Leytonstone celebrant up for Rising Star award

Public votes and a judging panel will decide if local celebrant Dave Octave will win an industry award

Dave Octave, right, with a newly-married couple (Credit: Dave Octave)

A local celebrant is up for a ‘Rising Star’ industry award.

Dave Octave, from Leytonstone, said he was “honoured” to receive a nomination at the inaugural Celebrant Industry Awards – particularly as he only began officiating ceremonies (such as weddings) just six months ago.

Of the nod, he told the Echo: “It’s such a massive honour to even be nominated. It just gives me such a sense of belonging and knowing that I have made the right decision to move into an industry that has so much warmth and passion.

“I’ve only been a celebrant for six months after beginning my training during lockdown… so this gives me great hope for the future and whether I win or not, it’s such a great accolade to have under my belt.”

The Celebrant Directory is hosting the awards – which sees celebrants who have been put forward judged by an industry panel and put to a public vote.

Local celebrant Dave Octave

Previously working in event management and wedding planning, 47-year-old Dave decided to switch up his career in 2020 – conducting the ceremonies himself, in part to show off his ‘showman’ side.

“I love people,” he said. “I love seeing dreams come true. I am also a singer and have sang at many celebrations and I adore the feeling you get from bringing joy to someone else. 

“Unlike the role of a registrar, a celebrant really gets to know their clients and that is how the magic of creating a unique and personalised ceremony is brought to life.”

Originally from South London, Dave moved to Waltham Forest eight years ago – often gravitating towards Leyton or visiting his favourite pub, The Northcote Arms.

He’s very passionate about the borough’s tight-knit community, adding: “I feel really established in the area as it’s so friendly… I definitely want to build a reputation as the go-to-guy locally, conducting weddings, baby naming ceremonies and vow renewals to name a few.”

Though, of course, he notes: “The odd destination wedding is a must!”

Find out more about Dave’s celebrant work at his official website

Voting opens on 17th May. Visit Celebrant Industry Awards to find out more