This approach is for people who do not want to have a traditional religious wedding ceremony presided over by a vicar, priest, rabbi, imam or other religious figure.
The choice to have a humanist wedding means you can have the wedding ceremony you want and where you want (within reason). The ceremony will be unique and tailor made with you in control of the content. Humanist wedding and partnership ceremonies are non-religious ceremonies and might contain poems, readings, music, decorative elements – whatever is meaningful to you. Together we can make a ceremony that is personal to you; a public declaration and celebration in front of your family and friends. My role is to help you decide how the ceremony is to be organised and delivered. Working together, we can arrive at a ceremony that is moving and memorable – a first step to begin your married lives together.
A typical ceremony might include:
- words of welcome
- a tribute to you both including the story of how you met, how the relationship developed, your feelings for one another
- your commitments and promises to each other
- the exchange of rings (or other symbolic act) and your vows
- readings of prose or poetry
- music – live or pre-recorded
- the readings and music are excellent ways to involve family members or friends
If, after an initial discussion you want to make a commitment to using me, we will have a longer meeting for me to find out more about you and the kind of ceremony you want. I will then develop a script including all the potential elements as a basis for discussion, amendment and approval.
On the day, during the ceremony, I can lead on as much or as little as you like but you can rely on me to be the linchpin throughout – a safe pair of hands.