WHAT'S A HUMANIST WEDDING?
WHAT'S INCLUDED IN A HUMANIST WEDDING CEREMONY?
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 unique vows, your very own love story, a couple of symbolic acts such as wedding ring exchanges, hand fasting, tree-planting or oath stone or cake ceremonies. There is always music and maybe song, one or two poems or readings, perhaps some secret words from the heart and possibly a little guest participation! 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. Then send me an email or give me a call to have an informal chat about your date, venue and wedding plans!
My years of experience of script writing and delivery, event management, photography and video means I can visualise and appreciate how everything and everyone works, always try to make the most of the space, stage directions, audio requirements and the visual aspect for you and your guests. I'm a good listener, I have some creative ideas and I am REALLY easy and friendly to work with!
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!
Whatever your reason for looking into a humanist wedding ceremony, thank you for visiting my website. I'm absolutely sure that you won't be disappointed - here's what my couples have said!
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 and Hazlewood Castle, 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.