What is a celebrant?

What is a celebrant?Making celebrations personal to you

A celebrant gives people the freedom to come together and mark a life event in a way that is unique to them, and their loved ones.

For example, couples who do not wish to get married in a church can use a celebrant to lead a wedding ceremony for them in any location of their choosing.

Most couples will view their celebrant-led wedding as their ‘wedding day’; though a separate registry office visit is still required to legalise the wedding.

** I am happy to offer a free no-obligation phone chat at any time; so please call me, or drop me a line, if you would like more info on how this works. **

07780 708864 / info@hannahosmondcelebrant.co.uk

What is the difference between a humanist, a civil celebrant and an independent celebrant?

A humanist will not allow any religious references within a ceremony.

As an independent celebrant I will gladly incorporate whatever beliefs, faiths, or cultural backgrounds are important to you. Though, many of the clients I work with are specifically looking for a non-religious/civil ceremony.

A civil celebrant essentially offers the same. I personally just feel ‘independent celebrant’ is a more inclusive title.

What sort of occasions might a celebrant help with?

Many new parents would like to acknowledge the arrival of a new baby, but might not feel comfortable with a traditional christening. Using a celebrant provides families with the option to do it in exactly whatever way best suits them. See naming ceremonies»

Similarly, families may wish to use a celebrant to conduct a funeral, or celebration of life event. This ceremony will be created in line with the values and beliefs of their loved one. It may, or may not, include elements of ‘traditional’ funeral services, depending on their wishes. See celebration of life ceremonies»

Wedding couples looking for a ceremony that is uniquely about them and their relationship together, will often choose a celebrant-led wedding.

An independent celebrant can also help with events such as a renewal of vows, or a divorce/separation healing ceremony, or something else entirely. The opportunities are limitless.

For more info see ceremonies & services»

Professionally trained, independent celebrants

Some celebrants will have been trained by an organisation such as the Foundation of Professional Celebrants, (which is the organisation I myself have trained with). They should be experts at creating bespoke ceremonies suited to any event.

Using an independent celebrant can be a great way of incorporating multiple beliefs, faiths or viewpoints into one ceremony.

Oprah Winfrey said,

The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate”.

And I couldn’t agree more. I love helping people mark key moments in their lives and am passionate about what I do.

“I just want to say thank you on behalf of myself and my family, for your faultless service last Thursday. We were very happy with how everything went and your assistance leading up to the funeral. Everyone said it was a very uplifting service so it seems we achieved our aim. I have no hesitation in recommending you if the occasion ever arose.” 


See more kind words about my ceremonies»


Celebrant for London, South East and South West England

I conduct ceremonies of all types across London, the South East and South West. This includes Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, West Sussex, Surrey, Kent, Hampshire, Somerset, Dorset, Wiltshire and beyond.

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Hannah Osmond, Celebrant


As an Independent Celebrant I love all things associated with ceremony, ritual and celebration. Whether it be a wedding, a renewl of vows, a milestone birtday or a funeral, there is nothing more powerful than a coming together of friends and family to mark a particular occassion. It's a real privilege to be involved in these special moments in peoples' lives. Life is so short. Let's celebrate more!



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