Taking the leap and becoming a wedding celebrant might seem like a huge decision, but it could be the best decision you ever make.
In this colourful world of love, friendship and fun, the role of a wedding celebrant might possibly be the happiest job in the world!
Nevertheless, if you are still perched neatly on that fence (we’ve all been there!), then here are 4 amazing benefits of becoming a wedding celebrant that might just persuade you into taking that life-changing leap.
1. It’s a rewarding career
Although we call ourselves “wedding celebrants”, what we really are is a couple’s fairy godmother. We have the power to give a couple the ceremony of their dreams! To wave our magic wands and say, “YES!” to every obscure possibility, to bring personality, laughter and joy into a ceremony, and ultimately, make one of the biggest days of a couple’s life all the more sparkly and memorable.
For this reason, it’s no secret that celebrancy is one of the most rewarding careers in the book. Knowing that a couple chose YOU to officiate their marriage is an honour that will never fail to give you all the happy feelings.
Even more scrumptious is the taste of that post-ceremony high, which comes after every wedding. As family and friends sing your praises and couples want to snap that all-important photo (you really do feel like a celebrity!). It’s a feeling like no other, that will have you buzzing all the way home.
2. You’ll make lifelong friendships
The world of celebrancy is one that promotes community over competition. Deciding to become a wedding celebrant is like becoming a member of the world’s most welcoming and nurturing family. Through the magical world of social media, you will be able to connect with celebrants all across the country, giving you the greatest support network for advice, exchanging bookings, and ultimately, making friends for life.
But it’s not just other celebrants – the couples you work with will often hold friendships just waiting to be discovered. As a celebrant, you will know the couples you want to work with, meaning you attract like-minded people who you will instantly hit it off with. As you work more closely with couples, you create a bond like no other, making it hard to wave goodbye forever after the ceremony.
As a result of this enchanting career, you can make some really special friendships – so be prepared to expand that Christmas card list!
3. You have a job with freedom and travel
One of the greatest benefits of becoming a wedding celebrant is the flexibility it gives you. Just like the ceremonies you create, you will have the freedom to design your wedding celebrant journey so it suits you to a T.
Maybe you want to do 3 ceremonies a year, or maybe you want to do 300! From the comfort of your own county, to the exotic beaches of the Bahamas, you can travel as far and as wide, or do as much, or as little, as you please.
So whether you are looking for a little side hustle, or a full-blown career, becoming a wedding celebrant gives you a pick and mix of options to create a job that fits around you and your dreams.
4. You will help to create beautiful memories
Although there are endless reasons for becoming a wedding celebrant, it’s certain that we all choose it for this one. Creating beautiful memories for couples is every celebrant’s goal. From the first email to that final farewell down the aisle, we put our hearts and souls into giving couples the most wonderful, stress-free experience.
Knowing that you have been part of one of the biggest days of a couple’s life, and helped to create memories they will cherish forever is one of life’s greatest achievements. You create laughter. You create tears of joy. You tell stories untold, bring families together and help to capture emotions in photos that will be treasured for a lifetime. Not only that, you get to do it time and time again.
How to become a wedding celebrant
By now we must surely have convinced you of the benefits of becoming a wedding celebrant. So what are the next steps to becoming a celebrant?
Although no official training is required, finding a course is the best way to gain all the knowledge you need to become a celebrant and meet some experienced people who are already in the industry.
The Academy of Modern Celebrancy is a great place to start, as we offer a well-rounded course with everything you need to know, from how to write a script, to how to start up your business.
Alongside your training, it’s important to start thinking about the type of celebrant you want to be and the couples you want to work with. Maybe you want to specialise in festival weddings. Or perhaps you only want to work with more mature couples. Finding your niche is the key to becoming a successful celebrant so you need to dig deep and think about what really makes you tick.
From there you can start building your brand through a website and social media pages and start getting those bookings you deserve!
It’s clear that becoming a wedding celebrant is not just a career change, it’s an adventure, and with so many benefits…what’s stopping you from taking the leap?
Jennifer is the Director of the leading celebrant training company, The Academy of Modern Celebrancy as well as the Founder of The Celebrant Directory, supporting over 600 celebrants globally.
Jennifer run a 2.5k community of celebrants who she dedicates her time to helping them grow their businesses and taking celebrancy from a hobby to a lifestyle.
Jennifer heads up the global Celebrant Industry Awards and the global celebrant summit, Celebrantopia each year!
A celebrant herself since 2010, she knows what it takes to make it in the industry and trains the best celebrants out there across the UK, Europe and the USA.
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