioned earlier, she listens to people. She was eloquent and she recited the perfect poem. She spoke to us like we were all that truly mattered. Afterward, we hugged and chatted about life. Thank you, Orla, and Coastal Ceremonies for making our Fairy Tale a reality. We will be back next year for our anniversary and sincerely hope to meet up with Orla for coffee.

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    • Adrienne and Mike
      August 22, 2023 at 11:20 am

      Highly recommend Costal Ceremonies! We used Susan and Clara for our very small vow renewal to celebrate 15 years and commemorate our years in Ireland, before returning to Canada. They were both amazing to work with and made sure the day was just what we’d envisioned. Cannot overstate how special (and easy!) they made the day.

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    • Daisy and Adrian
      August 22, 2023 at 11:19 am

      I would highly recommend Coastal Ceremonies. From the outset it was such a lovely experience. They made everything easy for us, they were super accommodating and helped us a lot with plans and thoughts for the ceremony. We met with Orla and it wasn’t long before we felt we knew her for years. We really felt she wanted to get to know us as individuals and as a couple and so by the time we were doing the ceremony it felt like it was a close friend doing it for us.

      A fantastic experience and company who I would recommend to anyone.

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    • Jennifer and Adam
      August 22, 2023 at 11:19 am

      Clara was our celebrant for our small wedding ceremony / elopement at the Cliffs of Moher in May 2023 and she was the best celebrant we could’ve asked for! We were referred to Coastal Ceremonies from another celebrant as we had changed the venue and date of our originally larger wedding and we had no idea what to expect, but from the very first consultation Clara’s friendliness and warmth instantly reassured us that we were in capable hands. She created the most beautiful, personal, and intimate ceremony for us and has been such a calming and reassuring presence throughout the whole planning process – she felt like an old friend who had known us for years even though we only met her in-person the first time on the day of the ceremony! We loved the ceremony so much that we asked for the script so we could re-read her beautiful words and keep a copy of it in our love letter wine box. Costal Ceremonies exceeded all expectations and we cannot recommend Clara enough – she was simply one of the best parts of our wedding!

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    • Maura and Chris
      August 22, 2023 at 11:19 am

      We travelled over from the U.S. to get married in Ireland and Clara, from Coastal Ceremonies, was the one person who reassured us and made us feel so comfortable throughout this entire wedding planning process. Clara was the celebrant for our ceremony at Glenlo Abbey in Galway, Ireland with about 100 guests. She created the most magical ceremony for us that was more special than we could have ever imagined. We had several guests come up to us and tell us how amazing she was and they were genuinely shocked to learn that she was not a life-long friend or family member because the ceremony was so personal. I told them that when we first spoke to Clara, my husband and I felt like we had known her for years! I had many different guests come up to us and tell us that they loved her sense of humor and just seemed like the “perfect fit” to marry us. Several guests also commented on how much they loved the celtic hand fasting that Clara performed during our ceremony.

      Clara has an amazing gift and we are so grateful to have had her as our celebrant. The ceremony was always something that I felt so passionate about and she was able to create the most beautiful ceremony from just a few conversations with us. Planning a wedding in Ireland from the U.S., I initially had a lot of nerves about how the whole wedding day would flow and immediately after our first zoom meeting with Clara, we felt like I had the biggest weight lifted off of our shoulders and could not stop talking about how great Clara was. She made sure to get every detail correct and communicate with us along the way. She contacted the venue coordinator and the musician directly to organize the ceremony when needed, so it was one less thing that my husband and I had to worry about. Clara really felt like a mentor to us throughout the entire wedding planning process and reminded us the reason we are getting married in the first place and how to stay present in the moment. When we had to change the location of the ceremony at the last minute because of the rain, I was not worried at all because I knew that Clara would handle everything and guide us all through it. Clara captured our entire love story so perfectly and truly created the ceremony of our dreams.

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    • Tonya and Max
      August 22, 2023 at 11:17 am

      We had such a wonderful experience with Coastal Ceremonies. We completely planned our wedding with eight guests, on the Cliffs of Moher, from America with the help of Coastal Ceremonies. They helped us every step of the way. We corresponded through emails, Zoom calls, telephone calls, and text messages and they always responded in a timely manner. They thought of ever detail and helped us every step of the way. It was a beautiful ceremony. I highly recommend using Coastal Ceremonies if you are planning to wed in Ireland!

