YTD humanist wedding ceremony testimonials
Particular highlights (full years below)…
‘It was so, so touching – how you phrased your words and how they were delivered. I have to say your ceremony was the most beautiful ceremony we have heard at a wedding.’
Tobiah – Tobiah Tayo Photography (One of the Top 50 UK Wedding Photographers)
See the full testimonial – ‘Sam and Josh – Saturday 14th October 2018 – Merrydale Manor, Knutsford’
‘We cannot thank you enough for making our dream wedding come true. We played the ceremony out with you and in our heads many times but on the day it was one million times better than we could have ever imagined. From the moment we entered the room the atmosphere was electric. The ceremony was so personal to them and us that there was not a dry eye in the congregation, the emotions were so high and there was so much love in the room. The wedding quite honestly would not have been what it was without you. It will forever be the best day of our lives.’
See the full testimonial – ‘Sharon and Dave – Saturday 7th July 2018 – Holiday Inn, Leeds’
‘One of our close friends messaged me the next day to say that we were the couple everybody wanted to be and it was the ceremony and wedding that every couple wanted to have. So much of that was your doing, coordination, delivery on the day and beautiful writing. Craig and I agree that choosing you as our Celebrant was the best decision we made!’
See the full testimonial – ‘Jess and Craig – Sunday 30th July 2017, Didsbury House and Eleven Didsbury Park, Manchester’
‘We’re on Cloud 9! Yesterday was the best EVER. Thank you so much for everything. The ceremony was just perfection – we were both completely blown away. Everyone needs you at their wedding! We don’t have enough words to thank you enough. xxx’
See the full testimonial – ‘Jen and Jon – Saturday 3rd June 2017, Craven Cruck Barn, Appletreewick’
‘Not only are we delighted we decided to go with the humanist ceremony, but also that we chose you as our Celebrant. I am so, so impressed and happy we chose you. It was just wonderful and wouldn’t have been had the ceremony not been so perfect. Thank you so much, we couldn’t have asked for more from you. It was a dream. So, so, so very worth it.’
See the full testimonial – ‘Becky and Ric – Monday 17th April 2017, Sandhole Oak Barn, Cheshire’
‘Where on earth do I begin? There are not enough superlatives to describe how we feel both about the ceremony you gave us and yourself as a person. The ceremony was everything we had dreamed of and to say that is quite something. The whole process was wonderful. I was bowled over by the compliments I received about the ceremony and yourself. In addition your support to Steve and I has been invaluable. I could go on and on and on and on and on but I won’t. Except to say that you did the most sensational job and for that we will be forever grateful. Hannah, it has been our absolute pleasure.’
See the full testimonial – ‘Liz and Steve – Friday 9th December 2016, Victoria Warehouse, Manchester’
‘We just wanted to tell you again how much we loved the ceremony you wrote and delivered for us. It really was the perfect ceremony for us – personal, sincere and beautifully delivered. We are so glad we found you and made the decision to prioritise the ceremony part of the day. It has been a real pleasure to take this journey with you from the very start and you’ve helped make us really think about who we are and what is important to us. Thank you so much for all your time, wisdom, sense and direction throughout the process.’
See the full testimonial – ‘Jess and James – Saturday 1st October 2016, Wold Top Brewery’
‘Thank you SO much for everything. We can’t thank you enough. You’re brilliant – the ceremony was everything we could have wished for. So many people told us it was the best wedding ceremony they had ever been a part of: the perfect mix of love, sincerity and humour. Thank you, thank you, thank you. It was magical.’
See the full testimonial – ‘Jo and Sam – Saturday 17th September 2016 – Bolton Castle’
‘From the very beginning your enthusiasm and passion was so exciting and inspiring. The ceremony you wrote and the way you delivered it was PERFECT and EVERYONE was talking about it/you for days! It was everything we hoped for and more!’
See the full testimonial – ‘Anna and Ben – Saturday 3rd October 2015, Vertigrow Nurseries, York’
‘Thank you so much from the bottom of our hearts. You really made our day truly special. It was an absolutely beautiful ceremony – we couldn’t have asked for more. Everyone commented on how lovely it was. It’s the one thing we keep remembering of the whole day. You really are Yorkshire’s best Celebrant!’
See the full testimonial – ‘Ian and Chim – Saturday 5th September 2015, Swinton Bivouac’
‘Thank you, not only for making our ceremony everything we had imagined – and then some – but for making the whole process of building it so beautiful too. Thank you for helping us to say what we wanted to say and working out how best to say it. Thank you for thinking of everything from ‘first questions’ to ‘practicalities’. Thank you for your calmness and professionalism and for putting everyone at ease. Thank you for taking the time to meet all of the people who are important to us and for making them feel important too. Thank you Hannah for helping us to make memories that will be cherished by many forever.’
See the full testimonial – ‘Jen and Warren – Saturday 27th June 2015, at the family home’
‘Our heads are still spinning with wonderfulness of it all, just far and away the best day of our lives no doubt about it, and you were a massive part of that! You guided us through with utter calm, and the ceremony you put together was overwhelmingly beautiful, as evidenced by barely a dry eye in the house, or tent. No amount of thanks is enough, you are an amazing woman and so, so good at what you do, and clearly believe in it completely, the time and care and attention you put in was overwhelming.’
See the full testimonial – ‘Caro and Karen – Saturday 19th July 2014, at home’
‘It has taken me three weeks to sit down and try to put into words what this wonderful lady did for us, yet still I am finding it difficult. I cannot recommend her services enough to you. If you are in any doubt about the way you would like your service to go, one conversation with Hannah and you will never look back. This woman has an amazing gift and a beautiful soul. Everyone needs a Hannah when they get married!!’
See the full testimonial – ‘Zoe and Chris – Friday 9th May 2014, Gibbon Bridge Hotel, PR3’
‘I really do not know where to start when I talk about Hannah. You see she is more than a humanist celebrant, she is part wedding planner, part bride counsellor and part chief calmer downer( not sure if it’s a word, but this is what she does!)! Hannah is the perfect, non-alcoholic, wedding stress relieving tonic!!!!! My only regret, is that I will never really be able to thank her enough for what she did, as words cannot express just how good she made our special day and the start of our lives together!’
See the full testimonial – ‘Rachel and Mike – Saturday 12th April 2014, at home’
‘The highlight of the whole wedding was the ceremony. It was absolutely amazing. You have this utterly lovely combination of authoritativeness and warmth that completely put me at ease- like everything was completely in hand. Your delivery of the ceremony was brilliant. You are a truly great celebrant and really held the energy and filled the space. It felt so safe and sacred (not a word I’ve used before) and just really perfect. We deliberated pretty much every decision about our wedding and looked at countless options for most things, you were absolutely the best choice we made for our wedding and I am so grateful.’
See the full testimonial – ‘Ayesha and Richard – Saturday 14th September 2013, The Guildhall, York’
‘Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I don’t feel like thank you even covers it but I don’t have other words. We KNEW you would do an incredible job. I KNEW you were perfect the moment I called. If you had charged 5 times as much, I would have paid it without flinching. I just don’t think we could have imagined how perfect it would be on the day. Every single line and word was us. That was the only thing that was important on the day (and for our marriage) and you condensed Rob and I into a 40 minute script. Love it. It was such an amazing start to the day and we can’t thank you enough.’
See the full testimonial – ‘Rob and Layal – Friday 19th July 2013, Stoke Rochford Hall, Lincolnshire’
Sam and Josh – Saturday 14th October 2018 – Merrydale Manor, Knutsford
‘It was so, so touching – how you phrased your words and how they were delivered. I have to say your ceremony was the most beautiful ceremony we have heard at a wedding. It was absolutely perfect and so many of the guests mentioned it.’
Tobiah and Laura – Tobiah Tayo Photography
‘I just wanted to drop you a line to say a HUGE thank you for all your incredible work, patience and support leading up to and on the day of Sam and Josh’s wedding. I am so glad of your involvement and for delivering such a beautiful ceremony. It really was an absolute pleasure to work with you and I look forward to us working together soon.
With sincere thanks and best wishes, Helen xx’
Helen Eriksen – ‘Helen Eriksen Weddings’
Laura and Lee – Saturday 1st September 2018 – The Woodlands at The Old Hough (Fabulous Together)
‘We want to thank you for your part in making our wedding day extra special. We cannot describe how happy we were with what you delivered on the day. Not only on the day, but the whole process from when we first got in touch to the beautiful ceremony you gave was an absolute pleasure.
From day one it was obvious you genuinely cared about helping us make the day super special and personal. Your passion for what you do really comes across and considering we live 4000 miles away you made us immediately feel at ease and that we had made the right decision in choosing you as our celebrant.
You gave a very special personal touch to all of our meetings before the big day and your ‘homework assignments’ really made each of us think about the commitment we were making to each other and putting that commitment into words.
Thank you Hannah.
Laura & Lee’
‘Hannah – thank you so much for making our day so unique and personal and contributing to the magic of our day, Laura and Lee xxx’ (Note with flowers and chocolates)
‘I just wanted to say thank you so much for doing such a fabulous job for Laura and Lee. Lots of guests commented on how personal and touching their ceremony was! I know they found it really special too. I saw what care you took in ensuring everything was just perfect for them – a planner’s dream, someone as organised as us! Thank you for the great communication throughout and it’s been lovely working with you. Andrea xx’
Andrea Swift – ‘Fabulous Together’
Mel and Mark – Saturday 18th August 2018 – Victoria Warehouse, Manchester
‘Thank you so much. We’re both very happy with how you planned and conducted the ceremony and everything seemed to go without a hitch. You put Mel and I at great ease and we felt as though we were in good hands throughout. Many thanks to you and all the best. Best Wishes, Mark’
‘Thank you Hannah! It was everything we could have wished for. We got lots of compliments about the ceremony too so many thanks again. Mrs A xx’
Janette and Neil – Saturday 21st July 2018 – Tunnel End, Standedge
‘During the early stages of our wedding planning, we were debating what type of ceremony to have. We’d arranged the legal element, but we wanted something more personal and memorable. Then we stumbled across Hannah and everything fell into place. Not only did Hannah give us exactly the ceremony we’d been looking for, she was a great advisor and friend throughout the whole of our wedding preparations. Whenever we were unsure about whether something would work or not, Hannah was on hand to steer us in the right direction.
Working with Hannah is very much a partnership, and there’s work involved on both sides. Hannah suggests a bespoke well-defined framework for the ceremony, but it takes input from the happy couple and their friends and family to feed into that framework. The process of answering questions is both fun and thought-provoking and reinforces all the reasons you’ve chosen to marry your new partner. Hannah took all the gathered information and weaved it into a highly personalised ceremony, that we worked together to refine.
Hannah puts a lot of time into her assignment – she spent time with us at home, at the venue helping to sort out logistics in advance of the wedding and, on the day itself, shepherding guests into the right locations and performing the ceremony.
There was laughter and tears (happy ones!) during our ceremony and it was lovely to see how our audience were engaged and interested too. It was personal, it was fun but most of all it really meant something more than the sum of the parts.
Hannah took so much worry out of our wedding arrangements and played a huge part in making our wedding day everything we could wish for.
Janette and Neil’
Julie and Gary – Saturday 14th July 2018 – Whitley Hall Hotel, Sheffield
‘4 weeks ago. What an amazing day. Thank you so much for everything. It was truly a fairytale. We would love to do a testimonial for you and I’m sure will have some wonderful pictures. We will get back to you soon.
Julie and Gary xxx’
‘Hi Hannah, Yesterday was my first experience of a humanist celebration – what a lovely occasion. It was so uniquely personal, very moving and so wonderful to share with such special friends. Thank you, Claire’ (message from contributor and guest)
Sharon and Dave – Saturday 7th July 2018 – Holiday Inn, Leeds
‘We cannot thank you enough for making our dream wedding come true. We played the ceremony out with you and in our heads many times but on the day it was one million times better than we could have ever imagined. It really was the most perfect day!
