Before signing on the dotted line, here are some important things you should keep in mind about wedding celebrant training.
Wedding celebrant training can offer the ideal fresh start for those unfulfilled with their current situation, or seeking that little extra creativity in their lives. Whether you decide to one day become a full-time celebrant, or look at the role as an extra string to your bow. The fulfilment and enjoyment our graduates get from the programme is boundless. But before you click away to take our celebrant quiz, and find out if you’ve got what it takes. We thought we should run a few things by you. Key points that may help you better understand the eventual role wedding celebrant training leads to. And whether it’s right for you. We love how passionately our wedding celebrants feel about what they do, and how much they value the training they undertook. However, it is not a career for everyone, and there are some people who go fairly deep into the process before realising that. The last thing we want anyone to feel, following our wedding celebrant training course, is frustration. Frustration at choosing a path that just isn’t for them. Which is why we want you to be certain, and excited about the adventure ahead of you!
10 Things to Consider Before Starting Wedding Celebrant Training
Are you a good fit to be a celebrant?
There are many qualities that make a good celebrant. Some of which we’ll cover in this post, and of course, in our online wedding celebrant training. But in general, the role demands passion, creativity, and an understanding of just how important their position is.The wedding ceremony is what the whole day is all about! And the part you play in it is pivotal. It is up to you to create a moment, either guided by the couple, or completely independently, based on your conversations with the client. This responsibility is something tobe cherished, inspired by. Not settling for the expected, and instead delivering something special.
Does that sound like you? Not sure yet? Keep on scrolling.What do you need to have to become a wedding celebrant?Thankfully, there are very few set-up costs involved in becoming a wedding celebrant, beyond the actual training itself. We offer award-winning, certified training courses that you can do from the comfort of your home. Meaning, as long as you have somewhere practical to study, there’s no need totravel or visit a physical learning space.There are certain physical things you should haveonce you’ve officially become a wedding celebrant, but they’re invariably not too pricey and do not necessarily need to be all purchased at once. Items such as microphones, organization tools, and speakers.
Outside of training, what are the maintenance costs for a wedding celebrant?
Following your training, it’s vital you begin to market yourself as a wedding celebrant. Whether you chose to operate locally, or more internationally, you will need a presence online. A well-presented website is a must. This is something you’ll need to put some budget behind, the amount of which will depend on your level of technical know-how. Some of our graduates can rustle up a brand-new website for themselves in an afternoon for next to nothing. Whereas others do need outside help to put something professional together. Whichever way your website gets made, it will have regular maintenance costs to keep it, and your web address, up and running.
Alongside a well-thought-out website, with good SEO, you’ll need to publish regular updates on social media, even if you haven’t had a gig yet! Your potential clients should be able to get a feel for you as a person, and one of the best ways to do that is through personable posts on social media. It’s worth saying also that it can be hard to find an audience online when you first start out, so you may have to put a little budget aside for online advertising too. Another good way of promoting yourself as a wedding celebrant, especially when you’ve just finished training. Is placing yourself on a celebrant directory. These listing sites will allow you to target hundreds of thousands of couples within a dedicated celebrant space. While also receiving support from more experienced members of the community. These directories do cost money, but the value they bring can be, well, invaluable!
Take a moment to look at The Celebrant Directory, and you’ll see just how useful such a space can be.Would you prefer to study from home or in a school? The Academy of Modern Celebrancy offers online wedding training, and we are passionate about this style of learning. For us, it offers all the benefits of traditional wedding celebrant training. Such as 1-2-1 training, group learning and opportunities to shadow real celebrants performing ceremonies. But, thereis no need to travel long distances to attend classes. Miss out on home life to take tutorials, or make excuses at work to explain why you’re leaving early! Because your training is entirely flexible, and can be done when the time is right for you.
Would you like to become a destination wedding celebrant?
Aqualification from The Academy of Modern Celebrancyis recognised worldwide. Meaning, if you really want afresh start, or the opportunity to travel, you’re free to do so! We have countless celebrants in our directory working in the US, Spain, France, Ireland… all over the world! All of whom appreciate the opportunity this career path has given them, and the freedom it allows.
Are you a confident and presentable person?
We’re afraid that wallflowersneed not apply. A celebrant must be able to speak to a room full of people with as much confidence as they would have if they were alone. Telling stories, and sharing carefully crafted prose, is not something that comes naturally to everyone. Therefore, you must be sure in yourself, sure that you can deliver when it matters. Of course, this will come with time, and experience. Nobody is expecting 100% confidence from the beginning. But it’s important to understand what you’re working towards, even after your wedding celebrant training.As we mentioned, the role of the celebrant is integral to a wedding ceremony. You are part of the scene. A major player on the stage.You’re fulfilling a role that demands impeccable attention to detail, which includes your own presentation.
Are you bursting with creativity?
Couples choose tohave a celebrant-led ceremony because they want something unique. A ceremony not performed before, or that can ever be performed for anyone else because it was created entirely for them.Our celebrants gather stories and anecdotes from their couples before the big day, and they weave them together to concoct a narrative for the occasion. While also incorporating any symbolism they feel is appropriate, music, or rituals the clients may want included.To put all of this together, and perform it with confidence, demands creativity. Is that something that’s lacking in your 9-5? Then maybe we’ve found theperfect vocation for you!
Do you want better work flexibility?
Over the last few years, many of us have discovered the joys of working from home. Avoiding traffic, sweaty commuter trains and rainy walks to the office. Along with the tranquillity of working within a peaceful space that is entirely your own. The pandemic certainly taught us that striking a balance between your career and personal life is critical.And not something that should be forgotten now it’s all over.Celebrants do typically work at the weekends, but they design their diaries. Meaning, they work when they want, at a time that suits them and their schedule. Ideal if you have a small family, and you’re only able to work a few hours a day, but are available to work at the weekends.
On theflip side, maybe you would just prefer to work in a more flexible way, without feeling tied to a desk all day. If you have the self motivation, and you love the work, then the life beyond wedding celebrant training will be ideal for you.
Are you ready to be passionate about a new profession?
Those who are passionate about celebrancy, excel at celebrancy. Now, you could say that about any profession. But when working in a position that demands so much creativity, and communication, passion is key. Without passion, you cannot strive to surprise your clients, or feel the need to take pride in your work. Our celebrants love what they do, and adore the contribution they make to every couples’ celebration.
If you’re ready to leave your tired old job behind, and start something that truly fulfils you, what are you waiting for? Sign up today!
Hopefully, we have informed, and possibly inspired your decision to start wedding celebrant training. It would be a pleasure to guide you on your journey to professional celebrancy, by welcoming you onto our online course. At The Academy of Modern Celebrancy we are thoroughly modern, and forward-thinking in our teaching. We aim to educate our celebrants in inclusivity, using a comprehensive training program that promotes all round equality. Not only that, but our award-winning trainers are dedicated to not just delivering a course, but also getting you set up to start work. We are driven by our passion to teach each celebrant how to run a successful business, and start winning awards themselves!
If you would like to find out more about our certified wedding celebrant training, or any other course we provide, please click here.
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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