Humanist Non-Religious Weddings and Partnerships in Devon, Cornwall, Somerset and Dorset.

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“She did an absolutely amazing job. Maria took the time to understand exactly how we wanted our ceremony to be and then liaised with us to ensure that it was crafted to perfection.”

I honestly think I get as much joy from wedding ceremonies as my couples do. I’ll spend plenty of time getting to know you before writing a script that reflects you as a couple. I’m a bit obsessive about attention to detail, so you can feel confident that the ceremony will go as smoothly as possible.

I’ll do my utmost to make sure you’re able to relax and enjoy it!

I’ll use beautiful words to tell your story. What does your partner mean to you? Why are you choosing to get married? How do you see your future together?

Above all, the process of putting together a wedding ceremony should be fun. Humanist ceremonies are really flexible. The sky’s the limit. I can provide plenty of suggestions for appropriate readings, music, symbolic acts and even your vows. I can help with ideas for involving your guests, special friends, children or other members of the family.

“Maria presented a unique and beautiful ceremony, with exactly the right quirks! Her delivery was impeccable and made it unforgettable.”

You can have a ‘traditional’-style ceremony, or something completely different. It’s entirely your choice. I’ll make sure your ceremony is sincere, even if you decide not to make it serious. There’s a suggested outline on this page but there’s no set template, so just let me know what you have in mind.

Humanist ceremonies aren’t limited to licensed venues. This opens up a whole new world of possibilities, especially in the great outdoors. How about Dartmoor, a beach, in woodland, or even your own back garden?

“Maria was very warm and genuine, she did an excellent job of summarising our relationship.”

I can’t wait to meet you. Marriage is a big adventure and it starts right here!

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More Testimonials:

“Thank you so much for everything you did. So many of our guests have made a point of telling us (both on the day and in the weeks following the wedding) that they loved your beautiful ceremony. In particular, as you got to know us so well, people have said that the ceremony felt authentic and unique to us. It was so special for Tom and I and we both look back with such cherished memories on all parts of the day but in particular our ceremony.  We took the copy of the ceremony you kindly gave us on our honeymoon to relive the day and remind us of the special and unpredictable moments!” 

“Thank you for doing such a fantastic job being our celebrant,  we thought you were great! We had some fantastic feedback from friends and family as well. A few people who’d never been to been to a humanist ceremony before were really impressed how personal and meaningful the service was”.

“Maria took the time to get to know us and make our ceremony incredibly detailed around our story and our journey. As a couple we were incredibly busy in the run up to the wedding organising everything and Maria was flexible and supportive of our need for more time, we were still making changes to our ceremony the week of the wedding and Maria helped with this. On the day, the ceremony was absolutely perfect, exactly what we hoped for: special, personalised and Maria was fantastic and well liked by all our guests. We received great feedback from family and friends, huge thank you Maria for everything”. 

“First and foremost we wanted to say a huge thank you for our beautiful ceremony later week. It was perfect in every way and so moving that I think we have inspired a few couples to renew their vows just so they can have a humanist ceremony!”

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Is a humanist wedding for you? Read the Humanists UK page to find out.

Download the Humanists UK Weddings Leaflet.

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