frequently asked questions

weddings

What is a wedding celebrant?

A wedding celebrant, like emma, is a professionally trained and fully insured officiant, with the skills and experience to create and deliver completely personalised ceremonies.

How does a ceremony with a wedding celebrant differ from a civil wedding ceremony?

Emma has no restrictions in terms of the content, time, format or style of a wedding, it’s “your day, your way”.  You can still have as many of the traditional elements as you wish, or you can completely throw away the rule book.

Do we need to get legally married before we have a celebrant ceremony with Emma?

If you want to be legally married, then yes!  Weddings with a celebrant will require a couple to arrange their legal paperwork separately from their actual ceremony.  This is a simple and very inexpensive process which only takes a few moments at your local register office with two witnesses.

Can a ceremony with a wedding celebrant be held both indoors and outdoors?

You can pretty much get married wherever you want, as long as you have permission from the land/building owner and emma can get there. 

Remember, you do not need a licensed venue for a celebrant wedding.   You really can have your dream location! 

How long does a ceremony with a wedding celebrant like emma take?

Again, it’s your day your way.  Typically, a ceremony will last around 30 minutes, but you may wish to include more elements and people. 

So, if you want a short ceremony then that’s okay but if you want a much longer one then that is okay too!  Emma only books one wedding on a given day so her time won’t be a restriction.

Can I involve friends and family into the ceremony?

Emma encourages the involvement of people who are important to you both.  You may be joining families together with children and want to involve them too.

Guest participation can really add to the ceremony and make it even more unique and personal.

Can any type of music be played during a celebrant ceremony?

Yes indeed. There is absolutely no restriction when it comes to music, you can use your favourite music or have a band or singer present.  Emma can help you choose music if you want some ideas.

funerals

What is a funeral celebrant and what do they do?

A funeral celebrant is a professionally trained and fully insured officiant, with the skills and experience to create and deliver a completely personal funeral service.

A funeral Celebrant looks to “Celebrate Life” and will spend time gathering information, enabling them to prepare a completely personal life tribute.

Do we get to see a copy of script before the funeral?

Yes.  Emma will send a draft script over and will make any amendments that are required. You will also receive a printed copy of the final script as a keepsake.

What is the difference between a Celebrant funeral and a Humanist funeral

A humanist will not allow any religious content such as the Lords’ Prayer or a hymn to be included in a funeral service. Emma is more than happy to include an element of religion if required. 

You can, of course, have a totally non-religious funeral with a Celebrant.

Can a Celebrant officiate at a burial?

Yes, a funeral can be held at a Crematorium, cemetery, burial ground or in any other place that has been agreed.

I would like to prepare my own funeral, is this possible?

Yes of course, and how wonderful to plan your own farewell.  Emma would love to meet you to discuss and plan your own farewell.

Can friends and family be in involved in the funeral service?

Of course.  Whether it be a personal tribute, full Eulogy or a simple poem, Emma will offer support to anyone speaking during the service.

Can any type of music be played during a celebrant funeral?

Yes indeed. There is absolutely no restriction when it comes to music.  Emma can help you choose music if you’re struggling!

If you still have questions, then please do get in touch

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