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    • Emily and Jeff
      August 22, 2023 at 11:17 am

      If we could give them more than 5 stars we would. Susan was absolutely amazing and took all the pressure off, helped by giving us different options when it came to vendors, and coordinated everything between all parties involved, she made our wedding day absolutely stress free for both of us! Susan, you truly helped make our day forever memorable, thank you so much!!!

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    • Anna & Teddy
      August 22, 2023 at 11:16 am

      A magical embroidery of Irish tradition into our modern-day ceremony. We were looking to create an experience for our ceremony that felt like us, tied into nature, and was grounded by Irish traditions along with our Christian beliefs. Susan planned side by side with me for six months over back and forth email conversations. She brought our vision to life and crafted a wedding that we never could’ve built on our own. She put in the effort, checking and rechecking with me to make sure we would be happy with how things were coming together. The day of the ceremony, Susan was coordinating all of the little details, removing any stress that I would’ve had as an otherwise frantic bride. Clara was our celebrant and lead the most incredible ceremony that she had woven together using our stories, old readings, and fun traditions such as a ring warming and handfasting that you will likely not experience anywhere else. Susan and Clara are a team that know their work inside and out. It was a pleasure working with them and all of the vendors that Susan brought forward. It was a blast working with two of their team members that we spent more time with, Olga & Declan. Declan was our videographer and showed up early to get some core shots of my husband and me getting ready, and followed us to our first-look location, where we also met Olga, our photographer. Both of them made it their priority to capture all of the little details and big moments during the ceremony and afterwards for our shots on the Cliffs of Moher. After it was all said and done, my husband and I were gushing over how perfect everything was and were mentioning how rare it is for your wedding vendors to feel like and then become your friends.

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    • Leslie and Ryan
      August 22, 2023 at 11:15 am

      Orla was an absolutely amazing celebrant for our wedding ceremony! We appreciated the time she took to get to know us, her help in selecting our readings and writing our vows during the planning process, and her calm guidance throughout the ceremony itself. She summarized our engagement story so well and told it in a way that was more concise and funny than we would have ourselves! She integrated so many personal elements that it really felt like she had known us for years, and we loved the mix of sincerity and humor throughout. Our family and friends were raving about how great Orla was and how personal the ceremony felt, and many guests have even brought it up again weeks after the wedding. It was so memorable, fun and true to us as a couple, and we couldn’t have asked for a better ceremony! Thank you so much Orla and Coastal Ceremonies!!

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    • Sarah & Cody
      August 22, 2023 at 11:14 am

      My (now) husband and I recently worked with Susan to plan our elopement in Ireland. We live in Georgia (US) and had no idea where to even begin putting our dream into action. Susan is the best choice we made. She made everything so easy & she had the best ideas. She really listened to what we wanted & took care of putting it all together. We had a perfect day because she helped us connect with amazing vendors & she handled things we never even would have thought of or been prepared for. These are absolutely the people you should work with to plan any kind of ceremony. I cannot say enough good things but it is absolutely thanks to Susan & Coastal Ceremonies that we had the wedding day we imagined!

      Orla was also an amazing celebrant. She took the time to correspond an Skype with us before the big day & she personalized a beautiful ceremony for us. We couldn’t be happier with our experience.

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    • Hilary and Will
      August 22, 2023 at 11:14 am

      From the initial consultation video call, we knew that Orla was the right celebrant for us. She made everything feel easy and possible, from accommodating the time difference with Australia, helping us to bounce ideas around and in the end writing a fantastic ceremony script which encompassed my husband and I – without us ever feeling like we’d been interviewed. Orla has a calm and grounding presence which instantly makes you feel at ease and like you are talking to a friend. Their connection with Hometree, where a tree is planted for each couple was the icing on the cake. We would definitely recommend Orla and Coastal Ceremonies to everyone.

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    • Joanne & Kevin
      August 22, 2023 at 11:13 am

      Thanks to Susan from Coastal Ceremonies. Thanks to her, our dream of celebrating our wedding on the Cliffs of Moher could become a reality.

      Everything was perfect. Susan was always there whenever we had a question, always with kindness, responsiveness and professionalism.

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