Are you interested in becoming a celebrant but require advice and information to help you make you decision? Have you asked yourself ‘should I become a celebrant’? If so, read on.
What is a Celebrant
A celebrant writes and reads out a wedding, funeral, or life event ceremony. It all starts with a meeting with the people who want a ceremony. Questions in relation to the ceremony and the story of those the ceremony is for or about are asked and documented by the celebrant.
This information is written into a ceremony which will be read out. Sounds simple enough, but it requires listening, creative writing, and confidence (and some other things taught during training).
Celebrants trained by us at Choice Celebrant Training are trained to become ceremonialists; people who are skilled in the creation and delivery of ceremony. Ceremonialists need to be able to create and hold space, think on their feet, and think outside of the box.
Part of all our courses is business marketing, how to start a business, how to find clients and much more. Most trainee celebrants train to become a celebrant and to make a living from doing so. Without any bookings, any money spent on training has been wasted.
There are exceptions as some people embark on celebrant training as they have been asked to carry out the role of a celebrant for a family or friend’s wedding or funeral. For some of those, it is a one off occasion, for others, they will lead other ceremonies as they found it an enjoyable experience.
Deciding to be a Celebrant
Do you want to be a wedding or a funeral celebrant, or both?
Have you got good people skills?
Can you handle emotional situations?
Are you good at researching information?
Do you have good writing skills (as essential part of being a celebrant)
Could you deliver a ceremony to a room or a space full of people?
Could you deliver an intimate ceremony with just two people present?
What current employment, family or personal commitments do you have which could prevent you working daytimes, evenings, and weekends? (Celebrants do not work 9-5, Mon-Fri, during school term time only).
How quickly do you want to start working as a celebrant?
Do you want to train to be an alternative, traditional or modern celebrant? (There are differences).
Can you work to a deadline?
Are you a dedicated person?
Celebrancy as a Job
These are all commonly used terms and descriptions to attract people to celebrancy:
A rewarding job
You can choose your own working hours
Be your own boss
A ‘bridge job’ from full time to ease into retirement
A weekend job
Part time job
Celebrancy is indeed a rewarding job, and you will be self-employed, but it requires hard work and dedication and choosing your own working hours isn’t always possible if you have people to meet and talk to about their ceremony, or when you are working on a few ceremonies at once and must work to a deadline.
Weddings take place on any weekday as do funerals (some funerals are held on a Saturday too). 25% of a celebrant’s role may include leading a ceremony on a weekend, but the main part of their role (gathering information, sourcing ceremony items, and creating a ceremony may happen during the week and sometimes of an evening).
Celebrant: Michelle Taylor
Can I Become a Celebrant?
If you possess all the above abilities, you can become a celebrant. In recent years celebrancy has become a post retirement job, attracting people such as retired health care professionals and teachers, and many who had previously worked in the public sector.
During lockdown, celebrant training was in demand as people sought a change of career or decided to train as a celebrant as a backup career in case they were furloughed or lost their job.
Many who have been to a celebrant wedding or had a celebrant wedding have trained to become celebrants, as have some who have had a loved one die and they want to help others. Most who embark on celebrant training do so because they want a change of job and celebrancy is appealing to them. Whatever the reason, if you have what is required to be a celebrant, you can train to become one.
Diversity in Celebrancy
As mentioned, celebrancy is open to everyone who has the dedication to learn and carry out the role of a celebrant. Any person who has the above abilities can train to become a wedding or funeral celebrant (or both).
People who are bi or multilingual, people who can sign, people who are religious, spiritual, or non-religious and people of all abilities make excellent celebrants. Social media celebrant groups contain celebrants from all walks of life and from all over the world. Celebrants in them regularly ask for help with cultural, linguistic, lifestyle, religious, and spiritual content.
How Much Does it Cost to Become a Celebrant
Training to become a wedding or funeral celebrant is the biggest cost. Our Celebrant Training Courses can be paid for in instalments or by one payment.
Modern, Informative and Selectable Celebrant Training
Choosing a company to train to become a celebrant with can be easy or difficult if you are unsure of what kind of training you want to do. If you want to be an alternative celebrant, or you want to be able to choose what the styles of ceremonies you want to learn, and who you would like to teach you, we are potentially the right celebrant training company for you. If you are interested in learning more traditional (white wedding, some religious content funeral), we may not be the right company for you.
Our Celebrant Training Courses are modern, contemporary and on a 1-2-1 through video call, or in a group situation at various locations. We do not teach through videos; we teach you using our own celebrant training materials.
We pride ourselves on our Celebrant Training experience, and all our Celebrant Trainers are current working celebrants with our own websites and social media accounts so you can see us in action, in the roles we love doing.
We regularly update and change our courses rather than teach the same information to every trainee celebrant. As every ceremony should be different, so should every trainee celebrant’s experience during their training. Celebrants offer original and unique ceremonies; we believe celebrant training should be personalised and chosen by each person to fit in with the kind of celebrant they hope to be.
Train to become a Celebrant
We hope this information has been useful to you if you are considering training to become a celebrant. If you require further information or would like to talk to us before starting a course, please contact us.
Blog by Choice Celebrant Training