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FAQ - What is a celebrant?
What does a Wedding Celebrant do?


The Celebrant philosophy: Creating personalized ceremonies for people of all beliefs and value systems.

Celebrants are professionally trained officiants” who believe in the power and effectiveness of ceremony and ritual to serve basic needs of society and the individual. The Celebrant's mission is to help the client create a ceremony that reflects his or her beliefs, philosophy of life, and personality. The Celebrant comes to the table with no agenda; no preconceived notion of what the ceremony should or must look like. Instead, through careful interviewing, the Celebrant elicits what is meaningful for each client.”(Excerpt from an article from the Celebrant Foundation & Institute)

Outside any religious dogma, celebrants serve the needs of a diverse audience to honor and make sense of the important passages in their lives—marriage, births, baby naming, funerals and other key milestones.

A Wedding Celebrant collaborates with the Bride and Groom to co-create a personalized and meaningful wedding ceremony that best reflects their beliefs and sensibilities. To achieve this, the celebrant listens to them (their stories, aspirations, values, personalities, etc.), looking for that makes them unique. He/she will study their cultural, religious, ethnic or family backgrounds. If necessary, the celebrant guides them in the choice of readings, poems, rituals... all elements that constitute their ceremony. The goal is for the ceremony to be an authentic reflection of the honorees; a moment in time that carries meaning, emotion and sharing not only for them but also for their families and friends.

Furthermore, as professionals, wedding celebrants must be punctual. They know all the details and organization of the ceremony. They can handle last-minute changes with efficiency and courtesy. They are always available to answer questions from relatives and other participants. Finally, they officiate the ceremony with warmth, dignity and sincerity.




FAQ - How can wedding ceremonies by Wedding Celebrants be unique?


No two celebrant wedding ceremonies are the same.

There are many limitations in the legal framework of civil and traditional religious wedding ceremonies: in the choice of words, music and content, as well as restrictions on where, when and how they should take place and should unfold.

However, it is the mission of a Wedding Celebrant to offer personalized and tailor-made ceremonies, designed to meet the demands and fulfil specific needs of each couple! In order to ensure this, a professional celebrant provides a flexible ceremonial framework to fit every person, every story, every project. It is this customized approach, this close relationship with the honorees that differentiates a Wedding Celebrant from a traditional officiant.

As a Life-Cycle Celebrant®, there are no generic or pre-written ceremonies here! My goal is to offer unique ceremonies, rich with "substance" and meaning, in a way that is personal, sincere and honest.

In conclusion, to hire a Wedding Celebrant is to give yourself the freedom to create the wedding ceremony that will suit you in every way.

How is a Celebrant Ceremony Unique?
Particularity of the Life-Cycle Celebrant®s:
(Article from the Celebrant Foundation & Institute)
Personalized ceremonies are the specialty of Celebrants. Each ceremony is designed to reflect who the honorees are either as individuals or as a couple or family. A Celebrant certified by the Celebrant Foundation & Institute will take the time to understand the honorees’ beliefs and values and what makes their ceremony unique. In a Celebrant ceremony, the honorees are empowered. Nothing is imposed on them. Instead, in a collaborative process, the Celebrant will guide them in choosing rituals, readings, symbols and music to fulfill their ideals and vision for their Ceremony.




FAQ - Why choose a Wedding Celebrant for your ceremony?


A ceremony requires both flexibility in design, rigor in execution and a high degree of organization.

For various reasons, you seek a non-religious wedding ceremony. However, you do not know how to create your own ceremony, nor do you have people around you who can help you. Writing a personal ceremony requires time that you do not have. You feel the need to be accompanied and supported by a professional who will be available throughout the process of creating your celebration…Those are some of the reasons that may cause you to call on a wedding celebrant. And don’t hesitate if you have special ideas in mind: your celebrant will do his/her best to realize them. In fact, a Wedding Celebrant will be your best ally for a ceremony “outside the box”!

In addition, as ceremonies and rituals specialists, celebrants have access to a wide range of content and resources. For example, during their training with the Celebrant Foundation & Institute, Life-Cycle Celebrant® study the history of the Celebrancy movement, acquire a solid background in the history of ritual, ceremony and the traditions of many cultures, beliefs and religions. They are experts at managing rehearsals and performing weddings. They are experienced in the art of ceremonial public speaking.

Thanks to his/her training and experience, a Wedding Celebrant knows how to structure the space and time of a ceremony, why choose such an item over another, where to place it within the script and how to introduce it. As for his/her practice of rituals and ceremonies, it allows him/her to understand how they work, their impact, relevance, and especially what works and what does not.




FAQ – What kind of ceremonies can celebrants officiate?


Celebrants preside over all kind of significant life events, from birth to death.

