Wedding Reviews


Meg and Chris during their outdoor wedding ceremony in North Yorkshire. Photographer: Nicola Mackrill

WEDDING: Meg and Chris: “I’ve no idea how, after just a few hours, you seemed to know us and predict exactly what we wanted so perfectly. (You can’t predict the lottery numbers as well, can you?!) Thank you so much. You literally made our day and we couldn’t be more grateful.”

outdoor humanist wedding ceremony at Rudding Park, Harrogate. Celebrant: Rachael Meyer, Harrogate. Photographer: Matt Sim


WEDDING: Laura and Matt: “Rachael was absolutely brilliant! Right from the start she was so helpful in explaining what a humanist ceremony actually involved and talked us through the many options available. She was super quick to respond to our many questions and queries and always with such kindness and reassurance. Planning a wedding during a pandemic is pretty stressful but Rachael made it so easy! On the day she ensured things ran really smoothly and all our guests commented on how personal and beautiful the ceremony was – she really understood us and what we wanted. It was both funny and moving! I couldn’t recommend Rachael highly enough, we had the most perfect day and so much of that was down to her.”


Crystal and Steve – humanist wedding ceremony by Rachael Meyer, 2019

Crystal and Steve: From the first contact, Rachael’s personality shone through, she talked, and most importantly, listened to what we had said, so we arranged to meet. We spent three hours with Rache, our jaws were aching and smiles beaming, we knew we had a great celebrant.

Rachael came back to us with the script, she’d captured so much of our personalities, the ceremony was so ‘us’. To say we were excited was an understatement.  She added many ideas into the ceremony which were all in keeping with the occasion, we were getting married, outdoors, in a clearing in woodland, everything she was involved in was perfect.

Rain and a yellow weather warning were issued for our big day. Rachael contacted us and offered help ensure the venue had thought of everything, she spoke to the venue and took some of the weight off our shoulders.

The big day arrived, rain poured, Rachael arrived, she immediately started checking the ceremony location, liaising with venue staff, spoke to the friends who were involved in the ceremony and made the groom feel relaxed. A lovely text to the bride assured here that everything was under control.

Rachael’s stories were poignant and funny, laughter and love flowed, each section of the program linked into the next. The delivery was professional beyond words. Both Bride and Groom loved the occasion, but even more impressive was the reaction from our guests.  

So many compliments to what was in effect a 40-minute service about two people in love, stories, ring warming, secret words, sunflower ceremony, readings, smiles, laughter, tears, hand fastening and we had a lot of rain. It was perfect, we wouldn’t change anything, and that’s probably a lot to do with Rachael.

We would wholeheartedly recommend Rachael to bring the ‘A Game’ to any occasion.”


Dan and Sheila by Sira Studio. Celebrant Rachael Meyer

Vicki and Kevin:  “Looking around for a celebrant, you’ll find a sea of sameness, in a good way! But then we found Rachael.  Meeting up was easy and the process a breeze. What mattered most to us was the balance of love and fun Rachael created for us. Reading the draft ceremony, which was a pitch perfect mix of emotion and laugh out loud, instantly put us at ease and also meant no effort for us. Rachael’s advantage here is her writing background, she is a gifted story writer and teller, this is the most important part of a humanist ceremony. Of course, on our big day, Rachael also delivered it all with aplomb. 5 stars doesn’t cover it, don’t hesitate in speaking with Rachael.

She’s a lovely person that makes you feel completely as ease and the script and story that she created was warm, funny and very romantic. The experience was really enjoyable. Meeting Rachael and being interviewed was like meeting an old friend and she made it really fun. We had plenty of time to review the words without pressure but Rachael made sure we were on track with timings. When planning we met Rachael at the venue and as she has a background in events she was able to liaise with the venue on the finer details to make sure that everything ran smoothly. Rachael and her husband also did our photography, this made the whole process really convenient, it limited the amount of different suppliers we had to deal with, and they had a really good understanding of how we wanted the day to work. The ceremony itself was a real treat.

