Meet our students and hear their stories

Read our students stories and put yourself in their shoes

The beauty of celebrancy is that each and every one of us has our own story and background. This makes us different and makes the industry so interesting. This works so well for your clients too!

Meet the Students

Sarah Sweeney

After 20 years in theatre production, post pandemic, Sarah craved a career change. A family bereavement introduced her to a celebrant who was just incredible and that’s when she knew she wanted to help people in this way. THIS was the career for her.

Vikki Harris

Starting out completely new to the industry, Vikki was so excited to become part of creating dream weddings ceremonies.

Coming from a background in tourism, Vikki use her skills in marketing to accelerate her business so quickly she secured bookings during the course!

Marcia Bravo

Marcia Bravo trained with the AMC after deciding to start a celebrant business in the Malaga region of Spain. She was attracted to the Academy of Modern Celebrant due to the Cours being online but with mentor and group support. She feels part of the community and looks forward to soaring in the Spanish market. Destination weddings is going to be a huge part of her journey and we cannot wait to see where she takes it.

Martin Fox-Roberts

Martin runs his own freelance business as a deaf interpreter and trainer. He considered becoming a masseuse but quickly after discovering celebrancy decided that it was way more him.

After graduating from the Academy, he is looking forward to niching into the LGBTQ community.

Julie Kemp

Coming from a business background, Julie is mum to a gorgeous 5 year old. She embarked on her journey as a celebrant to give her the flexibility to work around her little one and give her a career she could be passionate about. Her experience has rewarded her with bookings just after graduating and she’s positive that she will take her celebrant business full time. Find out more about her experience in her video interview with Jennifer.

Julie Chudleigh

Julie loved weddings and after being asked to officiate a friends, she wanted to learn exactly how to be a celebrant and how to run a successful business doing it.

A former Headteacher, Julie was so inspired by the course she wrote a book and wants to start her own wedding venue!

Dave Octave

As a singer and entertainer Dave had already been to his fair share of weddings. 

He wanted to take part in some of the magical moments the ceremony offered so dived into celebrant training. He's so excited about developing his business and is on a roll!

Sophie Li

Sophie loves to present, she's a teacher and lives in Spain and after having her own celebrant led wedding, just wanted to do the job herself!

Straight after the course, Sophie dived into her bookings and has officiated ceremonies in some of the most stunning venues in Southern Spain.

Colette Johnson

Colette worked in the business development industry and wanted to start a job she would love.

She'd recently found out about how celebrancy has just changed so many lives and knew she'd love to do the same just for her.

It took just a few weeks for Colette to get her first booking and now is officiating ceremonies in stunning locations across the UK.

Ronnie Booth

Ronnie came to the Academy as a Toastmaster. He loved the wedding industry and wanted to add celebrancy to his business.

He's never looked back and now has 2 businesses that give him the work-life balance he desired.

Laura Bell

Laura worked part time for a holiday rental company and is a mum of a gorgeous boy.  She wanted a side business so worked to get her Naming Ceremony Certification.


Audrey Hyvonen

When she's not cutting up beautiful fabrics and stitching them back together, artist Audrey can now piece together the threads of your love story and weave them into a ceremony you'll always treasure for yourselves, friends and family.
After training as a Celebrant specializing in weddings with the AMC, she is launching her destination wedding business in the mountains of Western Montana and eager to see it soar.

Olivia Coleman

Olivia spent most of her career working for some top wedding venues in the UK and after becoming a mum, wanted to find a career that suited her and her lifestyle. She left the course with 8 bookings in the diary and most passion and drive than she ever thought possible!

Joanne Lazarus

Joanne is an ex-performer and on the day wedding coordinator and was told by her friends that she'd be a great celebrant! So after doing her research, she dived into training with AMC and has not looked back! Listen to her journey and what she is looking forward to the most!

Vince Hawkes

As award-winning Professional Toastmaster & Master of Ceremonies, Vince is no stranger to coordinating large events and interacting with people from all walks of life. 

Training with the Academy of Modern Celebrancy has given him the ceremony crafting skills to create something special and unique for all of his clients - forging friendships!

Beth Kirkham

Sitting through an uninspiring wedding ceremony was the catalyst to Beth deciding to train as a celebrant. With a background in Events Management, but having had some time out to start a family, the AMC course meant Beth could fit training in around her family commitments. She enjoyed the funeral course so much, she has already enrolled in the wedding and naming ceremony courses and can’t wait to get stuck into her new career.


