Practical skills based on sound theory for the competent celebrant
Then seek not, sweet, the “If and “Why
I love you now until I die:
For I must love because I live
And life in me is what you give.
Christopher Brennan (“Because the would ask me why I loved her”)
The wedding is the flagship ceremony of every culture. A deep awareness of the power of the wedding ceremony to change lives and perceptions contributes to the understanding of every kind of secular ceremony.
When you have finished this Module you should:
- be able to organise a wedding and officiate it in such a way you, and all other ceremony participants, are “heard, understood and appreciated”
- understand all of the psychological and social dynamics of the journey to the wedding day through the various sub-rituals and the rehearsal.
- be able to ensure the freedom of choice for the client couple by having a wide knowledge of resources in poetry, prose, choreography, music, symbols and stories.
- have an educated understanding of the traditions, conventions, structured continuity as well as the components which may be added or changed to give power and meaning to the wedding, and indeed all ceremonies, thereby making the event unique and personal
- be practised in the skill of telling the story of the couple’s journey from first meeting to the wedding day, and in more general terms, the importance of storytelling in a ceremony
- understand the importance of, and have the skill to effectively organise a wedding rehearsal and why this event is an important ritual in its own right
- know of Relationship Education courses and Counselling Services, and have a method for giving the information to couples so they are aware of these services
- know the legal and organisational procedures essential to marriage preparation including the obligations to the law and the community
- have an understanding of active listening skills, client communication, wedding etiquette, procedures at receptions, and services such as musicians and other artists; venues and sources of appropriate artistic materials
In other words, the practical skills based on sound theory for the competent celebrant.
The law is not a light for you or any man to see by;the law is not an instrument of any kind… (To the FOREMAN) The law is a causeway upon which, so long as he keeps to it, a citizen may walk safely.
Robert Bolt in A Man for All Seasons.
The trial scene, spoken by Sir Thomas More
In this section, if it is relevant to you in your country, you will study the following issues:
- The whole scope on how the law operates in your country and the celebrants part in it.
- The place of law in society – how it regulates and influences; how it should not dominate a culture.
- The parts of the law which affect the celebrant’s normal professional work, as well as the possibilities for changing the law for the better.
- The accepted conventions for the interpretation of the law; ways in which ignorance of the law and of its sensible interpretation can lead to unnecessary inconvenience.
- The ways in which the profession of celebrant is regulated from without and, to an extent, from within; and the role of a professional association.
Assessment tasks are on the last few pages of the module manual. All assessment tasks are carefully read, critiqued and assessed by our Dean of Studies, Dr Chris Watson.
Assessment is by the following methods:
- Learning journal – a diary relating your studies to the world in which you live, includes compulsory research and writing tasks where necessary.
- Research questions – on selected writings of the marriage ceremony, which are included, and the legal forms.
- Fieldwork – a structured analysis of 3 different wedding ceremonies. 1. a structured interview with a celebrant. 2. an assignment on Relationship Education.
Workload and Due Dates
The time envisioned for working on each unit is equivalent to 10 weeks at 8 hours per week. The College has not set dates for submission of individual items. However, unless special permission to extend is granted, this module is to be completed within 6 months. Temporary suspensions of enrolment are negotiable, however fees for modules which have not been completed are not refundable.
Readings, Questions and Assignments
All manuals and DVDs are provided, including “Ceremonies and Celebrations” if not previously provided, and will be made available immediately, once the College receives full payment for the module. If the module manuals, books, DVDs and other items are downloaded from our website a discount will apply. Otherwise the items will be sent by post, airmail where necessary.
Transferring any materiel belonging to the College to a third party without prior permission is unethical and strictly forbidden.
Correspondence on administrative matters, including enrolments, are to be directed to the Registrar of Diplomas, Deborah Roffey.
And if on matters concerning the module, enquiries are to be directed to the Dean of Studies, Dr Chris Watson.
Enrolment Form pdf
Information Booklet pdf