What is a Celebrant?

What is a Celebrant?

A celebrant plays a pivotal role in wedding, funeral and naming ceremonies throughout the UK and Northern Ireland.

Unlike clergy who are affiliated with specific religious institutions, celebrants offer a more personalised and inclusive approach. catering to the preferences and beliefs of the individuals celebrating one of life’s key milestones.

This flexibility allows for ceremonies to be as unique as the couple. From traditional in style to the more un-conventional, reflecting the unique personalities and values of the couple getting married, the loved one who has passed or of the family welcoming a newborn or toddler to the world.

Celebrants are trained professionals who work closely with couples and families to create and conduct, personal and customised ceremonies. The role of a celebrant requires understanding the desires and expectations of the individuals, crafting ceremonies that resonate with their stories, and ensuring the occasion flows smoothly from start to finish.

This personalised touch not only makes the event more memorable but also deeply meaningful for everyone involved.

The growing popularity of celebrants underscores a broader societal shift towards more personalised and inclusive celebrations of life’s milestones. By prioritising the wishes and beliefs of individuals over strict adherence to traditional or religious formats.

Celebrants embody a modern approach to commemorating life’s significant moments, making each ceremony a unique and heartfelt expression of the people at its heart.

The UK Celebrant and Public Speaking Diploma trains you how to be a Celebrant. It takes you through everything that you need to know to become ceremony ready. Once qualified you have a number of options open to you.

You may wish to join a secular belief body and become a Humanist Celebrant. Humanist Celebrants in Scotland can legally marry couples provided that they have been granted the authority by the National Records of Scotland (NRS) via an authorised belief body. Humanist ceremonies are non-religious in nature.

Similarly you may wish to become an Independent Celebrant. Independent Celebrants in Scotland can legally marry couples as long as they are also authorised and licensed by the NRS. Both Humanist and Independent Celebrants conduct highly personalised ceremonies, and Indpendent Celebrants may wish to include religious elements within their ceremonies.

Both types of Celebrant can conduct funeral, wedding vow renewal and naming ceremonies without requiring any legal authorisation.

Celebrant led marriages are legal in Scotland and Northern Ireland, however they are not currently authorised in England and Wales. In order for a couple to be legally married and still enjoy a Celebrant led wedding in England and Wales, they require to legally marry with a registrar separately.

You may wish to focus soley on funerals and become an independent funeral Celebrant.

On completion of your SQA accredited training, our team talk you through everything you need to know to get started in your career as a Celebrant.

Feeling inspired? Want to train to become a qualified celebrant?


Yvonne Hannah
Yvonne Hannah

Marketing and Brand Ambassador, Celebrant Trainer and Assessor