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 unique ceremony.

I raise my eyes to these Coniston Fells, and see them, at this moment imaged in their lake, in quietly reversed and perfect similitude, the sky cloudless above them, cloudless beneath, and two level lines of blue vapour drawn across their sunlighted and russet moorlands, like an azure fesse across a golden shield.  by John Ruskin

More information about humanist ceremonies from Humanists UK

Lake District Wedding Venues

The Lake District provides an idyllic setting for your wedding, whether you love the outdoors and like being out and about, or if you want to be able to relax amongst beautiful surroundings. The region is not only reknowned for its lakes and mountains, but also for its gentle pace of life and friendly welcome.

A ceremony with a difference…

An Inspirational Wedding Ceremony can be held at an indoor or outdoor location of your choice: at a hotel or a village hall, in your home or garden, or at a special beauty spot. It is up to you!


One of the main advantages of having a humanist wedding is that you have the freedom to hold it where you wish.  Therefore, when choosing a hotel, you are not just limited to those that hold a wedding licence. There are many other options available which include some of the smaller, family-run hotels.

I have experience of conducting ceremonies at a wide variety of venues, some of which are listed below.

Family homes and gardens…

For many couples it is important that they hold their wedding ceremony in a place that is special to them, such as a family home or garden. I have conducted ceremonies in many different settings which have varied from a family living room to a walled garden and a marquee on the lawn. This has also included holiday cottages and their grounds.

Tipis and marquees…

Tipis and marquees are becoming increasingly popular with couples. They can enable you to hold your wedding celebrations in a more unique location, especially if your wish is to be in the heart of the countryside.

Tipi marquees look particularly stunning set against a backdrop of Lakeland fells, and ceremonies can be conducted either inside or at an outdoor location close by. Last year I was involved in two tipi weddings, one in the Borrowdale Valley and the other by the shores of Bassenthwaite. Both settings were magnificent!

Alternative wedding venues…

These include village halls and community buildings, as well as outdoor centres and youth hostels. There is a huge variety to choose from, and as you can see from some of the venues I have worked at, there are many different options available.

Outdoor Weddings…

For real outdoor lovers you can choose a location that is special to you. As well as holding a Mountain Leadership qualification I have worked with groups in the outdoors for over 20 years, and nothing gives me greater pleasure than bringing together this experience with my role as a celebrant. Some of the special places where I have conducted ceremonies include a jetty on Coniston Water, by the shores of Ullswater and Tarn Hows, and in a field in the heart of Borrowdale.

Celebrate your wedding
in a location that is special to you!

 Landscape Photography by Jon Allison