From the moment we entered the room the atmosphere was electric. The ceremony was so personal to them and us that there was not a dry eye in the congregation. The emotions were so high and there was so much love in the room that we are still feeling extremely blessed to have so many wonderful people in our lives.
The wedding quite honestly would not have been what it was without your recommendations on room layout, logistics, your amazing delivery of the ceremony and stage presence and not least your crowd control skills.
Everyone is still talking about it and it will forever be the best day of our lives. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for making our dream come true!
Sharon and Dave’
‘Thank you so much for your lovely email. We had a lovely time working with you also here at the hotel and I think Dave and Sharon were very happy indeed. There were a lot of tears. We would look forward to being able to work with you again.
Kind regards and all the best, Aimee’ (Hotel Events Planner)
Miriam and Ray – Friday 29th June 2018 – ‘The Swan’ at the Globe Theatre, London
‘What can we say? Our wedding – and the ceremony especially – completely exceeded our expectations. The weather helped, of course, but mostly it was the personal nature of the ceremony, its well-judged blend of intimacy and emotion, which you brought out by all the planning, questions and well-wishing emails. You also lent an air of quiet authority over proceedings, which gave it the necessary gravitas of a wedding ceremony. As you’d expect, we were especially touched by the well-wishing words of the children.
We would never have achieved such a ceremony without you, so thank you so much from the bottom of our hearts!
Feel free to add this to your (burgeoning) testimonial collection if you like. If you’d like a picture of you doing the ceremony I’ll send one on when the professional pictures come through. We are going to miss your emails now. 🙂
Thank you once again for helping us on one of the most important days of our lives and sharing it with us. We’ll never forget.
Ray and Miriam’
Ashlea and Dave – Sunday 17th June 2018 – Sandhole Oak Barn, Cheshire
‘Thank you so much for your kind words and for making our day even more special and memorable than we could have hoped for. We really appreciate everything you have done for us and will certainly be singing for praises for years to come. Thank you again and all the best for the future!
Many thanks, as always,
Ashlea and Dave’
Amy and Ric – Saturday 16th June 2018 – Thornsett Fields Barn, Derbyshire
‘As things are getting back to normal we have been thinking back on what a fantastic day we had at the barn. In particular, we thought we really needed to get back in touch with you in an attempt to express how great the ceremony was and all the help you gave us on the lead up to the day and the day itself.
Your experience with the job showed in so many situations we can barely recall them all. We’re so glad we picked you!
Thank you so much.
Mr & Mrs. C
(and James too)’
Beccy and Mark – Saturday 28th April 2018 – Beechenhill Farm, Ilam
‘Thanks so much for your lovely comments. We were delighted with how it all went and had a truly wonderful day. I’m glad to hear you did too. The ceremony was everything we could have wished for and we had many positive comments from all the guests – a few were talking about arranging humanist wedding ceremonies for their children!
We’ve really enjoyed the whole process with you. It has certainly made us think about our relationship and what we want out of our future together.
Thanks again for all your help. We’ve very much enjoyed the journey with you and
are looking forward to seeing the final script.
Best wishes for the future, Beccy and Mark x’
Roisin and Paul – Saturday 17th March 2018 – Yellow Arch Studios, Sheffield
‘Right from Paul proposing, we both knew we wanted a personal wedding which meant something to us, reflected our lives and values and represented us. Paul had been to a humanist ceremony in the past and was loved the personal and individual approach. So a humanist wedding was exactly what we wanted!
We spent a lot of time researching celebrants, and came across Hannah on the Humanist website. After talking to her on the phone, it was clear Hannah was the celebrant for us: she was as excited as we were about our engagement and wedding! She gave brilliant advice, without pressure or judgement, and was more than happy to calm any worries or concerns with a friendly email.
Hannah really took the time to get to know us as individuals and as a couple, which made the ceremony even more personal, it felt more like a friend was conducting it. All our friends and family commented on our unique, personal and moving service even to this day!
Hannah was brilliant in guiding us through the process of creating the ceremony and when we decided to write our own secret(!) vows. With her infectious excitement, Hannah took time in helping us to write the vows and perfectly understood the importance of them to us.
The cost of hiring Hannah reflects her experience, enthusiasm and professionalism. We approached other (cheaper) celebrants, but no other gave us the feeling that our wedding was as important to them as it was to us. Nor did they seem they would be as involved as Hannah was in helping craft the perfect day.
As we were always set on having a humanist ceremony, we always viewed the separate legal ceremony as just that – a paperwork exercise (even dressing in our comfy clothes to reinforce the fact we didn’t see that as our official wedding!). Our venue was not licensed to perform weddings, so we ‘had’ to have a separate legal ceremony on the morning of our humanist wedding. But it meant we could have a little private moment with just our parents and each other before the madness of getting ready for our actual wedding and ceremony.
So overall, we cannot recommend Hannah enough! She has an amazing ability to make you feel like you are the only couple she’s working with. The ceremony she created for us was more than we could ever imagine. Every detail had been considered, and it was personal to the very end, nothing was generic. To this day our friends and family comment on how our wedding was a beautiful day and how the ceremony reflected us perfectly as a couple. We loved every minute of it! We cannot thank Hannah enough for all her time, excitement and for the delivery of the ceremony itself. Perfect doesn’t even cover it!!’
‘You have been amazing!!! We could not have asked for a better Celebrant and a more perfect service. Roisin and Paul x’ (Note sent with bouquet)
Mandy and Lee – Sunday 4th March 2018 – Waterton Park, Wakefield
‘Ahh! Thank you so much for our lovely ceremony. The amount of people that commented how amazing it was has been wonderful – the best ceremony they’ve been to! Lots of fabulous comments. Once again, thank you and look forward to hearing from you soon.
Warmest regards, Lee and Mandy xxx’ (Renewal of vows)
Emma and Alan – Saturday 3rd March 2018 – Deanwater Hotel, Cheshire
‘I would like to say a big thank you from the pair of us for helping make the day even more memorable and we look forward to seeing you in 2038 J. Alan’ (Renewal of vows)
Laura and Nick – Saturday 14th October 2017 – Craven Cruck Barn, Appletreewick
‘Yesterday was amazing, thank you. From the feedback of guests it seems everyone was pleasantly surprised, as they didn’t know what to expect and said it was beautiful.
Thanks again, Nick’
Jade and Tom – Saturday 2nd September 2017 – ‘Crow Hill’, Marsden
‘I can’t even begin to describe how perfect the wedding was: truly magical and the ceremony absolutely made the whole day! Thank you so much for everything, we were so happy with everything from start to finish. You made us feel so comfortable and at ease in the morning, took care of every little detail and took us on the most wonderful journey in our ceremony. We have had so many wonderful comments and feedback!
Thanks again for everything, Jade & Tom’
Emma and Tom – Monday 28th August 2017 – ‘Crow Hill’, Marsden
‘We cannot even thank you enough. Words cannot describe how amazing it was!! It felt just incredible to have everyone there and your words were so powerful and intimate. Everyone was telling us how much they loved the ceremony and how special it was, they really felt so personal. What a special day it was! I spent a lot of time yesterday getting teary!
You have been so great to work with – so calm and you really put me at ease when I needed it. Thanks again and if you need anything from us in regards to recommendations, statements etc let us know. We will certainly be shouting about you from the rooftops!
Loads of love, Emma & Tom xxx’
Lynsey and Michael – Saturday 12th August 2017 – ‘Spring Cottage’, Rivington
‘Thank you so much for the smart script. I am sure we will treasure it. I have got to say that I have read the script quite a few times since the wedding. It brings the day and all the emotion that went with it, in an instant. I can recall the way you said something, the pauses, the look Michael gave me and who I looked out to in the crowd. It is truly wonderful that we will have something so uniquely personal to reminisce over.
I have attached quite a few photos- couldn’t choose which to send. I love the spectrum of emotions that they capture- and what you delivered.
Thanks again for all you did, Lynsey and Michael’
‘We had the most fantastic day. The ceremony was the definite highlight for both of us.
Michael and I were reflecting on the day last night and he came out with ‘I was really dreading the ceremony but it was actually my favourite part of the whole day’. A huge compliment to you for an introvert to come out with something like that! The ceremony being so personal and meaningful just completely made it. It was everything I hoped it would be and more.
I felt so at ease during the ceremony (and I usually hate being public speaking) and will always remember looking out at everyone watching and Michael looking at me- while you so eloquently told our story- a story that I am so proud of. You completely did it justice.
We received so many compliments on the ceremony. One of Michael’s work friends said that if he could do his again, he would have had a ceremony like that. So meaningful, he welled up.
Thank you again, for all that you did throughout the process and on the day. I will always remember your kindness and will cherish the memory of the ceremony.’ Lynsey
Kerry and Matt – Saturday 5th August 2017 – The Old Rectory, Sheffield
‘First of all I wanted to say thank you so much for organising and running the ceremony so brilliantly. It made our day that much more special. So many people commented on how amazing the ceremony was, so you may have some people contact you. Perhaps, when we have little ones of our own, we will be in touch about naming ceremonies! Warmest regards, Matt and Kerry’
Jess and Craig – Sunday 30th July 2017 – Didsbury House and Eleven Didsbury Park, Manchester
‘The ceremony was beyond our wildest dreams. I can’t tell you the number of people who came up to us saying it was the best ceremony they had ever been to, the most personal, and filled with so much genuine emotion. One of our close friends messaged me the next day to say that we were the couple everybody wanted to be and it was the ceremony and wedding that every couple wanted to have. So much of that was your doing, coordination, delivery on the day and beautiful writing. Craig and I agree that choosing you as our Celebrant was the best decision we made!’
Jess and Craig
Lizzy and Mark – Saturday 29th July 2017 – Craven Cruck Barn, Appletreewick
‘Throughout the whole of the process of our wedding Hannah has been a delightful, warm, cheerful and wise guide. She had a real talent for getting to the root of what we wanted to capture, taking our answers to her planning questionnaires and using them to craft a beautiful ceremony that reflected our ideals to the letter, but which also kept our guests entertained and engaged. We chose a humanist ceremony because we don’t hold to any dogma and wanted something truly personal. Hannah’s skill and experience gave us just that.
But behind the brilliance of the ceremony lies a lot of hard work that guests don’t see. The messages and meetings we have had with her have always been practical and insightful, but she never loses an opportunity to put people at ease – from the first conversation there was never any doubt that we could trust her with such an important moment in our lives. Even in the hours after our vows, she continued to look out for us, making our day go as brilliantly as it possibly could have. We could have gone for a cheap, registry office wedding, but we have never regretted the investment we made in hiring Hannah to build our wedding. We wouldn’t hesitate for a moment in recommending her. She is brilliant.’ Lizzy and Mark
Hannah and Pete – Saturday 15th July 2017 – ‘The Gathering’, Edale
‘Well our feet have just about touched the ground (just about!) and we wanted to thank you with all of our hearts for everything you have done for us: for guiding us through the pre-wedding process with warmth and good humour; crafting the most personal and touching wedding ceremony; completely bossing the whole organisational thing and corralling our rag-tag bunch of friends into a slickly oiled wedding machine and then delivering the ceremony itself, which – no word of a lie – every single person I spoke to afterwards mentioned how much they enjoyed.
I’m sure you must be used to the compliments by now, but really, everyone said it was either the favourite ceremony they had heard/the most personal/the most touching or all of the above. It was also really lovely that you were able to chat to people afterwards, as I know there were a lot of people curious about humanism.
Pete and I were equally delighted with the ceremony and even though we had read the draft, were able to listen as if hearing it for the first time. The way you told our stories was very touching and people were very surprised to hear that we hadn’t actually known you all of our lives, because they thought it reflected us so well.
You also managed to make us two shy people relish (almost!) the experience of standing in front of everyone we know – no mean feat indeed!
