My name is Elizabeth Donnelly and I am accredited by Humanists UK as a Weddings, Namings and Funerals Celebrant. I live in Wimbledon, London and conduct ceremonies across London, Surrey and Hampshire. I also travel further afield, including overseas.
Every humanist ceremony has a personal tribute at its heart: the life to come at a Naming Ceremony; the life together at a Wedding; and the life lived at a Funeral.
All of the ceremonies are unique, special and specifically tailored to your needs, and I will work closely with you to write the perfect, personal ceremony for you.
It is important to find the right ceremony – and indeed, the right celebrant – for you. There is more detailed information on the pages of this site but if you would like to ask any further questions please do contact me.
Check my calendar to see if I’m free for your dates:
Legal recognition of humanist marriage
While for most couples the Humanist Ceremony is the centre of their wedding, where family and friends come together to witness them making their commitment to each other, at the moment, a Humanist Wedding Ceremony is not a legal ceremony in England or Wales.
Humanist Marriage ceremonies are legal in Scotland, Ireland, Northern Ireland and Jersey and Guernsey. Humanists UK are constantly lobbying the UK government to make Humanist marriage legally recognised. The legislation was passed in 2013 and all that is required is for the relevant government minister to sign an order. Hopefully it will not be much longer.
Consequently, you will need to have a short legal ceremony with an official registrar at some point. Many couples go to the register office a day or two before with witnesses and take care of the legal aspects with no ceremony, and many register offices offer cheaper ceremonies mid-week.
And I am always happy to travel to Scotland to conduct your legal humanist marriage there if you choose.
More information about Naming Ceremonies:
At Humanists UK, we advance free thinking and promote humanism to create a tolerant society where rational thinking and kindness prevail. Our work brings non-religious people together to develop their own views, helping people be happier and more fulfilled in the one life we have. Through our ceremonies, education services, and community and campaigning work, we strive to create a fair and equal society for all.