Hi, I’m Chris Edwards, and six years ago I trained and gained accreditation as a Humanist UK wedding celebrant. At this point I think I’d be wondering ‘what’s different about this bloke and why should I use him?’. Well, if you read on I’ll try to tell you about me and what I can offer you.
My life: In the late 60s I grew my hair, and went in search of love and peace. Eight years later, I trained and worked as an actor. During this period I met Sarah and, as I was resting rather more than working, I retrained as a mental health social worker. After 15 years of marriage we had our daughter Liv, and moved to an idyllic hamlet. I found myself after twenty-five years working as a health and social care senior manager and trainer, and I’d had enough. So I retired, retrained as a celebrant, and here I am, at your service.
My humanism: I’ve known I was an atheist since I was 19, in a hospital waiting to hear about a friend who was fighting for her life after a car accident. I thought I should pray but knew, as I think I had always known, that there was nothing out there to pray to. I’m please to say she survived. I came upon humanism through the funerals of Sarah’s parents. I learnt more from an old actor friend, Simon Binns, who’s a celebrant in Brighton. It just seemed to fit. It was how I thought. It was me. The best bit was that I didn’t have to agree with, or believe in the same things, as other humanists. I could just honestly and truthfully be me.
My promise to you: I promise to deliver a fantastic ceremony based on your wishes and needs. Don’t worry, I have lots of ideas to help you decide and, whether its a wedding or any other type of ceremony, you will always receive a draft ceremony script which I will update based on your comments. So the final words, whilst written by me, are the words you want and the words you have agreed. I see my role as making the ceremony seamless, so if something unexpected happens I’ll deal with it. If someone forgets their word, I’ll have them. If someone doesn’t turn up, I’ll fill in. For the time of the ceremony I’ll take control and make sure you have the ceremony that you planned. I’m available for any type of ceremony, whether wedding, renewal of vows, acting as a master of ceremonies or leading a divorce ceremony [I haven’t done one yet but I live in hope], and I will do my very best to give you the ceremony you want.
Your Wedding: Your ceremony can be traditional or avant-garde. It could take place in a palace or on the balcony of your flat. We could battle the wind at the top of a mountain, shelter in a cave, or be in the back room of a pub. You could wear flip flops and shorts; clown suits; haute couture; or top hat and tails. The choice is entirely yours. And we haven’t even started talking about music, readings, vows, friends, and family involvement, the layout of the ceremony, rites of passage, day or night or this country or abroad. All I ask is that the ceremony is non-religious. The day should be a brilliant occasion, but remember; the important issue is what is in your heart and your head. Yes, this is a time for fun and spectacle but it is also a time for gravitas.
A marriage is an intimate and loving relationship which gives both partners’ security, friendship, equality, companionship, respect, support, comfort, and a deep love that penetrates every aspect of life. Your wedding ceremony is a statement of intent about that future and your vows and promises are made in front of the people who mean most to you, your friends and family. And remember those commitments are not just made for anniversaries but for the 364 days in between. Your ceremony should reflect all of this and I’ll help you to get it right. If you think I can help please don’t hesitate to get in touch and I’m very happy to meet with you both before you make any commitment to use my services.