Thank you so much again – we will miss your bubbly emails – do drop us a line if you are ever around and want to say hi. All the best with your continued work and we wish you many more heartfelt ceremonies to come!
Hannah and Pete x’
Claire and Tom – Saturday 30th June 2017 – Great John St Hotel, Manchester
‘When we booked our wedding we assumed we would have a standard Registrar’s service. However, when we looked at the options of wording available we realised that we wanted a much more meaningful and personal way of making our commitment to each other. One of my best friends had had a humanist service several years ago and it was she who suggested we look into it as an option. After doing some research we thought that it sounded interesting but didn’t know if it was something which was for us. We found Hannah through a google search and I had a call with her. She soon dispelled any concerns we had that this was some sort of ‘hippy’ option and explained the detailed and personal nature of the service to us.
Over the coming months Hannah set up regular ‘homework’ in the form of questions and answers went between us via email. After a huge amount of work on her behalf she sent us through our draft ceremony and we both had a tear in our eye (my husband is an ex boxer so crying isn’t something he is given to!) as we were so overwhelmed by how perfect for us it was and how full of meaning.
Hannah managed the whole event so beautifully and ensured that everyone had rehearsed and knew exactly what they were meant to be doing and when. On the day we all felt relaxed and knew we were in good hands. The ceremony was fantastic with readings from our children and friends, a tying the knot ceremony, lots of stories about our first meeting and our relationship and what had brought us to our wedding day and lots of emotion and laughs.
After the ceremony, our guests told us how blown away they had been by the whole experience. Most of them had never even heard of a humanist ceremony (as we hadn’t before my friend had mentioned it to us) and all thought it was a wonderful way of making our commitment. Our friends who got married 6 months before us said they wished they had know about it as they thought it far outshone the registrar service they had had! Several guests told us it was the most loving and joyful wedding they had been to.
We are so happy that we found Hannah and that we made the choice to have this ceremony. Her ability to marry professionalism and warmth are what made it such a perfect choice for us. It was so individual to us and was far better than we ever hoped for. We miss her emails and just wish we could do it all again!
Claire and Tom’
‘Everyone was so full of admiration for the beautiful service and several of the male guests admitted to shedding a tear. We have been talking and agree that it was all so much more beautiful and personal than we ever imagined. Thank you so much for all your care, dedication, professionalism and warmth. Claire Xxxx’ Message sent after ceremony.
‘Hannah, THIS IS AMAZING. Just so beautiful – so, so, much more than I had hoped. I have no clue at all how I’m going to manage on the day. Thank you so much – it will be the most fantastic wedding!’ Message sent on receiving first draft.
Claire and Niall – Friday 10th June 2017 – ‘Craigmar’, North Yorkshire
‘We wouldn’t hesitate in recommending Hannah if you are looking for a non religious but personal, heartfelt, light hearted yet moving ceremony. Right from the start and the initial phone call she made us feel at ease and she was organised and professional throughout – helping us quickly with anything we needed, including a practice run, and pointing us in the right direction. Hannah asks you a series of questions about each other and your relationship. Then from your own words, crafts a wonderful emotional journey through your relationship to the present day, and beyond, knitting in humour, key milestones, random facts and anything else you throw her way.
We cannot begin to say how pleased we were with the end result – it was absolutely perfect. Hannah delivered the ceremony with the right amount of gravitas, but with warmth and humour. She involved key people in the room both before and during the ceremony so it really felt like a team effort. There was laughter, tears, smiles and joy all round. Our friends and family were bowled over with the ceremony – they felt it was so “us” and captured us as a couple perfectly. One relation even said that she would do the same if she had her time again.
Thank you Hannah. Claire and Niall x’
‘Thanks so much for this and also the ceremony – it really was amazing and so many people have commented on how much they enjoyed it. One relation even said she’d have the same thing if she could do it again! Everyone thought it captured the essence of us as a couple and it had everything – laughter, tears and joy!
We both thought it was the best way possible for us to celebrate our marriage and it set up what was a fantastic day with everyone.
Thank you! And also for your trip over to do the rehearsal on the Friday.
Claire and Niall x’
Jen and Jon – Saturday 3rd June 2017 – Craven Cruck Barn, Appletreewick
‘Choosing a wedding celebrant seemed like an impossible task – we both knew deep down that we really wouldn’t know if we’d made the right choice until the wedding was over. Yes, we had some cheaper quotes, but after a long and lovely chat with Hannah over the phone we decided to trust our instincts, and booked her for our wedding. BEST. DECISION. EVER!
Our ceremony was personal, emotional and warm, and crucially for us, it included everything we wanted it to, and nothing we didn’t. We were both surprised at how much we enjoyed the ‘tasks’ that Hannah set us along the way in creating the ceremony – they gave us a break from manic party planning and an opportunity to reflect on each other and all the reasons that we were getting married for. Her dedication was so obvious throughout the whole process; she was always there with a friendly text or email response to the tiniest questions, and amazing at teasing out details and information that wasn’t always immediately obvious to us as being important!
Hannah’s advice to treat the separate legal ceremony as the same chance to step back, reflect and relax together was spot on – our ‘legalities’ the week before the wedding took around 15 minutes witnessed by a couple of good friends, who we celebrated over pizza and wine with afterwards. It was the perfect way to get ready for what we both saw as the ‘main event’ the following Saturday. On the day, we couldn’t have asked for a more calming presence than Hannah’s to make us both feel at ease, and guide everyone and everything into place without fuss.
Lots of our family and friends (including the usually unimpressed, super-cool, and picky types) said that they were surprised at how much they enjoyed that part of our day. We’re lucky enough to be close friends with an amazing (and extremely critical) professional cellist, who played during our ceremony. He quite literally goes to hundreds of weddings every year, so when he told us that our ceremony, and Hannah as the celebrant, were the best he’s ever seen, we knew we’d nailed it!
Thank you Hannah, for playing such a big part in making our wedding day the warm, fun, relaxed celebration of ‘us’ that it was.’ Jen and Jon
‘We’re on Cloud 9! Yesterday was the best EVER. Thank you so much for everything. The ceremony was just perfection – we were both completely blown away. Everyone needs you at their wedding! We don’t have enough words to thank you enough. xxx’ Text following ceremony.
‘We just wanted to say thank you for the ceremony on Saturday. It was truly wonderful.
It was a fantastic day and now we all feel very flat!!
Kind regards, Debbie and Howard’ Message from Jen’s mum.
Laura and Ben – Friday 2nd June 2017 – Victoria Baths, Manchester
‘I just wanted to say a huge, huge thank you. We had the best day and the ceremony was perfect. We had so many people commenting on how lovely and personal the ceremony was and how well it was delivered by yourself. Thanks again. Best wishes, Laura’
Becky and Ric – Monday 17th April 2017 – Sandhole Oak Barn, Cheshire
‘Ric and I can’t thank you enough for enabling us to create our perfect wedding day. Choosing to have a humanist ceremony was absolutely the right decision: it allowed us to personalise our ceremony entirely and ensure everything included was truly meaningful to and right for us. For us, the humanist ceremony was the centre point of the day: the main event, the most important and symbolic – our true wedding ceremony. So being able to make it our own was crucial. You gathered all the right information and put so much effort in to crafting a beautiful ceremony, allowing us freedom to input and adapt as well, which was perfect. It flowed and built momentum, tastefully and with all the gravitas a wedding ceremony should. We were able to include people close to us as well. It really was the epitome of bespoke, and consequently meant all the more. We will treasure the words of our wedding forever, knowing they were just for us and true to us. The vows we made to each other in our humanist ceremony were unquestionably our wedding vows.
I had concerns about having both ceremonies on the day, but the humanist ceremony was so clearly the important, focal, conclusive ceremony that actually it wasn’t a problem at all. I have no doubt our guests saw the humanist as the real wedding: so many people have commented on how it was the best wedding they’ve been to, even after 40 years of wedding attendances. Another guest said she wished she’d known humanist ceremonies were an option.
Not only are we delighted we decided to go with the humanist ceremony, but also that we chose you as our Celebrant. You guided us beautifully, not only in writing the ceremony, but in putting together wonderful vows and listening to our opinions. I was especially impressed with the amount of thought and consideration you gave to our ceremony, and planning the flow of time around the ceremony as well. You counselled us about the day, helped us in our times of concern of how others might see things, and gave great and wise insight in to the process, which I was especially grateful for. I am so, so impressed and happy we chose you. It was just wonderful, and wouldn’t have been had the ceremony not been so perfect.
I think the work you put in around the ceremony goes in to making the whole day better too: relaxed, happy couples who understand and know what they’re doing, why, and have been able to craft their own wedding (with your expert help) are always going to have a more positive, meaningful experience. And on the day you were relaxed, confident, helpful, flexible, funny, the utmost professional. Just brilliant. Even my Mum – a big sceptic – was happy. And that probably says it all.
Thank you so much, we couldn’t have asked for more from you. It was a dream. So, so, so very worth it. You should charge more!!
Our fondest wishes, Becky and Ric’
Lou and Dave – Saturday 8th April 2017 – Beechenhill Farm, Ilam, Derbyshire
‘Thank you so much for putting together such a beautiful and unique ceremony. From day one we knew we were in safe hands. We spoke to a few different celebrants but were so impressed with Hannah’s professionalism and enthusiasm that we knew she was the one for us. We were not disappointed! From start to finish Hannah was fantastic – from her impressive organisation, to her expert guidance, to her pep talks, reassurance and calm approach, we could not have asked for more. We have had so many compliments on the ceremony from friends and family, many of whom had never been to a humanist ceremony before, and some of whom have said they would choose a humanist ceremony for themselves because of it! We cannot thank you enough Hannah!
Best wishes Lou and Dave’
‘We couldn’t be happier with how the ceremony went so massive thanks from the bottom of our hearts!’ Message sent after ceremony.
‘This is absolutely brilliant!!! Thank you so much. It’s amazing how seamlessly you have woven together our words and integrated them into the general flow of the ceremony.’ Message sent on receiving first draft.
Liz and Steve – Friday 9th December 2016 – Victoria Warehouse, Manchester
Where on earth do I begin? There are not enough superlatives to describe how we feel both about the ceremony you gave us and yourself as a person. The ceremony was everything we had dreamed of and to say that is quite something. The whole process was wonderful and we looked forward to our ‘homework’ every time, we saved it to do on a nice evening with a glass of wine and became an incredibly enjoyable part of the run up.
I was bowled over by the compliments I received about the ceremony and yourself. I personally was not surprised but to some people I feel it was a revelation to see that a wedding can be so personal and also humorous. Many people who I knew less well said they really felt like they knew Steve and I and how we are as a couple as a result, which is lovely.
In addition your support to Steve and I has been invaluable, from your words of wisdom to bringing me warm bread rolls in my time of need (!) you are an absolute delight and we were honoured to have you conduct our ceremony.
I could go on and on and on and on and on but I won’t. Except to say that you are a marvellous person and did the most sensational job and for that we will be forever grateful. I do hope we cross paths in the future.
Hannah, it has been our absolute pleasure.
Liz and Steve xx’
Jess and James – Saturday 1st October 2016 – Wold Top Brewery, Yorkshire Wolds
‘Thank you so very much for everything! It really was the perfect ceremony for us – personal, sincere and beautifully delivered. It meant so much to hear it all come together with our family and friends as witnesses. To reiterate what we said on Saturday too, it has been a real pleasure to take this journey with you from the very start and you’ve helped make us really think about who we are and what is important to us.’
‘We just wanted to write to you and tell you again how much we loved the ceremony you wrote and delivered for us. We had so many positive comments about how personal it was, how honest and how beautifully it came across. Apparently it had everyone in tears! We have (as you might expect) discussed the wedding LOTS while we’ve been away and continue to come back to the fact that we are so glad we found you and made the decision to prioritise the ceremony part of the day. It set the tone for a wonderful day to follow (not to mention setting the tone for the way we want to live our lives together).