Amaali decided to train as a celebrant after sadly experiencing the death and funeral of her mother. She watched the celebrant give her mother a funeral ceremony that was full of meaning and discovered a new career path.

Amaali trained with AMC and is so excited for her next steps.

When you join the AMC, you will become part of a team of celebrants that will
help you to push your business forward


Audrey Fox Kent

Hi, I’m Audrey, what better way to embrace lockdown than making plans for the future, embracing a new career & studying during the winter! This is where the AMC came in! I have changed career a couple of times, first I was a Dietitian & Nutritionist, then by accident, I came across “all things wedding” & became a wedding planner. My next move was to become a wedding celebrant in Greece. I spent a long time googling celebrant training, it’s so important to find the right mode of teaching that fits in with your style & your learning skills, I also wanted a course that was modern & vibrant, reflecting ceremonies today. The Academy of Modern Celebrancy ticked all the boxes! I was assigned a fantastic trainer & mentor. They broke the mold when they made Stewart. I think he was made just for me! The trainer, student fit was perfect. Week by week we worked through each module, through video calls, 1 to 1s & workbooks. He trained me, gave me advice (still does, I have been known to fire him through a message so I can run something by him - he is always there for you) & we laughed a lot. The whole experience was a pleasure. The training is thorough as is the content & you get what you put into it. The more passionate you are about learning & using the life skills you already have the more you get out of it. Top tip, do one module at a time, trust the system, each module adds to the next then it all fits together seamlessly. Jennifer did a seriously amazing job when she developed this course. In closing I would just like to add, the AMC staff are always there for you & all the celebrants are always there to support each other. It’s a community - It doesn’t get much better than that! Then your new job begins, you're passionate & excited, you wait for your first inquiry & then it appears! It’s just the beginning - to infinity & beyond.

– Audrey, AMC Graduate


Sally Osbourne

Six months ago I was debating whether to sign up to the AMC training. I had always wanted to be a celebrant but that little voice of doubt, that I wasn’t good enough and I would never make it was there and that combined with the complete lack of marketing and business experience made me hesitate on the threshold for many months.

How glad am I that I made the jump!

Just under six months later, my wedding training is complete, (naming still ongoing) I have my first booking for a wedding in August, a second enquiry in the email (still got to convert), I’ve done a wedding fair, visited three venues, made connections with some lovely local celebrants and just had my first article published. 

No it hasn’t been easy, during that time I had four weeks in bed with covid, I also Tutor two days a week ( I am an ex teacher) and home educate my child with complex needs while fighting for a special school place. I am also a registered carer for my husband and daughter and had to cope with a flooded kitchen and 4 weeks of build work, so this has been done by grabbing a moment here and there when ever I can. But by far the biggest gift the AMC has given me, is Me back. I have had to rediscover who I am, so that I can market myself to my ideal couples and families. Being a parent and carer it is so easy to loose your identity and this is what had happened to me and I don’t intend to give me up again!

And where ever you are in six months time, whether it is one step forward or many I hope you have as great a sense of achievement as I have. I can’t wait to see what the next six months brings me.

– Sally, AMC Graduate

Ready to find out more
about a career as a celebrant?

Choose your course and learn more.

AMC Funeral Celebrant Training & Certification

10 comprehensive modules

Flexible Online access

16 weeks 1-2-1 expert mentoring

Weekly Group Q&A sessions

Full Business Set Up Support

All templates & documents you need

Facebook group access

Fully certified AMC qualification

Exclusive AMC discounts on celebrant website, branding and The Celebrant Directory.

AMC Wedding Celebrant
Training & Certification


7 comprehensive modules

Flexible Online access

12 weeks 1-2-1 expert mentoring

Weekly Group Q&A sessions

Full Business Set Up Support

All templates & documents you need

Facebook group access

Fully certified AMC qualification

Exclusive AMC discounts on celebrant website, branding and The Celebrant Directory.

AMC Naming Celebrant Training & Certification


5 comprehensive modules

Flexible Online access

10 weeks 1-2-1 expert mentoring

Weekly Group Q&A sessions

Business Set Up Support

All templates & documents you need

Facebook group access

Fully certified AMC qualification

Exclusive AMC discounts on celebrant website, branding and The Celebrant Directory.