I have been a celebrant for 13 years, and I must say that it has been many wonderful years filled with romance, excitement, challenges and diversity!
The reason I became a celebrant.
were married overseas by a celebrant. He was a nice enough person,
however the ceremony only included the legally required basics. Some
years later, I attended a family wedding. The ceremony was officiated by
a celebrant, and I said to the people standing beside me, “I could do
this.” They jumped on me saying, “You’d be great Lillian! Really! Do
it, do it!” I thought they were just trying to humour me. The next day, I
made enquiries, enrolled in the course, and here I am.
My role as a celebrant.
believe my role encompasses more than what we are required to do as
stated in the Code of Practice for Marriage Celebrants. Weddings are not
just about ticking boxes and getting the job done. There are emotions
involved, and personal preferences to style and character. Family
dynamics and sensitivities to a relationship may often require emotional
intelligence, an open mind, and a big heart. Speaking from experience,
weddings do not always go to plan! Being able to think on your feet, and
having a high care factor is a valuable asset as a celebrant.
What makes a good celebrant?
believe that being a good celebrant is having the ability to open your
heart to people from all walks of life, having no prejudice, being a
good listener, taking the time to understand couples, and what they
expect from their ceremony, whether it be for their wedding day, a name
giving celebration, or a funeral.