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Why Celebrants and Registrars should bridge the gap for ceremony freedom

As a Celebrant, my recent attendance at the Association of Independent Celebrants conference in Solihull was motivating, and felt wonderful to connect with all my fellow Celebrant peers! It also sparked a realisation that collaboration and solidarity among celebrants and registrars are crucial for advancing ceremony freedom and ensuring that couples have the meaningful celebrations they deserve.

One of the most significant revelations from the conference, and the last year, was the need to foster a cooperative relationship with registrars rather than viewing them as competitors in the wedding and ceremony industry. Rather than engaging in a tug-of-war for clients, there's so much value in working together with registrars to enhance the overall ceremony experience.

Moreover, conversations on and offline, after the conference, shed light on the evolving landscape of ceremony regulation. The notion of transitioning from a buildings-based licensing system to one centered around officiants presents a promising opportunity for celebrants to play a more integral role in the ceremony process. It was heartening to see independent celebrants recognised as key stakeholders in this potential reform, highlighting the growing acknowledgment of our contribution to the industry.

Reflecting on these insights, it becomes evident that our collective efforts are vital in shaping the future of ceremonies. By fostering collaboration and advocating for reforms that recognise the role of celebrants, we can pave the way for a more inclusive and personalised approach to weddings and other significant life events.

As Celebrants, we have the privilege of crafting ceremonies that reflect the unique love stories and values of each couple we work with. Embracing a spirit of cooperation with registrars expands our reach and enriches the ceremony experience for all involved.

Moving forward, let us continue building bridges, fostering understanding, and championing the cause of ceremony freedom. Together, we can create a future where every couple has the opportunity to celebrate their love in a way that is truly meaningful to them.


I'm Karen, a Civil Celebrant covering Worcestershire, Warwickshire, and the West Midlands.

Get in touch if you'd like to craft your unique personalised wedding, funeral, or bespoke ceremony.


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