Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Celebrant Foundation &
The Celebrant Foundation & Institute is a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to training Celebrant officiants.
Our Certified Life-Cycle CelebrantsTM promote the use of personalized ceremony to mark the moments and milestones in the lives of individuals, families, communities and organizations. Celebrancy began in Australia in the early 1970s. Presently there are more than 3000 Celebrants worldwide, who have presided over one million ceremonies in the last forty years.
What is a Celebrant?
Celebrants are professional life-cycle ceremony officiants who believe in the power and effectiveness of ceremony and ritual to serve basic needs of society and the individual. They collaborate with their clients to create and perform personalized ceremonies that reflect the clients’ beliefs, philosophy of life and personalities; not the Celebrant's.
Celebrants officiate at all types of life-cycle ceremonies and rituals including baby namings and adoption ceremonies, coming of age ceremonies, weddings, civil unions and commitment ceremonies, funerals and memorials. Celebrants also develop ceremonies to enrich daily life and for community, corporate and civic events. The opportunities to use ceremony to create connections among neighbors and families, and for healing and celebration, are as varied as are our Celebrants.
How do I get a marriage license? You must apply in person for a marriage license at the county clerk's office (in the county where your wedding will take place). Click here for a list of Illinois county vital record Web sites or county clerk addresses).