Is that the same thing as an Officiant?

A celebrant is an individual who is trained to assist you in your wedding needs. An officiant and a celebrant are the same, and they serve an important role in celebrating significant life passages—marriage, births, baby naming, funerals, ribbon cuttings, corporate meetings and events. A celebrant is not a priest, a minister of a particular faith or rabbi. However a celebrant may have achieved ordination as a non-denominational minister.

Do Celebrants have to be licensed?

It depends on where you to intend to be married. In Virginia your Celebrant must be licensed by the Commonwealth. I am licensed to perform marriages throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Can a Celebrant Conduct a Religious Ceremony?

If you want a ceremony blessed within a particular religious belief system, you should contact a minister, priest or rabbi within that community. Celebrants however, can easily incorporate important religious rituals and ceremonies in the celebration of your marriage.

What do Celebrants Believe?

A Celebrant should not impose their religious beliefs onto you. A Celebrant believes in the power of ritual and celebration and should work closely with you to determine the ceremony that best reflects your beliefs and sensibilities.

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Reverend MaryAnn "Maggie" Anderson
Professional Wedding Celebrant
Licensed and Certified to Perform Marriages in the Commonwealth of Virginia
revmaggie@naffairoftheheart.com

Licensed Officiant for the Commonwealth of Virginia

Member in Good Standing
National Association of Wedding Officiants

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