Lena Winder

New celebrant role is the icing on the cake for party girl Lena 


As a maternity nurse, childminder and founder of a party and catering business for children and young adults, you might think Lena Winder has her hands full.

Now however, the West London mum to three-year-old Freya is starting a new venture for 2013. Thirty-two-year-old Lena has just become one of the first people to successfully gain a new qualification as an independent celebrant.

It means she is now qualified to conduct a wide range of celebration ceremonies including naming ceremonies, wedding and partnership celebration ceremonies and commitment ceremonies.

Lena has just passed her Level 3 Diploma in Celebrancy: Naming and Couples (QCF), available exclusively through training specialist Civil Ceremonies.

“I was really interested in becoming a celebrant, I had been looking at the idea for a long time because I wanted to be able to offer ceremonies alongside my party business,” said Lena, who planned her own daughter’s naming ceremony.

She now hopes the idea of combining a child’s naming ceremony with a high tea or party will appeal to parents who are looking for something a little different.

Trained as a maternity nurse, Lena provides help and advice to parents of newborns – a role she describes as being something of a supernanny – as well as childminding for families near her Acton home.

She officially set up her party planning business, www.minimeevents.co.uk, after several years of catering for family and friends and plans to call her new business 'The Eclectic Celebrant' because she wants to show how she can do things differently.

“I loved the name MiniMe for my party business because of my connection with children, by calling myself the ‘eclectic celebrant’ I wanted to get across the fact it’s a very personal service,” said Lena.

“I’ve spoken to lots of parents through my party business and they all think being able to offer a naming ceremony and combine it with a party is a great idea. I can find the venue, organise and cater for the whole event and make it very specialfor the family by writing and conducting the celebration service.”

As well as naming ceremonies, Lena is also qualified to carry out wedding celebration ceremonies which, although they don’t replace the legal formalities, are perfect for couples who, for example, are having a simple register office service or have been married abroad but wish to share a bigger occasion with family and friends.

They are also ideal for couples who want their wedding in a particular venue that isn’t licensed for marriages or want to incorporate religious or cultural traditions, which aren’t allowed at a Register Office or in a religious ceremony.