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"We received endless compliments throughout 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." - Helen and Will
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If you are looking for a unique, personalised, non-religious wedding ceremony in Harrogate, the Yorkshire Dales, or anywhere else in Yorkshire, and are looking for a friendly, relaxed and experienced celebrant, you're in the right place!
You may have been to a humanist wedding before, and decided it would be perfect for you; you may be looking for a meaningful, creative, romantic, fun and flexible alternative to a civil marriage ceremony, you may have always wanted a humanist wedding as it fits with your values, or perhaps the registrar just can't make it to the venue of your dreams on your chosen date!
You may be getting married for the first, second or third time, you may be non religious, from families with different religions or cultures, you may be of opposite sex or the same sex, you may want to include friends and extended family in a big wedding with over a hundred guests, or you may want just the two of you and a few important others in a gorgeous intimate wedding ceremony.
Whatever your reason for looking into a humanist wedding ceremony, and whatever style of wedding you prefer, you can guarantee that your ceremony will be beautiful, warm. memorable, surprising, engaging and meaningful for your guests. Here are some reviews from my couples!
A humanist wedding is like any other wedding in terms of importance, significance and sense of occasion - but much more unique, heartfelt, flexible and magical.
Humanist celebrants write and deliver beautiful, love-fuelled, creative, moving, totally bespoke ceremonies that are designed for everyone to enjoy. Whatever background, culture, spiritual or religious belief you and your families hold, the wedding ceremonies I write and deliver are a wonderful, non religious and inclusive way to mark, celebrate and remember one of the most important days in your lives.
Your wedding ceremony is a celebration of love, written fresh each time for each couple, to completely reflect your stories, your personalities and your wishes, with your own vows, a choice of symbolic acts, sincerity, guest or family involvement, laughter, engagement and often tears of loveliness! There are no rules, so each and every ceremony is as far from the constraints of a civil or religious ceremony as you can imagine!
You can be a traditional or creative as you like and the great thing about a humanist wedding is that you can have it anywhere - there is no need for the venue to be licensed. This means that your wedding will be even more unique and special to you. You can hold it in your garden, in a woodland glade, on a beach, in a marquee, at a festival themed wedding in a field or in your favourite pub - which can save you money as well as making the whole day easier for your guests to navigate! You just need to do the legal registration of the ceremony at another time - in the days or weeks beforehand, afterwards on even on the same day. The ceremony and the celebration with friends and family mark your wedding day, not the legal paperwork!
As an experienced humanist wedding celebrant, I will be there to smile with you, and guide you every step of the way. We work together to plan the ceremony, and once I have written the script, you have total editorial control of your story, your vows and readings, your symbolic acts, your music and anything else you would like me to include.
I trained to be a wedding celebrant with Humanists UK because of its gold standard training, its ethical and equality values, its network of colleagues and its provision of regular opportunities for continued professional development. I'm very relaxed and friendly, I'm a great listener, a natural storyteller and a competent and confident public speaker and event organiser - so you have peace of mind that you're in safe hands!
I'm based in Harrogate and work in Leeds and York areas as well as throughout the Yorkshire Dales, Wetherby, Ripon, Masham, Bolton Abbey, Skipton, Otley, Ilkley, Thirsk, Northallerton and beyond.
I'm a recommended celebrant at many beautiful and prestige venues in Yorkshire, including the Swinton Estate, Hazlewood Castle, The Devonshire Arms and The Double Tree Hilton Majestic Hotel - but am just as happy conducting a wedding in a tipi or in a garden!
Your wedding can be as formal, casual, moving and/or fun as you like. Whatever you choose, it’s a ceremony created just for you, and you and your guests will remember it warmly for the rest of your lives.
No two ceremonies are the same because no two couples are the same. Whatever style you choose, your wedding ceremony will be totally YOU. All ceremonies usually include beautiful words about love and marriage, your own unique vows, your very own love story, a couple of symbolic acts such as wedding ring exchanges, hand fasting, oath stone, loving cup or cake ceremonies. There is always music and maybe song, one or two poems or readings, perhaps some secret words from the heart and a little guest participation! With one of my ceremonies, you can be as traditional or as off the wall as you like!
Please browse through the ceremonies section of my website and use the drop down menu to see samples of vows, readings, music and symbolic acts.
All weddings booked from January 2020 will include optional use of my PA system and props such as candlesticks, loving cup and hand fasting ribbons.
With me, you get an experienced celebrant, a great writer, professional delivery, event management experience and lots of advice, guidance and fun!
You also get the wedding ceremony of your dreams, lasting memories for you and your guests, and a presentation script for you to keep forever.