What does a celebrant do?


Celebrants are professionals who specialise in crafting and conducting personalised ceremonies for various life events. From weddings to funerals and naming ceremonies, celebrants offer a secular meaningful alternative to the run-of-the-mill ceremony, tailoring each ceremony to reflect the unique desires and beliefs of those involved. Most importantly celebrants are imaginative and very flexible!
It’s important to bear in mind that not all celebrants are the same. Some are trained and some are not. Some specialise in a particular type of ceremony. It’s important to find the right person for You and the ceremony you want.

Currently, celebrants in England are not bound by legalities and can therefore, conduct any ceremony anywhere and at any time of day. Couples often choose to have the simple legal formalities of marriage conducted at a register office (currently, about £57 at a local register office, unless you choose a longer service) either on the day or just before and then have their Wedding or Civil Partnership Celebration Ceremony conducted by a celebrant, which means your venue doesn’t have to be licensed.

The key responsibilities of a celebrant are firstly, to create ceremonies that reflect the unique desires and beliefs of the participants, adding depth and significance to the occasion. Celebrants provide a non-denominational approach, allowing those involved to choose to include any religious elements they wish or none at all. In addition, symbolic elements, such as ‘Jumping the Broom’ or ‘Handfasting’ can be included. The possibilities are endless as they work closely with clients, taking time to ensure the ceremony is truly unique. The celebrant selects meaningful words and can add readings and poems to create a cohesive narrative that celebrates the occasion and resonates with everyone present.

Secondly, the celebrant provides guidance and support, assisting in navigating the available options, offering ideas, resources, and advice to capture the essence of the event.

Thirdly, the celebrant officiates at the ceremony, taking charge of proceedings on the day, setting the tone, and ensuring a smooth and engaging experience.

The value celebrants bring to ceremonies is second to none. They take the strain, allowing individuals to focus on the significance of the occasion. Collaborating with celebrants ensures that special milestones are elevated, creating cherished memories that will last a lifetime.