Everyone is always saying how important it is to personalise your Wedding..... well it starts with the ceremony!

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Vow renewals

A vow renewal is a way to celebrate your grand adventure of married life.

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Baby-naming ceremonies

Honour their existence. Give them their name. Make wishes for their life.

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Who I am. What I do.

My name is Mary O’Donovan and I am a Family Celebrant and Registered Solemniser. I specialise in personal wedding, baby-naming and vow renewal ceremonies. I am a member of the Earth Spiritualist Foundation and have had extensive training.

I must be honest with you and admit I’m a hopeless romantic and I absolutely LOVE my job as a Celebrant. It’s just such an honour and a privilege to be in the presence of pure love and joy.

I am committed to creating and delivering a warm, personal ceremony that reflects the couple’s lives and relationship. I can supply samples and offer help with readings and vows if needed. Your ceremony can include choices from many beautiful enhancements, such as unity candle, sand ceremony, Celtic handfasting and ring warming. You have complete freedom of choice when it comes to content and inclusion of spiritual or religious references, etc. – whatever is important to you. I will work with you to craft your own unique love story to share with you and your guests.

I’ve been in the wedding industry for 14 years as a videographer and editor in our family business. This experience has given me a great insight into what couples want and, indeed, don’t want on their day. This insight led me to become a celebrant. I am always so excited to deliver a ceremony that reflects a couple’s love and uniqueness and to help create the perfect atmosphere for a wonderful day which you will remember for the rest of your lives.

