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Rachael Meyer - Humanist Wedding Celebrant 
Fabulous, Non-Religious, Inclusive and Memorable Wedding Ceremonies For Everyone
 Harrogate, Leeds, North Yorkshire and The Yorkshire Dales

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Wedding Ceremonies

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Hello and welcome! My name's Rachael Meyer. I'm a full time, humanist wedding celebrant, based in Harrogate, Yorkshire.  As a professional writer, story-teller and deliverer of meaningful, joyful and fun wedding ceremonies, I count myself lucky that I get to work with an amazing array of couples who choose to have a humanist wedding ceremony in venues across Harrogate, Leeds, Skipton, York, the Yorkshire Dales, throughout North Yorkshire and West Yorkshire.

Whatever your story and style, however small or large your wedding, your wedding ceremony can be as unique, spectacular and on point as the rest of your day. If you'd like me to help you mark and celebrate your official union in a way that will have your guests on the edge of their seats, and kick off the biggest promise and the best party in your lives in a way that's totally you, please take a look around and then get in touch!

What exactly is a humanist wedding ceremony?
 
A humanist wedding ceremony is how every wedding ceremony SHOULD be. I love it when family members and friends come up to me after a wedding ceremony and say, "Wow - I can't believe you haven't known them for years. It was so personalised. So inclusive. So them."
 
A lot of love and work and collaboration goes into a humanist ceremony. I ask you a million questions, we get to know each other, and then the magic happens. 
 
Each and every wedding ceremony is written from scratch - an original - written by me about you and for you. Religion-free, but inclusive - with nods to tradition and culture, and with an abundance of your unique vibe, each ceremony script is lovingly created over a few days - word-smithed and fuelled with feeling, romance, fun, meaning and emotion, On the day, your 30-40 minute ceremony recounts your story, celebrates your promise of a lifetime of love and commitment; and begins your onward journey in a way that nobody will forget.

 

You can feature all the pomp, ceremony and glamour of a traditional wedding in an historic castle, lake-side, in a glitzy barn venue, in a stately home, in a posh hotel, a deconsecrated chapel , a village hall or an Air BNB venue - or you can rock up to a tipi in a field in your wellies, hold your wedding ceremony in your garden, or in your fave pub, wearing Doc Martens and jeans, with your dogs delivering the rings. Or you can have anything in between. Even though I'm pretty seasoned, with over 100 ceremonies under my belt; I'm up for every challenge and new experience that comes my way! Whatever your dream ceremony looks like,I will ensure you will also have 100% personalisation, my best effort and plenty of sparkle to delight and enrapture your family and friends. 

 

However formal or informal you want your ceremony to be, I will be smiling the whole way through. I will keep your guests grinning, laughing, listening, watching and crying tears of pride and joy - and you, your family and friends will love every single moment. Above all, it will be relaxed, enjoyable and as far from a "fill-in-the-blanks" civil or religious service as you could get.

No two wedding ceremonies are the same. I write each and every one from scratch whether you have an elopement with just us three and a  photographer, or 250 guests in a theatre setting with an army of suppliers. You won't find any templates here. BUT all my ceremonies include beautiful words about love and marriage, unique vows, your very own love story, and probably one or two symbolic rituals. There is always music, maybe one or two poems or readings, perhaps some secret words from the heart and even a little guest participation if you like! Whatever your ceremony looks like, it will be spot on for you.

What does a celebrant do?

Ceremonies can be complicated and it's one day of your life that needs to be perfect so the first thing we do is meet - usually for a couple of hours, maybe longer. During our meeting, we chit chat over coffee (or wine) and maybe cake. I ask a lot questions about you, your relationship and your story, you get to know me, we go through some ideas for vows and rituals, readings and music, logistics and style;

 

I write down everything you tell me and we get to know each other. During our meeting, I can help you decide what will work best for you, we devise a plan and then the magic really happens! I use my writing skills to write you a completely unique wedding script. After you've approved it, I deliver your ceremony on your wedding day and then give you a presentation copy of your script as a keepsake. What's not to love?

Each and every wedding ceremony is completely different because everyone has their own unique personality, story and style. That's what I love most about humanist weddings. It's a real privilege to meet some amazing people from all walks of life, get to know them, write and tell their stories and deliver some incredible ceremonies, fuelled with love, meaning, fun and emotion.

Charlie and Alex
Charlie and Alex

Charlie and Alex - humanist wedding ceremony at Ripley Village Hall with celebrant, Rachael Meyer. Photo by Mine and Thine

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Alejandro and Bobbie at a woodland glade wedding near Leeds
Alejandro and Bobbie at a woodland glade wedding near Leeds

A humanist ceremony with magical content and a lyrical love story, set in the most enchanting wood. Celebrant - Rachael Meyer, Harrogate. Photograph by Mine and Thine

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Crystal and Steve
Crystal and Steve

Humanist wedding ceremony at Hazlewood Castle, Leeds. Celebrant: Rachael Meyer. Photographer: Sirastudio

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Charlie and Alex
Charlie and Alex

Charlie and Alex - humanist wedding ceremony at Ripley Village Hall with celebrant, Rachael Meyer. Photo by Mine and Thine

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"Thank you once again for performing such a beautiful ceremony for us. When Paul and I reflect on the day, it is the part we love and talk about the most. You are like the Fairy Godmother of Ceremonies! We shared with you our story, and with a little magic and 'Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo' you made all our dreams come true! " - Hayley and Paul, Skipbridge Country Weddings, York

I have delivered over 100 completely unique humanist wedding ceremonies in Yorkshire! In 2021, I was very excited to be asked by BBC Look North to talk on telly about the national rise in demand for them!