Thank you so much for all your time, wisdom, sense and direction throughout the process.
Jess and James x’
Emily and Simon – Saturday 24th September 2016 – Northorpe Hall, West Yorkshire
We had a truly wonderful wedding and reading the script again takes us back to standing there in the barn feeling the love from all our friends and family. It’s taken us a while to process everything that happened over the course of the day and it wasn’t till we got the photos back that we could get a sense of what was going on around us. It’s also been nice to get lots of lovely feedback – and so many people have said what a special ceremony it was – thanks to you!
Emily & Simon x
Jo and Sam – Saturday 17th September 2016 – Bolton Castle, Wensleydale
‘We can’t thank you enough. Thank you for sorting us all out and managing the ceremony; thank you for such a warm, funny and intimate ceremony; thank you for all your reassurance and care with us all. Sam’
‘Thank you SO much for everything. You’re brilliant – the ceremony was everything we could have wished for. So many people told us it was the best wedding ceremony they had ever been a part of. So much laughter and joy, and the odd tear! The perfect mix of love, sincerity and humour. Thank you, thank you, thank you. We’re so grateful to you for marrying us! And for kick starting the day and setting the tone for the rest of the celebrations. It was magical. Lots of love, Jo and Sam xxx’
Lauren and Ryan – Saturday 3rd September 2016 – Stydd Gardens, Ribble Valley
‘H. Best day of my life. No contest. Thank you SO much. xxxxx’ Text from groom.
Jocelyn and John – Saturday 6th August 2016 – deep in the Peak District
‘I’ve been meaning to email you for ages to say thank you (although that doesn’t quite seem like enough) for everything you did! The wedding seems like a distant memory now, but still a really happy and special one. We’ve had so many comments and compliments on the wedding and I firmly believe that people are being completely genuine when they say that it was the most beautiful and moving ceremony that they have ever been to. I hope this doesn’t sound like a platitude but our day and in particular the ceremony was everything we hoped it would be and so much more. And you played such a big part in that so I just want to say from all of us THANK YOU!!
John, Jocelyn, Angus & Joni xxxxxxxx’
I’m sorry it’s taken me a while to get in touch after Jossy and John’s wedding in Leek, but I did want to say a big “thank you” (again!) to you for making the occasion so memorable and special. As you did with Laura and Paul last year, you absolutely captured the essence of their relationship in the ceremony, composing something that was very personal to them. We were also very appreciative of the naming part of the ceremony for Angus and Joni – it was really perfect. As we did last year, we had lots of compliments about what a lovely ceremony it was, which was all down to you.
It was very nice to see you again and we’re pleased that all is going well for you. We were very delighted and proud that both our girls chose you to help them celebrate their marriages – and you can clearly guarantee the weather as it was absolutely beautiful for Laura and Paul last year and then again for Jossy and John this year! Perhaps you could make this a selling point!
Our very best wishes to you and all our thanks.
Chris and John’ (very proud parents twice times over!)
Diane and Francesca – Monday 1st August 2016 – The Cruck Barn, Appletreewick
‘For us the day could not have been better. So many people remarked on the ceremony and how “us” it was, and that is all thanks to you and the script you put together. It was truly an emotional day and everyone said how touched they were by it. Francesca’s sister remarked that it was lovely to hear about our relationship in our words not just some predetermined phrases. Thank you so much for adapting the script at the last minute to include the FaceTime feed – my parents felt like they were really there and are incredibly grateful.
With warmest regards
Diane and Francesca’
Thank you so much for including us in the ceremony for Diane and Francesca. Even though we could not be present we still felt a part of it. We both thought it was a beautiful ceremony and very moving. It summed them up very well and was very personal. The script is beautiful and we would like to thank you for sending it to us so promptly. We are very happy they picked you for their Celebrant.
Jim and Cath’ (proud parents/parents in law)
Leigh and Tom – Saturday 23rd July 2016 – on a farm, North Yorkshire
Wow – what can we say! The ceremony was absolutely beautiful. So many guests have commented on how it was the most personal ceremony they have ever been to and how much it reflected mine and Tom’s relationship and love for one another. You have been a star from start to finish – putting up with our last minute changes and being so patient and professional with us both.
The ceremony meant so much to us and to our families and friends. Thank you.
All our love
Leigh and Tom xxx
Claire and Shawn – Sunday 17th July 2016 – Waterton Park Hotel, Wakefield
Thank you so much for everything on Sunday! The ceremony went even better than we could have hoped for! We loved it, and so did everybody there. The whole day was fantastic – we got so lucky with the weather.
Shawn and Claire
Jemma and Mark – Saturday 11th June 2016 – The Hepworth Gallery, Wakefield
We had an absolutely brilliant time yesterday and we received so many compliments and interested questions about the ceremony so thank you for doing such a wonderful job both on the day and in constructing the story.
Everything went perfectly so we couldn’t be happier with the day and it’s lovely to hear you say that the day lived up to your expectations. Everyone seemed to have a fantastic time so that made it even more special for us.
We just wanted to respond to your email quickly to share our gratitude for the amazing job you did and for being so supportive and helpful throughout the whole process. We loved it all.
Jem & Mark x’
‘Having experienced the great job Hannah had done at my sister’s wedding, it was an obvious choice to ask her to preside over my own wedding a few years later. My husband and I enjoyed working with Hannah to create our own, bespoke wedding service. It was fun to answer her questions and take some time to think about how we felt and capture that in words. Throughout the process of creating the ‘script’ Hannah was very supportive and encouraging, giving tips and examples whenever necessary so we were never left alone staring at a blank page! On the wedding day Hannah delivered a wonderful performance that all of our guests commented on, gushing over how interesting, personalised and enjoyable it had been. Many guests wanted to know all about her work too, so she graciously told them about it, which was a nice touch. She was a calm, professional presence on the day that helped to ensure the smooth running of the ceremony and made everybody’s life easier knowing that she had control. Overall we would highly recommend Hannah as a Celebrant to anybody who wishes to have a tailor-made wedding ceremony that you’ll love on the day and remember forever.
Jemma and Mark’
Amanda and Cass – Friday 10th June 2016 – The Belle Epoque, Knutsford
Thank you so much for playing a huge part in making our day so memorable. To an absolute person, we have received glowing feedback on both you and the ceremony, which people feel was a real and genuine celebration of our relationship. On a personal level, it was an absolute pleasure working with you – you made it so easy and enjoyable. So a huge thank from us. We’ll always remember you and the day.
Amanda, Cass, Harry and Alfie
Heather and Gerred – Saturday 4th June 2016 – at home
We’re just back from our honeymoon today and it was brilliant, as was the day itself, in no small part thanks to you! Your ceremony meant so much to us, it really did. We’re so glad you got to stay and talk to our family and friends too – they loved chatting to you.
Thank you again,
Heather and Gerred x
Anthony and Jon – Sunday 29th May 2016 – Great John St Hotel, Manchester
Thanks for your email and kind words. We had an awesome rest of day. I really think the day couldn’t have gone better for us and the ceremony was an essential part of that. We received so many lovely comments about it. I think we are both going to miss our regular email chats and assignments from you! Sending best wishes, AJ xx
Fran and Chris – Saturday 28th May 2016 – a field, Derbyshire
Thank you so much for creating and delivering such a beautiful ceremony for us. We both thought it was perfect for us as a couple and exactly how we wanted it. Everyone that came commented on how lovely and personal it was.
Thank you again for making our wedding day the best it could be.
Fran & Chris
Emma and Ted – Saturday 30th March 2016 – at home
Good morning Hannah,
First and foremost I would like to thank you so much for all your input into the pre wedding preparations that resulted in a seamless ceremony on the day.
Next I would like to thank you for presiding over the ceremony and involving us all in the proceedings in such a special and intimate way. The words you spoke captured the essence of the two people who were committing themselves to a future together. I couldn’t fault you on a single point!! Their vows were amazing and so personal, they had obviously thought very carefully about what they wished to say to each other.
Many people have made the comment that it was the most emotional ceremony that they have ever been to, they completely understand why Emma and Ted chose to have a humanist ceremony and that they felt involved in a way that would never have been possible in church.
Finally, I would like to say a massive thank you. Words are never really enough but let me assure you that you made what was always going to be an extremely wonderful day even better.
Many thanks, best wishes,
Caro (another very proud parent)
Sarah and Dan – Saturday 9th April 2016 – The Didsbury Parsonage, Manchester
As you now know neither of us could be accused of being overly organised or particularly prompt – qualities which are pretty key when planning a wedding. However, with your help and guidance we are happy to say that our wedding day was an absolutely amazing success and ran so smoothly. From your regular and kind messages helping us organise the ceremony to your indispensable help on the day managing people and ensuring things ran smoothly all the way through to the heartfelt ceremony you performed which left us caught somewhere between laughing and crying (we honestly didn’t stop smiling all evening!) you were absolutely indispensable. So many of our friends and family commented on how sincere and professional your ceremony was and many more now have a much better understanding of why we chose a Humanist ceremony. We could not recommend you highly enough to any couple planning for their big day.
Thanks you so much for making our day so special!
Sarah and Dan’
I just wanted to say a huge thank you for making Dan and Sarah’s wedding so special. It was very meaningful and just ‘them’. I especially loved the symbolism of the ribbon tying.
With many thanks again and sending you love and best wishes,
Jo’ (mother of the groom)
Vicky and Matt – Saturday 26th March 2016 – ‘Crow Hill’, Marsden
‘Hannah, Thank you so much for everything and all your help – it was an incredible day. Matt & Vicky’
Well, it’s been a heck of a day, we are all exhausted, both physically and emotionally, but I’d like to put on record, from Judy and myself, our grateful thanks for the, not inconsiderate, part you played in making today the resounding success it was.
It was a pleasure to meet you and be guided, in your safe hands, through the most important thing that Vicks and Matt have done in the (comparatively) short time they have been together.
Thank you so much for your help,
Judy and Phil’ (parents of the bride)
Kate and John – 30th December 2015 – Adlington Hall, Cheshire
‘Thank you so much for making our day so special. It’s amazing how all these things come together and we feel so lucky you conducted this beautiful ceremony for us, thank you so much Hannah. Kate’
‘It was beautiful and we received so many comments about how lovely the service was, it really did unfold so well. Thank you so much for helping make the day as special as it was. Your hard work and patience really paid off for us. Thank you so much. John’
Ruth and Andy – Tuesday 29th December 2015 – Halle St Peter’s, Manchester (deconsecrated)
We would like to sincerely thank Hannah for all the help and advice she gave to us before, during, and after our wedding. We were both keen on having a Humanist ceremony and found Hannah’s details through the Humanist Society’s website. We thought we were getting a celebrant – turns out we were getting an editor, advisor, and box mover as well.
Hannah was very clear about the various options involved in a Humanist ceremony and helped us to create a celebration that was completely personal to us. She was honest with us when she thought ideas we had were not going to work, but supported our decisions and helped us to bring our ideas to life. She was full of suggestions and alternatives if a particular plan wasn’t working. For example, some of our readers were struggling to find something appropriate and she gave them lots of suggestions that they found really helpful.
We met with Hannah before the wedding where she took us through what was going to happen. We were both a bit sceptical about how necessary this was but on the day it really made a difference. Knowing what was going to happen and being familiar with the process meant we were both able to enjoy ourselves more rather than thinking about what was supposed to be happening next. Hannah also inadvertently ended up helping us unloading cars and dropping off things that day – absolutely going above and beyond what we expected from her, but it was very much appreciated!
On the day, it was fantastic to have Hannah there. She organised all of our ushers and made sure everyone knew what they were doing. She took all the pressure off us so we could just enjoy ourselves. She talked to (and remembered!) our friends and family. She helped direct staff and helpers if they weren’t sure what was going on. If we could have kept her to organise the reception we definitely would!
