My name is Fiona Ainley and I live in the coastal town of Arbroath in Angus. Scotland with my husband and our 2 daughters. The majority of my career has been in an administrative or training role and I have gained a lot of satisfaction in particular in training young and adult unemployed with a view to getting them back into work or into further education. Adults in particular don't adapt well to classroom learning so each training plan had to be tailored to the individual and their needs and abilities. I have been looking for some time for a new direction and have always enjoyed working with people as individuals to ensure they gain exactly what they want to from every experience. All too often people are led down a certain path as this is what is available to them rather than because it is what they want. People often have to settle for what is the ‚"norm‚" and I think they shouldn't settle for anything less than what they actually want. I know from talking to family and friends over the years, that they are not always looking for a church wedding or a registry office one, but something that is very personal to them and their partner. I was also very aware when my own father passed away some years ago, that the church funeral service we had for him was not what I wanted for myself but I didn't really know all the options that are available so that is when I first became aware of what a Celebrant does and was interested becoming one myself. I feel that I am at the right stage in my personal life now to ‚"grab the bull by the horns‚" and get on and do it. In becoming a Celebrant, it is my hope that everyone gets the funeral, vow renewal or baby naming ceremony they want.
As a Civil Celebrant, I can perform funerals (or memorials services) , vow renewals to celebrate milestones and baby naming ceremonies to welcome the child into the community and family. All my ceremonies are as individual as my clients are and written specifically for them. I can also provide a wedding celebration ceremony, but the law currently states that in Scotland that if you wish to be legally married, you must inform a registrar or minister, either before or after your unique celebration. These wedding celebration ceremonies are very popular with people who have been married abroad, or for other reason held the legal marriage in private and want to celebrate later with family and friends. Sometimes, the registrar official marriage ceremony is just not personal enough for them and the couple would like more. Hand fasting and sand ceremonies are very popular with couples. Everything is planned to your exact requirements.