Rev Marie Claire Contino Brennan

Available for:
  • Anniversaries
  • Anointings
  • Baby Blessings
  • Baby Namings
  • Cremations
  • Customised Ceremonies
  • Funerals
  • Grief Counselling
  • Handfastings
  • Interfaith Chaplaincy Services
  • Legal Weddings
  • Memorial Ceremonies
  • Standard and Original Co-created ceremonies of your choice
  • Unity Candle
  • Vow Renewals
  • Weddings
  • Wedding Blessings
Year of Ordination:
2003
Regions covered:
All of Northern Ireland and the whole of Ulster, that is - Republic of Ireland (Cavan, Monaghan, Donegal) and Northern Ireland (Antrim, Down, Armagh, Derry, Fermanagh and Tyrone).

Welcome

Following on from a career firstly as a nurse and then as a lawyer, I bring to my work an ability to empathise with and support my couples and also a respect for the legal process and ceremony involved during what is a joyous but can also be a challenging time.  I have had a successful practice in Northern Ireland for the past 12 years and am told very often that my calmness and care is a central facet of making their day happy and relaxed.

I also provide humanist-style ceremonies for people who are not religious or do not have a faith or belief.  The important element of your ceremony, and what I aim to work to, is that it reflects who you are and the way in which you wish to make your personal commitment to your partner in front of friends and family.

I respect all forms of belief whatever they may be, and it is this breadth of inclusiveness “all faiths and none” which characterises my work. All my ceremonies have space for mini ceremonies within the whole such as Ring Warming, Hand fasting, The Quaich Cup, Wine box Ceremonies and Sand Ceremonies to name but a few.

These ceremonies are therefore very personal and during the time running up to the wedding we would meet a few times, (or skype if you are overseas) to get to know each other and to prepare the ceremony to reflect your own views and values.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Apart from the legal formalities, you have a complete say in the content of the ceremony and music, readings etc., although we would start off working from a traditional template from which you would select your choices. If you wish you can change the wording to suit yourselves and you may indeed write your own vows.   I also Officiate in Weddings in other languages.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About Me

I have had a successful practice as an Officiant of Marriage, in Northern Ireland and the rest of Ulster since 2007 and am also registered as a Solemniser in the Republic of Ireland.  At the base of my practice is a deep respect for the views and values of the individual.  I believe passionately that people should be free to participate in ceremonies in which they are allowed to bring in whatever belief system they follow, as, to be meaningful and authentic, a ceremony must reflect the integral beliefs and core values of the participants.

 

I particularly love to do weddings in other languages. To date I have done weddings or part of them in Irish, Spanish, Portugese, Italian, Welsh, German and some Danish.  I am hopeful of a French wedding one day. This is something I love to do when parties come from different countries so that they may say their vows in their native tongue, and their parents can also participate in the ceremony.

 

In my work I have very often worked with couples who have been recently bereaved of family members and this forms a central consideration in preparation of weddings and other ceremonies to honour and give a place to those not present.

Testimonials

Thank you for all your help up to and on the day of our wedding.  You helped us create a ceremony that was so personal (deep purple sand and all). Also you helped a lot of people to realise that a marriage is about the love between two people and not what building they get married in.  Everyone was so impressed by the ceremony. We’re so pleased you were a part of our day.

Kevin and Laura

Thank you so much for performing such a beautiful ceremony and making our day so perfect.  Everyone commented on how lovely the service was. We feel so lucky to have found you! Lots of love.

Stuart and Tory

Thank you so much for helping to make our day the way we wanted it and for all your support and guidance. Lots of love.

Fiona and Avril

Thank you so much for officiating our wedding. It really meant a lot to us that you were able to personalise the ceremony to reflect us. Our guests commented on how lovely our ceremony was and that was all down to you!  We really appreciate all the help and advice you gave us in the months leading up to our wedding. We had the best day of our lives and it wouldn’t have been the same without you. Thank you! 

Owen and Gemma

I was talking to Liz and Mark who also recommended you and said people still talk of her wedding day because of the impact you had! 

Nikki

I just wanted to get in touch and say thank you so much for your work towards and during our wedding. It was a very special, personal and intimate ceremony and it was great to be able to work so closely with you to organise that. We had a wonderful day and it was down in no small part to how special the ceremony felt. Best wishes and kind regards.

Tamar