What Is a Celebrant?

A celebrant is someone who officiates at a ceremony, such as a wedding, funeral, renewal of vows or baby naming. They work with their clients - you! - to create a bespoke and personalised ceremony that uniquely reflects the occasion and those involved.

In relation to weddings, an independent celebrant isn't able to legally marry a couple. (The legal element can be taken care of quickly and simply by legally marrying at a Registry Office.) With the legal boxes ticked, a Celebrant can help you build the wedding day you have dreamed of, creating exactly the ceremony you want. For you, the couple, this allows you the freedom to enjoy a personalised and individual ceremony, which could include reciting of personalised vows, readings (both religious or non-religious), music, songs ... in fact anything!

In addition, a Celebrant (unlike a Registrar) can officiate at any wedding venue. In other words, you are not limited to choosing a ceremony that takes place at a Registrar-approved wedding venue. For example, you can have the wedding in your back garden, your local pub, your favourite beach, in a castle, up a mountain, on a boat - anywhere that is important and special to you.

For more information on a Celebrant-led wedding, see my Ceremonies page, or contact me with any questions you may have.

Whatever your ceremony or event, a Celebrant-led one will always be unique, incorporating your own special touches to ensure a day to always remember, both for you and those around you.

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Why Choose a Celebrant?

  • The freedom to choose a venue you love, for example your wedding doesn't need to be held at a Registrar-approved venue.
  • You can include religious material in your ceremony.
  • Your ceremony is personalised from start to finish; I will meet with you, learn your story from which I will write a script for the ceremony to be approved by you. This is a much more individual approach than the standard Registrar-led service.
  • Freedom to include whatever you like in your ceremony (rituals, your hobbies, your children, your pets, your friends, your heros!).
  • The opportunity to choose meaningful symbolic rituals, like handfasting, sand ceremony, candle ceremony, amongst others.
  • Over the course of planning your event, we will develop a friendship which means on the day of your ceremony the service will be officiated by someone who cares rather than a stranger.

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