Advantages of a Celebrant for your Wedding Ceremony in Scotland
The main reason for using the services of a Celebrant to conduct your wedding ceremony is CHOICE. Celebrants are not tied to any belief system – religious or humanist – and they are not tied to the strict ceremony regulations that apply to state registrars. With a Celebrant you can have the ceremony you desire in the venue of your choice and the ceremony will be totally geared to your philosophy and beliefs. After all it’s your wedding and the ceremony is a very important part of your wedding day.
With a Celebrant you can now make both the ceremony and the reception as individual as you please. You may be happy to have a traditional a religious ceremony with traditional vows and the order of the ceremony dictated by someone else with restrictions on readings, music, vows and sometimes even photographs. A civil or humanist ceremony is the opposite as you won’t be allowed to include any content that’s related to religion, such as hymns (even as quotes), Bible references, or even songs that indirectly refer to religion. A good wedding Celebrant is working for you and will follow your guidance.
Wedding Celebrants are not that well known in the UK, but they have been around for about 50 years. In England, Scotland and Wales you must be legally married first at the registry office and then you are free to work with your celebrant to design the wedding ceremony of your dreams.
A Wedding Celebrant gives you flexibility. You will be able to have your wedding in the venue of your choice as well outdoors. It’s entirely up to you how the whole occasion reflects your personal beliefs and lifestyle. You will choose your own vows, readings, poems, music, retuals, decor and anything else you fancy, without restriction.
When you are standing in front of all your guests, the person welcoming them and officiating your ceremony is one of the most significant people at your wedding. You will have had several meetings, emails, phone conversations, planning and drafting and redrafting your wedding ceremony. This person is the one asking you to commit your lives together and the person you have appointed. This will not be the case with religious, humanist, or registrar weddings who all are bound by the strictures of their organisation.
With a good Celebrant you can have your wedding themed. You and your partner might share a common hobby that you would want incorporated into your service. You may decide on a more formal occasion and would like the ceremony to follow a certain traditional structure, or you are a couple that find yourselves never on time, and need a Celebrant who is relaxed and doesn’t mind the start time being a little flexible.
You can choose, speak to and meet many wedding Celebrants before deciding on the right one for you. You can find someone who suits your style, someone you really connect with and trust to have the responsibility on the special day.
© Chris Vermeulen