About me

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My name is Sue Walder and I conduct humanist weddings and vow renewals, naming ceremonies, plus memorials and funerals in central and north London, as well as in Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Essex, Buckinghamshire, and the Home Counties. And further afield too, if required!

I have more than 30 years’ experience of public relations, marketing, and copywriting and it gives me great pleasure to be able to use my listening, writing and organisational skills to help couples and families create bespoke, personal, and memorable ceremonies.

I have been a humanist for a long time without knowing it. I just didn’t have a label for it. I had identified myself as atheist since I was 12 but it wasn’t until my father’s humanist funeral ceremony in 2009, which allowed us to start celebrating the life of the man we loved, that I realised I was actually a humanist. 

Humanists believe we have one life, here on Earth, and it is up to each of us, as individuals and as communities, to live with purpose and meaning, without help from any supernatural power. 

Humanists make sense of the world using reason, experience, and shared human values like empathy, tolerance and kindness.

Why have a humanist ceremony?

Throughout history and across all human cultures, the important moments in life – birth, marriage, and death – have been marked with celebration or rituals, often tied to religious and cultural traditions.

Humanist ceremonies help people mark these major life events in a way that is personal, sincere, and honest but without the need for prayers or hymns. 

I am proud to be one of the 500+ celebrants trained and accredited by Humanists UK. We provide unique, personal, non-religious ceremonies and work collaboratively with couples and families to ensure together we create scripts that are meaningful and sincere.

I conduct humanist weddings, vow renewals, namings and funeral ceremonies (including memorials and ashes interments) and I’m happy to have a no-obligation chat to see if I’d be a good fit for the ceremony you’re planning.

You can read some testimonials about my work here.

Telephone:  0796 9272235

Email: sue.walder@humanistceremonies.org.uk