We do not always realize the importance of life’s key moments of passage and forget that we can mark these transitions through ceremonies or rituals. Celebrants believe in the significance of life milestones and create ceremonies for major events such as birth, marriage, death, but also for more special or intimate occasions.

A memorable event? A crucial step? A specific need? An emotion, a feeling or an aspiration just waiting to express itself? For any event in your life, may it be personal or professional, which is experienced as important and significant, speak from your heart with awareness, to give meaning and value to key moments of your life and what is important to you.




FAQ - Why choose a Wedding Celebrant for your ceremony?


Who should choose a Celebrant?
(Article from the Celebrant Foundation & Institute)
Anyone and everyone! Whether you are secular, religious, spiritual, nondenominational, part of an interfaith or multicultural couple, or if you simply wish to express yourself in a manner of your own choosing, a Celebrant can help you create a ceremony that respects all that is meaningful to you.




Life events that can be celebrated (non-exhaustive list):


Wedding and Couples Ceremonies
Same sex & LGBTQ Weddings
PACS / Free Unions: Commitment Ceremonies
Family & Children Ceremonies
Funerals & End of Life Ceremonies
Commemoration
Divorce Ceremonies
Loss of a Pet Ceremonies
Ceremonies for Women: first menstruation, pregnancy, miscarriage, menopause
Nature Based Ceremonies : Honoring nature, seasons, equinoxes, solstices

Note by Celebrant Karine:
1) choose a ritual that suits you;
2) express clearly the intention with which you approach your ritual;
3) perform your ritual with consciousness.




FAQ - What are the beliefs of the celebrants?


A celebrant leaves his convictions at the door and does not impose its own values.

The clients’ convictions and beliefs are the only ones that must be taken into account by the celebrant.

What do Celebrants believe ?
(Except for an article from the Celebrant Foundation & Institute)
The beliefs of the Celebrant are immaterial; it's the beliefs of the clients that are primary. Celebrants believe that personalized ceremonies are a vital way to bring happiness and balance to individuals, and connection and beauty within society.
They believe in people. They believe in adding to the sum total of human happiness wherever they can assist in doing so. Celebrants are trained to focus on the values and priorities of the client, so that the ceremony is a total reflection and extension of the honoree.




FAQ - What is the Celebrant Foundation & Institute?


La Celebrant Foundation & Institute trains professionals celebrants who are under Life-Cycle Celebrant®

Based in the USA, the Celebrant Foundation & Institute is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to training Celebrant worldwide. It is recognized as the referent institute in the field of training and certification of professional celebrants.

(For more information, see About the Celebrant Foundation & Institute)




FAQ - Can you define the Celebrancy Movement?


The Celebrancy Movement exists in Australia since the late 60s.

Since the appearance of human societies, the concept of Rites is intrinsically linked to the history of humanity. However, in many contemporary societies, traditional civil and religious institutions do not meet the aspirations of all citizens. Accordingly, secular or non-conventionally spiritual individuals aspire to new forms of ritual, more suited to their expectations.

In order to meet this need, the Celebrancy Movement provides professional officiants - better known as Celebrants. These Celebrants, true experts in their field, help individuals, couples and families to create personal celebrations through ceremonies which need to be as meaningful and solemn as traditional ceremonies.

The Celebrancy Movement began in Australia in the early 70s, before spreading to New Zealand. Today, this international movement is a huge hit in the US and is beginning to develop in Europe. To date, there are over 3000 Celebrants in the world, who have celebrated more than one million ceremonies over the past 40 years.

(For more information on the Celebrant movement, see History of the Celebrancy Movement)




FAQ - Why use ceremonies and rituals to mark life’s milestones?


In all eras, ceremonies and rituals have existed, punctuating the daily life of human beings and accompanying them in important life transitions.

(Excerpt from an article from the Celebrant Foundation & Institute)
Life is a journey for us all. It is a growing process. We all go through many physical stages in our lives: infancy, childhood, adolescence, adulthood, maturity and death.
We go through personal, sentimental and emotional stages as well: we might find a partner, build a career or have children, live through illnesses or the loss of family and friends.
There is a deep human need to find some sort of stability in this ever-changing state. Since ancient times, humans have used ceremony to mark these rites of passages and create a space and place to express our humanness in all its simple glory.

Whether large or small, happy or sad, all sorts of occasions are worth celebrating. Ceremonies give you an opportunity to pause and reflect in the midst of a busy life. They provide precious space to look around and really see. Ceremonies allow you to discover the heart meaning
— emotional and spiritual
— of events and of the moments you will never have again.
They can bring families and communities closer together.

In short, symbolic actions such as ceremonies and rituals are important because they offer us the opportunity to:

- build relationships, whether it is with family, neighbors and communities;
- recognize and be recognized in what makes us unique;
- affirm our own values;
- accept and incorporate important changes in our lives;
- to support and be supported by those around us, by our community.