So many people have commented on how much effort Hannah made with them during and after the ceremony, how the day felt very personal and emotional, and how much fun it was. In fact, a few of our friends who, before Tuesday, were rather ‘anti-marriage’ have since said they’ve been rethinking their position. They said they’d never been to a wedding like it before, which is really saying something as one of them is in Andy’s band so has probably been to more weddings than most people we know.
We were delighted with how the ceremony went. The ceremony felt really special and we couldn’t have done that on our own. Thanks for putting us at ease during the morning, for letting us feel in control of what was going on, and for making everything run so smoothly. Ruth and Andy
Dionne and Damien – Saturday 10th October 2015 – The Met Hotel, Leeds
Thank you Hannah for everything you have done to make our day truly special. We couldn’t be more happy with the decision to have you part of our wedding and we will remember your words forever.
Literally everyone I spoke to commented how beautiful and personal the ceremony was. I couldn’t agree more!!!
Many, many thanks,
Dionne and Damien x
Anna and Ben – Saturday 3rd October 2015 – Vertigrow Nurseries, York
We just wanted to say a huge THANK YOU for conducting our wedding ceremony. From the very beginning your enthusiasm and passion was so exciting and inspiring. The ceremony you wrote and the way you delivered it was PERFECT and EVERYONE was talking about it/you for days! It was everything we hoped for and more!
All the best,
Anna and Ben xxx
Lucy and Greg – Saturday 19th September 2015 – ‘Eden’ at Broughton Hall, Skipton
Thanks for everything you did to make our wedding so special.
Everyone commented on how personal and moving the ceremony was – it was everything we had hoped it would be.
Thanks also for keeping us both so calm and making sure we had a truly magical time.
Lucy and Greg xx
Ian and Chim – Saturday 5th September 2015 – Swinton Bivouac, Masham
What can I say? Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for making the day fabulous and special.
My favourite part of the whole day was the ceremony. Ian says the same. We really loved what you did and will never forget how perfect you were.
THANK YOU!!! All the very best, Ian and Chim xxx’ Card from Ian and Chim
Thank you so much from the bottom of our hearts. You really made our day truly special.
It was an absolutely beautiful ceremony – we couldn’t have asked for more. Everyone commented on how lovely it was. It’s the one thing we keep remembering of the whole day. Everyone was in tears, but happy ones.
I could fill this whole email with just saying thank you… You really are Yorkshire’s best Celebrant!
All our very best,
Ian and Chim
Laura and Paul – Saturday 29th August 2015 – Arts Centre, Leek
‘Thank you for your thank you. And more importantly a huge thank you for the day itself and everything you have done for us.
We were so happy with the day and have had so much positive feedback and lovely comments about your ceremony – it has been overwhelming. Thank you also for taking the time and effort to stay and talk to people after the ceremony as quite a few people mentioned how much they appreciated this.
As to the script – wow, I don’t know where to start….It was truly perfect. It went down better than we imagined. To have something that personal and delivered in such a beautiful and heartfelt way was so special and exceeded any expectations that we had of the whole process. It was also great to be able to send it to some of the people who couldn’t make it.
I can’t tell you how much having you there to rely on helped get us through the week and day. To have someone we felt we knew and could totally depend on made it so much better.
All in all we have both said (and many of our family said) that we can’t imagine having done it any other way, and it was just what we wanted and more.
Thanks so much for getting back to me so promptly! I’ve just read through and it’s brought back that wonderful feeling of love and pride in them both that I experienced on Saturday.
We can’t thank you enough for all that you did to make the day so special. I would recommend you as a celebrant unreservedly and wish you every success for the future.
Best wishes from us both
Chris and John’ (proud parents)
Jo and Shaun – Saturday 22nd August 2015 – at home
Can’t believe how quickly the weekend has flown by. It’s been absolutely everything we wanted.
We really enjoyed the ceremony and all our family and friends did too. Thank you so much for making it so special.
Jo and Shaun x
Lucy and Tommy – Saturday 15th August 2015 – Chadkirk Chapel, Stockport (deconsecrated)
Thank you so much for your email and everything you did to make our day truly wonderful. The ceremony was perfect and so many people have commented on it being the best wedding ceremony they have ever been to. I know I’m biased but I have to agree … It was perfect and captured everything about mine and Tommy’s life together. We had the most amazing day and we thank you for the enormous part you played in making it so special.
Thank you once again for all your help, support and words of wisdom leading up to the big day. It really was everything we could have wished for and more.
Lucy and Tommy-Paul !!!! Xxx
Jen and James – Saturday 1st August 2015 – Newton Grange, Skipton
We really just wanted to say thanks again for your support in the run up to the wedding, and of course for your help on the day. I think you really managed to convert some of the people we were most apprehensive about – everyone has been so complimentary about how lovely and personal the ceremony was.
We’ll send you some pictures across once we have them, should you want to use them on your site etc.
We’d love to take you for a drink one day. Do let us know when you’re free.
Jen and James xx
Rachel and Pete – Saturday 11th July 2015 – Hornington Manor, York
Thanks for everything you did on the day. We had a lot of comments about how much people liked the ceremony. We really enjoyed how personal it was and it felt much more appropriate to us than any other form of ceremony would. I think it’s safe to say Rach, the guests and I all really enjoyed it and it made the day really special.
Robyn and Steven – Friday 10th July 2015 – Wordsworth Hotel, Grasmere
I just wanted to say thank you so much for delivering such a wonderful ceremony for us. It was everything we hoped for and more 🙂
The day just seemed to go so perfectly, we had a fantastic time from the morning until the end. Everyone was up dancing all night, it really was brilliant!
Thank you again Hannah, you were amazing and made the ceremony so special and unique. All the guests commented on how lovely it was and that they hadn’t been to a ceremony like it. They loved how personal it was, some guests even questioned how you knew so much about us! I think an outside wedding ceremony was a real treat for everyone too 🙂
Neave and Patrick – Saturday 4th July 2015 – Rivington Hall Barn, Bolton
Thank you for the script of the day. We will cherish it.
Thank you again for all the work you did for us and for being a part of making our day so extremely amazing. Check out www.rockmywedding.com. Our wedding was featured on their blog today which is super exciting.
Hope you are well.
‘The ceremony for me and Patrick was the most special part of the day. We chose to have a humanist ceremony. The weather was so hit and miss that I didn’t find out the ceremony was outside until I got there. It was lead by celebrant Hannah Wroe Gill who built our beautiful, bespoke ceremony. She helped us write our vows and create something which we will cherish forever. Our ceremony was US, it was about our 13 years together so far, how we have grown and how much we love each other. She made our family and friends laugh and cry not least me and Patrick. We had ‘I Wanna Be Yours’ read by Patricks brother Owen and Friendship ready by my friend Laura both were special moments during the ceremony. We also did Hand-fasting, a binding of our two hands with ribbons a literal expression of the phrase ‘tying the knot’ the binding of our hands was accompanied by a beautiful reading from my brother Liam called ‘These are the hands’.’ Extract from their entry on ‘Rock My Wedding’ site.
Jen and Warren – Saturday 27th June 2015 – at the family home
Thank you, not only for making our ceremony everything we had imagined – and then some – but for making the whole process of building it so beautiful too. Thank you for your ongoing support and your well timed and perfectly worded emails. Thank you for helping us to say what we wanted to say and working out how best to say it. Thank you for thinking of everything from ‘first questions’ to ‘practicalities’. Thank you for making our family and friends laugh heartily and cry (uncontrollably in some cases!). Thank you for your calmness and professionalism on the morning of the wedding (and throughout) and for putting everyone at ease. Thank you for taking the time to meet and introduce yourself to all of the people who are important to us and for making them feel important too. Thank you for the way you liaised with the numerous suppliers. Thank you Hannah for making our special day even more so and for helping us to make memories that will be cherished by many forever.
With our love and best wishes,
Warren and Jen xxx
Lou and Dom – Saturday 20th June 2015 – Settrington Orangery, near Malton
The passages around the ring exchanges are BEAUTIFUL! We really feel like you’ve captured the essence of our relationship perfectly. We both got teary just reading it now, not sure how we’re going to make it through the ceremony! Thank you so much Hannah, just reading this tonight has made us both very happy! We can’t wait for the big day! Best, Dom & Lou
On the reading of the first draft.
Angela and Craig – Friday 19th June 2015 – The Deanwater Hotel, Wilmslow
Thank you for making our day so special. Everyone commented on how different and nice it was. Thank you again, Angela & Craig
Clayton and Natalie – Saturday 6th June 2015 – Gilling Old Mill Barn, near Richmond
I hope you are well!
We are settling into married life very nicely and just wanted to thank you again for such a beautiful ceremony. Everyone still talks to us about it now and we can’t praise you enough for making our day as special as it was! In fact I think our friends Kate and Al were so impressed they have contacted you for their own wedding next year so we will see you at that too – I’m sure it will bring back our own special memories!
Natalie and Clayton
Hannah and Robin – Saturday 30th May 2015 – at home
Our wedding ceremony was fantastic- a seriously memorable day for us all- and we have had lovely feedback from everyone. So happy we asked you to do it!
Carla and Ian – Friday 29th May 2015 – Styal Lodge, Cheshire
Hannah!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you from the very bottom of my heart. You were truly fantastic. You delivered the most wonderful words to our friends and family and got the balance of time vs emotion spot on…. Heavy on the emotion, just as we’d asked…. The graph never lies!!! Honestly, we made some great decisions throughout this whole wedding planning malarkey but picking you to host proceedings was definitely one of the best! Thank you for being totally brilliant. Everyone thought it was wonderful. To quote my grandad… He’s never been to a ceremony like that before … and he thought it was ‘lovely’….
Big plaudits!!! Big love!! Big thanks!!
kj and Michael – Tuesday 26th May 2015 – Bagden Hall, Denby Dale
I wanted to thank you again for conducting the ceremony for us – you were fabulous and it was just wonderful – a perfect combination of formal and fun.
Hanna and Guy – Sunday 24th May 2015 – at the family home
‘Dear Hannah –
It was the most amazing day, thank you so much for conducting the ceremony in a thoughtful, responsive and sensitive way that made the event totally memorable for everyone involved. And I know that Guy found your calm spirit and support tremendously helpful on the day, not least when he was being bombarded with questions and later, waiting for the (traditionally) late bride to appear!
All my thanks for creating a wonderful day,
I meant to write sooner to let you know what a special ceremony you created for my daughter Hanna and Guy in May this year.
Thank you again.
Best wishes from Stefan’
Victoria and Nick – Saturday 23rd May 2015 – ‘Greenacres’, Derbyshire
We will reply formally when we get a chance, but I wanted to let you know that your input to the day was absolutely amazing. Great job!
We are sorry we didn’t say goodbye before we left. It was obviously a bit of a whirlwind. We did take in the whole day though and it was easily the best day of my life.
We had so many comments about the ceremony. Everyone I spoke to was blown away with it.
As Nick has already said, I am sorry we were unable to thank you properly on the day or say goodbye.
I want to thank you so much for delivering such a beautiful wedding ceremony for us. Everything about the ceremony was perfect, so many of our guests who have been a part of our lives for the last 15 years were just blown away by how personal and meaningful the service ones and many who are already married told us that if they ever had their time again they would be getting in touch with you! I am sure you get similar feedback all the time but I just want you to know how much we appreciate the time and effort you put into getting to know us and creating a ceremony which was so apt! You honestly could not have done it better.
Thank you again, as Nick said, we will send you a formal thanks in due course but I just wanted to let you know now how grateful we are and how much you made our day! I really think the ceremony set the atmosphere and feeling for the party that followed.
‘Thank you very much for a lovely service. It was spot on.
As you can imagine we were very proud Grandparents.
Arthur & Betty’
Gillian and Colin – Sunday 12th April 2015 – Adlington Hall, Cheshire
We are so grateful to you for making our special day ‘So Special’. The ceremony was wonderful. We wish we could press replay and do it all again. You helped us through what was a difficult process, giving us guidance and help from our initial meeting right up to our big day. Having been partners for 20 years before our marriage, you made us dig into long gone memories and bring them back to life, which was wonderfully nostalgic. You made our life before, our ceremony and our wonderful vows come to life and delivered it with total professionalism.