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What People Say About Me

We booked Mary last year for our ceremony in July. From the moment we first contacted Mary she was nothing but helpful. Any questions we had were answered immediately and if we needed any guidance for the ceremony, Mary had the answers. No ask was too big or too small. We met Mary about a month before the ceremony for a coffee and a chat. Mary instantly put us at ease as we chatted about the ceremony she had prepared for us. We told Mary how we met etc. and she wrote our “love story”. It was so personal to us with a little humour added in. Mary delivered the ceremony beautifully on the day. There wasn’t a dry eye in the room. It was exactly what we imagined and more. All our guests commented how amazing it was. Thank you Mary for creating the most wonderful memories for us to cherish forever.​
Ciara & Keith
The Strand Hotel, Limerick.
From day one of meeting Mary at the Wedding Fair at The Inn at Dromoland, I knew I was in safe hands for our big day. Mary puts so much effort in from the get go. Her personality shines through in what she does, that’s how the ceremony turns out beautifully. She makes you feel comfortable, relaxed and stress free. Family, laughter and emotion all mixed for a simplest recipe of greatness from Mary. Thanks again for a day we will never forget, Jade & Christopher.
Jade and Christopher
The Inn At Dromoland
Mary, I just want to say a massive Thank you. You made the ceremony so special and personal to us. Everyone in the room commented on the laughter and tears of joy that was brought to the room. You took on board what myself and Jason wanted from the ceremony and it was more special than I ever expected. You will come highly recommended from us. I’ve already been asked for your number. I wish you and your family the very best for 2021. Love Claire and Jason
Me with Claire & Jason
Claire and Jason
Greenhills Hotel
I can’t recommend Mary highly enough. She is simply amazing. Our Ceremony on 11th December 2020 was so unique and so very special. Everything about it was just perfect. All of our guests were blown away by it. I would urge anyone who has got engaged over Christmas and who wants a ceremony that is unique and personal to give Mary a shout as you will not regret it. A total professional and a true lady
Dawn & Mark
Castle Oaks House Hotel
Mary joined us on September 16th for the renewal of our wedding vows after 15 years together. From the moment Mary arrived we were immediately put at ease! Mary had a vision for our ceremony and she brought our back garden to life on a beautiful sunny Wednesday afternoon. The ceremony was full of beautiful words and wonderful memories that were brought to life and she captured the day perfectly. Mary, Shane and I cannot thank you most sincerely for making our renewal of vows the perfect day.
Elaine & Shane
Vow Renewal
Mary was the celebrant at my wedding and I couldn't recommend her highly enough, she was amazing! The ceremony she prepared was beautiful and she made everyone so calm and relaxed. She also made sure our 3 year old daughter was included in the ceremony. Thank you Mary for all your hard work.
Lisa & Donals Wedding Pic with me edited
Lisa & Donal
Bunratty Castle Hotel
Mary was the celebrant at my Son Luke and my new daughter in law Selene’s wedding yesterday at the Castle Oaks House Hotel. It was the Sand Ceremony. Mary it was the most beautiful ceremony. It was from the heart, beautiful and funny. You made it so relaxing and your words were spot on for two young people getting married. We laughed and we cried. Thank you so much. What a wonderful talent you have. Would highly recommend Mary. What a beautiful and Happy Day. Thank you. X
Selene & Luke
Castle Oaks House Hotel
Thanks Mary for the beautiful Wedding Ceremony. I couldn't thank you enough, from the moment we met you we connected. Your words your attention to detail everything was just perfect from start to finish. You really made our Fairytale come true. Love Always Zunair and Ciara xx
Ciara & Zunair
Woodlands House Hotel
There are no words to express how special Mary made our day. It was magical Not a dry eye at the service. We are forever grateful Love you to bits Mary
Niamh & Seamus
No1 Pery Square Townhouse
Our wedding was brilliant and it was because Mary was was friendly, light and about us...I cannot begin to say how much I recommend marry me weddings.
Sylvia & Kenneth
The Strand Hotel
Mary O Donovan Celebrant, your warmth made everyone relax so much on the day. The ceremony had such emotional content to it. In my opinion it’s the way that weddings should be. A huge Thank You from All The Dillon Family for giving us an unforgettable day.
Simone Dillon
Sister of a recent bride
We are really and truly blown away by how special Mary made our son Oisín's naming ceremony. We knew we wanted to welcome Oisín to the family officially but didn't want a christening and were a bit unsure about how to go about an alternative - until Mary came on the scene to guide us through the whole process! Between making suggestions about poetry and ceremony enhancements to include, and listening to our every whimsical idea, Mary created a beautiful and truly personal ceremony that could not have been more perfect. Everyone who attended was blown away, with many people not really being sure what to expect from a naming ceremony. The whole day felt so natural and relaxed, and all of our guests felt included by the flower petal ceremony suggested by Mary. Overall it was a really special day and we cannot thank Mary enough for all her work and her amazingly warm and genuine ceremony! For anyone debating a naming ceremony, you cannot go wrong here! Thank you so much, from myself, Diarmuid and Oisín!
