celebrant

Having attended hundreds of weddings over the past six years, either through work or friends (but mainly work), I have always felt there is something truly special and spiritual about a religious ceremony, whether it's held in a church, a synagogue or a mosque.
A Day of the Dead Dinner is a wonderful ritual, created by artists Rachel Rose Reid and Pablo Villierezz, where everyone brings a beloved dead person to a feast, gathering together to share their flavours and stories and to honour their memory.
The creative director of a global agency recently told me that when she gets stuck for ideas, she stands on her desk. "It literally gives me a different perspective," she says. "A bit rebellious, maybe. But it works for me."
When Grace Gelder's self-marriage hit the headlines last week, it started a conversation about what it means to celebrate single life with a ceremony. I was the one who led Grace's ceremony that spring day. I'm what is known as a "celebrant" - someone who helps people create meaningful ceremonies that celebrate life.