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Rev Barbara Allen - Celebrant and Solemniser

Dublin & Nationwide
Reviews (21) 5/5
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I am Rev. Barbara Allen (Rev. Babs).  I am an Interfaith Minister (strictly non-denominational), Celebrant and Legal Solemniser of Weddings in Ireland. 

My aim is to create for you a one-of-a-kind Wedding Ceremony which reflects your personalities, both as individuals, and as a couple.  Together we will use Rituals, Music, Readings, Poetry as I unfold your story of Love,  to design the perfect, personalised Wedding Ceremony, which will be memorable and will always hold a significant place in your hearts.  I will guide you through the legal formalities which apply in Ireland.   I will liaise with the venue, and I will ensure that the Ceremony runs smoothly and effortlessly. 

On the Day, the Ceremony will be professionally held by me, in an atmosphere of love and joyfulness, which is entirely stress-free.  I will meet with you regularly, as we work together, and I will always be available to answer any questions. Creating Wedding Ceremonies and helping couples to  plan the perfect Ceremony for them, is my passion.  I absolutely love it!   Together, we will build a bond of mutual trust, as we navigate this wonderful time in your lives - the planning will be fun and inclusive. 

 I look forward to working with you, and to meeting you both.


21 reviews
Quality of service5.0/5
Aaron & Eva Hammond
Added 18th Jan 2023
Wedding 2nd Jul 2022
To give a review to Barbara Allen is like giving a review to a family friend. 10+ stars if that was possible. From the minute we spoke to her about our wedding plans to the days itself, she was 100% part of our journey, helping and advising us and added some ideas to make our day even more special. On the day she was like a part of the family and made all of us feel so comfortable, calming my nerves and taken time to make both sides of our families not just the wedding party feel included while at the same time not taken the light off the happy couple. She is amazing at her job, so welcoming and I would highly recommend to anyone and everyone. Thank you so much Barbara for being part of our special day. With love, Aaron and Eva Hammond
Frances & Richard
Added 22nd Feb 2023
Wedding 18th Feb 2023
We were delighted to have Barbara as the celebrant at our recent wedding. Barbara met with us prior to our wedding to understand exactly what our wants and expectations were. She gave us the benefit of of her experience and knowledge to present a broad range of available options, allowing us to craft our own special wedding service. Barbara followed up our meeting with a wonderful draft, including numerous readings for our consideration. If you are a couple who understand that the exchange of vows is the most important part of your wedding day celebrations then look no further than Rev. Barbara Allen, she provided a wonderful beginning to our very special and memorable Wedding Day. Thank you "Rev Babs"
Jessica Morrison
Added 19th Jan 2023
Wedding 24th Dec 2022
Barbara was so friendly ,warm & open coming to our church. We found it very personal how she treated us & gave us lots of help & recommendations . Absolutely excellent!
Added 28th Jan 2023
Wedding 22nd Dec 2022
Babs was a pleasure to work with, from our first email enquiry to the wedding day itself. She was responsive, helpful and provided lots of ideas for the ceremony to make it unique. We did two calls in total to organise the ceremony. The wedding ceremony itself was amazing, Babs is a natural and guests fedback what a lovely ceremony it was. Do yourself a favour and book Babs for your big day!
Caroline & Dave
Added 23rd Jan 2023
Wedding 28th Oct 2022
We were lucky enough to have booked rev barbara allen for our wedding on the 28th October 2022, from the minute we met Barbara we knew we had found the right person for our day, her warmth shone through immediately, the support she gave us before the day itself was invaluable and she was always available to us when needed, on the day itself, the ceremony was so personal and her calming influence settled any nerves immediately, we have no hesitation in recommending Barbara for any couple planning their wedding, thanks again Barbara for making our day so special and giving us moments we will cherish forever, Caroline & Dave
Sinead & John
Added 18th Jan 2023
Wedding 23rd Sep 2022
What stood out for us was the warmth we felt from Rev Babs from our first meeting with her. Nothing was too much trouble in the build up to our wedding day. Barbara gave us great support in designing a ceremony that was personal to us, but still covered the traditional flow and set up of a wedding. On the day of our wedding Rev Babs was brilliant, interacting with the guests before the ceremony, delivering like a pro and leaving us with memories of a beautiful individualised service. Could not praise her high enough. She is amazing!
Response from Rev Barbara Allen - Celebrant and Solemniser
Hi Sinead and John - and what a beautiful ceremony, in the heart of Dublin City on a sunny December day. It was fantastic how we were able to navigate the time zone differences from here to oz and close the gap, so that it was like we were in each others "sitting rooms". I enjoyed every minute and getting to know you both. Sending love and best wishes across the oceans xx Rev Babs
Gareth Murphy
Added 18th Jan 2023
Wedding 22nd Aug 2022
