Choosing a Celebrant!
Choosing an independent celebrant for your special occasion will probably be the best decision you will make during your planning!
Why is that? I hear you ask!
Yes, I know that is a very big statement to make, but let me explain.
With a celebrant led celebration and for this instance lets just say a wedding. A fully trained and experienced celebrant will give you complete freedom of choice in what I call the three A’s, Anytime, Anyplace and Any style!
Celebrants are not restricted by license, and therefore they are not restricted by time or place so can conduct your ceremony absolutely anywhere.
You’ve probably seen pictures in magazines or on social media platforms of couples getting married in the most weird and wonderful places, and most probably thought it was impossible to actually have that kind of wedding, its just a staged publicity stunt or styled shoot for media purposes, well I would put money on it that you would be wrong, and that it is an authentic celebrant led celebration!
From castles to stately homes, beaches to woodland or lakeside to mountain top, there are no boundaries with a celebrant, and you really are free to have the day you’ve been dreaming of. So if you fancy pledging your love on a beach as the sun sets, you can, or say your vows on a mountain top as the sun rises, you can, or even exchange rings deep in woodland under the canopy of trees, yes you can!
The three A’s are the key words here, and you know you can hold your celebration Anywhere and Anytime but what about the third, Any style? I think you know the answer to this one! Whether you are thinking of getting back to nature with a festival, woodland or outdoor style ceremony, or a grand stately home or manor house themed with the glitz and glam of the roaring 20’s, or even a quirky full of colour and fun Cirque du Soleil marquee type of celebration, a celebrant will relish in being part of your special day. And not only do you get to have the most personal and unique to you ceremony, you get a one to one guru who will work for you and with you step by step, word by word until every element is 100% perfect.
We are unique too!
Every celebrant has their own unique style and flair to reflect their personality, things would be pretty boring if we were all the same! Some of us are laid back and chilled, some are spiritual and grounded, some are funky and flamboyant and others are just out there crazy!
Me? Well, I would say I am a calm, positive, easy going and happy philocalist with a dry and witty sense of humour – I was once described as being “calmly crazy!”
All celebrants will do their very best for you, it’s our chosen profession, our vocation in life and consequently your happiness is our happiness! We believe in freedom of choice and don’t discriminate against colour or creed, to us love is love, we love what we do and this is reflected in our work.
But is it legal?
The answer to this frequently asked question is, unfortunately, No! An independent celebrant does not have the power to perform a legal marriage, YET! There are only two sentences that you have to say in the presence of the registrar to make your marriage legally binding, which are the Declaratory words and the Contracting words. So the easy solution is to have a quick and inexpensive registry office marriage either before or after your main celebrant led wedding.
I know some people can’t quite get this idea but the best way to think of it is this, Hatched, Matched, and Despatched! You register a birth after the arrival and you register the death after the departure! Births and deaths are not registered on the same day and so your marriage doesn’t have to be either.
So if this has answered your questions about why you should choose a celebrant and has inspired you to carry on planning your day the way you’ve always dreamed of having it, don’t let anyone burst your bubble, don’t let anyone brush your hopes and ideas aside, you CAN and WILL have your special day: find your perfect celebrant (you know where I am!) and realise your dream.