FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
The "Need to Knows"
WHAT IS A CELEBRANT?
A Celebrant is an individual who is able to create and lead a ceremony or service for any rite of passage you wish. They are most commonly used for weddings, funerals and baby naming ceremonies. They focus entirely on the individuals involved and work with them to craft a totally unique service. A Celebrant is able to deliver a Ceremony in any location - not bound by licenses or religion - so is able to deliver a totally personalised experience for you. No scripts, no templated words; each one is unique.
WHAT TYPE OF CEREMONY CAN A CELEBRANT CREATE?
A Celebrant is not bound by any doctrine, statute or belief system and thus is able to carry out the ceremony or service in a uniquely personal way tailored specifically to those involved. Unlike a Church service, a Celebrant-led service does not have to be religious and similarly, unlike a Civil service, a Celebrant-led service is able to incorporate and combine any religious or spiritual elements you wish. This can be a great choice for those of mixed belief systems or backgrounds.
IS A CELEBRANT-LED WEDDING LEGALLY BINDING?
A Celebrant does not have the power to marry you in law and the legal aspect of marriage needs to be carried out by a Registrar or Religious figure. It is your choice as to whether you do this before or after your main ceremony performed by the Celebrant. There are practicalities to be considered and if you plan to jet off on an exotic honeymoon very soon after your ceremony then you might want to pop along to the registry office beforehand. Most couples consider their personal exchange of vows to be their ‘real wedding’ and are happy to take care of the legalities separately.
WHAT IS THE PROCESS GOING FORWARD?
If you want to discuss anything about your ceremony with me, please feel free to get in contact. Should you then wish to have me create and deliver your service, I will meet with you at least once (face to face or online via Zoom or similar) possibly more - depending on the occasion. Weddings tend to involve two meetings minimum and funerals, due to their shorter lead in time, tend to involve just one meeting. Meetings for other services are very much dependent on their nature. You will see the script for your ceremony in advance and will be able to edit and revise this to your satisfaction.