My name is Sue Walder and I conduct humanist weddings in central and north London, as well as in Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, and Buckinghamshire.
I have more than 30 years’ experience of public relations, marketing, and copywriting and it gives me great pleasure to be able to use my listening, writing and organisational skills to help couples create a bespoke, personal, and memorable wedding ceremony.
I enjoy meeting people and feel it a privilege to harness my skills for the benefit of couples starting out on married life. I have been a humanist for a long time without knowing it. I just didn’t have a label for it. I had identified myself as atheist since I was 12 but it wasn’t until my father’s humanist funeral ceremony in 2009, which allowed us to start celebrating the life of the man we loved, that I realised I was actually a humanist.
Humanists believe we have one life, here on Earth, and it is up to each of us, as individuals and as communities, to live with purpose and meaning, including helping each other, without help from any supernatural power.
Why have a humanist wedding?
Humanist wedding ceremonies do not yet have the force of law in England (although the BHA is actively lobbying the government). However, many couples choose to deal with the legal formalities at their local register office before working with their chosen celebrant to create a wedding ceremony that truly reflects their shared love, values, and hopes for the future.
By choosing to have a humanist wedding ceremony you call all the shots – from the venue (on a cliff top, if you like), to the choice of music and readings, the participation of family and friends, the wording of your vows, and the inclusion of any symbolic acts such as hand-fasting and candle lighting.
Your choice of celebrant is also important. You need to be sure that the person you choose is right for you both, will take the time to get to know you, and will work closely with you to transform your ideas into a unique and special wedding ceremony that says all you want it to.
So… please feel free to call me for a no-obligation chat, or contact me by email. I’m happy to tell you more about myself and what’s possible with a humanist wedding ceremony.
Telephone: 0796 9272235