We had the pleasure of sitting down with the talented super boss mum, winner of the Taranaki Wedding Industry Awards as the voted Celebrant of the year for 2018, the founder of Ever After Wedding Collective and of course a super star expert Wedding Celebrant Amber Caskey. We are over the moon to have Amber as one of our course contributors here at the Wedding Training Hub.
We chatted with Amber about her insight into ceremony styles, trends, processes right down to what it is that a Celebrant actually does?
Does every celebrant have the same style, beliefs or process?
No, definitely not. Due to the unregulated nature of celebrant appointments, there are registered celebrants of every size, type, style and belief – which is good in terms of choice, but also means there’s also a huge variation out there in levels of ability and professionalism.
The most successful celebrants I know all have these traits in common – they are professional and are expert communicators, but also have a sense of humour and don’t take themselves too seriously. They know how to balance the serious aspects of getting married with the more fun parts of planning a wedding. They go on to establish a brand based on having a great professional reputation, so the number one tip for people searching for the right celebrant is - see who it is that others out there are recommending. It’s pretty much all about the reviews!
What is the role of a celebrant?
A celebrant is the person charged with hosting a marriage ceremony, and is responsible for planning and officiating of that formal part of the day. They are also the person who is authorised to make sure that the legal requirements of a marriage are met.
The role itself requires a considerable amount of planning. In addition to getting to know the couple, a celebrant plans the length and content of the ceremony, organises how the ceremony will run (with all of the people that are involved) and then brings all of it together at the actual wedding. After the big day the role concludes with the lodging of the legal documents. So, with all that a celebrant is required to do, it pays to find one who is intuitive and who has amazing organisational skills!
Do you need any specific training or qualifications to do your role?
No. Celebrancy isn’t a regulated profession in New Zealand and there’s no legal requirement to be trained. Currently, anyone who applies that meets the criteria (New Zealand citizen, with a clean criminal record, who can provide good character references and demonstrate a need for their service in the community) can apply to become a registered celebrant. Most applicants are successful in being appointed.
There is two independent training providers offering ‘celebrant qualifications’ in New Zealand by way of various certificates in Celebrant Studies. Personally, it is not a qualification I intend to pursue and I know only a couple of celebrants who have completed these.