What is the Difference between an MC and Celebrant?
* Civil Marriage Celebrant and wedding specialist
* ABIA Finalist in 2012, 2013, 2015 (VIC)
The main differences that distinguish a Celebrant from a MC are that a Celebrant is qualified to complete and register the legal requirements of a marriage and abides by the Government’s regulations and laws of that country. A Celebrant legally registers and solemnises a couple’s marriage, making their union legally valid and recognised by law. A Celebrant may perform other duties other than a marriage such as commitment ceremonies, funerals, renewal of vows and baby naming etc- but this too, is in a ceremony format. A MC can be anyone and is usually a friend (they don’t have to have an official qualification), or venue MC or professional MC, that does not perform any legal requirements to marry a couple and isn’t legally recognised to do so. Their role is to keep the agenda of the reception flowing (after the Celebrant has finished their duties in the Ceremony) and are more for entertainment, capturing and maintaining guests attention and keeping structure of the reception festivities for the Bride and Groom.
Sum it up: Celebrant = Ceremony AND MC = Reception
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