FAQs – Becoming a marriage celebrant
- December 19, 2017
- Posted by: Rose Training Australia
- Category: Marriage Articles
There are countless ways to describe marriage. For some it’s a symbol of passion, faith and dedication. For others it marks the journey of loyalty, togetherness and commitment. The beauty of marriage is that it means something different for every couple, but is still bound together by the overarching emotion of love.
Your own wedding or the wedding of a family member or friend will forever remain in your most cherished memories. However, have you ever considered how rewarding it would be to celebrate marriage in all its forms, for every deserving soul? With same sex marriage officially legalised in Australia, there’s never been a more exciting time to consider becoming a marriage celebrant.
Learn more about how you can become a marriage celebrant with our FAQs, and decide whether it’s the path you’re destined to take.
Why should I become a marriage celebrant?
There is so much more to marriage than meets the eye. Uncovering what marriage means to each couple is in the forefront of a celebrant’s role. Understanding unique love and creating ways to convey that love in a ceremony is key. If your creativity skills are constantly blooming and your passion stems from the love within others, becoming a marriage celebrant could be your calling.
In a world where discrimination is very present, marriage is a vital way of offering a sense of identity to those who may have suffered from judgement in the past. Marriage equality is finally a component of life in Australia. By becoming a same sex marriage celebrant, you are not only advocating love, but also equality, diversity and freedom.
How will becoming a marriage celebrant change my life?
Being a marriage celebrant doesn’t necessarily have to be a a full-time job. It can be an enjoyable hobby, a way for you to give to others, or a means of spreading love in the world.
The flexibility of being a marriage celebrant is perfect for the busy creative minds who are looking to expand their skillset while having a whole lot of fun. Think back to the last wedding you attended, and imagine celebrating that love on a regular basis!
The people involved are the ones who will truly change your life. Marriage celebrants are able to form incredible bonds with the couples they unite.
What qualities should I possess?
Before committing to the role, there are a few important questions you should ask yourself.
Are you prepared to:
- Commit to weekend and evening appointments?
- Develop a business plan and front the start-up costs?
- Assume responsibility for all legal matters and documents?
- Become a part of people’s lives in a supportive manner?
Most importantly, are you responsible, dependable, organised and ready to work with others in an artistic and compassionate way? If you speak the language of love and wish to share it with others, you should start to consider a marriage celebrant course.
What’s the first step?
To become a marriage celebrant in Australia, you must complete a Certificate IV in Celebrancy through a registered training organisation. You’ll be considered a celebrant once you have successfully completed the units, submitted your formal application and have been approved by the Registrar of Marriage Celebrants.
Once you’re qualified and registered, you can advertise your services to the public.
What’s the lowdown on marrying same sex couples?
As of December 9, 2017, gender will no longer determine the right to marry in Australia. How does this affect your role as a celebrant? You can openly advocate equal rights!
The process for same sex marriage will follow the standard requirements to marry in Australia. Your job as the celebrant is to educate couples on these requirements.
How has marriage equality changed the system in Australia?
The only changes to marriage ceremony requirements in Australia are those regarding the vows and the ‘monitum’. The new definition of marriage in Australia is ‘the union of 2 people to the exclusion of all others, voluntarily entered into for life’.
As a celebrant, you are required to voice the new legal definition as part of any marriage ceremony.
As you’d expect from a successful equality movement, each couple wishing to marry in Australia, regardless of gender or sex, will be treated equally.
Get started today!
If you’re ready to take a passionate turn in your career, enquire at Rose Training about beginning your Certificate IV in Celebrancy. Our course is constantly developed in order to produce confident and resourceful celebrants. Get involved in the excitement of same sex marriage and reserve your spot in the Rose Training course today.