Wedding Testimonials

Our wedding ceremony was an amazing experience and it is something that will live with us both forever. It was a wonderful occasion and we want to thank you for being so warm and genuine, along with your thorough professionalism. We hope other couples may be inspired by our ceremony. Until we meet again... Simon & Beu
More information about humanist ceremonies from Humanists UK

What is a Humanist Wedding?

A Humanist Wedding Ceremony is non-religious.  It 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.

Why choose a Humanist Wedding Ceremony…

Many couples do not want a wedding at a church or temple as they do not hold religious beliefs. 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.  These strictly control what can be said and done, and are designed around a standard framework.  There are limitations in regards to the content of a ceremony and also restrictions on the time and place. A civil ceremony can only take place at a registered or licensed venue.

Many couples are also looking for something that is special and unique to them. They would like the marriage ceremony to be central to their wedding day, expressing their individuality and personal values.

Legalities…

Couples who choose to hold a Humanist Wedding Ceremony regard it as their real celebration, which expresses their commitment to each other witnessed by their family and friends. However, it does not form a marriage contract in the legal sense.  Most couples therefore also attend a Register Office, usually a day or two before the humanist ceremony, to obtain a civil marriage certificate. They usually choose a simple ceremony to undertake the legalities, accompanied by a couple of witnesses.  It is not necessary to exchange rings at the Register Office.

A Suggested Outline for a Wedding Ceremony

Welcome

  • A general outline of what the ceremony will involve
  • Housekeeping points

Bride or Couple’s entrance

How would you like to enter – together or separately?

The bride with her father?  It is up to you!

Introduction

Your story as a couple

This can include:

  • How you first met
  • Significant milestones
  • An important part of your relationship
  • When and how you got engaged
  • Your hopes for married life

Thoughts on Marriage

Commitments

Ring Exchange

Joint Commitment

Declaration of Husband and Wife / Partners for Life

Moment of Quiet Reflection

Closing Remarks

  • Wishing you well for the future
  • What is happening next

For further information about what your wedding ceremony can include please download a suggested outline in either WORD or PDF format

As an accredited celebrant with Humanists UK, I have undergone a rigorous selection and training programme and work to a code of conduct. By requesting a humanist celebrant accredited with Humanists UK, you ensure that the quality of service you receive is of the highest standard.

Simon & Beu’s photographs thanks to John Rennie