Do you prefer the term officiant, celebrant, or neither?

posted 3 years ago in Ceremony
  • poll: Do you like the word officiant or celebrant?
    Officiant : (35 votes)
    95 %
    Celebrant : (0 votes)
    Both : (1 votes)
    3 %
    Neither : (1 votes)
    3 %
  • Post # 3
    3265 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: February 2014

    @ladyamalthea:  I answered the question in my head as I pulled the post up saying “I like officiant better because it sounds… official” Very close to what you said! Celebrant seems like someone for a vow renewal. To each their own though!

    ETA: Our officiant is technically a pastor, but we’re not religious and she’s just fine with making it a very non-religious ceremony.

    Post # 4
    10748 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2014

    I say officiant. Funny story…

    My fiancé had no idea what officiant meant, so when I was telling him we had an appointment to go meet with our guy, I explained that he was the one who does the legal marriage paperwork for us. He assumed we were going to this meeting because I wanted him to sign a prenup haha.

    Post # 6
    5207 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: February 2013

    @ladyamalthea:  confession: I didn’t even know what the word for it was until planning my own wedding. I thought if it wasn’t some kind of religious leader it was just referred to as a “marrier”. 

    Post # 8
    137 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    I go with Priest….haha

    Post # 9
    8993 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

    We called our friend who officiated the Irreverend – he’s very nonreligious 😉

    Post # 10
    11772 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2013

    I always say officiant unless it’s a Man of the Cloth. Then he (or occasionally she!) is a Priest/Pastor/Rabbi/Minister

    Post # 11
    10219 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2012

    Officiant… because as others have said “it sounds official”

    Celebrant sounds just odd to me (too close to celibate, lol)

    Mr TTR also had never heard the word Officiant before I was doing Wedding Research

    I like to use proper titles tho if I know them… so when appropriate Priest – Father – Rabbi – Reverand – Pastor – Minister etc.



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