CEREMONIES IN ENGLISH - FRENCH - BILINGUAL
" Marriage allows love to be spoken, to be sung, to be celebrated.
Love needs to be expressed in a sacred way,
it needs rituals, pledges of how it incarnates the wondrous and the divin"
D. Sonet, Let's discover love
The professional certified professional wedding celebrant & opera singer, Ariane Douguet will create & celebrate the wedding ceremony you always dreamed about: her voice and songs will be the thread, revealing all the beauty, joy and grace of your ceremony, a rare, exclusive & highest level service, designed to "enchant" your union.
Your ceremony will remain a unique and unforgettable moment, one of the most beautiful memories of your wedding in France forever graven on the memories of your family and your guests !
Dear couple: so you have decided to get married in France? Congratulations and welcome !
Do you dream of a timeless, magical, romantic event, with a French touch, to celebrate your love and to show your couple and your union to those most important in your lives?
Would you like to commit yourselves sincerely, spiritually, and to exchange your vows, your consent and your rings in an intense moment of sharing, of music and emotion, where your family, your witnesses and your guests will feel as involved as both of you?
Whatever your beliefs, your cultural origins, your religious, spiritual or philosophical convictions, you have the choice to experience, without any discrimination, a marriage ceremony which is 100% customized to your image.
If you do not wish or are unable to have a religious ceremony (unbeliever, divorced, a couple where both have different religions, remarriage, gay or lesbian union, LGBT...), a secular ceremony is a great spiritual alternative to celebrate your love and commitment.
I invite you to experience a marriage ceremony full of emotion and meaning, in accordance with the sacred significance of this day, tinged with solemnity, spirituality, magic & elegance, where the atmosphere, the words and the music will reflect your love, your values and your commitment.
Music has the capacity to suspend time & allow love, emotion and joy to predominate in the atmosphere you want to create. With the exception of your vows, music is the best way to say what is in your heart & finding the right performer to convey this message is equally important! I'm both a professional certified wedding celebrant & a confirmed classical singer: I will celebrate your wedding & both sing your favorite Ave Maria, opera arias or pop songs live.
Whatever the form of celebration you have in mind (wedding, elopement, renewal of your vows) & the style of your wedding (intimate or public, traditional or more creative, simple or sophisticated), I allow you to experience the ceremony of your dreams in accordance with your values, beliefs and sensitivities,
Imagine the place that best corresponds to you: in nature, on a beach by the sea, in a woodland, in a clearing in the forest, on a mountain, in a vineyard, in a chapel, on a boat, in a garden next to your reception, in one of the many magnificent castles, parks & outlooks that France provides... I conceive & make your personalized ceremony possible, with you and for you.
I will engage my creativity, my sense of the sacred and of rites, my joy of living or joie de vivre, my appetite for writing and my other talents to serve you in order to make your wedding unforgettable.
Everything is done to simplify your life in 3 stages:
1. Getting to know each other (playful questionnaires, meeting, Skype sessions, email)
in order to create, to write, to orchestrate, to stage & to celebrate your ceremony in your image by adapting it to the framework you have chosen.
on the basis of an interactive coaching session which will allow you to relive the memories of how you both met and the story of your couple, I will guide you & will help to free your creativity in order to give shape to your dream event.
I will help you to create a tailor-made secular ceremony that fits you 100% with the ideal scenario & rituals (handfasting, unity candle...), readings & poems meaningful to you, testimonies & participation from relatives & a musical program.
Here you can choose from my repertoire of songs which I will sing during the ceremony (Ave Maria, baroque, romantic, sacred classical music, opera, spirituals, gospel, Jazz, musical theatre, movie songs, modern popular favorites, classical crossover & pop music...) Although classically trained, I use my voice differently according to the musical style. In my career, I have sung on the major national classical stages (operas, theaters), in the most beautiful cathedrals, as well as at the mythical stage of l'Olympia in Paris with Chico & the Gypsies!
Accompaniment options: a capella, orchestral sound track or other instruments as you choose (string quartet, piano, harp, jazz band…). I have a special relationship with a number of musicians known for their talent, their professionalism, their sensitivity & their team spirit, which are indispensable to create a quality event in a serene & harmonious atmosphere.
I provide a PA system in case of outside performance.
At any stage of the process, I am contactable at anytime as your Wedding Celebrant in France to help you or answer any questions you may have about the ceremony.
We will coordonate directly with the venue & the various participants in the ceremony to discuss logistical arrangements, plan the rehearsal in order to free you from these material aspects, allowing you to fully experience your event and make the best of the presence of your nearest and dearest.
I will then stand by your side to sing and celebrate your love.
At the conclusion of the ceremony, I offer the couple their Marriage Certificate (no legal value).
For over 10 years, as a professional wedding celebrant & opera singer, I have officiated at numerous weddings. I have helped many happy couples in love to create a personalized ceremony, both authentic and memorable & arrange music that is unique, personal and glamorizes their wedding.
For centuries past, everywhere in the world, singing has been a key part of sacred traditions and rituals. Having been made aware of spirituality, of the meaning of the sacred and of the power of symbols by my grandfather, the writer Robert Ambelain, it is my intention to celebrate love and life. The treasure of humanity's cultural heritage is for me an infinite source of inspiration.
I celebrate with my speaking and singing voice, since singing is for me the most obvious way to bring you light, love, joy, consolation, to bring out emotion and to 'enchant' a celebration.
I am fascinated by human behavior and human culture. I like the authenticity, sincerity and emotional proximity which this profession brings forth. I am happy to be your confidant & your accomplice & bring you satisfaction in helping to make this magic moment materialize.
Each ceremony is a source of enrichment and also confirmation that being a singer & marriage celebrant is part of my life's mission.
Beyond my activity as a professional celebrant & an opera singer, I also have proven experience on stage, of event management, project management and project organisation, and of coaching.
I therefore have the talents and competencies to offer a customized service from A to Z to meet your expectations :
I'm based in Paris (75) and in the PACA region (Vaucluse Lubéron Alpilles, 84), in South Eastern France.
Wherever your destination wedding is, we'll be happy to assist you on your celebration.
Because love is universal and knows no boundaries, I'm mobile throughout France
& internationally (Monaco, Switzerland, Luxemburg, Geneva, Lausanne, Brussels, Marrakech…).
My path has up until now been made up of multiple and wonderful meetings, moments to share, emotional moments and moments of pure joy !
You would like a quote? Contact me using the form
For each ceremony I will give you a customized estimate.
Transport & accommodation costs will be invoiced according to distance.
The choice & number of musicians will also affect the estimate.
The services are engaged with a french contract. A 50% deposit is payable upon signature securing the booking & the remainig sum is due at the latest, the day of the ceremony with delivery of the bill.
Please keep in mind that the ceremony is a small percentage of your overall wedding budget, for a moment that is essential to the event !
Dear bride and groom, if you have any questions on the services provided or wish to book me at your special day,
please contact me using the form or by phone + 33 (0)6 12 69 58 97
Let's take the time to get to know one another & to discuss this ceremony which you would like to share with those you love.
I am flexible & open to your wishes.
I will put all my heart & talents in the service of your wedding.
« A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality.» John Lennon