So many of our guests commented on what a beautiful service it was, so different. For some it was the best they had ever experienced. So it was for us as well: the involvement of friends and family, singing, poems and the hand fasting [tying the knot] all cumulated into a fun, happy and yet serious ceremony.
Thank you for all your hard work. We know at times you had to give us nudges to respond to your questions, but it all paid off. We do not think anybody has ever had a nicer wedding than we had. You were a big hit and we had the most perfect day.
A big hug and thank you again from both of us.
Susie and Matt – Saturday 4th April 2015 – Low Newton beach, Northumberland
Our day wouldn’t have been what it was without your guidance and support throughout. From the initial (epic) phone call through to your awesome guest herding on the day itself you were very much a part of our wedding and the boys’ naming. The sequence of the ceremony was seamless and beautiful, with as you predicted not a dry eye in the house (or rather on the beach!). Whilst little Eli is likely to be too young to remember much of the day, Isaac will forever remember how much fun everyone had. We have some beautiful pictures of him gazing at the hand fasting.
Choosing to have a Humanist ceremony for both the wedding and the naming meant we could focus the day on our family as well as have the Guide Parents we wanted for our children, rather than being restricted to just those of faith or who are christened. Neither of us are religious in nature and to choose an alternative was the natural thing for us to do to celebrate our family our way. What you did for us is unforgettable and we shall forever cherish you in the memories of the day.
So, thank you from the bottom of our hearts
with love Susie & Matt, and Eli, Isaac and Charlie xxx
Katie and Nathan – Thursday 2nd April 2015 – a fabulous tipi in Halifax
Thanks so much for everything you have done. The service was perfect and exactly what we wanted and so much more! Speak soon. Mr and Mrs H xxx
Jo and Dav – Saturday 17th January 2015 – Mere Court Hotel, Knutsford
We will never forget you (or your, very good at hiding, husband) and what you did for us. I hope that you can fully understand how much you made our wedding and lives come to life. I will probably keep sending you the occasional message to let you know this but for now here is just another thank you. You also really impressed all of my friends, the photographer and the hotel!
Marie and James – Saturday 13th December 2014 – 30, St Mary Axe (aka ‘The Gherkin’), London
Saturday…a one to remember
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for making Saturday such a wonderful and memorable day and for your ability to pass on to all of us present a share of the love and happiness that Marie and James have for each other. Your words, and I’m sure I can speak for everybody present, gave us warmth, joy and hope. You must have spent an awful lot of your time putting the service together with so much detail, for that I give you a huge hug, you already have my love.
Lots of love and thank you again,
Melanie and Carl – Sunday 28th December 2014 – King’s Croft Hotel, Pontefract
‘Hannah, this is truly beautiful. We’ve both read the script with tears (good ones!) in our eyes. I’m blown away by how beautifully you’ve linked the words we each sent to you and formed them into something so special. Thank you so much.’ Message on receipt of first draft.
Thank you so much for all the work that you put into our ceremony. It was everything we hoped it would be and more and the process was made so easy by your friendly and professional approach to the whole thing.
We’ve lost count of the number of people who have commented positively on the ceremony, most saying similar things: how personal it was, how well it suited us as a couple, how enjoyable it was. We were even told by one guest that it was the best wedding ceremony they’d ever attended and another said they wanted to become a Humanist celebrant after witnessing it! My sister actually welled up a bit when she said how lovely it was and how special it was to hear her own words in the well-wishing at the end.
We really can’t thank you enough for everything you did. You helped to make our special day perfect and no words can express how much that means to us.
Melanie and Carl
Kelly and Steven – Saturday 6th September 2014 – The Village Hotel, Ashton
Hannah, I honestly can’t thank you enough. You were amazing. Everybody absolutely loved the ceremony and it was so beautiful I wish I could press repeat. Guests asked me afterwards what type of ceremony it was as it was not like the ones they had been to previously and were commenting that they were converted. It was so special and memorable. We honestly can’t recommend you highly enough. Thank you, Kelly and Steven xxxxxxx
Jenni and Ben – Saturday 30th August 2014 – Newton Grange Farm, Skipton
Thank you ever so much for the weekend. It was a fantastic ceremony and everybody thoroughly enjoyed themselves, not least me and Jen. We really appreciate everything that you did for us both in the run up to the wedding and on the day itself, you have been brilliant. We are both back at work now unfortunately but are still on cloud 9 none the less!
Thanks again for everything. It was the best day we could ever have hoped for.
Ella and Adam – Sunday 24th August 2014 – at the family home
We were just saying the other day we’d never thanked you for what the wonderful job you did at our ceremony – it was perfect! Everyone loved it and many people commented on how much they enjoyed chatting to you afterwards, thank you!!
A couple of pictures below…it was such a perfect day!
Hope you’re well,
Ella and Adam
Lisa and Al – Saturday 23rd August 2014 – Carr Hall Castle, Halifax
‘Wowza’ is a fantastic description of our very special day
Thank you SO much for all your support on the run up and then on the day with the most fabulous service you conducted.
I’ve since heard you gave Al and the ‘boys’ much needed support, advice and ‘orders’ on the day to ensure everything was perfect and it certainly was!
All our guests have commented what a truly beautiful, personal service it was. Our vows as you know meant so much to us and our wavering voices and big smiles portrayed that fact to all our family and friends
We really couldn’t have asked for a better, more genuinely lovely person than you Hannah to proceed over our day. I hope our paths will cross again.
With best wishes
Lisa & Al H xxx
Naomi and Stu – Saturday 16th August 2014 – Garden Farm, Matlock
We had such an amazing time as well – we couldn’t imagine it going any more perfectly! Thank you so much for our wonderful ceremony – it was perfect in every way and something we shall remember for the rest of our lives, as will many of our guests I have been told!
Thanks again for your contribution to our day. If someone asked me if I could change anything, there would be nothing at all I would do differently. Perfect in every single way.
Stu & Naomi
Thank you so much for helping us to realise our dream. I’m so happy to hear that you enjoyed being part of our celebration. We had lots of comments about how beautiful our ceremony was, how great you were and how much they loved the idea of a humanist wedding. You were a big hit!
The rest of the day could not have played out more perfectly. I had the best day of my life by a long way. I loved every single minute.
Speak to you soon
Love Naomi x’
Natalee and Jamel – Saturday 2nd August 2014 – ‘The Huntsman’, Holmfirth
Jamel and I just wanted to say a big thank you for the great job you did with our wedding ceremony. Your commitment to getting the ceremony exactly right was evident throughout the process. And you delivered a script that was perfect for us. Jamel commented how great you were at whipping everyone in to shape on the day of the wedding and we both felt confident knowing that our wedding ceremony was in your hands! Thank you for everything. Natalee & Jamel x
Caro and Karen – Saturday 19th July 2014 – at home
Our heads are still spinning with wonderfulness of it all, just far and away the best day of our lives no doubt about it, and you were a massive part of that! You guided us through with utter calm, and the ceremony you put together was overwhelmingly beautiful, as evidenced by barely a dry eye in the house, or tent. So, so many people have commented on you and how wonderful you were, and how you must have known us for ages to have been able to put together something so personal and so fitting.
No amount of thanks is enough, you are an amazing woman and so, so good at what you do, and clearly believe in it completely, the time and care and attention you put in was overwhelming, even down to timing arrivals so the songs we chose had the maximum impact.
Lots of love
Caro and Karen. Xxx
Emma and Mike – Saturday 12th July 2014 – Priory House, NG23
It’s been a little over four months now since our gorgeous wedding ceremony in Long Bennington, UK. We’ve been so busy I haven’t really had time to give a formal “thank you” to our fabulous celebrant Hannah Wroe Gill at yourthreedays.com.
We decided to have a humanist wedding (non-religious) and Hannah made us the most lovely bespoke ceremony. She kept us calm during the planning process and listened to all of our ideas and questions. Our ceremony was unique and perfect for us.
Thank you so, so much Hannah!
Steph and Mike – Friday 11th July 2014 – The Devonshire Fell, Skipton
I hope you are well and have had a good few weeks. We certainly have and we can’t stop smiling and talking about the day. It was perfect, exactly what we wanted, and a large part of that was down to you.
After reading your testimonials, I knew I had to call you, and I’m so pleased I did! From the second we spoke on the phone, I felt like you were really understood what we wanted from our ceremony.
As you know the ceremony part of our wedding was really important to us but we also didn’t want anything too ‘lovey dovey’ either! You helped us through the planning stages with lots of ideas, advice and reassurance, but we always felt that it was our day and any decisions were down to us.
On the wedding day you were such a calming influence. So many of the guests have commented on how great you were, even before the ceremony.
The ceremony itself was genuine, relaxed, heartfelt and light hearted. You certainly know how to keep an audience! Everyone has commented on how much they enjoyed the ceremony and that it was the most personal they have been to. Mike and I loved the script and it really put into words how we feel about each other.
You weren’t there at the speeches when Mike thanked you, so this email is to let you know how much we appreciate everything you did. THANK YOU!
Wishing you all the best for the future,
Mr and Mrs H!
Vicki and Pete – Friday 27th June 2014 – ‘The Fleece’, Barkisland
Thank you so much for our lovely amazing wedding!
You have been brilliant from start to finish and everyone was talking about how lovely the ceremony was.
I can’t really say much else apart from it was absolutely perfect and it has been a pleasure working with you on it.
We loved the readings too!
I’m going to miss your emails!!
Thank you again.
Vicki and Pete xxx
Debbie and Gordon – Saturday 17th May 2014 – fields in Buxton
Hope all is well with you, no doubt you’re busy now wedding season is in full swing.
Everyone thought I was mad doing a D.I.M. (do-it-myself) wedding, and there were odd times I thought maybe it wasn’t my brightest idea – namely @ 13.05 on the 17th when I was still doing starters & puddings!
But the feedback has been amazing, we have had so many positive responses and everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves, and so what if I forgot to put the custard in my trifles, and found the cake knife as we were packing away on Sunday, we all had a brilliant time! But I couldn’t have done it alone, I had a great team behind me, PJ is still going on about being the best Best Man ever and he can’t wait until you open your school for best men!!! The Bridesmaids, our friends & family all had their parts to play and of course Gordon played a leading role.
You were also fantastic, making the ceremony everything we had hoped for and then some! Many people weren’t familiar with the humanist ceremony concept and more than a bit sceptical – I think we converted them all!
Take care & thank-you again for making our day so wonderful,
Zoe and Chris – Friday 9th May 2014 – Gibbon Bridge Hotel, PR3
It has taken me three weeks to sit down and try to put into words what this wonderful lady did for us, yet still I am finding it difficult.
Hannah spent so much time prior to the ceremony talking to myself and Chris, asking questions and getting to know us and how we work as a couple and a family. I have to admit, there were times when I thought she may have gone slightly crazy but she assured me “It will all make sense” and it did. There were days when everything all became too much and I asked myself why on earth did we decide to arrange a wedding but Hannah was always there to remind me of what really mattered and that was us, nothing else. She was there every step of the way and took care of so many little details that wouldn’t have crossed my mind.
The ceremony that Hannah gave was absolutely beautiful, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house. Every single one of my guests commented and were all blown away by the unique and personal style of the ceremony. It was very important to us that the ceremony be about us as a family and Hannah captured this perfectly, taking on board everything that we had discussed over the weeks prior. For me the most amazing thing was how she had asked us specific questions and put our own words into the vows. We couldn’t have told our story any better than she did.
I cannot recommend her services enough to you. If you are in any doubt about the way you would like your service to go, one conversation with Hannah and you will never look back. I am tempted to divorce and re marry just to do it all over again!!
This woman has an amazing gift and a beautiful soul. Everyone needs a Hannah when they get married!!