We had kept it a secret from our guests so to see a sea of faces smiling as Rachael spoke was lovely. We have had so many fantastic responses about the ceremony, they really felt they had played a part in our day as many were mentioned in the ceremony. I also appreciated receiving the folder with all of the ceremony detail in afterwards. It is a really lovely touch. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Rachael, she did such a sterling job and made the planning much more enjoyable too!”


wedding photo by Sawyer and Sawyer Photography

Kayleigh and Lisa wedding by Sawyer and Sawyer Photography

Kayleigh and Lisa: “Where to begin, this amazing lady managed to turn our visions into reality, neither of us were great at articulating what we wanted, we were disorganised and teeny bit stressed! We met with Rachael and everything changed, she put us at ease instantly, and managed to get in to our heads to find out what we wanted seemingly effortlessly. She offered lots of advice and ideas and we left the pre-meet buzzing with excitement.

Within a few days, she had written the most beautiful script and picked up on so many things that we forgot we’d discussed, she really listens and takes everything in. What she’d written captured us and our personalities perfectly, all of our guests commented on how personal and beautiful everything was. It was delivered in such a natural way, everyone was really engaged in this unique ceremony, it’ll be remembered for years to come and not just by us. By choosing Rachael as your celebrant, you can throw out the rule book and make a truly personal ceremony. Rachael – Thank you so much for everything you’ve done for us and for making our day so special, you are incredible!!”  


Rachael Meyer, Humanist Wedding Celebrant, Harrogate

Humanist wedding ceremony in the Yorkshire Dales. Celebrant: Rachael Meyer. Photographer: Stevie Jay.

Helen and Will: “Where to begin?! Rachael was an integral part of making our wedding day as special as it was – from our first conversation through to saying our goodbyes at the end of our ceremony, she was warm, welcoming and truly treated us as friends rather than clients. We had a wonderful meeting with her ahead of our wedding, where we had a lot of laughs together and she created a beautiful, bespoke wedding ceremony that perfectly captured us and our story. We received endless compliments throughout the rest of our wedding day about how the ceremony was so special, engaging and unique, with many saying it was the best they’d ever been to!

There was the perfect balance of fun and laughs along with the ‘serious stuff,’ but Rachael’s ceremony set the tone for a perfect day. We are so pleased we pulled the plug on our original wedding arrangements and chose Rachael instead – she has a beautiful, poetic way with words and is so kind and considerate, she’s looked after us so well from start to finish. Just amazing!”


Humanist wedding at The Devonshire Arms, Bolton Abbey

Lisa and Matthew by Sira Studio. Celebrant Rachael Meyer

Matthew and Lisa: “My wife and I started planning our wedding ceremony in early 2019. A small gathering in Yorkshire. We didn’t want a religious ceremony, so we decided to look for a Humanist celebrant. My wife found many people who provided this service, but one caught our eye, so we decided to arrange a FaceTime meeting. Rachael was absolutely wonderful from start to finish. From the moment we first made contact to the actual ceremony itself, we never doubted her professionalism or her ability to deliver exactly what we were looking for. Indeed, our expectations were exceeded many times over, and we would have no doubt in recommending her to any of our friends, or whoever may require her services. The script she wrote was exactly the right tone, and it managed to say everything we wanted saying in front of our families. The intimate wedding we had felt really special and it will live long in everybody’s memories who attended.”


Handfasting ceremony at Wharfedale Grange, Leeds. Wedding Photographer, Toast of Leeds

Charlotte and Adam: “Rachael is a genuinely lovely person, and so dedicated as a celebrant! We booked her for our wedding in October 2021, and she spent so much time talking to us and understanding our relationship, which led to her producing the most incredibly moving ceremony for us. 

Everyone at our wedding said it was the most beautiful and unique ceremony they had ever been to, and we owe so much of that to Rachael. She advised us carefully about the best way to achieve the right balance of emotion, humour, and spectacle!  She gave us everything we could possibly have wanted and more! And all this on top of being just a genuinely great person, who we are so grateful to have had as part of our wedding day. 

We can’t imagine the day without her, or thank her enough for giving us the most incredible wedding ceremony!”