It is only in the last few years that I’ve begun to call myself a humanist, because I wasn’t really aware of the term. However, like yourself probably, I’ve long thought that this is the one life we have, and I’ve tried to live it to the full with responsibility and respect for this truly awesome world around us.
I am married with 3 children. After teaching foreign languages for many years, I now work with young people who have a language and communication difficulty and part of my job is to promote simple and effective communication. Whilst I love words and the musicality and significance of good language well used, if you can’t hear or understand what people say, the point is lost. What you say at your wedding and the way you communicate your feelings to your partner and guests, is at the very heart of the ceremony.
I work mostly within a 50-mile radius of my home in Wells, Somerset but I would travel further afield and abroad if we find that we are right for each other. I speak French, German and Italian and would be willing to use those languages in a ceremony.
I really enjoyed my own wedding day, a few decades ago now. It was personal, home-spun, spontaneous, fun and friendly and it was very special to the whole family.
But how lovely to have planned the ceremony itself; to have made intimate decisions on the structure, readings, music, songs and rituals. How much more meaningful are the vows when they are yours only, carefully considered to reflect what you want to say to your partner and to your guests.
How fantastic to be able to choose the location of your wedding because it is somewhere special to you both: an architectural splendour or a rustic barn, a well-loved garden or a hill-top view, a village hall, woodland or beach; entirely your choice.
A Humanist wedding ceremony can celebrate our uniqueness in a meaningful and wholly satisfying way. Whether you and your partner already have firm ideas or need much more guidance, whether you prefer tradition or innovation, the script and structure will be about who you are as individuals.
Namings can be as formal or informal as you wish. The location might be your home or garden, a village hall, restaurant, outdoor area or a place special to you and your family. The focus is to welcome your baby or child officially within your family and friends and to make a commitment to your child to be the best parent you can be. It can be such fun!
Whether you are considering a wedding or a naming, please phone or email to set up a relaxed meeting, with no obligation on your part, when we can find out more about each other.
01749 675490 firstname.lastname@example.org