6 Tips From Our Most Experienced Celebrants

career funerals membership wedding May 24, 2022

Celebrancy is more than a job. It is a community of people who want to promote one thing - Love. 

When you train with the International College of Professional Celebrants, you join a group of people who are on the same journey as you. These people are not your competitors, but your peers. You can give and receive advice, support each other during emotional times and get to know each other on a more intimate level than any of your friends or colleagues elsewhere. 

To start you on your journey, we want to share with you the advice from our most experienced celebrants. 

 

 

Perseverance

A member told us that the best thing you can do as a new celebrant is persevere. She said perseverance is the key to getting bookings, dealing with the challenges of the job, and helps you to enjoy the rewards more. 

 

Ask

Another celebrant suggested that being a ‘permanent student’ is the best way to enjoy your celebrancy career to the max. We could not agree more. There is no such thing as a silly question, and when you have celebrant peers around you, you can access great answers, tips and advice from others. Ask when you need help or aren’t sure about something. 

 

Honesty

A celebrant advised to go forward with honesty and transparency as a key business value. She said ‘Be honest about yourself and with yourself. Be honest with your clients and with other celebrants”. If you are honest, you uphold true integrity and your clients will thank you for that and are more likely to recommend you to others. If there is a problem, always be transparent and ensure everybody knows exactly what is going on at all times. 

 

Don’t compare

One celebrant advised not to compare yourself to other celebrants. They are going at their own pace and you are going at yours. Everyone is different and has unique circumstances, and if you are worried about bookings, keep reminding yourself that they will come! Consider other celebrants your peers and coaches, not your competitors. 

 

Use your Funeral Directors

Funeral directors are an invaluable resource. Use your funeral director often, ask questions, learn about their trade. The more you speak to your local funeral directors, the more you will learn and discover about celebrancy. If you are specializing in funerals over weddings, this is particularly important, as you will get most of your business through the funeral director. 

 

Research

Finally, our celebrant said “Do plenty of research”. By this, she specifically meant research into your market, your local suppliers and services, and the demand in your area for celebrancy services. Continue to do research throughout your career - after all, things change!

 

Become a Celebrant

If you would like to join our supportive community, have a look at some of the training opportunities we have. Not only do we show you everything you need to  become a celebrant, but can support you after your training is complete too.