Civil Weddings

A civil celebrant is a private person authorised by the Australian Commonwealth Government's Attorney-General's Department to perform legal civil marriages in a dignified and culturally acceptable manner.

Civil marriage celebrants may be of assistance to people who may have religious beliefs but do not wish to be married in a church, temple or mosque. In civil ceremonies final and basic decisions regarding the content are seen as the choice of the couple. Therefore, the civil celebrant has come to be defined as a professionally trained ceremony-provider who works in accordance with the wishes of the client couple.

Civil marriage ceremonies can take place in lots of different venues- indoor or outdoor, but must remain in Australia to make it legally binding. You will need to bring at least two other people to the ceremony who are prepared to witness the marriage and sign the marriage register.

In this sense the celebrant is not merely the central deliverer of the ceremony according to law, but its facilitator, the couple's adviser, the resource person, the co-creator of the ceremony, and the rehearsal-director. A Civil Marriage Celebrant is bound by a strict code of conduct.

Many other celebrations may be conducted by a civil celebrant that are non-legal binding including vow renewals, commitment ceremonies, blessing, namings and funerals too.

A celebrant, by this definition, does not come from the standpoint of any doctrinal belief or unbelief. A trained celebrant usually operates professionally on the principle that their own beliefs and values are irrelevant. Qualified Civil Celebrants have full legal status in their communities.