Aoife Moloney
'Mary married my husband and I June 28th of this year! Due to unforeseen circumstances we decided not to get married in the church but at our hotel The Armada. I contacted Mary at 4.30pm the evening before, explained the circumstance and without hesitation (even though she was away with family) she agreed to help us out. I have yet in my life to come across someone as warming as Mary. I didn't know what to expect on the day but from the moment she opened her mouth the whole room was blown away. Her words were full of comfort and humour which is exactly what I wanted. Mary is one fantastic human being and I will be forever grateful for how she helped me. I couldn't recommend her highly enough, my words don't even do her justice. Thank you Mary from the bottom of our hearts x'
Jessica & Chukwuma Manjor
Armada Hotel, Spanish Point, Co. Clare
Mary went above and beyond from the day we contacted her until the day of our wedding: July 23 2019. We live in Australia, I’m originally from Ireland and she made the process SO easy for us! The ceremony on the day was the talk of the guests! They were so enthralled and impressed by the level of intimate detail and consistent humour and authenticity tailored into our ceremony. We got exactly what we asked for and had all our guests crying and laughing with tears of joy. I would recommend Mary tenfold if you are looking for a personalised loving ceremony! She was amazing xx
Ceadlyn Murphy & Ben Jennings
Longcourt House Hotel, Newcastle West, Co. Limerick
I have to say, and all the other guests I am sure agree, it was the best, most beautiful ceremony I have had the pleasure of being at. Not a dry eye from start to finish. I would highly recommend Mary. Thank you so much for making my sister's and brother in law's day amazing.
Sylvia O'Connell
Armada Hotel, Spanish Point
We couldn't have asked for a better celebrant for our outdoor wedding. Mary's warm and engaging demeanor made the ceremony truly special. She captured our story beautifully and created a memorable, heartfelt experience for us and our guests. The celebrant's professionalism and genuine joy added an extra touch of magic to our big day. We highly recommend Mary services to anyone looking for an exceptional wedding experience.
Rita & Patrick
Castle Oaks House Hotel
Mary, a big heartfelt thanks to you for performing our beautiful ceremony on Friday. From our first encounter at the wedding fair we knew you would be the celebrant to marry us. You put us at ease and were very helpful from day one. You made our ceremony unique and personal to us and also you captured our relationship perfectly. Every one of our guests commented on how beautiful the ceremony was. We would highly recommend you to anyone who is thinking of taking the plunge. Thank you again for everything we loved every minute of the ceremony.
Sharon & David
The Lakeside Hotel
Mary, what can me and Mark say. If we could give you more than 5 stars, we would.. the minute I sent the email to book you and the help you gave us, it was an ease and a help to myself and Mark. Everyone still compliments you from the wedding, especially my own grandmother she loved the ceremony and how you made her feel so special 💗. The ceremony in the Castletroy Park Hotel went above and beyond. We both loved every minute of it, and you got myself and Mark down to a tee.
Lisa & Mark
Castletroy Park Hotel
We cannot recommend Mary enough! She made our ceremony so special and personal to us. Everyone told us how lovely they thought our ceremony was. She really listened to us from the beginning when we explained what we wanted from our ceremony and she delivered exactly that. She was always so fast to get back to us with any query we had, including anything about the legal requirements involved which was so helpful. She had loads of gorgeous readings and ceremony enhancements for us to choose from. We loved all of the words Mary wrote for us for the ceremony but she was more than happy to change anything we wanted also. On the day, Mary was so calming and made us and our families and bridal party feel so relaxed. It was such a pleasure from start to finish!
Saileog & Eoghan
Rathsallagh Country House
Thank you to this beautiful lady who made our dream wedding that bit more special ❤ Mary you left no stone unturned our ceremony was nothing less than perfect ♥ on behalf of our family and guests Thank you 😊 memories made forever V&V 😊 x
Valerie & Vincent
Bunratty Castle Hotel
