I don’t use templates, or a ‘mix and match’ buffet of elements: your ceremony is written from scratch, in close collaboration with you.
As a prospective client you will be offered a free introductory meeting with me, to see if we feel that we’d be a good match to work together on your ceremony.
To secure your chosen date in my diary, I ask that a deposit is paid and client agreement signed – payment of the deposit confirms your agreement to the terms and conditions of the contract.
You’ll be sent a planning questionnaire and then we organise to meet for a longer planning meeting of approximately 2 – 3 hours, during which I gather all of the information about what you’d like to include in your ceremony.
I will liaise via email with you and with anyone you have chosen to make a reading or other form of input to the ceremony should that be necessary.
I then write the first draft of your ceremony script and email it to you for amendments. At this point, with the largest part of the work done, you transfer the next installment of your fee.
When I receive your edits, I write the final version of your ceremony. Once you have confirmed the final copy is accurate, I ask for the remaining payment, no later than one week before your ceremony.
I create one ‘working’ version including all the prompts, music cues etc to be used on the day and another presentation copy for you as a keepsake.
I then conduct the ceremony on the date and at the venue of your choosing.
As you can imagine this process takes some time and it usually requires at least a couple of months lead in time.
This can occasionally be flexible though, depending on how busy my diary is at any given point in the year, so do always enquire!
For weddings, please remember that in England and Wales, the government currently doesn’t allow me to deal with the legal, marriage paperwork; you will need to book with the register office to have your marriage registered in law.
Many register offices offer a very simple ‘sign and witness’ option and there are no regulations as to when you do this – same day, before or after your wedding ceremony with me.
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Who we are
HUMANIST CEREMONIES is a network of humanist celebrants trained and accredited by Humanists UK. We offer humanist naming, wedding or partnership, and funeral and memorial ceremonies for non-religious people. Each ceremony is unique, appropriate, and personal. Our skilled celebrants come from all walks of life and have great integrity, sensitivity and experience. Their ceremonies reflect these personal qualities and the excellence of our training.
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Where are we?
Humanist Ceremonies offers non-religious ceremonies throughout England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Channel Islands. In Scotland, these ceremonies are offered by Humanist Society Scotland.
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