What’s a Celebrant?

Rev. Julie
📷: Bruce Morrice

Wonder what a Certified Life-Cycle Celebrant does and how they’re different from an officiant? Check out this helpful article from  Wedding Wire.

Celebrants are trained professionals who believe in the power and effectiveness of ceremony and ritual to serve basic needs of society and the individual.

The Celebrant’s mission is to help the client create a ceremony that reflects his or her beliefs, philosophy of life, and personality.

The Celebrant comes to the table with no agenda; no preconceived notion of what the ceremony should or must look like. Instead, through careful interviewing, the Celebrant elicits what is meaningful for each client.

Learn more from the Celebrant Institute and Foundation.

As members of the Celebrant Association International, Celebrants from RiteWords uphold the highest level of service and professionalism.

We do this while promoting freedom of choice in ceremonies and promoting the values of the Celebrant movement:

  • To support the goals and the mission of CF&I and the Association by setting and maintaining a professional standard of service to the public that will bring credit and recognition to CF&I, the Association, and its individual members.
  • To serve each client with respect, sensitivity, and professionalism, and to provide all services in a timely manner.
  • To offer every client a personalized ceremony that includes their story as revealed to the Celebrant through interview and questionnaires.
  • To ensure that clients have complete choice of and final say over their ceremonies, and that the Celebrant’s personal beliefs are immaterial to this process. To encourage clients in choosing and/or approving a ceremony that is satisfying to them.
  • To respectfully provide a ceremony that is as accurate as possible in all respects, including the pronunciation of the names of people, places, and things.
  • To meet the client for a no-obligation interview to discuss services prior to engagement.
  • To provide unlimited consultation to clients while creating their ceremony.
  • To conduct a rehearsal where necessary to the ceremony.
  • To perform the ceremony in a professional, prepared, and appropriate manner.
  • To gift the client/honoree a keepsake copy of their ceremony.
  • To provide a service that recognizes the unique personalities of the client, being sensitive to their needs, wishes, values, philosophical and spiritual beliefs, and cultural backgrounds.
  • Not to discriminate on the basis of gender, race, religion, ethnicity, national origin, age, disability, or sexual orientation.
  • To comply and keep current with all laws regarding the performance of marriage in every country, state, province, or municipality in which the Celebrant practices, including obtaining the necessary legal authority to solemnize marriages and appropriately filing client marriage documentation as required by law.



To schedule a no-obligation consultation,
contact Rev. Julie at (817) 313-5562 or julie@ritewordsceremonies.com