A Humanist Wedding
Why choose a Humanist Wedding?
Many couples do not want a traditional wedding at a church or temple as they feel it would be inappropriate if they do not hold religious beliefs or if they do, they are different. They may also feel that a Civil Ceremony is not personal enough to convey the meaning they would like reflected in their marriage ceremony.
Civil ceremonies that are conducted by a registrar are governed by laws, which strictly control what can be said and done, and are designed around a standard framework. As well as having limitations in regards to the content of a ceremony, there are also restrictions on the time and place. A civil ceremony can only take place at a registered or licensed venue and it is currently not possible to be legally married out of doors.
With weddings becoming more commercialised, many couples are looking for something that is special and unique to them. They would like the marriage ceremony to be central to their wedding day and express their individuality and personal values.
A Humanist Wedding Ceremony is non-religious and offers you the opportunity to celebrate your relationship in a personal and unique way. Each ceremony is written individually so it conveys what is important to you, expressing your life and values.
Couples who choose to hold a Humanist Wedding Ceremony regard it as their real celebration, expressing their commitment to each other in the company of their family and friends. However, it does not form a marriage contract in the legal sense. Therefore, most couples also attend a Register Office, usually a day or two before the humanist ceremony, to deal with the legal formalities and obtain a civil marriage certificate. It is not necessary to exchange rings at the Register Office.