Personal non-religious ceremonies

All Ceremonies are tailor-made and can be anything from the simple and straightforward to the more elaborate. I will work closely with you to design your own personal ceremony.
The British Humanist Association

About Us

My personal story…

I set up Inspirational Ceremonies 10 years ago when I found, through my own experience, that there is a need for non-religious ceremonies that reflect people’s individuality and give meaning to key life events.

My Daughters’ Naming Ceremony…

My journey began with my own daughters’ naming ceremony. My husband and I wanted to celebrate the arrival of our daughters, but felt a christening wasn’t appropriate as we don’t have religious beliefs. We attended a friend’s naming ceremony and decided that we would like to hold a similar celebration for our family. Our daughters’ naming celebration was very special. I designed a personal ceremony that involved many of our close family and friends. It received wonderful feedback and is a day that we will always remember!

My Father’s Funeral…

The following year I lost my father. He didnt have any religious beliefs but left no specific wishes for his funeral. At the time we were not aware of the options available and, therefore, arranged to have a simple funeral ceremony conducted at the crematorium. His ceremony was personalised by family and friends who took part, including myself. I am glad that I took the opportunity to speak about the special person he was and to remember the happy times that we had shared as a family. As a result of these experiences I was motivated to train with the British Humanist Association to become a humanist celebrant. I began conducting Wedding and Naming Ceremonies in 2007 and two years later trained to conduct funerals.

My Brother’s Wedding…

It was very special to be involved in another family occasion in the summer of 2011, when I conducted a Wedding Ceremony for my older brother, Mark, and his wife, Matihy. They celebrated their marriage with an intimate gathering of family and friends and it was wonderful to play such an important role in their day!

Becoming a Humanist Celebrant…

Over the last eight years I have conducted humanist ceremonies for between 2 – 200 people in many different settings. What I particularly like about my role as a celebrant is meeting new people and finding out what is important to them in their lives. I have discovered a love of writing and telling people’s stories, whether talking about how a couple first met, what a baby has brought into a family’s life or remembering special times spent with a loved one. I consider it a privilege to be involved in people’s lives at such an important time.

I look forward to meeting you  Debra

 

Wedding photography by Jason Chambers