FAQ –Do Life-Cycle Celebrants® adhere to the code of ethics?


The Celebrant Foundation& Institute requires from its members an ethics based on integrity, strict respect for the clients’ convictions and values, and confidentiality.

By working with a Certified Life-Cycle Celebrants® trained by the Institute, you are assured to receive the Highest level of service and professionalism, coupled with a sincere human involvement.

(To learn more, see Code of Conduct.

Do Life-Cycle Celebrants® Adhere to a Code of Ethics ?
(Article from the Celebrant Foundation & Institute)
Yes! By using a Certified Funeral Celebrant trained by the Celebrant Institute, you are assured that I have agreed to uphold the highest level of service and professionalism.
To learn more about our professional code of conduct, please see the CFI code of ethics page.




FAQ - What are your rates?


For information, see What does it cost? Marriage.




FAQ - Do you offer funeral ceremonies?


Yes. I am a Certified Funeral Celebrant and a graduate of the renowned American Celebrant Foundation & Institute.

For more information, see page How much does it cost? Other ceremonies.




FAQ - Do you have sound equipment?


If necessary, I provide a wireless portable audio system with battery and built-in USB/SD player + 2 microphones.




FAQ - We are a gay/lesbian couple.
Can you officiate our wedding ceremony?


Life-Cycle Celebrant® are Gay-Friendly people in your community who perform all types of ceremonies for same gender couples and families, including civil union and wedding ceremonies. A Wedding Celebrant certified by the Celebrant Foundation & Institute takes the time to understand your beliefs, your values, and what makes your bond unique. Your Celebrant will collaborate with you to create a ceremony that you will cherish for years to come.




FAQ – Does a secular wedding ceremony by a celebrant have legal value in France?


In France, a wedding ceremony by a celebrant has a symbolic value but no legal value.

Only a civil marriage, celebrated at the city hall by a civil officiant, and registered before a civil register, is recognized as legal in France. Like a religious ceremony, a secular wedding ceremony celebrated by a celebrant is considered a private event. It has no official status and therefore no legal value.

For information on legal requirement for getting married in France, please see Marriage Legislation in France for Foreigners Page.




FAQ – Are you fluent in English?


Yes, I am ! I can write and celebrate your ceremony in English, and I specialize in bilingual ceremonies.




FAQ – We live abroad, can you help us celebrate our wedding ceremony in France?


Yes, I can! And I will be happy to work with you long-distance.

I have a great experience working with international couples who, after getting married in their own country (often a short civil ceremony) wish to come to France for a celebration of their marriage where they will (re)exchange their vows and rings. If you want, you can even keep your legal ceremony secret and for the assembly the celebration in France will be your “real wedding”.

If you are interested by my wedding celebrant services, why not contact me through my Contact Page.

We can arrange a meeting over Skype or Whatapp to discuss your ideas, needs, wishes for your ceremony. I will listen to you and be happy to answer any question you may have on how I can work with you from afar.




FAQ - Can we choose religious or spiritual elements for our symbolic ceremony?



You are a believer but not practicing.
You are spiritual but do not belong to any particular religion.
You are not religious but believe in something.
You are an interfaith couple.

If you are attached to certain elements of your religion, spirituality, tradition or custom, it makes sense for you to incorporate them into your wedding celebration. Over the years, at the request of some couples, I have had the opportunity to incorporate Catholic, Muslim, Jewish and Buddhist traditions in ceremonies.

It seems important to note that this is not, strictly speaking, about religious ceremonies (that is religious services celebrated by religious representatives) but about ceremonies where the spiritual dimension and the sense of the sacred are present outside any religious dogma.




FAQ - What is the difference between a wedding celebrant and a wedding planner?



Each has a specific role:

Wedding Celebrants are experts in their field: the making and celebration of ceremonies and rituals. They are devoted exclusively to the ceremonial aspect of your event and invest many hours in creating the wedding ceremonies entrusted to them. On the big day, all their attention (and energy) is focused wholly on the ceremony and the smooth running of the celebration.

Wedding Planners are also experts in their field: the organization of events. As facilitators, they plan your entire wedding day, from the beginning until the final hours of your event and after. The list of tasks they perform is long. In particular, they are by your side to advise and help you find the venue, select and manage providers, estimates and budgets, organize logistics, timing of all stakeholders, animations, etc. On your wedding day, they are on all fronts to manage everything and ensure the success of your event as a whole.

Note by Celebrant Karine:
It is interesting to note that in Australia, Civil Marriage Celebrants—officially accredited by legal authorities and who celebrate legal wedding ceremonies— have strict guidelines and are prohibited to organize any aspect of the wedding other than the ceremony because of possible conflicts of interest; especially for a celebrant offering his/her services as a wedding planner.

(For more information on my celebrant services: see pages Services and How does it cost: Marriage?).