Humanist Wedding Celebrant
Are you looking for a non-religious wedding ceremony? You don’t have to be a humanist to have a humanist wedding ceremony. Humanist weddings have the freedom of being held anywhere you want, at anytime, and I work with you to create a completely unique wedding that reflects you both as individuals, your wishes and your relationship.
A love of meeting people and a passion for language, story-telling and writing, as well as a deep interest in humanism, and its history of free thinking and connection with creative artists, led me to become a humanist wedding celebrant. I also hold a strong affinity with its principles of kindness, equality and good ethical values.
As humanism is a life stance, and not a religion, I like to hang my hat on humanism. It helps me to explain my non-religious beliefs in a positive way. I like the way that, in one word, it summarises a shared belief in the equal rights of people, the value of scientific fact and the importance of respecting a person’s individuality and right to hold their own beliefs.
As well as doing wedding, partnership and commitment ceremonies, I also do namings, which are a non-religious alternative to a christening. You can, in fact, have a ceremony to mark any important milestone in your life; for example, in Scandinavia, humanist ‘coming of age’ ceremonies are widely popular, and divorce ceremonies are also increasingly considered to mark a milestone in a positive light.
Having successfully trained with Humanists UK in 2014 (then known as the British Humanist Association), I passed in time to write and conduct my first humanist wedding ceremony, for my brother and his beautiful bride, now my sister-in-law. Of course, the joke that I “married my brother” never gets old! I am lucky to have the loveliest sister-in-law in the world, who kindly trusted me to create and conduct their winter wedding ceremony. (From the film below, you can see how novice I was; now I have the script firmly held in a proper presentation folder and my hair is usually up.)
Since their humanist wedding ceremony in 2014, I have had the honour and privilege of working with many different couples to create their dream humanist wedding ceremonies. As I have a teenage daughter, whom I have raised on my own, I usually work full-time hours in marketing/communications. So my work with couples, as well as the writing and research, is what happily takes up my free time (evenings and weekends). From the creative consultations, I try to find out ways in which we can make your ceremony reflect who you are, and resonate with your friends and family. With a great interest in different cultural traditions, history and rituals, as well as literature, I really enjoy doing extensive research to find relevant ideas for you.
I love the creative process of writing and conducting meaningful, personalised and utterly unique ceremonies. Meaningful ceremonies create emotive moments and make everlasting memories. It is always a honour, privilege and responsibility to write and conduct a wedding so a big thank you to each and every one of you (or two of you!) who have chosen me as your humanist wedding celebrant.
love and happiness,
The first wedding: my brother and sister-in-law, December 2014.
I live about halfway between London and Brighton, just inside the M25, not far from Gatwick Airport, but I’m happy to travel almost anywhere!
Initial meetings can be held by Skype/Facetime to make it easier. Or simply, give me a call!