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Wedding Ceremonies

Vow Renewals

Creative, Unique and Memorable Humanist Wedding Ceremonies

in Harrogate, Leeds, North Yorkshire and The Yorkshire Dales

Sophie and James
Sophie and James

The arrival of the bridal party - Celebrant Rachael Meyer. Venue: Grassfield Hall. Photographer: Bright Sight Photography

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Bex and Kieg
Bex and Kieg

Saltmarshe Hall Photo by Clique Photography

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Dan and Sheila
Dan and Sheila

Humanist wedding with hand fasting, Swinton Estate, Masham. Celebrant: Rachael Meyer. Photo: Sirastudio

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Sophie and James
Sophie and James

The arrival of the bridal party - Celebrant Rachael Meyer. Venue: Grassfield Hall. Photographer: Bright Sight Photography

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What is a humanist wedding?

Want your wedding ceremony to be more you? If you are looking for a highly-personalised, beautiful, fun, creative, non-religious, wedding ceremony in Harrogate, Leeds, York, the Yorkshire Dales, or anywhere else in Yorkshire, and are looking for a friendly, relaxed and experienced humanist wedding celebrant, you're in the right place! Hello! My name's Rachael Meyer. Thank you for visiting my website and for looking into a humanist ceremony!


A humanist wedding or vow renewal ceremony carries as much importance, significance and sense of occasion as a civil ceremony but it's much more unique, fun, heartfelt, flexible and magical. It's all about you!


As a full time humanist celebrant, a professional writer, an incurable romantic, and ex-event manager, photographer and a smiley public speaker, I write and deliver warm, visually splendid, love-fuelled, moving, unexpected, inclusive and totally bespoke wedding and vow renewal ceremonies that, with you and your story, personalities and love for each other central to the script, are designed for everyone to enjoy. 

Unique to You, About You, For You


Your wedding ceremony is a celebration of your 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, heartfelt sincerity, guest and family involvement, laughter, engagement and often tears of loveliness! And unlike in a civil or religious ceremony, your love story and your vows - in fact your whole wedding script - is documented, printed and presented to you as a keepsake for you or your children to read in years to come. What's not to love?!


There are no rules. You choose how traditional or boho you would like it, and I create the perfect ceremony for you! This means that each and every ceremony is as far from the constraints of a civil or religious ceremony as you can imagine! It's your wedding - have it your way!


"There are many good celebrants, but Rachael is probably the best.  Looking around you'll find a sea of sameness, in a good way - humanist ceremonies are lovely - but we're so glad we found Rachael. Meeting up was easy and the process a breeze. What mattered most to us was the balance of love and fun Rachael created for us.


Reading the draft ceremony, which was a pitch perfect mix of emotion and laugh out loud, instantly put us at ease. Rachael'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, Rachael also deliverd it all with aplomb. 5 stars doesn't cover it, don't hesitate in speaking with Rachael. - worth every penny"

- Kevin and Vicki

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.


Is a humanist wedding right for us?


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. With your dog....


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!

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

Jess and Jonny's wedding at Skipbridge Country Weddings. Photo by Ryan at Shuttergoclick

"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

Rachael Meyer wedding ceremony Grassfield Hall

What's included?

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 humanist wedding 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.

Your wedding your way!


You can keep to tradition or be as 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.


Yorkshire weddings

I'm based in Harrogate and work in Leeds and York areas as well as throughout the Yorkshire Dales, Knaresborough, Bolton Abbey, Grassington, Wetherby, Ripon, Masham, 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 Coniston Hotel, Wood Hall, The Tithe Barn, The Devonshire Arms, Thief Hall and The Double Tree Hilton Majestic Hotel - but am just as happy conducting a wedding in a tipi, a village hall or in a private garden or field!

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.