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(Excerpts from the Celebrant Foundation & Institute – USA)

What is a Celebrant?

Celebrants are professional life-cycle ceremony officiants who believe in the power and effectiveness of ceremony and ritual to serve basic needs of society and the individual. They collaborate with their clients to create and perform personalized ceremonies that reflect the clients’ beliefs, philosophy of life and personalities; not the Celebrant’s.

Which ceremonies do you officiate at?

Celebrants officiate at all types of life-cycle ceremonies and rituals including baby namings and adoption ceremonies, coming of age ceremonies, weddings, civil unions and commitment ceremonies, funerals and memorials. Celebrants also develop ceremonies to enrich daily life and for community, corporate and civic events. The opportunities to use ceremony to create connections among neighbors and families, and for healing and celebration, are as varied as are the Celebrants.

How is a Celebrant Ceremony Unique?

Personalized ceremonies are the specialty of Celebrants. Each ceremony is designed to reflect who the honorees are either as individuals or as a couple or family. A Celebrant certified by the Celebrant Foundation & Institute will take the time to understand the honorees’ beliefs and values and what makes their ceremony unique.

In a Celebrant ceremony, the honorees are empowered. Nothing is imposed on them. Instead, in a collaborative process, the Celebrant will guide them in choosing rituals, readings, symbols and music to fulfill their ideals and vision for their Ceremony. No two Celebrant ceremonies are the same.

What Does a Celebrant Do?

Celebrants are ceremony specialists who have a solid background in the history of ritual and ceremony, and the traditions of many cultures, beliefs and religions. They are experts in composing ceremonies, managing rehearsals and performing life-cycle ceremonies. Celebrants are also experienced in the art of ceremonial public speaking.

Life-Cycle Celebrants are trained and certified by the Celebrant USA Foundation & Institute to perform ceremonies that help individuals, couples, and families mark life-changing events or decisions

Celebrant services for their honoree client(s) include:
- Meeting at a no-obligation interview to discuss the honoree client’s vision of the ceremony
- Listening and taking notes as they learn the client’s personal story
- Consulting with the honoree client until the ceremony is just right
- Providing a beautiful keepsake copy of the ceremony   

What do Celebrants believe?

The beliefs of the Celebrant are immaterial ; it’s the beliefs of the clients that are primary. Celebrants believe that personalized ceremonies are a vital way to bring happiness and balance to individuals, and connection and beauty within society. They believe in people. They believe in adding to the sum total of human happiness wherever they can assist in doing so. Celebrants are trained to focus on the values and priorities of the client, so that the ceremony is a total reflection and extension of the honoree. 

What is the Celebrant Foundation & Institute?

The Celebrant Foundation & Institute is a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to training Celebrant officiants. The Certified Life-Cycle CelebrantsTM promote the use of personalized ceremony to mark the moments and milestones in the lives of individuals, families, communities and organizations.

For more information about the Celebrant Foundation & Institute, visit them at

What is Celebrancy ?

Celebrancy is a movement which provides professional officiants – better known as “Celebrants”- to create and officiate at weddings, funerals, and other life ceremonies for people who do not want or cannot have a traditional religious ceremony. 

Celebrancy began in Australia in the early 1970s. Presently there are more than 3000 Celebrants worldwide, who have presided over one million ceremonies in the last forty years.

Who should choose a Celebrant?

 Anyone and everyone! Whether you are secular, religious, spiritual, nondenominational, part of an interfaith or multicultural couple, or if you simply wish to express yourself in a manner of your own choosing, a Celebrant can help you create a ceremony that respects all that is meaningful to you.

Why use ceremony to mark life’s milestones?

« A culture that forgets its rites of passage eventually loses its capacity to celebrate joy and unity. » ~ Michael Meade, Author

Life is a journey for us all. It is a growing process. We all go through many physical stages in our lives: infancy, childhood, adolescence, adulthood, maturity and death. We go through personal, sentimental and emotional stages as well: we might find a partner, build a career or have children, live through illnesses or the loss of family and friends. There is a deep human need to find some sort of stability in this ever-changing state. Since ancient times, humans have used ceremony to mark these rites of passages and create a space and place to express our humanness in all its simple glory. 

What are « Rites of Passage »?

Rites of passage are those moments when an individual or group pauses, through ceremony or ritual, to acknowledge an important life change. Such changes include birth, adoption, coming of age, graduation, marriage, moving to a new home, becoming a parent, starting a new job, opening a new business, surviving an illness, or death.

Ceremonies to mark such rites of passage include baby welcoming ceremonies, weddings, commitment ceremonies, housewarming ceremonies and funerals.

Many of the important and common rites of passage are connected with the biological stages of life: birth, puberty, maturity, marriage, reproduction and death; other rites celebrate changes that are wholly cultural. These rites of passage serve to bridge critical stages in the life process and to help the individual confront certain uncontrollable aspects of the world he or she inhabits. By providing a predictable, communal context for individual experience, rites of passage act to alleviate the inevitable anxiety that accompanies change. 

Do Celebrants Adhere to a Code of Ethics?

Yes! By using a Certified Funeral Celebrant trained by the Celebrant Institute, you are assured that I have agreed to uphold the highest level of service and professionalism.

As a Celebrant Association Member, I have agreed:

  • To maintain a professional standard of service to the public.
  • To serve each client-honorees with respect, sensitivity and professionalism and to provide all services in timely manner.
  • To ensure that clients-honorees have complete choice of and final say over their ceremonies, and that the Celebrant’s personal beliefs are immaterial to this process.
  •  To encourage clients in choosing and/or approving a ceremony that is satisfying to them.
  • To respectfully provide a ceremony that is as accurate as possible in all respects, including the pronunciation of the names of people, places and things.
  • To meet the client for a no-obligation interview to discuss services prior to engagement.
  • To provide unlimited consultation to clients while creating their ceremony.
  • To conduct a rehearsal where necessary to the ceremony.
  • To perform the ceremony in a professional, prepared and appropriate manner.
    - To gift the client/honoree a copy of their ceremony.
  • To provide a service that recognizes the unique personalities of your clients, being sensitive to their needs, wishes, values, philosophical and spiritual beliefs and cultural backgrounds.
  • Not to discriminate on the basis of gender, race, religion, philosophy of life, ethnicity, national origin, age, disability, or sexual orientation.
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