A celebrant is a person who conducts formal ceremonies or rites of passage for a community. These are personalised for couples or individuals in order to be as meaningful as possible. A rite of passage is a ritual event marking the transition from one status to another, or a particular milestone. Rites of passage are said to incorporate stages of separation, transition and reincorporation to the community. They are liminal, or between stages, and often result in a new identity or responsibility. Rites of passage are fundamental to human growth and development, and link an individual to their community and spiritual world.
Rites of passage include:
- Birth support and Naming ceremonies
- Wedding ceremonies
- Funeral memorials
If you would like me to be your marriage officer, I am registered with the Department of Home Affairs (RSA) to offer Civil Union marriages. These offer the same legal protections as the Marriage Act, but are also available to same-sex couples, and couples who wish to have a spiritual, rather than a religious ceremony. I am registered under the Buddhist community (Kagyu Samye Dzong, Kensington) but can also offer secular or spiritual services, depending on your choice.
If you are a member of the Kagyu Buddhist Community, then I will happily offer the ceremony free of charge.
- Pre-wedding counselling (using the Prepare/Enrich online questionnaire) and personalised ceremony. The counselling is also available after the wedding, if you would like additional support.
- Personalised weekend ceremony, including one or two meetings and/or rehearsal.
- Simple weekday ceremony in your home in Johannesburg.
Please send me an email with your full names and ID numbers and I will send you the ‘Getting Married’ information pack.
For examples of different types of wedding ceremonies, please look at the following blog posts: Spiritual Ceremony or Tibetan Buddhist Ceremony.