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"Reading the draft ceremony, which was a pitch perfect mix of emotion and laugh out loud, instantly put us at ease. Rache's advantage here is her writing background, she is a gifted story writer and teller, this is the most important part of a humanist ceremony. Of course, on our big day, she also delivered it all with aplomb. 5 stars doesn't cover it, don't hesitate in speaking with Rachael. - worth every penny"

- Kevin and Vicki - Nation of Shopkeepers, Leeds wedding

Reading the love story at a multi cultural humanist wedding ceremony with celebrant Rachael Meyer, Yorkshire

"The way you delivered the ceremony was brilliant - I could watch you and listen to you for hours. The whole thing was both moving, insightful and funny, but the way you told their story, with all the little facial expressions and smiles, connection and pauses showcased you as a real pro. I'm a presenter and a voice coach, and I couldn't have wished for anything better." - wedding guest, Wood Hall wedding

Unique to You, About You, For You

 

If you like what you see so far, but you're still a little unsure; ask yourself these questions:

Are you looking for:

  • a highly personalised wedding ceremony that includes as much love and attention to detail as the rest of your wedding day?

  • a non-religious, inclusive ceremony that will make all your guests feel part of your journey?

  • A wedding ceremony that isn't like anyone else's?

  • A wedding ceremony that can include your family and friends?

  • A meaningful script that incorporates your values?

  • A smiley, friendly, flexible, skilled and relaxed celebrant who you know; and who will make you feel entirely confident and excited about your ceremony from the outset?

  • A wedding ceremony that's not boring?

  • A wedding ceremony that has everyone giggling, laughing and crying sentimental tears of loveliness?

  • A celebrant who puts as much effort and care into your wedding ceremony as you do into your whole day?

If the answer is yes to any or all of the above, let's talk!

 

Please browse through the ceremonies section of my website for inspiration and ideas!

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"We couldn't have chosen a better celebrant. Your words were magic"

 

Josh and Beth (elopement) - Swinton Park, Masham

Choosing a celebrant

 

As celebrant-led weddings become more popular, more and more celebrants are coming onto the scene - humanist and independent. This means there is more and more scope for you to work with a celebrant who's perfect for you! To help you decide before you pick up the phone or send me an email, here's a bit of an elevator pitch on me and what I can offer! 

 

In a nutshell, I've been trained by, and am accredited with human rights charity Humanists UK. I'm part of its national network of humanist celebrants, I have written and delivered over 100 unique wedding ceremonies and specialise in inclusive, multi-cultural ceremonies.

 

I undertake much CPD each year to keep on top of my game, I mentor and review other celebrants and my professional background is in writing, photography, video production and event management (I have studied and delivered storytelling in all ways).

 

Above all, I'm a people person, a story teller, I'm a big smiler and a dog and cat person. I've worked in the corporate world for many years, so am highly professional but very chilled and I have a wicked sense of humour, I'm passionate about music and making the most out of life. I love having fun, enjoy breaking the rules and will do anything to avoid hoovering.. I have lived a little so nothing fazes me! I'm a massive advocate of romance and marriage (I've been married for nearly 30 years). I LOVE words, pictures, stories, films, gigs, live events, parties, family, friends, red wine and holidays and I especially like weddings! 

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"Just a little note to say a HUGE thank you for making our ceremony and wedding day so special. The resounding feedback was that it was so personal and filled with love and that’s all down to you in writing such a wonderful script.

 

We loved your energy, happiness and smile on the day. You have a wonderful way of making everyone feel calm and relaxed. Thank you again for writing the most perfect script and for being genuinely fabulous!”

 

Sarah and Phil – Tithe Barn wedding, Bolton Abbey

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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, Rudding Hall wedding, Stokesley

                                                  About You

 

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, meaningful and totally captivating for you and your guests. 

 

Click here to read some more reviews from my couples!

Inclusivity and Diversity

 

Love is love. It's what holds us together as humans. We are diverse. Let's celebrate that. Whatever spiritual or religious belief you and your families hold; whatever shape, size, age, gender, sexual orientation, ability, ethnicity you define yourself as (if any) and however blended your family is, the wedding ceremonies I write and deliver are a wonderful, special and totally inclusive way to mark, celebrate and remember one of the most important days in your lives. It's a day of togetherness.

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What do I need to know?

As an experienced humanist wedding celebrant, I will be there to smile with you, and guide you every step of the way. Have a look around my website, ping me an email or pick up the phone. Jump on board. You're going to love it!

"The ceremony was an absolute success and so meaningful to us both, it suited us as a couple down to the ground. I’m so grateful to Rachael for doing an incredible job and I would 100% recommend her without reservation - what a wonderful thing to be able to do for others on the most special day of their lives. Dave and I can’t thank you enough. A star!"

- Ruth and Dave, Harrogate wedding

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“Thank you for putting together and delivering our ceremony – it was perfect for us and we absolutely loved it. It was the best way to kick off the day and was everything we wanted it to be.” 

 

Laura and Karl – Ripley Castle wedding

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