A wedding celebrant is someone who will preside over a ceremony that you can make exactly as you wish. A marriage ceremony must be performed by an authorised person (for example, a registrar, a vicar or a priest) and be witnessed by two people to be legally valid in the UK, with the exception of Scotland, where humanist ceremonies conducted by celebrants are legally binding.
Couples choose between: an approved religious ceremony, a registry office ceremony, or a registrar who will attend the wedding at a licensed venue. Wedding celebrants have been practicing in the UK for over 40 years. A wedding celebrant is not able to conduct a legal marriage ceremony but will conduct a ceremony that is as individual as you are, with no restrictions on wording or music as there are in legal marriage ceremonies. It’s worth meeting with more than one wedding celebrant before deciding who you want to conduct your ceremony as everyone is different and you will want to build a good rapport. While civil ceremonies may not include anything that’s related to religion, such as hymns (even as quotes), Bible references, or even songs that indirectly refer to religion, with a wedding celebrant you can have exactly what you want.
A wedding celebrant in the UK will work with you before the ceremony to ensure you say and include what you both want. It’s the perfect opportunity to include an alternative ceremony such as the unity sand ceremony in which the bride and the groom pour different coloured sand into a glass vase to symbolise their coming together as one.
Consider a wedding celebrant if you want your legal marriage ceremony to be quiet and intimate, before saying your vows in a place that may not be recognised as a licensed ceremony space. You can conduct an outdoor ceremony or a celebration in the place that means most to you with a wedding celebrant presiding over it.