In a wedding ceremony, the most important person at the wedding ceremony aside from the two people who are about to get married is the wedding celebrant. He or she lovingly officiates and conducts the ceremony, administers the rituals and vows, and is the one who gets to pronounce you a married couple officially! So with such a significant role on your wedding day, is it mandatory for your celebrant to stay for the reception? Our wedding celebrant experts weigh in.
Owner of Broome marriage and celebrant Kat Taylor says in general; the celebrant leaves after the ceremony and according to her; you can invite the celebrant as a guest if you are friends but quite often, the celebrant would not attend the reception.
Katherine Kulman, a wedding celebrant, based in Melbourne is of the opinion that your celebrant doesn’t have to stay for the wedding reception, but you should send an invite if you would like them to attend.
Another marriage celebrant from Australia, Paul Voge also believes that once the ceremony is done, the celebrant usually leaves unless asked by the bride and groom to stay.
While a wedding celebrant and owner of Wedding in New York, Steve Blane believes there is absolutely no need for celebrants to stay longer than the ceremony.
Having read these views from wedding celebrants on this matter, there’s a possibility your wedding celebrant may miss out on your wedding reception except he or she is a close family friend or a relative with an invite sent to request his presence at your wedding reception. However, if you really want your wedding celebrant to attend your wedding reception, send him an invitation and hope for the best, who knows? You might be pleasantly surprised.