To you who are engaged and thinking of finding the celebrant to make your day even more special. We were recommended to use Mary by Lisa in Esquire menswear in Limerick. Lisa spoke so highly of her that we had to call her. From our first conversation to the wedding day, the approach from Mary was one of professionalism, empathy, caring and a total desire to make our day special. From the reading suggestions, to the wishes, the ceremony format, and the little touch of what we loved about each other was brought to fruition in the most beautiful way. I cannot guarantee your guests wont cry at how lovely the ceremony is on the day, (Just tell them to bring tissues) Lisa was correct, and for us and you we would say, if she is available, take her as your solemniser . Mary made our day, ours with excellent guidance. Both Martha and I would say, let her make yours.
Martha & Derek
Castle Oaks House Hotel
Hi Mary, I just wanted to thank you for the beautiful ceremony you put together for myself and Adam back in November! It was absolutely perfect! So intimate even with a big crowd of people. It was personal to us both and it made the most stressful part of our day so seamless and enjoyable. Everyone was laughing, everyone was crying and most of all, you allowed us to have our own ideas and incorporated them to how we imagined, such as doing our vows privately in an empty room, just us two. Mostly, keeping in contact and reminding us of what needed to be done in the build up to the big day! Thank you so much again, we both really appreciate it and thank you for being part of our day! x
Rebecca & Adam
Woodstock Hotel
The very first time we met Mary, there was an instant connection. Mary is warm, friendly and so kind. She will listen to your needs, plans and hopes for your wedding. She takes on every idea you have and she will elevate them. Mary has a wealth of ideas and every ceremony she does, will be unique to each couple. From Day 1, Mary was such a support, as starting out you can be unsure, as it’s all so new. Mary invests so much time and care into each couple, which is so invaluable and will show on your wedding day. We are all now life long friends with Mary. She makes your ceremony romantic and individual to you, and all our guests were blown away by her. Mary was the talking point of the day. I highly recommend Mary to all couples as she makes your day so special, makes you feel so relaxed, your family and friends will be at such ease and your ceremony will be all built around you.
Helen & BJ
Woodlands House Hotel
What can I say about Mary other than that she is amazing woman, I knew when I met her, she had that loving warm feeling about her, so I knew she was the woman for us, she was always there to answer any questions, we had along the way, and her help was above and beyond and advised us along the way. She delivered and articulated our story so well, in an absolutely beautiful ceremony for us, that it was complimented, by our all our guests. In fact, it was so good that mark was looking into her eyes at one stage🤣🤣🤣 but I let that slide. She’s an absolute professional and a pleasure to deal with. This lady was born to do this job, and any couple would be lucky to have her and Mr hubby aka Rory O’Donovan as part of their day.. 5 stars not enough Many thanks again
Helena & Mark
Radisson Blu Hotel
Many thanks to Mary for being part of our surprise renewal of vows ceremony for our 25th anniversary. I met Mary a few weeks before the night itself to arrange it as my husband Dave had no idea what was in store! Usually Mary has input from both parties to make the ceremony as personal as possible for all involved. In this case she was flying blind and she absolutely rose to the challenge. She suggested lots of little touches that worked really well considering the groom had no clue. ! On the night itself she was nearly as excited as me to see his face. The ceremony itself was witty, personal and reflected both our personalities while also including our three boys. It was an absolute pleasure to have Mary share in our night and I would highly recommend her to anyone thinking of celebrating their special day (with or without their spouses knowledge).
Siobhan & Dave
Vow Renewal
My husband and I were planning our wedding in Ireland (while living in Canada) and were apprehensive about a lot of the details – including who would marry us. Once we met Mary all of our anxieties washed away. She helped us come up with a unique and personal wedding ceremony, and it turned out exactly as we had hoped. Several of our guests told us it was “the best ceremony they’ve ever taken part of” and we could not be happier. Thank you Mary!
Rachel & Sean
Ballyseede Castle
Mary was amazing on the day and throughout the whole process! our ceremony was perfect, we couldn’t have asked for it to have gone better and all the guest commented on how lovely it was. it was so personal to us as a couple! thank you so much Mary for making our day so special 🥰
Aisling & Charlie
Glenlo Hotel & Estate
Mary, what can I say only wow! Both Pat and I are speechless with the most amazing, emotional, funny ceremony. It was more than we expected, you got us down to a tee with every word, from the first time we spoke to you we knew we were with the right woman for the job and boy did you deliver. Everyone is talking about it and who knows we might book you again for the vow renewal!
Helen & Pat
Greenhills Hotel
