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5 Reasons You Need A Humanist Celebrant At Your Wedding

5 Reasons You Need A Humanist Celebrant At Your Wedding

1. Humanist weddings aren’t just non-religious. They’re ceremonies that are designed all-around YOU. How is that different from the formulaic registry office ceremony? Well, I’ll tell you. Instead of you being two names on a list of ten for the day, your celebrant...

Cathy and Ste: relaxed pub garden wedding

Cathy and Ste: relaxed pub garden wedding

Cathy and Ste first met as students ten years ago, when they had part-time jobs at ‘The Cheshire Cat and Queen of Hearts’; a pub/ club in Manchester affectionately known as ‘Tarts’. Given how their relationship started, it made sense to mark this next phase at a pub...

Polly and Chris: two-day festival wedding

Polly and Chris: two-day festival wedding

In theory I travel all over the country to conduct humanist weddings but, in reality, I’ll only do an overnight stay for the absolute MEGABABE couples who I can tell are going to be a hoot to work with, and whose wedding I’m clambering to be a part of! Polly and Chris...

What makes a good wedding ceremony? Tips from a celebrant

What makes a good wedding ceremony? Tips from a celebrant

A lot of wedding style is subjective but one thing's for sure: everyone wants a good ceremony. That goes for both you as the couple and your guests – you don’t want to be stood there bored out of your tree, and they don’t want to be sat there falling asleep. But what...

Melissa and Dave: urban wedding in the Steel City

Melissa and Dave: urban wedding in the Steel City

Melissa and Dave’s humanist wedding was my first of 2019, and really started my season with a BANG! Neon lights, disco balls and all the heart-achingly cool urban vibes. Despite the fact I gave birth to my daughter less than two months before their big day, I knew I...

Kirsty and Reshma: Hinduism-inspired city wedding

Kirsty and Reshma: Hinduism-inspired city wedding

Kirsty and Reshma were keen that their wedding ceremony do three things: involve all their friends and family, incorporate Hindu marriage rituals, in a nod to Reshma’s heritage, and, most importantly, communicate the sense of fun that is at the heart of their...

What Humanism Means To My Work on #WorldHumanistDay

What Humanism Means To My Work on #WorldHumanistDay

Happy World Humanist Day, babes! It’s the most wonderful time of the year, etc etc. I’ve spoken extensively about Humanist weddings and what they can do for you (quick answer: a LOT), but as it’s a day to spread the awareness of Humanism as both a philosophical...

What happens when you work with a humanist celebrant?

What happens when you work with a humanist celebrant?

Whether you’re a Little Mix fan or Disney films are more your jam (or both) – working with a humanist celebrant can change your life/enter you into a whole new world. Sure, the primary job of working with a wedding celebrant is to help you get married in a symbolic...

WOMEN IN WEDDINGS: Meet Narelle from The Roaming Caravan Co.

WOMEN IN WEDDINGS: Meet Narelle from The Roaming Caravan Co.

Have you ever seen something so wonderful and well-executed that you think “Well, I’ve just GOT to find out some more!”? And then you’ve found out some more and fallen even deeper in love with the enter enterprise, ethos and owner? That’s me with The Roaming Caravan...

What does a humanist celebrant do?

What does a humanist celebrant do?

Celebrant, officiant, minister, master of ceremonies – it all gets a tad confusing, doesn’t it? And the chances are you’re not hugely well-versed in the wedding lingo as you’ve probably not done it that many times before! Luckily for you, I’ve seen a fair few – it’s...

How to have a personal wedding ceremony

How to have a personal wedding ceremony

Now more than ever, couples are looking to have a wedding day that truly reflects who they are as people, and their wants and dreams - and babes, I am HERE FOR IT. It may sound slightly airy fairy, or the idea of a ceremony based around your innermost feelings and...

Lucy and Joe: New Year’s Eve Wedding in Norwich

Lucy and Joe: New Year’s Eve Wedding in Norwich

I made a promise to myself at the beginning of last year that I’d only work with couples that I could see myself being BFFs with IRL (soooo much easier to write couple’s love stories when I’m a teensy bit in love with them myself!). And it was such an absolute...

Liane and Michael: ‘Jewmanist’ city wedding

Liane and Michael: ‘Jewmanist’ city wedding

Liane and Michael wanted their ‘Jewmanist’ wedding to be a celebration of their life together and, whilst it was important that it was very much a non-religious occasion, they were still very keen to reflect elements of Liane’s Jewish heritage which, culturally, is a...

Kelly and Sam: humanist wedding ceremony at Copdock Hall

Kelly and Sam: humanist wedding ceremony at Copdock Hall

Kelly and Sam were married in a humanist wedding ceremony at Copdock Hall, Ipswich, on a baking hot afternoon in July. The two of them have known each other since their university days and were friends for several years before they eventually got together one cold...

Amanda and Matt: intimate humanist wedding ceremony at Lanwades Hall

Amanda and Matt: intimate humanist wedding ceremony at Lanwades Hall

Amanda and Matt had me hooked the minute I opened their first email and read their plans for Molly the dog, who, they told me, would be attending their wedding ceremony as STAR BRIDESMAID (a couple that plan their wedding around their dog have their priorities right,...

WOMEN IN WEDDINGS: Meet Chenai, Planner in Chief at ByChenai Events

WOMEN IN WEDDINGS: Meet Chenai, Planner in Chief at ByChenai Events

Creating a wedding day experience that has a unique 'identity' is definitely an ambition for most of the couples I speak to. People understandably want their big day to reflect who they are as individuals - and styling is key to achieving that [along with having a...

