Humanist Wedding Celebrant
I’m a humanist wedding celebrant, who creates and conducts non-religious wedding ceremonies. You don’t have to be a humanist to have a humanist wedding ceremony but humanist weddings are not religious. A humanist wedding ceremony is personalised and can be held anywhere.
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 humanists are non-judgemental, and we respect 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.
Having successfully been selected and trained with Humanists UK in 2014 (then known as the British Humanist Association), I passed just 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 their winter wedding ceremony. (From the film below, you can see how novice I was; I now always have the scripts firmly held in a proper presentation folder and my hair 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 as we solely rely on my single income. So my work with couples, as well as the writing and research, is what happily takes up my free time (evenings and weekends).
It is lovely to be involved in the creative process and to write and conduct meaningful, personalised and utterly unique ceremonies. From the first meeting, 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.
Meaningful ceremonies elicit feelings that are memorable, and your wedding ceremony is the part of your wedding day that will definitely be remembered forever. So, a personalised wedding ceremony will set a precedent for the rest of your day.
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!