What is a celebrant?

What is a celebrant?Making celebrations personal to you

A celebrant offers the opportunity to create a personalised ceremony to mark any kind of special occasion, giving people the freedom to come together 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 a location of their choosing; be it a farmer’s field, on a beach or in a wood. This enables the couple to share this special moment with family and friends in the way they want to do it (a separate registry office visit before or after is required to take care of the legal proceedings).


Celebrants used for a wide variety of occasions

In-fact, there are many different ways in which using a celebrant can provide something much more personable, for people, in comparison to the standard or traditional methods of marking life-events, that we have become accustomed to.

Many new parents would still like to acknowledge the arrival of a new family member, but may not feel comfortable with a traditional christening. Using a celebrant to mark this special occasion 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, ceremony that is tailored to the values and beliefs of their loved one, that may, or may not, include elements of ‘traditional’ services. See celebration of life ceremonies»

More and more families are choosing to celebrate, or recognise, key moments in their lifetime with the help of an independent celebrant – whether this be a baby naming, a renewal of vows, a divorce/separation healing ceremony, or something else. Celebrants are good with people, good with words, and good at setting the tone for any occasion. Celebrants can find ways of tailoring the content of the ceremony to suit the particular occasion for which it is being designed. It might include poems, readings, singing, the planting of a tree, the lighting of candles, the scattering of shells or seeds or other symbolic rituals. See ceremonies & services»

Professionally trained, independent celebrants

Celebrants will often have been trained by an organisation such as the Foundation of Professional Celebrants, (which is the organisation I myself have trained with), and will be experts at creating bespoke ceremonies suited to any event. Since celebrants are not representing any religion, or humanist movement, they remain independent, and can be a great way of incorporating multiple beliefs, faiths or viewpoints into one ceremony.

It seems that in an age of increasing turmoil, hefty challenges and varying pressures, people are looking to find special ways to mark significant changes in their lives. Oprah Winfrey said,

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

And it seems she may be right.


Hannah, can’t begin to thank you enough for yesterday. You made our day so special, and personal, and wonderful. Thank you for being there for us, and creating the perfect ceremony. We adore you and are so pleased you came into our lives and enriched it in the way you did.”
Steph & David, July 2017

See more kind words about my ceremonies»


Celebrant for London, South East and South West England

I have been a professional independent Celebrant for over 12 years, conducting 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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