Naomi and I got married by Rev Barbara Allen in Tulfarris Wicklow in August 2022. Rev Babs as she like to be to called made the ceremony so personable and really enjoys getting to know you before your big day. She is meticulous in her preparation and tailors the ceremony as you would like. She made the experience so memorable and walks you through the whole experience which can be nerve wracking for most . We would highly recommend her for any couples big day. Gareth and Naomi
Response from Rev Barbara Allen - Celebrant and Solemniser
It was such a beautiful day in beautiful Co. Wicklow. You were both so happy, and I hope, enjoyed every minute. Thanks for choosing me to hold your ceremony, it was a fabulous experience. xx Rev Babs
Lauren and Eamonn
Added 13th Sep 2022
Wedding 6th Aug 2022
We cannot recommend Rev Babs/ Barbara Allen highly enough. We choose Babs to be the solemniser/celebrant for our wedding day as we felt a good connection with her and got a great vibe when we spoke with her first. Babs is a wonderful solemniser. We could not have asked for a better wedding ceremony. Babs worked with us to create a ceremony that was both personal to us and which we were comfortable with. On our wedding day Babs created the most intimate and special ceremony for us and our guests. She made everyone feel welcome and kept everyone's attention from start to finish. We loved every moment of the ceremony. We feel very lucky to have had Babs there to facilitate the most wonderful wedding ceremony. We have had such positive feedback about Babs from so many of our guests and we are delighted that she was the person to officiate our marriage, which was the best mix of joyfulness and momentousness, and it was also very relaxed for us and our guests. Thank you so much Babs. We really appreciate all the little touches and effort which you made to make the ceremony so memorable and special for us and our guests. Best wishes, Lauren and Eamonn
Response from Rev Barbara Allen - Celebrant and Solemniser
Lauren and Eamonn, What a wonderful day we had - out it the beautiful sea air, with Dublin Bay at our feet and the most fabulous music to spread the love and joy on the day. Thank you so much for having me and letting me share your little slice of Heaven xx Rev Babs
Melanie & Eoghan
Added 18th Aug 2022
Wedding 23rd Jul 2022
Barbara did our wedding ceremony in July and we would highly recommend her. The ceremony was beautiful and felt very individualised to us. Barbara was really helpful and accommodating when planning the ceremony with us and she gave us some lovely ideas to include. Lots of guests commented on the ceremony saying they loved how individual it was and that they thought Barbara was brilliant. Thanks so much to Barbara for being part of our day!
Response from Rev Barbara Allen - Celebrant and Solemniser
Thank you so much, Melanie and Eoghan - it was a beautiful day - my first time at your lovely venue. And what a gorgeous scene - among the old stone walls. I enjoyed every moment - thank you for sharing it with me. xx Rev Babs
Jolanta and Nauris
Added 21st Jan 2023
Wedding 22nd Jun 2022
We would like to give Barbara Allen 10 stars (out of 5). Absolutely amazing service from start to finish. We felt she was part of us and done everything from bottom of her heart! She was so brilliant and helpful and her smile made us feel so relaxed. We was so delighted to have her on our big day.100% recommend her!!! Big thank you from our family! Sending Love! (heart emoji)
Added 18th Jan 2023
Wedding 27th May 2022
We got married in May 2022, we found Rev Babs on a facebook group but also noticed her on Wedding Online. From our first meeting she was absolutely great, explained to us what she does, she was very understanding and we tailored together the ceremony, it was light and engaging a very live ceremony. I was delighted to do the Hand tie knot as this is an ancient practice as well as the sand bottle, Ill treasure it forever. We highly recommend Rev Babs, have a chat with her and you will see by yourself, Thanks again for a fab ceremony Barbara, from Peter and Magalie
Tommy Kiernan + Gail McKeown
Added 18th Jan 2023
Wedding 26th Mar 2022
Barbara was brilliant throughout supporting us leading up to and on the day of the wedding itself. She was available through ZOOM whenever we needed her to prepare for the ceremony. Barbara was able to understand and take on our requirements for the ceremony as we wanted it. I would 100% recommend Barbara as your celebrant!
Elaine Boggan
Added 1st Feb 2022
Wedding 21st Jan 2022
I cant thank Rev Barbara Allen enough for creating and conducting such an amazing ceremony. Barbara was so warm and made everyone feel at ease . She took the whole room on our journey from when we first met to when we got married . All the wedding guests said it was the best ceremony they had ever attended . Its was so beautiful, emotional , funny and included all of our family and guests . Barbara talked us through the whole ceremony and suggested the sand ceremony, hand tie and blessing of the rings. Each part of the ceremony was fantastic . Everyone was captivated for the whole ceremony . Honestly, I cant recommend Barbara enough. Such a wonderful and kind lady and a pleasure to deal with. Thank you Barbara
Response from Rev Barbara Allen - Celebrant and Solemniser
And, I am so happy to have had the opportunity to have met yourself and Enda. We had a lovely time planning the ceremony and it was such a beautiful setting on the day. I feel so grateful to have shared in your very special day xx Rev Babs
Mary K
Added 10th Jan 2022
Wedding 30th Dec 2021
Rev Babs is absolutely amazing, a lovey person inside & out, she made our ceremony very personal and all guests had something lovely to say about her. She gave me a polite little nudge at the right times to make sure the right stuff was happening as in getting the green folder and going through the ceremony. I was never overwhelmed by all that is involved with the ceremony, Rev Babs made it all so easy for me. She worked with us and taoilered the ceremony to what we wanted. She made all the guests feel so at ease too and the kids really liked her too.