Mary O Donovan is brilliant. We can honestly say that our ceremony would not have been as special and unique without her. From our first first meeting with her we knew we were in excellent hands. Being an LGBT+ couple and although I don’t like to admit was anxious at times when reaching out to vendors as there is a fear what if they won’t take part if they don’t agree with our life choices but all Mary saw was 2 people in love. Organising a wedding during COVID was stressful at times but with Mary there was never any issues. She answered all our questions in a timely manner and was at the end of a video call if needed. She went above and beyond for us and made our day so special. The personal detail and care she put into our ceremony was exceptional and all our guests commented on how special it was. There were plenty of happy tears too. She even gave us a little ditty 😘as a surprise which just proves her commitment to ensure her couples have the best day ever. If you want an extremely personal ceremony unique to you that’s stress and hassle free Mary is your lady. We can’t recommend her enough. Thank You Mary, love Diane & Jenny
Jenny & Diane
Cork International Hotel
Mary was absolutely brilliant from beginning to end. She really made the whole experience as personal as possible. From our first meeting to the day of the wedding, we felt in safe hands. We would definitely recommend Mary as a wedding celebrant. She made the ceremony like no other, every detail was so personalized and the guests loved it. We got so many compliments on the ceremony and how entertaining and special it was for guests.
Rena & Airt
Cloghan Castle
A massive thank you to Mary who was celebrant at our wedding The ceremony turned out better than we could ever have imagined. It was so intimate and personal, with all our guests commenting on just how beautiful it was. Everybody really loved it. Mary was a pleasure to work with and made us feel completely at ease from the day we met. Thank you Mary for helping make our day so special. We could not recommend Mary highly enough.
Vickie & Patrick
Castletroy Park Hotel
We had the absolute pleasure of having Mary as our celebrant for our wedding in May and from our very 1st conversation to the last word said at our wedding we could not have been happier!! Mary is an absolute gem!! She made us feel so at ease and made everyone feel comfortable and included!! We highly recommend Mary for any wedding ceremony and were very glad she could share out special day with us! Thank you so much Mary!! From Gill and Dave Hogan xx
Gillian & David
Greenhills Hotel
Mary was our celebrant for our Wedding Day. She made our day very special with her beautiful words that she delivered so well. Mary was very easy to deal with and thoughtful with all her suggestions to help make our day the happiest day of our lives. All of our family and friends mentioned that the ceremony was one of the most warm and loving marriages that they had ever seen and that would not have been possible without Mary and all of her help. The day was full of joy and laughter and I would highly recommend Mary for any wedding ceremony.
Noeleen & Bobby
Killaloe Hotel & Spa
Words can never express how extremely lucky and happy we were to have Mary as our celebrant on our wedding day. Our ceremony was filled with so much love and happiness. We couldn’t imagine our day without Mary. From the beginning through every step Mary made our dreams come true and exceeded them all on the day. Mary delivered the most personal and emotional ceremony which we are forever greatful for. Mary’s warm smile and passion for celebrating love really shines through, everyone who attending out wedding have all said they’ve never witnessed such a beautiful personal ceremony before xx Thank you xx
Ciara & Mairead
Castle Oaks House Hotel
Hi Mary, I really want to thank you for how you delivered our wedding ceremony, you’re a great story teller, it’s very easy to read a script and sound like you’re reading but it wasn’t like that at all you’re really delivered it beautifully, you know you enjoyed it when a half hour feels like ten minutes, as the saying goes time flies when you’re having fun 😂 Some of our guests even who always thought church weddings were the only way to go said it was the most beautiful ceremony they had attended and it had opened their eyes. Brilliant job well done & thanks again, we wish we could do it all over again 🥰🥰
Christabel & Adrian
Radisson Blu Hotel
We met Mary at a wedding fair at the Inn at Dromoland. I instantly felt such a warm and loving feeling from her and I wanted her to do our ceremony. As soon as I met her, I knew she was so right for us. She is such a lovely, happy, bubbly person that oozes a passion for love and romance. You know instantly she is in this job because she loves everything to do with love and celebrating it. This is exactly the kind of person I was hoping for. We were so lucky she was available for our original date but due to covid, we had to postpone it a number of times, until finally we had our day on September 10th. On our day, she did everything we wanted and more!! She has such a calming and relaxed approach to the ceremony that it made everyone feel so comfortable straight away. Her smile is infectious and makes you feel so happy when you’re in her company. I couldn’t have wished the ceremony to go any other way. All the work she put into making our personalised script, was just incredible.. It was so perfect from start to finish. I just wish there were more stars for the review because she deserves way more!!I couldn’t recommend her highly enough. She is the best in the business for sure and I wish we could do it all again! xx
