Why use a celebrant for your ceremony
As I have gone on my training journey I have told people along the way that I am training to be a Celebrant. Most people immediately ask “what is a Celebrant?”
If they have heard the word it is generally associated with Funerals. Many people will have attended a Funeral where a Celebrant has led the ceremony rather than a Priest or Vicar. In these cases a Celebrant is often used as the deceased or the deceased’s family are not religious and preferred not to use someone from the Church.
However the Celebrants role is far from limited to that of Funeral or Memorial ceremonies.
I re-married four years ago. We found a venue we liked and began to move forward with the planning of the day with the Event Manager for that venue. At no point did she ask if we were going to use a Celebrant. She explained how it would work with the Registrars and as I had no idea that a Celebrant was even an option we went ahead with our day using the Registrars.
Knowing what I know now, I strongly suspect that had the option of a Celebrant been offered to us that is the route we would have taken. Don’t get me wrong, our day was all we wanted it to be and we loved every moment of it. But looking back, and appreciating now how personalised a Celebrant led ceremony can be I recognise that our ceremony itself could have been very different.
In England Celebrants are not yet legally able to marry a couple and therefore if they wished to use a Celebrant for their ceremony on their Wedding day they would need to have carried out the legalities at the Register Office the day before.
The beauty of using a Celebrant for your ceremony, be it a Wedding, Vow Renewal, Baby Naming, Funeral, or for whatever reason you may wish to hold a ceremony, the world is your oyster.
In a nutshell it is your ceremony, your way! There are no boundaries with a Celebrant. The opportunity to think outside the box is limitless. The one ceremony that may have limitations would be a funeral because if it is being held in a Crematorium time constraints may apply.
With a Celebrant symbolic rituals can be included such as a hand fasting for a Wedding or Vow Renewal. The Sand Ceremony is a lovely way to bind a family if it is a second marriage and there are children from two families.
At a Naming Ceremony Guide Parents, Parents, Grand Parents could all place special items into a box for the child to open when they are 18 or it could simply be a memory box.
These rituals combined into a ceremony alongside your script written specifically with you in mind are what make your day the unique and special occasion you wish it to be.