East Perthshire-based Angela Maughan is an ordained celebrant offering
a bespoke and personal service for engagement parties, weddings,
naming ceremonies and funerals that is unique in the area. She is also
a qualified complementary therapist.
Angela was a senior level nurse for many years before leaving to train as
a homeopath. She wanted to change her career direction in order to
allow her to become a stay-at-home mum as paying for childcare was
becoming prohibitively expensive. She was first introduced to
homeopathy by a colleague, spent four years training and began
practising complementary therapies in 2006.
She says that through her new profession, she went on to meet a homeopath who was also a minister, commenting: “As a homeopath you look at a person’s physical, mental and emotional wellbeing - and she brought in an additional spiritual element which I found really interesting.”
The enterprise journey
Angela went on to become ordained herself in 2013. A friend asked her to do a funeral service and she says everything “grew from that”. She now conducts legal wedding ceremonies and thoughtful and respectful funerals, reflecting the beliefs and wishes of families.
As an independent minister who is not affiliated to any particular religion or belief system, Angela can perform non-religious ceremonies, or ceremonies with elements of more than one religion if people from different faiths are marrying for example.
She says: “Because I am legally licensed, I can conduct weddings anywhere in Scotland, wherever a couple want to get married I can do it – whether that is their back garden, on top of a hill, in a barn or a hotel or whatever.
“I also carry out funeral services to suit everyone’s wishes, whether that is in a crematorium or at a graveside, working with families to create ceremonies that honour the life and death of the person who has died, and providing an after-care service that is often forgotten about.
“People don’t always realise that they have options and I think it is important to get that message out there.”
As well as conducting dozens of services a year, Rev Maughan is also a qualified complementary therapist offering family homeopathy, bio-energy healing and silent counselling.
Angela says that community-based enterprise support organisation GrowBiz has been a great resource for her over the years, particularly as its approach to providing support has enabled her to “dip in and out” as and when she has needed the various services it provides. She also credits her friends and family, especially her children, with “inspiring and helping” her.
She is firmly of the belief that making mistakes is the way people learn, and says that in the past her biggest mistake was not believing in herself.
Now though, she says: “Personally and professionally there have been some difficult times but my biggest achievement to date is that I just dust myself off and keep going. I have an inner strength that I didn’t recognise until it was pointed out to me last year. I know now to ask for help and advice and where to seek it.”
Looking to the future
Angela continues to grow her business, and has set her sights on increasing the number of wedding venues and funeral directors she is the preferred supplier for as well as increasing the number of ceremonies she takes.
And on the therapy side of her business, she is aiming to be affiliated with a complementary therapy centre and run more training courses.
For further information see Angela’s website at