A Celebrant is a a trained ceremony expert. The Celebrant’s mission is to create a ceremony that reflects the needs, beliefs, cultural background, value, and tastes of those involved.

I studied at the Celebrant USA Foundation and Institute, in Montclair, NJ.

What is the Celebrant USA Foundation and Institute?
The Celebrant USA Foundation & Institute is a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to training professional Celebrants to officiate at personalized ceremonies marking the milestones and transitions in the lives of individuals, couples, families and organizations such as weddings, renewal of vows, commitments, coming of age, baby welcomings and adoptions, survivor tributes, graduations, retirements, birthdays, anniversaries, memorials, end of life celebrations, new dwellings, civic and corporate events and special occasions – or any moment in life that carries significant meaning for you.

The Celebrant’s mission is to create a ceremony that reflects your genuine needs, beliefs, philosophy of life, culture, and ethnic background and values.

What is a Celebrant?
Celebrants are people in your community who are professionally trained to perform a variety of ceremonies to mark milestones in your loved ones life, including: weddings, renewal of vows, commitments, baby welcomings and adoptions, survivor tributes, coming of age, divorce, retirements, graduations, birthdays, anniversaries, memorials, end of life celebrations, civic and corporate ceremonies. The Celebrant’s mission is to create a ceremony that reflects your needs, beliefs, cultural background, values and tastes.

How do Celebrants differ from other officiants, such as clergy or judges or registrars?
In a Celebrant Ceremony, you are empowered. Nothing is imposed on you. Instead, in a collaborative process, the Celebrant will guide you in choosing rituals, readings, symbols and music to fulfill your ideals.

What do Celebrants believe?
The beliefs of the Celebrant are immaterial in this process. Celebrants believe that appropriate ceremonies are an important way of bringing happiness and mental balance to individuals, and connection and beauty within society. They believe in people. They believe in adding to the sum total of human happiness wherever they can assist in doing so. Celebrants are trained to focus on the values and priorities of the. The client ceremony is a total reflection and an extension of the honorees at the ceremony.

Who would use the services of a Celebrant?
The answer is anyone and everyone! Whether you are secular, religious, spiritual, nondenominational, part of an interfaith or multicultural family, or if you simply wish to express yourself in a manner of your own choosing, a Celebrant can help you create a ceremony that respects all that is meaningful to you.