Frequently asked questions
If you can’t find what you’re looking for in this selection of frequently asked questions please do let me know. I’ll be only too happy to help.
What is a Humanist Celebrant?
It distinguishes my ceremony work from that of a vicar or Registrar. I trained with the British Humanist Association (now Humanists UK) ten years ago and I’m registered with them, though my business is my own. I am also comprehensively insured.
Where can we have our ceremony?
I’ve led ceremonies in a zoo, 5* hotels, at sea – almost anywhere. Usually I work in Yorkshire, Derbyshire, Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Cheshire, Nottinghamshire and Staffordshire but consider all travel in the UK/abroad.
What is a humanist ceremony?
At its simplest, it’s a ceremony focused on the people at its heart. Some clients want a Humanist ceremony but others an ‘in nature not name’ approach. I’m not trying to convert anyone, just creating the best bespoke experience I can.
Does England recognise humanist weddings legally like in Scotland?
No, not yet, but it’s straightforward to resolve. Most couples sort the ‘paperwork’ at the Registry Office separately and regard their humanist wedding as ‘the real thing’, but there are other options I can talk you through.
Will you include religious content in your consultancy writing?
I adhere to the same principles as I do in my non-religious ceremony work, focusing instead on the people I’m writing for. However, my consultancy writing will sit quite happily in a church ceremony or similar.
What final form do your commissions take?
That’s really up to you and your imagination, I simply provide the actual text. Depending on its size clients might frame it, perhaps as a gift; use it to complement a photo shoot they’ve got coming up or create a photo book. The possibilities really are endless.
How much do you charge?
All my humanist ceremonies are priced within Humanists UK guidelines and my consultancy and commissions within an affordable range, with flexible payment options where possible. Just get in touch and we’ll crunch some numbers.
What is humanism?
Around since philosophy’s beginnings, it turns to reason, science and human experience. It represents those who believe there’s no higher power determining our fate, we have one life and it’s up to us to make the most of it. Find out more at Humanists UK.