Choose your celebrant ..... wisely

Choosing a marriage celebrant is just as important as every other wedding day decision.  Engaging a professional, with the right fit for you as a couple, to work alongside you and deliver the best possible ceremony, is key, after all, you want your wedding day to be memorable for all the right reasons.

The Celebrants’ Association of New Zealand (CANZ) is an excellent place to begin your search for that perfect person to officiate.  Not only do you have the assurance of engaging someone from a professional body, CANZ is upping the ante. The organisation has always seen the importance of its members providing a consistently high level of professional and ethical service and rather than just assuming this is the case has spent considerable time and focus to develop a robust process for CANZ members to more clearly and transparently show their professionalism and commitment to the highest quality celebrant services possible.

So, while CANZ members have always been expected to adhere to its professional standards and code of ethics, from September all members will have to pass the association’s online test to prove they have a well-grounded knowledge of these important components.

Adding to this, CANZ has introduced a celebrant validation process known as VCANZ, which is a structured recognition of celebrant training, experience and professional development based on CANZ body of knowledge.

It’s an exciting and significant change in the organisation’s 18-year history and one that’s designed to provide the public and allied sectors with certainty and greater assurance that a CANZ celebrant, and in the future a celebrant with VCANZ accreditation, meets the professional standards of competency in the professional knowledge practice and ethics required for celebrant work.

A marriage celebrant must attain re-registration with Births Deaths and Marriage (BDM) annually; renew their CANZ membership each year and VCANZ revalidation every four years to ensure continuing competency and development. |

As seen in the September 2018 edition of My Wedding 

Lianne Fraser