What is a celebrant-led ceremony?

Wedding Celebrant taking a wedding ceremony stood in front of rows of seated wedding guests

Photo by Guy Collier

A celebrant-led ceremony gives you freedom…

…enabling you to come together and mark a life event in a way that is unique to you, and your loved ones.

If you have always fancied a field, woodland or beach wedding, for example, then a celebrant-led wedding gives you that option.

More and more couples looking for something bespoke, creative, personal and authentically ‘them’ are choosing to go down this route.

So what is a Celebrant then?!

A celebrant is someone who can work alongside you in the run up to your life event and help you create something truly memorable and special.

They should be your wingman throughout the planning of the ceremony and will ‘hold your hand’ on the day itself too.

Celebrants are known for loving their work. (I certainly do!)

Once you’ve chosen the right celebrant for you; you can see them as your warm, friendly, stress-busting ceremony-buddy!


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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. However, a celebrant will gladly incorporate whatever beliefs, faiths, or cultural backgrounds are important to you.

A civil celebrant and an independent celebrant are essentially the same…I personally just prefer the term ‘independent celebrant’.

What sort of occasions might a celebrant-led ceremony be used for?

Many new parents 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.

(Please note that a separate registry office visit will be required to legalise your 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.” 


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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 renewal of vows, a milestone birthday 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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