WHAT IS A CELEBRANT?
Life-Cycle Celebrants® are trained in the art of ritual and ceremony. They are skilled ceremony officiants who perform and co-create customized ceremonies for weddings, funerals, and baby blessings or naming, pet funerals, adoption, dedication ceremonies, candlelight vigils, retirement, graduation, and divorce. The ceremonies reflect the values, needs, and beliefs of the people they are honoring. They officiate ceremonies for individuals, families, or organizations. As professionals, Life-Cycle Celebrants® abide by a code of ethics, a nondiscrimination policy. Ingrid is a Celebrant Alumni Association Member and is committed to continually improving her knowledge and skill.
WHY HAVE I NEVER HEARD OF A CELEBRANT?
The Celebrant movement started in Australia in 1973 by Australian Commonwealth Attorney General Lionel Murphy on 19 July 1973, when his first appointee, Mrs Lois D'Arcy, was categorized as a Civil Marriage Celebrant. Later, as civil marriage celebrants branched out into the performance of other ceremonies such as Funerals and Namings the term was shortened to Civil Celebrant.
In North America, the Celebrant Foundation & Institute was founded in 2001 and has headquarters in Montclair, New Jersey. Professional Life Cycle Celebrants are educated and trained to serve their community. Ceremonies include life's milestones: weddings, commitments, renewal of vows, coming of age, baby welcomings and adoptions, memorials and end of life tributes, retirements, job transitions or any occasion that is important and personal. Today Celebrants can be found in USA, Canada, Europe and Mexico.
WHY USE A CELEBRANT?
The celebrant movement is becoming more and more popular. In part, it is because people do not want ceremonies that are standardized or "cookie cutter" in nature. They are seaching for something that has meaning, is personable, unique and is memorable. Celebrants do exactly that - create unique customized ceremonies that have tremendous meaning and are memorable.
Certified Celebrants do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, creed, gender, sexual orientation or identity, physical or mental disability, marital status, medical condition or age in any of its policies, procedures or practices. Celebrants honour you as a person. Your ceremony is tailored to YOUR beliefs and values and you always have final edit on any ceremony.