How To Become a Celebrant

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Jennifer Claire, Founder of The Celebrant Directory and the newly launched Academy of Modern Celebrancy shares her tips on how to become a Celebrant.

In order to become a Celebrant, you will need to train as one. Firstly you will need to find a training provider that fits in with your style of learning (online or residential). You need to decide if you want to train as a Funeral Celebrant or Wedding Celebrant or both.

Training to become a celebrant is one of the most exciting decisions you can make. You get to write love stories, meet couples and families and officiate ceremonies at the most poignant moments in life; birth, deaths and marriages.

Trends in ceremonies change daily just like trends in weddings do. No longer are standard ceremonies wanted, everyone wants to be unique and celebrate their life and love in their own way. This is the same when it comes to training. Training as a Celebrant needs to fit within this modern world and be set up for the modern business owner. Training through distance learning is where it is at!

How To Become A Celebrant

How Much Does It Cost To Become a Celebrant

The cost of becoming a Celebrant can vary greatly depending on what type of Celebrant training you opt for and whether you opt for online training or a residential course.

A Celebrant training course could cost anywhere between £700 and £3000.

There are other considerations too. You need to set up your business once you have finished your training and become certified. You will need a budget for a website, a brand (logo and style) and marketing materials.

Average Celebrant training cost:

  • UK – £1000
  • America – $1000
  • Australia –  $1000

How To Become A Celebrant

How Much Do Celebrants Earn

Celebrants can earn anywhere between £100-£4000 a ceremony. It varies a lot depending on the type of ceremony and the type of client you work with. In Australia, Wedding Celebrants typically charge between $400-$1000. In the US, it varies greatly between $150-$1000.

I’ve coached wedding Celebrant who have got over 100 bookings in a few months resulting in over £60,000!

Funeral Celebrants can earn between £200-£400 a funeral service.

How much you earn is all dependent on how much work you put into your business. It is important to brand your business and market yourself in the right places. Visibility is key!

Celebrant Salary The UK

In the UK, the average wedding Celebrant can expect to earn between £20,000-£40,000 a year, but a poll of The Celebrant Directory Members showed that some can earn as much as £60,000 a year. Also, there are lots of ways to diversify your business for extra income.

How Long Does It Take To Become A Celebrant

This is dependent on the course you take. The Academy on Modern Celebrancy’s course can take between 2-6 weeks, however, residential courses on how to become a Celebrant can take a week’s full training and then assessments after.

How To Become A Celebrant

How To Market Yourself as a Celebrant

Marketing yourself as a Celebrant can be done in many different ways. One of the main unique selling points is of course YOU! So the first thing you need to do is have an informative and creative ‘about you’ page on your website. Make sure your personality shines through so you can attract the people that fit in with your style of Celebrancy. Marketing your Celebrant services through blogging is also a great way to expand on the type of Celebrant you are. Add in tips and advice blogs and any inspiration so people can see you at work.

Your social media pages should be informative, creative and up to date! It can be hard to gain photos of every single ceremony you do so think about how you can expand and use your knowledge as a Celebrant to make creative content. Pinterest can also be a great aid, lots of people use Pinterest for inspiration, especially when it comes to weddings so it’s a good idea to be present here too!

Check out your local wedding fairs; these are a fabulous way to get out and meet couples and other suppliers. Marketing your Celebrant services through fairs will mean that they can see you and your personality in real life, not just behind a computer screen!

Wedding Celebrant Training Online

The Academy of Modern Celebrancy offers online Celebrant training with a difference. The training with the academy gives you everything you need to become a Celebrant. From writing to consultations, personalising to officiating on the day, nothing is left out. The academy also trains you in business skills so you can get up and running fast.

I’m often asked, “what qualifications do I need to become a Celebrant?”. My answer? You don’t need set qualifications but you do need certain personalities traits and a certain amount of confidence. Most of all, if you love weddings, getting creative, public speaking and taking the lead then this is the perfect profession for you.

Wedding Celebrant Course

As the founder of the Celebrant Directory, so many people have asked me whether I would be launching a wedding Celebrant course, and now felt like the perfect time to launch the Academy of Modern Celebrancy.

The training focuses on

  • Planning a ceremony
  • Writing a ceremony
  • How to personalise a wedding
  • How to speak in public with confidence
  • How to market your business and set up for success

It is so focused and each and every step is crafted so you can be the best Celebrant you can be. You are supported through the course the whole way and you’ll never look back. Being a Celebrant is truly one of the most rewarding careers out there.

Want To Become a Wedding Celebrant?

Find out more about the academy here

Pictures by kind permission of

Samantha Kelsie, UK Celebrant

Nikki Wood, Perfect Words Ceremonies

Celebrant SJ

Jenny Appleton Photography.



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