Thank you from the very bottom of our hearts Hannah,
Zoe and Chris
Victoria and Olly – Thursday 17th April 2014 – Harewood House, Leeds
Thank-you Hannah. We are still on cloud nine after our wedding and honeymoon… We were so happy with the service that you did for us, it was our favourite part of the whole wedding. EVERYONE has commented on it afterwards. Thank-you for making it so special, Victoria
Rachel and Mike – Saturday 12th April 2014 – at home
I really do not know where to start when I talk about Hannah. We initially got in touch with her to carry out a wedding service in our home, but she quickly became an integral part in the big day and our lives in the run up to it! The day was a roaring success, well people are still talking about it 3 months on, and she played a major role in this!
You see she is more than a humanist celebrant, she is part wedding planner, part bride counsellor and part chief calmer downer( not sure if it’s a word, but this is what she does!)! We had a few stresses over the days organisation, she helped calmly to solve it! As with all weddings, emotions run high and again she was there to counsel and calm us all. There was never a time when she did not deliver great advice to any kind of drama! I think she has probably seen it all, and it showed!
She also never once lacked a good sense of humour, essential when dealing with any bride and groom! She often made me laugh at the most stressful times. Hannah is the perfect, non-alcoholic, wedding stress relieving tonic!!!!!
The service was just beautiful and delivered to perfection. The words she wrote about us, and for us to say were exactly how we wanted it to be. We meant every word we said to one another and left no stone unturned thanks to her. So many people commented on how lovely the service was, like nothing they had heard before which was music to my ears!
My only regret, is that I will never really be able to thank her enough for what she did, as words cannot express just how good she made our special day and the start of our lives together!
Laura and Mich – Saturday 11th January 2014 – Waterton Park Hotel, Wakefield
Wow – what a ceremony! Me and Michel can’t thank you enough for how great our wedding ceremony was. From start to finish you were wonderful and made us feel at ease the whole time. Many of our guests came to us after and said how much they loved the ceremony and how great you were at speaking, and I couldn’t agree more.
Once again thank you so much and take care.
Laura & Mich x
Sarah and Adam – Friday 27th December 2013 – Manchester Town Hall
I just wanted to let you know how happy Adam and I were that you were part of our day. The ceremony was amazing, so many people have commented on it, and said how lovely it was.
We couldn’t have asked for more and it was the perfect way for us to share how we see marriage with those that are important to us.
I’m sure that we will be in touch in the not too distant future for a naming ceremony, but until then both Adam and I want to wish you all the best.
With our greatest thanks,
Sarah & Adam
Max and Mike – Saturday 21st September 2013 – ‘Crowhill’, Marsden
Hi Hannah, Thank you for everything. Sorry you weren’t feeling well, no one would have known that you were under the weather. Thanks again. So many guests were impressed and delighted with the ceremony, I think they may have discovered something new. We will send photos soon. Xxxx
Ayesha and Richard – Saturday 14th September 2013 – The Guildhall, York
‘…But the highlight of the whole wedding was the ceremony. It was absolutely amazing. I had been so nervous in the build up but seeing you just before the ceremony on Saturday completely calmed my nerves. You have this utterly lovely combination of authoritativeness and warmth that completely put me at ease- like everything was completely in hand. Your calmness around ‘gran-gate’ was great too, I really felt as long as you were there everything would be okay. Rich has said exactly the same, your recommendation of not going to the front too early, of greeting people at the door of the Guildhall- all of these small details had a seismic effect of the feel of the ceremony.
Walking down the aisle I will never forget- a completely out of body but totally in the moment kind of an experience. I felt so aware of everything and everyone that was there-it is indescribable the feeling of walking in to a room and experiencing a tidal wave of love and warmth. The ceremony was all I could have hoped for- seeing all those smiling faces, Rich’s face. I am so glad you suggested the arrangement for standing the way you did- it was amazing seeing people’s faces and all the tears- oh my goodness I have never seen so many people cry at a wedding- I am secretly thrilled about this, happy tears are just beautiful, Rich told me that the string quartet were in tears too- we had never met them!!!!!!
Your delivery of the ceremony was brilliant. You are a truly great celebrant and really held the energy and filled the space. It felt so safe and sacred (not a word I’ve used before) and just really perfect. I know people are probably always waxing lyrical about their own ceremonies but literally all of our guests commented on what an incredible ceremony it was with lots of people saying it was the best ceremony they had ever been to- including some ‘humanist wedding sceptics’. Your name also came up throughout the rest of the wedding- people saying how brilliant you had been. I only wish you had been there for the rest of the wedding.
We deliberated pretty much every decision about our wedding and looked at countless options for most things, you were absolutely the best choice we made for our wedding and I am so grateful. A massive, heartfelt thank you to you for giving us such an enormously precious day and the happiest of memories.
Lewis and Janette – Thursday 22nd August 2013 – The Craven Cruck Barn, Appletreewick
It is so lovely to hear from you, thank you for the beautiful script of our ceremony. We do not have any amends or tweaks. It brings the day vividly to life and a tear to the eye. Thank you for all your work in creating such a meaningful ceremony and for leading the day with such grace.
We are happy and well and still twinkling with the joy of the wedding and honeymoon.
Thank you again for making it so special.
With all good wishes, Janette xxxx
Natalia and Jon – Saturday 17th August 2013 – at home, Newark
Hannah was an absolute pleasure to work with in so many ways – she really does go the extra mile to make you feel comfortable, relaxed, confident and happy with the decisions you make. She offers her support throughout, her feedback when you need it and listens to your ideas and suggestions giving you her honest opinion but always ensuring the final decision is your own. She is very easy to work with and has a wealth of knowledge in her field having supported many couples on their journey towards their special day. On the day itself it was a delight to have her there with us, she brought calm and reassurance to what can be a fairly overwhelming and nerve racking experience. Her friendly yet professional persona meant that everyone involved immediately felt at ease with her and looked to her for guidance which she never tired of giving. Our ceremony was simply beautiful and much more than we could have ever imagined all thanks to Hannah. We are delighted we chose to invite Hannah to be a part of our special day and cannot thank her enough for the time, effort, care and attention to detail she put into making it an incredible day to remember!
Thank you xxxx
John and Megan – Saturday 3rd August 2013 – the Lantern Theatre, Sheffield
‘As neither of us are believers, marriage for us was about sharing our love with our friends and family and declaring our commitment in front of them, and for that reason the ceremony was always the most important thing to us. Before I had heard of a Humanist ceremony, the idea of meeting our assigned registrar on the day of our wedding, realising that we didn’t click and then having to share the most important day of our lives with them, really worried me.
When we started planning our whens and wheres we found that the most special surroundings didn’t necessarily host legal weddings. On investigation we realised that “legal” wasn’t really all we were after in a wedding. We wanted something the recognised our friendship, love and compatibility and that marked the start of a new stage in our adventure (life!) together.
Finding Hannah took away all my worries about bringing a stranger into our most special day, after our very first conversation John and I both knew that we’d be delighted to share our day with her. It’s impossible to describe how perfectly Hannah met every one of our needs in the run up to and on the day of our wedding. I think it’s safe to say she’s even had an impact on our marriage.
If I had to pick one thing to tell people about, it would be the process of creating the ceremony. In asking us questions about our story as a couple, our feelings about vows, rings and marriage Hannah gave us space to reflect on our relationship and gave us prompts to start planning what we wanted in marriage. This was such a lovely period of our engagement – it’s not often you sit down and commit to paper what you love about your partner. Reading what John had to say about me, and the fact that he found it so easy to say those positive things, confirmed for me that we were getting married for the right reasons (namely that we are besotted!) and emphasised that we wanted the same things as one another in our relationship after the “Big Day”.
The end result of this process was a ceremony which perfectly reflected us, our story so far, and what we hope to be. Hannah transformed the essence of what we believed about marriage into a beautifully-worded script. I knew I’d be emotional about the words we were saying but I was surprised to see many of our congregation moved to tears too. So many of our friends gushed to us about the originality of the ceremony, and I know we just wouldn’t have been able to create so something so “us” without Hannah.
There are so many other great things which I could rave about! From big things like giving advice when we needed someone experienced to take control; making sure we were happy and calm at each stage of the day; stage direction (including lights, music, timings and a hidden groom!) and smaller things like allowing us to pay in instalments and having a lovely calm attitude at the rehearsal when we had lots of over-enthusiastic groomsmen, bridesmaids and venue volunteers faffing around us!
Hannah was so much more than we hoped for – she was our celebrant, our host, our MC, our crowd control and our event manager. Her experience shows in everything she says and does and her calm, friendly manner was a very welcome addition to our Big Day.’
Thank you for our script and a million squillion thank yous for being so amazing on our wedding day too! We were gutted that we got whisked away without saying goodbye on the big day. Needless to say we had a super fun mini moon (with swimming in the channel, eating crab and drinking rum) and have been enjoying wedded bliss ever since.
We had such a super-incredible individual emotional ceremony and would like to give you a testimony. Do let us know how this should work. Should we just say how great you are in an email or on your FB wall? Naturally we’ll also be recommending your celebrant-ing to everyone we know too 🙂
John & Meg x’
Leanne and Lourens – Saturday 27th July 2013 – Bramhall Hall, Stockport
We had such a great time and excellent feedback about how personal the ceremony was. Thanks for everything… love, Leanne and Lou
Jessica and Karl – Sunday 21st July 2013 – at home
I think we really did have a perfect wedding day, due in no small part to Hannah who guided us brilliantly through the process of creation (we were a bit clueless! but she gave us lots of help) and produced a personal, touching and beautifully delivered service despite a suddenly nervous and scatterbrained bride and our baby daughter turning on a fan in the middle of our vows so we giggled our way through them. Our guests are still telling me it is the best wedding they have ever been to. I would highly, highly recommend her. Jessica
Rob and Layal – Friday 19th July 2013 – Stoke Rochford Hall, Lincolnshire
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
I don’t feel like thank you even covers it but I don’t have other words.
I’m sorry this has taken me so long to write – all of a sudden, it’s 3 weeks later and I’m coming up for air.
We KNEW you would do an incredible job. I KNEW you were perfect the moment I called. If you had charged 5 times as much, I would have paid it without flinching. I just don’t think we could have imagined how perfect it would be on the day.
Every single line and word was us. That was the only thing that was important on the day (and for our marriage) and you condensed Rob and I into a 40 minute script. Love it. It was such an amazing start to the day and we can’t thank you enough.
Rob made the comment that it’s not often enough that people stop to think about why they work and what ‘makes love happen’ 🙂 so it’s really nice to have it written down and reflected on.
When I think of the moments that made that day, and how nervous I was walking down the aisle, I felt like I had you, and Rob and that made me safe. It was like having a friend to meet at the end and that’s comforting.
Thank you again. Please send an address, I want to send you something!
P.S. Use whatever you want on your website, I can still write you a gushing testimonial if you want!
P.P.S The lady in the lime dress who was sobbing at the end? She is a features writer. I’d like to pass your details on. I promised you some publicity – and I’d like more people to have the kind of day we did.
Jane and Gemma – Saturday 6th July 2013 – at home
My partner wanted to leave the ceremony to just the official words at the registry office but after much negotiation she agreed to also have a humanist ceremony with Hannah and all our friends and family at home.
This ended up being one of the very best parts of the day and largely that was thanks to Hannah. She was incredibly professional in the preparation for the big day, making sure that everything had been considered and organized. She was also incredibly patient with our constantly changing plans.
On the day Hannah was perfect and we are so glad we had her to lead our ceremony.
Many thanks, Jane and Gemma
Laura and Ben – Saturday 29th June 2013 – Garden Farm, Matlock
Thanks for creating such a lovely wedding service for us – it was great. We had the most wonderful day (despite a bit of sunburn!) and a brilliant honeymoon. Now back to real life!
