What is a wedding celebrant, and do I need one?
‘Celebrant’. It’s a word you’ve probably come across whilst planning your wedding, whether on a blogged wedding that caught your eye, in the information pack for your venue, or just generally as part of the lingo we seem to adopt as soon as we become betrothed (have you ever been so opinionated on table centrepieces before?) But what is one, and what do they do? Crucially, why should you book one for you wedding? We’re here to help debunk the myths and make sure you don’t miss out on the perfect finishing touch for your big day.
In short, a celebrant performs your wedding ceremony. The rest, really, is up to you! The magic of a celebrant means that you receive a tailor-made ceremony designed especially with you in mind, and performed with only you to please. They oversee the most important part of your wedding—the declaration of vows and of your love for one another—from conception to completion, taking care of the actual wedding-y bit, before all the fun and frolics of the evening do.
A lot of the confusion around celebrants seems to surround what they believe in, and, in short, they believe in you as a couple. Whatever belief, spirituality or general opinion you follow, they will use for the ceremony, to ensure it is meaningful for you in the most important way. Amongst the most wonderfully talented, creative and welcoming celebrants of them all is Louisa Starr, who we stole from her day job of making magic for couples to shed some more (star)light on the subject.
“Personally speaking, what makes the ceremony from a celebrant so great is the focus on the couple as individuals. I believe in ensuring that the couples I work with receive a ceremony that is unique to them, so I get to know them as friends in order to create a ceremony truly reflecting the reasons they’re getting married and who they are through the altar nerves and beautiful tulle veil.
And when I say unique, I mean unique – over the last couple of years, I’ve performed pagan handfastings, a film themed ceremony, a music quiz ceremony, a Blackadder themed ceremony, a disco themed ceremony, a travel themed ceremony, and many more. Whatever music or theme best represents you as a couple, I’d love to write a ceremony for it! I have even performed ceremonies in a different language, and have quite a few times included a great sing-a-long for guests to join in with for that extra bit of fun, be it It Must Be Love or a good belting traditional hymn.
This isn’t, of course, to detract from a traditional style wedding, reflecting religious values and beliefs. I truly am a chameleon of love, meaning that I can provide whatever is most important to you on the day, so long as it’s heartfelt and genuine to the pair of you.”
It kind of makes sense, now that we think about it. Long after the cup stoppeth the overflow, the photos have faded (although a more appropriate prediction may be after the physical photos have been well and truly rendered obsolete), what remains as the most important part of the day is the moment that the two of you stand at the top of the aisle, and make your together forever. Why wouldn’t you cherrypick from the industry, and make sure your ceremony is in the capable hands of the best of the bunch?
We highly recommend Louisa for meaningful and heart-felt but ultimately beautiful and extremely special ceremonies. Her way with words is sure to leave an impression on your marriage and your guests for years to come. If you’d like to see what she could do for you, drop her a line to arrange an informal chat or meeting – she’s based in York but covers the surrounding Yorkshire areas too. Let’s have a ceremony that shines!