Hello! I am Kate Tym – a published author and performance poet. When I got married in 2008 I really wanted to find a poem for my wedding that would encapsulate the relationship between me and my lovely groom. I searched high and low, but I came back with nothing. There were poems about love… but they weren’t our love, there were funny poems… but bits just didn’t ring true for us, there were moving poems… but not all of it resonated… so, in the end, I wrote something myself. And, that’s what I’ve been doing for other people ever since.
Along with being a writer and performer, I’m also a marriage celebrant, so there’s nothing I don’t know about weddings!
- Bespoke poems/readings that are written for you, about you and, therefore, totally unique to you.
- Poems for wedding ceremonies
- Poems for wedding speeches
- Poems for funerals and memorial services
- Poems for baby namings
- Poems for birthdays
- Poems for anniversaries
- Invitation poems
- Christmas gift poems
- New Home poems
- Poems for baptisms, bah mitzvahs and any other occasion you wish to commemorate!
If you don’t want a poem, I’m happy to write something in prose. And if there’s a younger member of the family who would like to participate, I’m happy to write a poem suitable for a child to read. I have several children’s books published so I’m used to assignment writing for all age groups and for my own wedding I wrote a poem for my eight year-old daughter to read – there wasn’t a dry eye in the house!
Have a look at the sample poems on this website and, if you think you’d like something similar, feel free to get in touch.
How it works
Get in touch with me and let me know what occasion your poem/reading is for and the date of the event. I will start the ball rolling by sending you a questionnaire. Most of the information on this will not end up in the finished poem, but it gives a condensed way to ‘get to know you’ – and obviously the better I know you, the more personal your poem will be.
Once you’ve sent back the filled-out questionnaire, we’ll email back and forth with queries/clarifications, until I have enough information to start writing a first draft of your poem. Once written I send the draft to you. Obviously, I hope you love it but, if there’s anything you’re not comfortable with, just say, and I’ll tweak the poem until it’s exactly how you want it to be.
I can do a poem in as short a time-frame as a week but, obviously, a longer lead time (at least a month) is preferable.
Prices vary depending on the length of the poem you’re after, so get in touch for a quote.