Kim and Ho: fun and relaxed outdoor ceremony at Aynhoe Park

Kim and Ho: fun and relaxed outdoor ceremony at Aynhoe Park

When the call came through from the lovely Vanessa at R and F Weddings last year ‘I’ve got a couple of crazy cool Australians who want a wedding ceremony as mad as they are’, I WAS IN! (And that was before she told me the venue would be Aynhoe Park, a brilliantly...

Tijana and Carl: Camberwell park wedding

Tijana and Carl: Camberwell park wedding

I get asked a lot what makes a humanist wedding special, and from now on I will point to Tijana and Carl and reflect on their incredible wedding day because everything about it perfectly showcased what makes humanist wedding ceremonies so totally fabulous. Outside...

WOMEN IN WEDDINGS: Meet Ellie Kime aka The Wedding Enthusiast

WOMEN IN WEDDINGS: Meet Ellie Kime aka The Wedding Enthusiast

I feel like Ellie Kime, aka The Wedding Enthusiast, is one of those industry peeps who's, quite rightly, on EVERYONE's radar. She only graduated from university last year (with a degree in Philosophy, no less) but, thanks to her incredible focus and boundless...

Candice and Lee: outdoor DIY festival wedding in Cambridgeshire

Candice and Lee: outdoor DIY festival wedding in Cambridgeshire

When Candice and Lee decided they wanted to get married they knew they wanted to do it differently - and boy did they succeed with their two-day wedding festival extravaganza. The two of them didn't bank on marrying on the hottest day of the year but the glorious...

WOMEN IN WEDDINGS: Meet Melissa Woods, Founder of THE UN-WEDDING

WOMEN IN WEDDINGS: Meet Melissa Woods, Founder of THE UN-WEDDING

THE UN-WEDDING is one of the few wedding blogs that really resonates with me and reflects my own attitude toward weddings, i.e. fuck everyone else's expectations and MAKE YOUR OWN TRADITIONS. I only wish it had been around when I was planning my own wedding five years...

Dan and Rian: outdoor wedding at South Farm

Dan and Rian: outdoor wedding at South Farm

Having waited 14 years to get married, Dan and Rian understandably wanted their big day to be completely perfect, and for every detail to reflect them. They found their ideal venue in South Farm, but then they hit a stumbling block: the only time slot they could get...

Nicola and Scott: cool city wedding at Hawksmoor Guildhall

Nicola and Scott: cool city wedding at Hawksmoor Guildhall

Good food, good wine, good times – this could be Scott and Nicola’s motto for life and it certainly sums up their approach to their wedding! Having been to countless weddings over the years, Nicola and Scott know that guests can forgive a lot provided the food is...

Why have a humanist wedding?

Why have a humanist wedding?

Everyone I know who's got married has spoken about doing their day differently. It's been important to them that their wedding totally reflects them as individuals, encapsulates their relationship and provides a totally unique experience for all their friends and...

When will humanist marriages be legal in England and Wales?

When will humanist marriages be legal in England and Wales?

Northern Ireland recently joined Scotland and Ireland in making humanist marriage legal. Belfast’s Court of Appeal ruled last week that humanist celebrants must be registered by the state to be able to perform legal marriage ceremonies. This is obviously great news...

Niall and Abbi: magical woodland wedding at Hockering House

Niall and Abbi: magical woodland wedding at Hockering House

Niall and Abbi's humanist wedding took place in the forest at Hockering House, Norwich. I fell in love with Abbi and Niall when they suggested we hold their wedding ceremony planning meeting on a houseboat in Chelsea, belonging to Niall’s incredibly glamorous aunt...

The Royal Spoons (the alternative Royal Wedding)

The Royal Spoons (the alternative Royal Wedding)

'Tonight I am delivering a humanist wedding ceremony for the most famous couple on the planet. The eyes of the world will be upon me. The pressure is on and the stakes are high. Can I succeed?' Okay. Let me rewind this beautiful love story juuuuust a smidge! Two...

Ez and Lindsay: same sex spring wedding at Anstey Hall

Ez and Lindsay: same sex spring wedding at Anstey Hall

Ez and Lindsay married with a humanist wedding ceremony at Anstey Hall RING BEARER DOG GEORGE STOLE THE SHOW April WEDDING DAY filmed by The Guardian Image: Damien Vickers Ez and Lindsay first got in touch last year to discuss the possibility of having a humanist...

5 reasons humanist weddings totally slay civil ceremonies

5 reasons humanist weddings totally slay civil ceremonies

It was my five-year wedding anniversary last week. Five years! It's like we blinked, and here we are - five years, two stone and one bubba later - wondering when the DJ packed up for the night. That's bloody time for you eh? As is wedding anniversary tradition, my...

Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother’s Day!

If my husband tells me one more time that Mother's Day is just a cynical ploy by our capitalist society to encourage us all to buy more "tat", then I think this year I'll finally have to leave him!I LOVE MOTHER'S DAY.I can't say I was all *that* into it before I...

Girl on a mission: making my ‘side hustle’ the main event

Girl on a mission: making my ‘side hustle’ the main event

Last month I told my boss to stuff his corporate copywriting job and I announced to the world that I was going to make a career out of Celebrancy - something that had, until that point, been my much-beloved ‘passion project’. Since I graduated a decade ago (GULP),...

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