Post # 1
I was reading a post where someone mentioned their celebrant, and it made me think how personally I’m not a fan of the word, though I like that it’s happy, to me it feels like a little too much extra cheese on what will already be, in many ways, the cheesiest day of my life. I prefer for only my Fiance to know just how much of a cheeseball I am.
I much prefer the term officiant, because it sounds, well, official. And we were very specifically looking for an officiant (or celebrant), not a rabbi, priest, or pastor, because we’re not religious. As it turns out our officiant is technically a Reverend, but not Christian, and mostly I just think of him as a Hippie. 😛
So what about you?
Post # 3
@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
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 # 5
@LiliKitty: I’m sure we’re far from the only people to have some version of that thought! 😛
@Pinkmoon: Lmao that’s hilarious!
At the end of the day, the most important part of a wedding is getting married, so I hope everyone has the opportunity to be married by someone whose vibe meshes well with the blessing (religious or not) of the couple’s love, whatever that person is called.
Post # 6
@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 # 7
@Aquaria: Lol no worries, after all (Warning: Punny joke ahead) the more the marrier!
Post # 9
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
We called our friend who officiated the Irreverend – he’s very nonreligious 😉
Post # 10
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
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.