What is humanism all about?
Humanism is a non-religious, but ethical life philosophy, based on a concern for humanity and the natural world. Humanists make sense of the world through logic, reason, and evidence, and always seek to treat others with warmth, understanding, and respect.
Many people will find that they share these views, without thinking of themselves as a humanist.
Do I need to be a humanist to have a humanist ceremony?
Not at all. Humanist ceremonies are inclusive, and intended for anyone who chooses to have a unique ceremony that is created to reflect exactly who they are. Each ceremony is bespoke, and written afresh, making it deeply personal and very special.
Is a humanist wedding ceremony legally binding?
At the moment, humanist marriages are only legally recognised in Scotland, Northern Ireland, Jersey and Guernsey. If you would like to travel to one of these locations, I would be delighted to join you there to perform your ceremony. In England and Wales, we will have to wait, but humanists are working on it.
Many couples do the ‘legal bit’ in a registry office, and enjoy the freedom of a humanist ceremony where they chose. I have been told more than once that, “we didn’t feel really married until our ceremony with you.” Needless to say, it is wonderful to hear that.
Can we create our own ceremony, and choose our own words?
Absolutely. I am here to help you, and can guide you through the planning process. I will meet with you to discuss your plans, learn more about you, and gain a full understanding of what you have in mind. I can write the script in full, or just advise where needed. You have the final say on every aspect of the ceremony.
Where can we be married?
The answer is simply, anywhere you wish. If the location is suitable for a gathering of people, then we can have a ceremony there. On a beach, in the woods, atop a hill, or a dedicated venue. It may be necessary to get the permission of the landowner in certain places of course, but the possibilities are endless.
Where can we have a humanist funeral?
Humanist funerals are performed regularly at local crematoriums and natural burial sites. You may choose to have the ceremony somewhere more personal to your loved one, such as a sports club, favourite pub, or similar venues. Naturally, these would need to be agreed with the venue.
Can we include religious elements?
Yes. Whilst humanist ceremonies are non-religious, they are inclusive. If you wish to sing a hymn, do a reading, or say a prayer, that is fine. We respect that everyone has different beliefs, and find these of comfort.
What do you charge?
My fee for weddings is £625, which is inclusive of meetings, script writing, rehearsal, travel, and performing the ceremony. For a full list of what I offer, please see my weddings page.
My fee for vow renewals starts at £395, which is inclusive of meetings, script writing, rehearsal, travel, and performing the ceremony. For a full list of what I offer, please see my weddings page.
My fee for funerals is £230, which is inclusive of meetings, script writing, travel, and performing the ceremony. For a full list of what I offer, please see my funerals page.
What security will we have?
The advantage is that I am part of the humanist celebrant network. Therefore, I am professionally trained and accredited, insured, and DBS checked. In the unlikely case of illness, or emergency, I can call on another qualified Humanists UK celebrant to step in, at no expense to you. You will be in safe hands.