Hello! My name’s Rachael Meyer. I’m a humanist wedding celebrant in Harrogate and the Yorkshire Dales, writing and conducting non-religious, unique, romantic, relaxed and fun wedding ceremonies in Leeds, York, Harrogate areas, across North Yorkshire, The Yorkshire Dales and West Yorkshire.
I work with couples to write and deliver totally bespoke, heartfelt and uplifting wedding ceremonies that tell your story, feature your thoughts on love and marriage, include your music, personal and meaningful vows and your choice of symbolic acts – without the constraints of religion or civil ceremonies.
If you are looking for an alternative wedding ceremony that oozes creativity, fun and personality but with a traditional foundation, you’re in the right hands! If you want a wedding ceremony written and delivered your way, with none of the rules and regulations of a civil ceremony but with exactly the right balance of informality and formality, you’re in the right place! Let’s rip up the rule book and add some colour!
I was a national finalist in the Best Celebrant Category, at the 2020 UK Wedding Awards (I’m super proud about this!). I’m also delighted that Humanists UK has published one of my blogs on inclusivity, and one of my weddings was chosen for a double page spread in the 2020 annual edition of Yorkshire Bride Magazine.
To check out what you can expect from a typical ceremony – together with some of my favourite readings, sample vows and ideas for music and symbolic acts, please click through to my full website here.
“We cannot thank Rachael and Simon enough for all of the hard work that they put into our wedding, both in the weeks and months leading up to the date, and especially on the day. Having Rachael lead our personal ceremony was an incredible honor. The script that she wrote for us was personal, moving, hilarious, and perfectly encapsulated our story and feelings for each other.” – Steve and Alba
How does it work?
- We meet and chat through ideas, I write your script, you give it a read and apply any tweaks.
- I provide a “contact me any time” service to chat through anything to do with your ceremony.
- I conduct a beautiful ceremony that surprises and delights your guests, gives you a warm buzz and gets your party started.
- You keep a presentation script and a whole load of amazing memories!
- Easy and totally stress-free!
Whether you’re getting married for the first, second or third time, whether you have an extended family or friends you want to involve; whether you’re humanists or not, whether your families are of different religions or cultures, or one of you is religious and the other doesn’t want a church wedding; or whether you just want to have an amazing wedding ceremony in the venue of your choice, I have a ‘can do’ attitude and a bagful of enthusiasm and positivity!
A humanist wedding ceremony is perfect for everyone wanting a religion-free, warm, inclusive, meaningful and extraordinary wedding ceremony. I focus on delivering love-centric ceremonies that consider all others’ beliefs and are meaningful to all guests. I often honour visual, meaningful, non-religious wedding traditions and symbolic acts and include them in my ceremonies – and I enjoy working with couples to create new ones. I’m open to anything, so just ask!
I love diversity in people and it goes without saying that I’m LGBTQ friendly. In fact, one of my same-sex couples made it onto a Humanist Ceremonies billboard in Northern Ireland when gay weddings were approved for legal recognition in late 2019. A proud moment for us all! I thoroughly enjoy meeting all couples and hearing their stories of love and life, and I relish the challenge of crafting a completely unique script for every wedding. Every couple is different. Every wedding is completely bespoke.
Click through to my main website, Rachael Meyer – Humanist Wedding Ceremonies in Yorkshire – to see these. (Then click on the ceremonies tab.)
Not just a wedding script
I have plenty of experience in planning and delivering ceremonies and other live events, and I can advise on every element of your ceremony. For couples planning an outdoor, barn, festival, woodland, beach or tipi wedding, or who need amplification of voice and music indoors, I have a fabulous, completely portable, professional PA system with microphones and 7 input channels. It’s perfect for use in a field, barn or a garden without power). And it’s included within my fee! I also have a few props (eg unity candlesticks, handfasting ribbons, an oath stone and a loving cup) that are available for my couples to borrow.
Almost nothing phases me! I have been known to be commissioned to write and deliver a full wedding ceremony with 24 hours notice – nothing is impossible and I am happy to attempt to rise to all challenges!
Above all, I feel absolutely privileged to be a wedding celebrant. It’s such a happy role that involves being allowed into the very heart of a couple’s lives for a small window – and results in a wedding day experience that they – and I – will remember forever.
Although most of my weddings are in beautiful Yorkshire; on request, I will also travel much further afield and overseas.
Please click here to go to my full website where you can see FAQs, fees, readings, symbolic acts, vow ideas and my wedding music playlist
Want to know more?
- Please call or email me for a very informal chat.
- Please click through to my full website for answers to FAQs, blogs and other stuff!
- Read what people say about me here: Testimonials