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.

Reverend MaryAnn "Maggie" Anderson
Professional Wedding Celebrant
Licensed and Certified to Perform Marriages in the Commonwealth of Virginia

Licensed Officiant for the Commonwealth of Virginia

Member in Good Standing
National Association of Wedding Officiants

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