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 collaborate 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.
Like most humanist wedding celebrants, this is a role that I happily carry out in addition to my full-time job, which is another true passion, working in sustainability. I also have an older teenage daughter, whom I have raised on my own. So my work with couples, as well as the writing and research, is what takes up most of 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!