Choosing a Celebrant is a very personal choice; if you are able to speak to a couple of Celebrants before making a decision then do so.
I would advise you to do a little research. Currently there are no requirements for Celebrants to have completed the National Qualification for Celebrants. Qualified Celebrants have had to undertake an extensive course and demonstrate that they can create and perform ceremonies to a high standard.
Personally I would try to avoid “script only” services. These companies offer an off the shelf ceremony which can then be read by a friend or member of the family. Using a friend or family member to conduct your ceremony can add pressure to your day for you and them.
I would also advise that you use a Celebrant who belongs to a recognised Professional Association.
Hand fasting is one of a number of enhancements, which can be included within a couples ceremony.
Handfasting involves binding the couples hands using cords or ribbons and is where the phrase tying the knot comes from.
Another traditional action could be jumping the broom or sharing a cup of wine.
Interestingly, there are also new significant acts which are being included in ceremonies nowadays which reflect our current lifestyles – a good example of this is the mixing of a cocktail which is shared by the couple.
As Celebrant led ceremonies are bespoke it is possible to mix the old and the new seamlessly
What is an Independent Celebrant ?
An Independent Celebrant creates and conducts non-statutory ceremonies. Each ceremony is unique and written to meet your requirements.
An Independent Celebrant differs in their approach from a Humanist as they will include some religious content with in the ceremony. For instance one of the readings may be from a religious text or a prayer, hymn or blessing may be included.
Will I be legally married if I have a Celebrant led ceremony ?
No. All ceremonies are non-statutory.
Many couples opt to undertake the legal declarations at a local Registry Office prior to their Wedding ceremony. All Registry offices offer simple marriage services in which you can complete the legal formalities.
Why choose a Celebrant led ceremony ?
Choosing a Celebrant led ceremony gives you more choice about the content to be included. It also means there are fewer restraints on time and place.
So if you wish to celebrate your event at home, in a local hall or outdoors a Celebrant led ceremony would be ideal.
There are many ways including food and drink can be included in a ceremony.
A couple might
Each of these actions can be used to express the ways in which a couple will share their future together. They can also be used to show an understanding that life can have bitter moments as well as sweet but that these are easier to overcome when working together.
Choosing a Celebrant to help you create that special ceremony is an important step towards making your occasion a really memorable one. Why not take advantage of the free initial meeting I offer ? I believe it is important to meet informally to discuss your ideas and what I can offer. Meeting also gives us an opportunity to explore the type of ceremony that would best suit your needs.