Celebrancy was founded in Australia in 1974 as a wedding ceremony alternative for couples who did not wish to be married in a Church or by a government official, known as a Justice of the Peace or Marriage Commissioner here in Canada. This option became popular and grew quickly. Today in Australia and New Zealand, the majority of weddings and funerals are lead by certified Celebrants. These same Celebrants offer a wide variety of ceremonies that mark rites of passage and other significant events in life.
Celebrancy moved to North America in 2001 and grew very quickly in the USA. While Canada has seen a slower growth in this emerging service, celebrancy is making a foothold. In a culture with a vast array of heritages, a growing discomfort with organized religion, and a preference for individual expression, celebrancy provides a fresh and unique approach to creating meaningful ceremonies.
The hallmark of a Celebrant ceremony is that you (the client) have complete control and final approval of your own ceremony. Your vision, beliefs and values are central in the creation of your ceremony – the Celebrant’s beliefs are immaterial. Celebrants are not affiliated with any particular religion, therefore allowing us to incorporate and re-interpret traditional, cultural, and spiritual elements into the ceremonies we handcraft to ensure we tell your story and fulfill your vision for a personalized and memorable ceremony.