There are various types of events that require the use of a celebrant. Choosing the right one can be a confusing task. However, it is crucial that the time is taken to make the proper choice.


The most common form of the celebrant is the celebrant that is used for weddings. The role of a celebrant for weddings is taking on some extra challenges. This comes with the legalisation of same sex marriages that recently became legal in Australia. Up until the introduction of this new law, it was illegal for same-sex couples to marry. Instead, they were restricted to using general celebrants who were willing to oversee a commitment ceremony. Now wedding celebrants can legally oversee the weddings of the same-sex couples.

Funeral Celebrants

It wasn’t until 1975 that a group of celebrants were defined as funeral celebrants. The celebrants that perform the funeral services are non-clergy. As a rule, these celebrants are not supporting any one specific religion or belief. Quite often, those who are awaiting their certification as a wedding celebrant will take on the responsibilities of being a funeral celebrant. Individuals who are arranging a funeral for an individual have the option of choosing this type of celebrant. For those who do not want to focus on a burial that revolves around a specific religion, then they will often opt to use the services of a funeral celebrant.

General Celebrants

These are the professionals that will oversee different types of celebrations. For example, some of the events that they oversee are:

  • Wedding vow renewals
  • Commitment ceremonies
  • Memorials
  • Graduation ceremonies
  • Coming of Age ceremonies
  • Boat naming ceremonies

Making the Choice

The purpose of the celebration or event will be the guiding factor when it comes to choosing the right celebrant. In most cases, their services can be booked well in advance. However, for events such as funerals, there is no option for doing this.

Meet First

When there is an opportunity to plan ahead for the celebrant, it means there is enough time to meet with this professional first. This is the time to get to know this individual better and whether they are going to be a good fit for the occasion. The details of the event can be discussed at this time. It will give an individual time to decide whether the celebrant is going to be a good fit for the occasion. For example, a celebrant that specialises in weddings may not be the ideal choice for a special birthday occasion. Meeting with the celebrant doesn’t necessarily mean it has to be in person either. It can be something simple as a telephone call or a video call.

For the Weddings

Most often, it is the wedding celebrant that is called upon for their services. When it comes to the wedding vows a lot of couples like to write their own. It is important to keep in mind that some phrases must be incorporated into the ceremony. For those who want to customise their vows, they need to find a celebrant who is willing to work with them on this.

What Is to Be Expected?

It is essential to know what the expectations are that are going to be placed on the celebrant. For example, what equipment is going to be required? Some celebrants have their own equipment such as PA systems, while others expect these to be provided.

The Legalities

Different occasions may have different legalities attached to them. Which is evident with wedding ceremonies. Some celebrants will tend to the legalities, but it is important to determine this right from the beginning as to who is going to be responsible for this.