Humanist, non-religious ceremonies are a way of celebrating the most important events in people’s lives, including: weddings, namings, commitment ceremonies, as well as rites of passage.
Humanist ceremonies are inclusive, personalised and carefully written to convey the personalities and wishes of the people involved. If you wish to read more, I write a blog and have lots of information on my website: The Humanist Ceremony.com
With a love of writing, meeting people and listening to their stories, it is really rewarding, and a true privilege, to work with people to help them realise their dreams and celebrate such an important day in their lives.
As well as being able to write creatively, I’m also skilled at working well with many different personalities, which can be helpful when there may be relatives or friends who are religious or would prefer you to make traditional choices. You can read some of the testimonials of the happy couples with whom I’ve worked here.
Where can you have a humanist wedding ceremony?
Humanist ceremonies can be held absolutely anywhere and I’ve been lucky to have been chosen to conduct ceremonies in a variety of places, including a castle, on an island, in a field, in a concert hall, a restaurant and even a high school! You can be married in a humanist ceremony in a garden, a wood, on a boat, or a beach, in a famous place or park, or wherever you want. Many couples choose to have a humanist ceremony in an outdoor location, or a restaurant or a the place of their reception.
Where I work
I conduct most ceremonies in London and the South East of England, where I live. Also, I like to visit Guernsey and Jersey, the Channel Islands, every year, where I lived for a long time and where I’m happy to say that they have recently legalised same sex marriage and humanist marriage has gained legal recognition (in Jersey).
With a love of travelling, and a decent grasp of both French and Spanish, I’m happy to travel abroad too.
How does it work?
Our initial meeting can be held by Skype to save you time. If you choose me as a celebrant (hopefully), we can plan the creative ceremony consultation, which we can hold that at your home, or a quiet place that is conveniently located.
At our consultation, we can talk about your wishes for your wedding ceremony, and any readings, rituals, songs, vows and promises, or people that you wish to include. You can give as much creative direction as you wish (including a guide on what to wear to complement your colour scheme or the occasion if you wish.) After the consultation, having met you, I will research and send you ideas and a draft of your ceremony. A humanist ceremony can be as traditional or as contemporary and original as you wish it to be. It can incorporate traditions, customs and cultural references from around the world. It can include a quiet time for prayer, if you wish to provide that for religious relatives.
Why choose a humanist celebrant?
I was selected and trained by Humanists UK (then called the British Humanist Association) in 2014, and in 2017, I was offered the opportunity to be the Interim Head of Ceremonies. It was a long-held dream to work for a national charity and I loved working for one that is so close to my heart, which campaigns for the equal rights and on ethical issues on behalf of non-religious people.
As a humanist, I respect people of all beliefs and backgrounds and believe in kindness, honesty and treating people as I’d wish to be treated myself.
As an accredited celebrant with Humanists UK, I have full public liability and professional indemnity insurance, as well as continued professional development and a commitment to the Code of Conduct. This gives our clients the assurance of the highest quality service.
Please contact me
I’m happy to talk informally with you about humanist wedding and naming ceremonies.
Phone: 01737 826966
Mobile: 07734 581184
My website & blog: The Humanist Ceremony