If you are a venue that is licensed for civil marriages you may assume that couples want a Registrar to conduct their marriage and do not offer them the option of a Celebrant?  This may be because the booking has come directly from the local Registry Office, or the other possibility is that you not familiar with the role of a Celebrant?  It is vital that as a venue, you understand that a Celebrant would be an asset to your business and become familiar with the services provided to allow couples to make an informed choice.  The ceremony is the heart of their day and  the ceremonies a Registrar and a Celebrant offer vary greatly.  As well as Weddings, a Celebrant is able to perform a variety of other ceremonies to offer potential clients.  

What is the difference between a Registrar and a Celebrant?

The main difference between the two is the legal aspect; Registrars are employed by the local authority and are responsible for the administration of registering births, marriages and deaths, they are authorised to conduct legally binding marriage ceremonies.

Celebrants on the other hand are self-employed and create non-legally binding celebration ceremonies; by separating the legal registration of marriage from their wedding ceremony couples are able have a beautifully scripted ceremony that is tailor-made and personal to them, with no restrictions on where the ceremony may be held. Couples can complete the legal formalities in a “no frills” service at a registry office for approximately £50, during the week prior to their big day as part of their preparations, leaving the exchanging of personal vows and rings to their Celebrant-led wedding ceremony.  Creating and delivering a ceremony is not just a job for a Celebrant, they are in a profession they love with a passion and are committed to providing an excellent service, creating wonderful memories.

What if a Registrar is not available on a couple’s chosen day?

Due to their busy schedules, this is happening quite frequently, if this is the case, a Celebrant would be more than happy to create and officiate a beautiful, unique ceremony for them; they would just need to complete the legal aspect prior to their big day. 

A couple may wish to have both a Registrar and a Celebrant on their wedding day.

A couple may decide that they want the Registrar to “do the legal marriage” first at the venue in the designated area, followed by a personal, unique wedding ceremony performed by a Celebrant.  This is also fine, although, they should consider that they will be required to pay the full Registrar fee; this is why so many couples are opting for the “no frills’ service at the Registry Office.

What other services does a Celebrant offer?

Venues should consider that as well as weddings, a Celebrant offers a range of non-legally binding ceremonies such as Hand fasting, Renewal of Vows, Baby Naming/Welcoming, Adoption/Family Union, Commitment ceremonies.  

I’d love to hear from you, so we can discuss how I can increase business for your venue.

Nikki Wood