It's true that a lot of civil celebrants only conduct marriage ceremonies or funerals but there are also many Family Celebrants who offer their services for a multitude of celebrations that will continue on throughout your lifetime.
Betrothal / Engagement Ceremonies
Making the decision to get married is just as important and exciting as it is to actually get married, so why not celebrate it? When you get engaged one of you is asking the other to spend the rest of your lives together. And if the answer is yes, then that is cause for celebration. A promise to one day soon be married (legally you need to wait at least one full month after you've signed the Notice of Intended Marriage form with your celebrant). How wonderful it will be to find a CCN Celebrant who will become your Family Celebrant for all the celebratory milestones in your lives.
This is a lovely ceremony for when you're pregnant or adopting a child. It is a beautiful and relaxed way to honour the mother in her preparation for the arrival of her baby/child. There are rituals that can be performed and advice offered from experienced friends and relatives.
This is the non relgious version of a Christening or Baptism for your baby/child or your newly adopted baby or child to welcome them into their family and their community. Naming Ceremonies are also for people who are transitioning from one gender to another or simply wanting a new beginning in their lives where a new name is part of that transition.
Coming of Adolescence Ceremonies
In some cultures, there are specific rituals for boys who are coming into manhood and young ladies have always had biological changes welcoming them into womanhood, although this is more often a secret tha tis not spoken about let alone celebrated. However in Australia we don't really have a custom or tradition where the young men and woman are ackknowledged or eased into this special and sometimes confusing time in their lives. In the past we had debutant balls and coming out parties which were designed to introduce young ladies into society, but that tradition is surely fading. The Coming of Adolescence Ceremony is ackowledging and celebrating the transitions that your teenagers are passing through. No longer a child, but not quite yet an adult and yet they are acheiving milestones that should be recognised.
Coming Out Ceremonies
Whether you are gay, straight, bi-sexual, transgender or one of the many other gender identies, that is nobody's business but your own. However, if you want to share and celebrate this joyous occasion and you or your child have been brave enough and found the confidence to come out to your family and friends, then why not celebrate? Coming out is all about accepting yourself the way you are and living a life that is true for you. You are you. You are beautiful and you should be celebrated and be celebrated!
Coming of Age Ceremonies - 18th, 21st
Since the 1960's when the legal age of 21 was reduced down to 18 in Australia [read more about this here] we typically celebrate by getting as drunk as we possibly can. With all the alcohol related violence, it is way overdue that we look at our coming of age celebrations and rethink what it actually means to become an adult. It means amoungst a long list of responsibilities: voting, signing legal documents and travelling. Yes, it means that you can drink legally, but it also means that you need to be mature enough to do it responsibly. So why not make your coming of age party more meaningful with a ceremony that honours who you are, where you've come from and where you're going in your life.
Special Birthday Celebrations
Is Nanna turning 80? Is Granddad 75 already? What fabulously interesting lives they must have lead in their time. Why not celebrate in a style befitting family elders and leaders by giving your loved one a Party with a Purpose. A "This is your life" tribute honours their lives, their accomplishments, their hardships, their knowledge and their experiences.
Anniversary Celebrations & Wedding Vow Renewals
Each year that a couple has worked at their marriage should be celebrated. Check out the Wedding Anniversary symbols page for some ideas on your next anniversary party theme and how you could incorporate a meaningful ceremony with the help of your CCN Celebrant. When you've been married for a while, you can look back on the vows you made at your marriage ceremony and decide whether they are still fitting for your relationship now or whether you'd like to add some new ones to match how your relationship has evolved.
Moving in Together
Without the legal paperwork, buying a house or moving in together is a commitment that can in some ways be just like a marriage. You'll need to communicate effectively to feed the pets and work together to pay the bills. This momentous occasion should be celebrated. You could invite everyone around and combine your housewarming party with a commitment ceremony and really party with a purpose!
Why not talk to one of our CCN Celebrants to help you make your next celebration more meaningful?