An Independent or Civil Celebrant is someone who conducts services and ceremonies where the focus is placed more on the participants and not on religion. However, the inclusion of religious elements is perfectly okay.
Those with a religious faith will usually have a priest or other religious leader to officiate at a service or ceremony in a church. However, many people today are not affiliated with an organised religion and would not be comfortable with a religious service.
A ceremony led by an Independent Celebrant is sometimes preferred by those of mixed or cross-cultural beliefs where they can integrate various customs, traditions or personal preferences into the service. Others may wish to take a more active role in the planning and participation, or include aspects to the ceremony that may not usually be allowed in a church, religious setting or Register Office.