You’ve found the one - you’re ecstatic, and now it’s time to plan the wedding! On your wedding day you can either get married by a registrar or celebrant. Confused about the difference? Here’s an explanation, plus some tips on why we think a celebrant would be the ultimate addition to your special day.
What is a celebrant?
A registrar has the power to marry you in the eyes of the law. A celebrant has the ability to help you personalise a bespoke ceremony which can take place at any desired location.
So why choose a celebrant?
1. Build a relationship
A huge part of your celebrant's role will be to get to know you as a couple. You will meet with your celebrant several times so that on the big day they know exactly how to make your special day perfect for you.
2. Personalised ceremony
Your celebrant will spend time getting to know you so they can help with creating a truly personalised ceremony for you and your partner. You will have the opportunity to write personalised vows with the help of your celebrant, who can help with ideas, starter points and provide sample vows.
Your celebrant’s role will also involve incorporating any personal or religious elements into your ceremony.
3. Travel to your desired location
While a registrar can only marry you on an approved premises and in a specific location solemnised for marriage, a celebrant can travel to any venue you choose to hold your ceremony. This could be outdoors, a beach or a religious location of your choice. Celebrants also tend to be much more flexible in terms of working hours and availability. When hiring a celebrant, the possibilities are endless.
4. Stress-free ceremony
Couples who use a celebrant can complete the legal process to be married whenever suitable for them, either before or after their wedding ceremony. This means they can truly enjoy their special day, knowing the paperwork is done, and use the time to celebrate their union with family and friends.
5. Committed to their profession
When hiring a celebrant, you’ll know they aren’t just carrying out a job. Celebrants are in a profession they truly love and have passion for. As well as marriages, a registrar will hold other responsibilities, whereas a celebrant’s majority role is to marry couples.
When choosing a celebrant, ensure you find one who is a member of a trade organisation and is fully insured. That way, there will be no risk to your special day.