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Can we have a Wedding Ceremony outside?

Can we have a Wedding Ceremony outside?

What should I look for when choosing a wedding Celebrant?

What should I look for when choosing a wedding Celebrant?

Can we meet wedding Celebrants before deciding?

Can we meet wedding Celebrants before deciding?

How do I become a wedding Celebrant?

How do I become a wedding Celebrant?

Can we involve our guests in the ceremony?

Can we involve our guests in the ceremony?

What is the difference between a Humanist and a Celebrant?

What is the difference between a Humanist and a Celebrant?

Why would I choose a wedding Celebrant over a Registrar?

Why would I choose a wedding Celebrant over a Registrar?

We married abroad but would like a ceremony in my home town, can this be done?

We married abroad but would like a ceremony in my home town, can this be done?

Is a Celebrant led wedding ceremony legally binding?

Is a Celebrant led wedding ceremony legally binding?

In which way are Celebrant led ceremonies personalised?

In which way are Celebrant led ceremonies personalised?

Should I have a Pagan Wedding Ceremony?

Should I have a Pagan Wedding Ceremony?

What happens during a Celebrant led wedding?

What happens during a Celebrant led wedding?

What is a Wedding Celebrant?

What is a Wedding Celebrant?

The Ultimate Guide to Celebrant Led Weddings

The Ultimate Guide to Celebrant Led Weddings

The Ultimate Guide to Handfasting

The Ultimate Guide to Handfasting

We married abroad but would like a ceremony in my home town, can this be done?

A huge draw of Celebrant led weddings is the plethora of venue options where you can hold your service, including ceremonies abroad. But a popular aspect of these ceremonies is that it gives you the option to have both home and away.

For those that can’t attend your abroad wedding, you could use a celebrant to renew your vows back home or have a second wedding altogether. This is a wonderful way to continue the celebrations and ensure that all of your loved ones can join you for your special day.

Can a Celebrant legally marry us?

Most celebrant-led weddings are not legally binding, so it is likely that you will use your abroad wedding as the ‘official’ service.

In England and Wales, celebrants are unable to legally marry a couple. However, in Scotland, Jersey and Northern Ireland you can have a legal celebrant-led wedding if you use a humanist celebrant.

In Australia and New Zealand, qualified independent celebrants can legally perform a marriage or civil union. Likewise, in the US you can become officially “ordained” and then legally marry a couple.

If your celebrant cannot legally marry you, then you will need to sign your wedding certificate and make the marriage “official” elsewhere, such as in a registry office.

But this is changing, gradually! The Wedding Celebrant Commission and Humanists UK are lobbying to extend the rights of celebrants in the UK and Wales. We may see some positive changes very soon!