Planning your Humanist wedding ceremony
Unlike a civil or religious service, a Humanist UK ceremony is totally unique to each couple and family – no two ceremonies are the same, and there is no set script. I’ll work with you to write a totally bespoke celebration, that reflects your personalities, and it can be held in any location or venue of your choice.
As your celebrant, I would take the time to get to know you and understand your dreams and vision for your very special day.
I’d be careful to consider any sensitivities around the family dynamics or faiths, to create a truly inclusive event that all of your loved ones can enjoy and be a part of.
As outlined on the Humanist UK website, Humanist weddings are perfect for couples who would like:
A meaningful ceremony that isn’t religious
To marry outdoors or at a location that isn’t licensed for civil weddings
The flexibility to create a personal ceremony that is unique to them
To get to know the person who will be conducting their wedding
To celebrate their marriage with family and friends but without legally registering it – perhaps they have already undertaken the formalities overseas, for example.
You might have a really clear idea already of the type of wedding or naming celebration you want, and if so that’s great – but if not, I’d be happy to give you lots of ideas – from readings, poems and songs to some really touching and beautiful rituals, such as hand-fasting.
During the process, we’d meet up so I talk to you about your relationships and gather lots of information about your story – so, how you met, the proposal, what you love about each other and your hopes for the future. We’d also discuss any rituals you’d like to include, and how you might like to include your family and friends during the ceremony.
From our conversations, I’d write your script. And, following your feedback, I’d make any amends and we’d go back and forth until we have a ceremony that you’re both completely happy with.
If you think I could be the right person for you, or if you have any questions, I'd love to hear from you.
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What is a humanist wedding ceremony?
In June, six couples brought legal action against the government over rules that mean Humanist weddings aren’t legally recognised in England and Wales. Here's a feature I wrote for W&H about the case, which also explains what a humanist ceremony is - and how it differs from a religous or civil ceremony.
Read my article in full