Ian Saunders


tel: +971 55 9575893

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Dubai based, globally minded celebrant for life's important rituals; weddings, renewal of vows, baby namings, memorials

Meet Ian

As an Anglo-Australian, I have London to thank for knocking me into shape, and Sydney for rounding off the edges, and I like to think that both cultures inspire my approach to celebrancy; a certain English gravitas delivered with a warm Aussie smile!

I have been many different things in my life; from corporate music industry manager to teacher, from landscape gardener to copywriter, not to mention, at various times, a full-time dad to each of our 3 daughters.

The common thread that runs throughout has been my passion to connect and communicate with people from all walks of life.

I love to get to know people and hear their unique story, and for weddings, my aim is to capture the true essence of a couple’s relationship, and to understand their hopes and aspirations for their big day.

As a writer, I enjoy the challenge of bringing a ceremony to life with the right words, and creating the kind of emotional impact that rings true for the couple, all in a style that puts them at ease enough to enjoy the occasion to its fullest.

The Barefoot Philosophy

The celebrant’s words and presentation help to set the stage for the couple, but when that magic time comes for them to declare their love and commitment, the outside world should melt away, leaving them totally relaxed, being themselves and owning the moment together, focused only on one another.

As celebrants, we are blessed to work in the field we do, especially in a multicultural centre such as Dubai, where so many vibrant life stories converge.

I look forward to working with you and hearing your story.