About Alicen Dines

My story

Alicen Dines, independent celebrant

I started my celebrant career as a marriage registrar with the Dorset Registration Service. It was a Saturday job but I was quickly hooked. The following year, I trained as a funeral celebrant and in 2017, decided to set up my own business, Beautiful Day Celebrant. I am now a full-time celebrant, specialising in weddings, renewal of vows, funerals and memorials.

Looking back, all roads led me to celebrancy. Having spent my gap year working with disabled people with The Winged Fellowship Trust and at a Rudolf Steiner school, I went off to uni. I studied English Literature with a secondary course in Comparative Religion, at Edinburgh University. I then got into the glamorous world of PR in London, starting at the bottom (literally!) promoting Anusol. Other clients included Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, Gillette Sensor, BT and Walkers. I organised loads of events, press calls and campaigns, working with many people, from all walks of life. I learnt a huge amount about people’s different perspectives on the world – and I’m still learning.

In the late 90s I became a presentation skills trainer, working with teams at British Airways. I still love helping anyone who needs more confidence with making a wedding speech, or a funeral eulogy. After moving to Dorset with my family, I completed a two year counselling skills course, which has been invaluable.

All these life experiences and skills feed into celebrancy. I love every aspect of my work. I meet amazing people every day and work with them to create something really memorable and life-affirming. I’m so lucky!

Affiliations and memberships

I am a member of the Celebrants Collective, which gives me ongoing professional development. I follow the code of conduct for the Good Funeral Guild, which promotes high standards of funerals. I am featured in various directories including www.thecelebrantdirectory.com and www.hitched.co.uk

How I work with you

The most important thing to me, is getting to know you and finding out your wishes and hopes for your ceremony.  You might already have strong ideas about what you want, or you might still be at the thinking stage. I’ve created all different kinds of ceremonies, from relaxed family gatherings at home, to formal celebrations in large venues. I can help you develop your ideas and give you advice on how to create a cohesive, flowing ceremony.

My personality is warm, enthusiastic and empathetic. I am proud of my high professional standards. Being your celebrant, whatever the occasion is my privilege, and I never forget that.

These are some of the ceremonies I offer

And finally, my name!

People often ask about my name. Alicen is an old nickname for Alice, dating back several hundred years. It’s fallen out of use, so not surprisingly, there are very few other Alicens around. It’s pronounced the same as Alison.

I live in the arty, seaside town of Bridport, Dorset with my family, two cats and a crazy spaniel.

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