My name is Martin Shaw; I specialise in Civil Weddings, Funerals, Naming Ceremonies and Renewal of Vows.
A civil celebrant is one who conducts services and ceremonies where the focus is placed more on the participants and not on religion. However, the inclusion of religious elements is always welcomed.
For those of a religious faith, usually a priest or other religious leader will officiate at a service or ceremony in a church. However, many people today are not affiliated with a traditional religious philosophy and do not have a church or member of the clergy to call upon.
For these people, a religious service might also seem insincere or uncomfortable. This type of ceremony is sometimes preferred by those of mixed or cross-cultural beliefs where they can integrate various customs, traditions or personal preferences into the service. Others may wish to take a more active role in the planning and participation, or include aspects to the ceremony that may not usually be allowed in a church or religious setting.