What is the Fellowship of Professional Celebrants?

The ‘FPC’ was founded in 2011 and has become the largest organisation of independent celebrants in the UK and Europe.

“Membership of the FPC is exclusively for those celebrants who have successfully completed one or more of our acclaimed training courses.”

Benefits of being a FPC member include life time support by the organisation, up-to-date legal and compliance guidance combined with appropriate Public Liability Insurance.

“By choosing a FPC Celebrant, you can be assured you are choosing someone who has been professionally trained to an exceptionally high standard and who is fully certified and has no criminal convictions.”

Why Choose a Celebrant?

Choosing a celebrant over a registrar has multiple benefits to you for planning your wedding day.

Having a celebrant led ceremony means you have complete flexibility over your venue (as it doesn’t need to be licensed) and your celebration.

Your ceremony can be as unique as you created it with your ideas, your vows, and your style. There is no need to rush your decisions as we will work together with unlimited contact until every detail is perfect.

What’s the difference between a humanist and a celebrant?

Humanists include no religious material in the service at all and is a belief in itself and a chosen way of life that people adhere to. Celebrants can include some religious material in the ceremony they conduct.

Can you be legally married by a celebrant?

No.  To be legally married a UK ceremony must be performed by an authorised person, e.g. a registrar, vicar or priest.

Can a celebrant marry you in a church?

There are no legal reasons why you can’t get married by a celebrant in a church, but you would need to seek permission from the pastor, vicar or priest to see if the church would allow it.

Does a registrar have to be present at the ceremony?

No, the “legal” part of the marriage with the registrar can take place before or after the event and it doesn’t need to be on the same day.

How long does the ceremony last?

The ceremony can be as long or as short as you like, from 15 to 45 minutes. This will be discussed at the first meeting and will depend on what you would like your ceremony to include e.g. readings, vows, poetry or unity/ symbolic ceremony.