Response from Rev Barbara Allen - Celebrant and Solemniser
Mary, it was such a pleasure to get to know yourself and Jonathan. It was a beautiful day, in the fabulous surroundings of Cabra Castle. An absolute privilege to hold your ceremony. I will treasure the lovely photo you sent me of your sand pouring ceremony with your wonderful children. xx Rev Babs
Aimeè Brett
Added 17th Nov 2021
Wedding 28th Oct 2021
I knew nothing about civil ceremonies before talking to Barbara. She guided us in choosing the perfect ceremony for our family. Our wedding was beautifully romantic.Barbara was a dream to work with, even settling guests before I arrived. We even had a guest have a change of heart on the idea of marriage after witnessing how intimate and personal our wedding ceremony was.I highly recommend Barbara for any special occasion you need to celebrate.
Response from Rev Barbara Allen - Celebrant and Solemniser
I so much enjoyed meeting yourself and Philip (despite covid) and having such fun hearing your story. The wonderful coincidence of how you "almost" met so many times before you actually did - and all of the pieces of the puzzle that feel into place so that you both could meet and marry each other. I wish you a wonderful life together and everything you could ever wish for xx Rev Babs
Caroline and Shane
Added 14th Nov 2021
Wedding 23rd Oct 2021
Barbara was lovely to deal with from start to finish. She was excellent on the day, making us feel at ease. All our guests complimented the ceremony. I cannot recommend Barbara enough she definitely made our day special.
Response from Rev Barbara Allen - Celebrant and Solemniser
It was so wonderful to share your Wedding Day, Caroline and Shane, and to hold your ceremony. It was a beautiful and heart-felt occasion and such a lovely location. I am so grateful to you for letting me be a part of it. xx Rev Babs
Elva & Aidan Cummins
Added 10th Oct 2021
Wedding 8th Oct 2021
We are so thankful that we found Rev Barbara Allen's website. The lovely bubbly way she came across was exactly what we wanted. And we were not disappointed Rev Barbara puts you at ease and helps to make a personal ceremony. Everyone commented on how lovely and personal our wedding was. We made the right decision in picking our celebrant and would highly recommend Rev Babs to everyone looking for a celebrant who will make them feel special and at ease.
Response from Rev Barbara Allen - Celebrant and Solemniser
Elva and Aidan, it was so lovely to share your Wedding Day. I feel so blessed to do what I love and to meet such wonderful people like you both along the way. Elva, you looked so beautiful and all of us could not be immune to the great joy you positively radiated as you arrived - and Aidan, such a lovely man - you truly "deserve" each other. I wish you love and joy in abundance as you enjoy married life xx Rev Babs
Added 30th Aug 2021
Wedding 28th Aug 2021
We would highly recommend Rev Barbara Allen. From the start she was available, helpful and supportive. Ensuring that we completed all paper work in time and that everything was in place for our wedding ceremony. Rev babs went above and beyond to make sure we had a beautiful ceremony that was also very personal to us. Thanks again. We were lucky to have you with us on the day.
Response from Rev Barbara Allen - Celebrant and Solemniser
And what a beautiful day we had, Leanne and Jonathan, out in the gardens with the sun shining and not a cloud in the sky. It was a pleasure and an honour to share your Wedding Day. You made planning and creating your ceremony such an enjoyable experience for me. I am grateful to you both for allowing me to do what I love, and I wish you both every happiness and a loving and joyful life together xx Rev Babs
Fiona Donoghue
Added 29th Mar 2021
Wedding 19th Dec 2020
I could not recommend Barbara enough. Having such open communication and flexibility with what we wanted from our day. Together we created a beautiful ceremony, and included a couple of rituals Barbara had suggested, and it could not have been more perfect.
Response from Rev Barbara Allen - Celebrant and Solemniser
It was a wonderful Day, Fiona and Shaun. Having had to postpone like so many others, you had your Wedding celebrations on a later date at an alternative venue - and it was perfect. Intimate, loving, personal and memorable. It was my great joy to get to know you and your family.
Shaun Donoghue
Added 27th Mar 2021
Wedding 19th Dec 2020
If you are looking for a Celebrant/Solenmiser, I can't recommend Barbara any higher. Her consummate professionalism and glowing personality are guaranteed to put the perfect personal touch to your big day. Myself and my wife, Fiona, are both very lucky to have had her celebrate our day with us
Marge Smith
Added 27th Mar 2021
Wedding 1st Aug 2020
Barbara was absolutely amazing! She made our day so personal and we felt so special. It was beautiful and dealing with her prior to the wedding was so easy and hassle free. All the guests were asking me about her as rhey all thought she was fantastic. The way she spoke to us and about us made us feel amazing. I couldnt imagine a better person for that role!
Response from Rev Barbara Allen - Celebrant and Solemniser
What a wonderful day, holding your ceremony out under the trees. I also had the opportunity to learn some Polish to greet your guests. A real honour and privilege for me. Thanks for choosing me. Rev. Babs
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