What is a Celebrant?

Celebrant is an old word originally used by Anglican and Catholic priests. Our team of Celebrants serve the community in interfaith and multicultural ways through special gatherings and of course, in ceremony. Our reason for getting up in the morning is to collaborate with thoughtful vibrant people! We especially love creating ceremonies – be it a celebration of life, memorial, wedding, or baby naming.

Our passion is ceremony that feels significant and sacred, spiritually and culturally resonant, and that adeptly weaves tradition with personal narrative.  YOU are our vision board and even if you don’t know it yet, your story is extraordinary!

We care about creating a strong connection of trust with our clients. Helping you hit the pause button during the pivotal experiences of your life matters to us. Enjoy taking time to unfold your memories and stories, and to explore what traditions are meaningful to you and your family. We guide you in this process, and the results are what inspire us to create a ceremony utterly reflective of you, your family, or your loved one.  It’s kind of like having your portrait painted but in words and ritual. A hallmark of our memorials, wedding ceremonies, celebrations of life and baby blessings is that these make everyone present feel connected and part of something bigger… something truly significant.

The Modern Celebrant team of wedding officiants and funeral celebrants are contemporary chaplains and ministers. We are here to change the way we all engage with ceremony in our fast-paced society.  Think: uplifting, beautiful and engaging with equal measures of joyful laughter and poignant tears. We strongly support inclusive ceremony… we respect your faith, culture, gender and sexual orientation.

If you believe that ceremony is not a hoop to jump through so you can get to the party – you’ve come to the right place.

We can’t wait to start a conversation with you!

Michele Davidson, Founder & Principal Celebrant of the meaning-making team at Modern Celebrant
Michele Davidson, Founder & Principal Celebrant of the meaning-making team at Modern Celebrant







“Choosing you to be our wedding officiant was the best decision we made planning our wedding!” Our guests loved the storytelling of our journey and how you blended it with our cultural traditions. Many commented on how it was the “realest’ ceremony they had ever attended.” – Junie

“I’ll always remember meeting you at my door and being awestruck by the calm radiant way you have about you. I felt such a strong sense of trust immediately! You were the perfect person and funeral celebrant to honour my mother and her amazing life. You have such elegance and grace and have certainly found your calling in life. I thank you profoundly and heartily say to all that you are Vancouver’s very best funeral celebrant.” – Katie