Nicole & Darragh
The Inn at Dromoland
From the minute we met Mary we know she was the celebrant for us. She made us feel comfortable from the start. The best thing we liked about Mary’s Ceremony’s is they are very personal. All of our guests commented on how lovely the ceremony was. Thanks Mary for making our big day so special to us Siobhan & Chris ❤️
Siobhan & Chris
Castletroy Park Hotel
Mary has a beautiful aura that captured everything at our ceremony, with Mary’s attention to detail she gave us a personal , warm and loving ceremony to us and all our guests and made it so special on the day. From the moment Mary took our booking, she was hands on, with her kindness, help and advice, we knew we were in safe hands as she put a lot of heart and hard work into our preparation, when our day came ,she delivered the most magical day and we couldn’t be more thankful enough to her as she exceeded beyond our expectations. Thank you so much Mary , we will never forget what you did for us leading us into our married life with your own unique amazing way xxxx Sinead and Andrea
Andrea & Sinead
Vienna Woods Hotel
We had the pleasure of having Mary as the Celebrant for our recent wedding, and she made our ceremony absolutely perfect. She brought a wonderful energy to the wedding, and we received so many compliments on how beautiful our ceremony was from our guests. I knew I wanted Mary as my celebrant after reading her thoughtful website and talking to her. She was so kind and helpful through every step of the process of planning a wedding from overseas. Our ceremony was everything we could have wished for and more. Thank you Mary!
Rachael & David
Grantstown Castle
We cannot speak highly enough of Mary and the specialised way in which she had everyone in happy tears throughout our ceremony! She personalised the ceremony for our amazing wedding in the Castle Oaks House Hotel this past weekend beyond perfection. The little details she thought of, and the way she brought the whole ceremony together and involved our three kids in the day made it so special to us as a blended family. We would highly recommend Mary to anyone looking for a Celebrant. Our guests said the Civil Ceremony was so special and different to any Church ceremony they had attended, and they loved how personal it was throughout, tailored to us as a family Thanks a million Mary!
Catriona & Pa
Castle Oaks House Hotel
Mary was fantastic to deal with from start to finish and put Sophie and I at ease through the whole process and especially on the big day. She makes such an effort to learn about the couple she works with and we could not recommend her enough for future weddings
Sophie & Scott
Gloster House
From our first phone call with Mary we knew we were in safe hands for our wedding ceremony, she is so kind and warm there was no doubt she would do an amazing job. Mary guided us in bringing the ceremony together with personal stories and readings that felt special to us. Her delivery on the day was perfect, she created a happy, relaxed environment. There were loads of happy tears and plenty of giggles as she told our story. Having a ceremony that was personal to us was so special. We couldn’t recommend Mary enough.
Grainne & Conor
Kilshane House
Mary, we have no words to tell you how grateful we are for our beautiful ceremony. It was everything we dreamt of! Everyone is talking about how perfect and personal to us it was. The entire process of dealing with you was a dream. You’re just the best and we are so grateful to you.
Sarah & Craig
Woodstock Hotel
Mary was exceptional and we would recommend her services to any couples who are looking for a Celebrant for their wedding. Mary made the whole process so easy, we live in the States and planning a wedding abroad was very stressful, but Mary put us at ease. She made our ceremony very personal, special and unique. It was filled with some of the classic wedding ceremony traditions while incorporating some of the new modern traditions. When we got to rehearsal we realized we never bought candles for our ceremony, that was no problem for Marry she was able to help us out with candles for our ceremony while reassuring us that it was no problem from her end. Mary wrote up a beautiful ceremony for us and then helped us incorporate our family including, a poem by my young cousin, a special memorial poem by my aunt, a song sung by my mom and more… She worked directly with us to provide her readings while also ensuring we were happy with the proposed write up and accepted any (very) small changes we requested. At the end of our ceremony Mary performed the traditional Celtic handfasting ceremony, which was so beautiful and will be remembered by us forever. We would recommend Mary to local folks as well as folks looking to plan a wedding abroad!
Melanie & Alex
Woodlands House Hotel
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Limerick, Ireland

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