Regards, Laura and Ben
Grace and Reece – Saturday 22nd June 2013 – Hodsock Grange, Nottinghamshire
Hannah was a fantastic choice for us! She coordinated and delivered a perfect ceremony for our combined wedding and baby naming celebrations. Her ability to ask the right questions, listen carefully, and make sure she understood what we wanted, was evident in the brilliant script she created. It was important to us that our ceremony was romantic, while not being overly sentimental, and she hit exactly the right tone with it – having us all at the brink of tears one minute, and then laughing out loud the next! Fabulous! We can’t recommend her highly enough. Grace and Reece
Dave and Angela – Saturday 8th June 2013 – at home
It was truly a very special and FANTASTIC day and in the true Angela tradition…. weekend! Most of the family and some friends called yesterday, and we re-lived the day from start to finish again. At one point I sat back and watched and listened to them all talking with such admiration for you that it brought me to tears.
We received so many complimentary words in our guest book about the ceremony, your delivery and how so personal and touching it was from start to finish. I looked around at one point and there wasn’t a dry eye in the place! Dave’s Auntie said she’d gone through 4 packets of tissues!
We both want to thank you for everything you checked, wrote, amended and helped with. We both have said that your professionalism and heartfelt passion to create a unique ceremony shone through, and touched not only our hearts, but the hearts of all our guests and family.
All our love,
Dave and Angela
Sean and Emma – Saturday 1st June 2013 – at home
When we thought about who we wanted to perform our wedding ceremony, we wanted someone experienced, personable and confident. Upon speaking to Hannah for the first time we knew she was the right choice to deliver such an important part of our day.
Hannah maintained regular contact with us throughout the whole process, giving us exercises to get to know us. Nothing was too much trouble and nothing seemed to phase her, with Hannah embracing the more quirky and unique elements of our ceremony. She was positive and reassuring, giving help and advice along the way.
The script Hannah wrote for us was perfect and so personal. We loved how it incorporated the things we had told Hannah about ourselves and our relationship. Hannah confidently conducted our ceremony and our guests were full of praise, saying it was so personal and it was as if Hannah had known us for years.
We cannot thank Hannah enough for all she did in the run up to and on the day of our wedding.
Sean and Emma
Nancy and Joel – Monday 27th May 2013 – Woodborough Hall, Nottinghamshire
‘Hannah – I’m not quite sure when I will come back down from Cloud 9 – you did the most sterling job for us yesterday. I would like to write you a proper testimonial for your website when I can get my head together a bit more. You were simply amazing and it couldn’t have been more perfect. Everyone loved the ceremony and I have never seen so many men crying in one place 🙂 – the tears flowed for the rest of the day – happy ones and emotional ones… We felt very loved.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart, Nancy xxxx’
‘I’m so glad we have started our married life with a ceremony from such a wonderful person Hannah. It was a fantastic day. I couldn’t have wished for more. Joel Xx’
Will and Ali – Saturday 11th May 2013 – Styal Lodge, Cheshire
It was such a lovely and amazing day. It just went so fast! Thank you so much for everything. The ceremony was just how we wanted it and it captured us so well. We loved it!
Big love, Ali and Will xx
Kelly and Andrew – Saturday 4th May 2013 – Countesthorpe Village Hall, Leicester
We had a perfect day thanks to yourself and the beautiful ceremony. Everybody thought it was lovely and enjoyed listening to it. Some even commented it was better than any ceremony they have been to. We will now enjoy our new life as a family. Thanks again, Andrew, Kelly and Sophie xxx
Dave and Helen – Saturday 13th April 2013 – The Viaduct Theatre, Dean Clough, Halifax
Jay’s photographs have reminded us of how special our wedding day was and Helen and I would like to thank you very much for your part at the centre of it. Few of our guests knew what to expect from, or had little idea what a humanist ceremony was before the day. Since then they have all told us how appropriate, moving and full of love and joy the experience was.
Our discussions with you before, and your guidance as we developed our vows, combined with your performance on the day created the perfect celebration for us and our guests, many of whom wished they had celebrated their day with the same depth of feeling. The ceremony gave some friends, who are planning to marry soon, cause to reassess their own wedding plans, so powerful was the experience at our own. The length, balance of emotion, and timing of the ceremony was great, and the hand fasting an ideal way to conclude.
We cannot thank you enough for your contribution to our perfect day.
Best Regards, Helen & Dave
Hannah and Chris, Saturday 6th April 2013 – at home
To Hannah, We just wanted to say a massive thank you for making our wedding so amazing. The ceremony was perfect. I just wish we could do it all over again. Love, Hannah and Chris
Suze and Rohan – Saturday 30th March 2013 – ‘Taitlands’, North Yorkshire
Thank you very much for creating such a fantastic ceremony. We have enjoyed every step of the process (especially how it has kept our focus on what is really important rather than trivial wedding ‘stuff’). With best wishes and huge thanks, Rohan and Suze
Gareth and Melanie – Saturday 23rd March 2013 – The Talking Point, Oldham
Well how to start!
We contacted Hannah only 3 weeks before our wedding on the 23/03/2013. From the very first minute of speaking to her we knew that we would be privileged to have her conducting our service. What a lovely, warm and caring lady she is. With not very much time to organise the whole service and scripts, vows, plans etc, Hannah worked so hard to produce an outstanding bespoke script for the wedding, the communication was amazing and within the very short timescale produced a final script that fitted perfectly with our ideas of how our wedding should be. We couldn’t have asked for more.
We met Hannah three days before the wedding, her enthusiasm and joy in the work she does was evident from the start, we felt we had known her for years not just from many emails winging back and forwards over the airwaves! Not once were any of our suggestions rejected, just accommodated, and Hannah also gave us many ideas of which we hadn’t thought of or even known about. The Humanist ethos fitted exactly with what myself and my wife feel also. To put the tin hat on it the weather on the day was severe to say the least but undaunted by this , Hannah and her husband WALKED the nine or ten miles from her home over the moors to the Talking Point venue high above the valleys of Saddleworth to make sure she was there on our special day. Amazing! Hannah walked us through the whole ceremony which made us feel so comfortable and the hand-fasting was a wonderful experience.
We would certainly recommend Hannah to anyone thinking of a Humanist ceremony of any type. It was a pleasure to work with her. The whole service was an uplifting and emotional experience and we definitely would not have had such a wonderful day without Hannah’s help and support. Once again thank you so much for everything Hannah.
Love, Gareth and Melanie
Mai Mai and Martyn – 16th March 2013 – Kelham Island Museum, Sheffield
Choosing a Humanist ceremony was the first step in creating our perfect day. Choosing Hannah to be our Humanist Celebrant – the icing on the cake! From start to finish, Hannah was absolutely charming and really tapped in on the ‘feel’ we were hoping to achieve. Her beautiful drafts were spot on to begin with, and little tweaks along the way only added to the fantastically emotional and fitting ceremony that she expertly wordsmithed. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house we hear 🙂 Both myself and Martyn were blown away at how different and gorgeous our wedding was and summed up exactly how we felt about each other. Every one of our guests loved the experience and it was so nice for them to be able to contribute too, to make this a truly personal celebration.
Hannah also really helped soothe any nerves we had by giving us a call the day before the wedding and really appreciated her sending supportive texts to me in my hour of need! Her words of wisdom on my fear of blubbing at the first few words truly were worth their weight in gold – I managed to speak!
We’re now hoping that we’ll be lucky enough to see Hannah again for a naming day! :)) Thank you so very much for making it a day to remember. xxx
Nicky and Stu – 12th January 2013 – The Priest House Hotel, Castle Donnington
Thank you for all your care and attention. You are amazing!
Everyone loved the ceremony. It was unique, moving and beautiful.
Hope we can stay in touch.
P.s You don’t charge enough!!
Anoob and Deborah – 29th December 2012 – Victoria Hall, Saltaire
We wanted to take a moment or two to contact you and say a heartfelt thanks for your warmth, humour and patience in guiding us through creating our own personal wedding ceremony and vows. We were delighted, moved and inspired by what you crafted from our words and on the day the whole experience of hearing and speaking them was profoundly meaningful and joyful. So many of our guests spoke to us about how much they loved the ceremony and how many of them had shed a tear…which was in no small part down to you. Many, many thanks. Love Deb and Anoob. X
Claire and Kim – 22nd December 2012 – The Waterside Hotel, Didsbury
I will take more time to write after Christmas, but I just wanted to send you a quick line to thank you. Employing your services was without a doubt the money best spent on our wedding. Thank you so much for all your time, effort and enthusiasm for our day. Claire
Emma and Paul – 6th October 2012 – Hotel Maiyango, Leicester
Sorry for the delay in getting back to you, haven’t stopped since this weekend!! We would like to say a massive THANK YOU! Saturday was perfect and we couldn’t have asked for anything better! Everyone commented on how personal the ceremony was and how it was lovely! Even Paul said that he thought it was nicer than the “actual marriage”. Words really aren’t enough to express how much Saturday meant to us! It really was a magical day. Thank you again for everything you did for us, in the ceremony and before in getting everyone organised! Do you have a website where I can write all brilliant things?
Mr & Mrs B 🙂
Sian and Chris – 22nd September 2012 – Newton House, Derbyshire
Thank you so much for such a lovely, personal ceremony – it really was perfect. We really appreciate the time you took to get to know us and to make the ceremony so personal – it made it very special and the whole ceremony felt very ‘us’. Lots of our friends and family were very touched by the ceremony and your beautiful words – there were definitely a few tears! Thank you too for your professional and calming presence on the day – you certainly helped everything to run smoothly. It has been a pleasure to meet you and we wouldn’t hesitate to recommend you as a celebrant.
Louise and Toby – 16th September 2012 – Hollin Hall Country House Hotel, Stockport
Just over a week in to my marriage and I’m only just sitting down for long enough to be able to reply! Thank you so much from both of us. I really can’t thank you enough 🙂 People are still talking about the ceremony. It was the perfect day in every way.
I should be getting my pictures back over the next few days so I’ll send you a couple over.
Martin and Beci – 14th September 2012 – Chester Zoo
‘Hannah, you were fabulous and everything we wanted. Thank you sooooooo much for being our celebrant and so lovely. We’ll forward on pictures when we get back from honeymoon. Xx’
‘It’s been over a year since our wedding and I know that I remember our vows as though they were said 5 minutes ago. I can’t remember the exact words (although I have them written down too, an added bonus that most couples don’t get!) but they are the threads which make up our relationship and we live them every day; they summed up exactly what we mean to each other and what we stand for as a couple. The process you took us through brought back so many memories and it was not only wonderful but helpful to share that with each other after 11 years together. That was down to your careful guidance through what we wanted and then you expertly set the scene on the day. You even handled everything from the little people and grandparents to the lions and peacocks competing for attention with aplomb and poise! Thank you so much. Beci’
Natalie and Chris – 8th September 2012 – Penybanc Farm, Carmarthenshire
We’re sat at the airport waiting for our flight to Bali. We just wanted to say thank you so very much for an incredible ceremony. It was absolutely magical and everyone kept saying all day how much they loved it. Your help and support these past few months has been so wonderful and really paid off on the day. Thank you for being there to tell our story and guide us through such an emotional, special moment that we’ll never forget.
Much love and thanks
Chris and Natalie
Alice and Pete – 1st September 2012 – Sabine Hey, Derbyshire
Sorry for delay in reply! We’ve been basking in our marriedness! You did an awesome job so thank you for that!!
Thanks again. You’ve got yours to look forward to now. It’s brilliant 🙂
Lots of love
Alice and Pete xx
Alan and Kathy – 24th August 2012 – ‘The Endeavour’, Whitby
Wow ! I’ll say that again WOW ! What a fab day !! In planning our wedding, we contacted a number of Humanist Celebrants but just didn’t get the right feeling from them. From the first time chatting to Hannah on the phone, there was an immediate connection and we knew she was the one who could make our dream day a reality. She said “It’s a mad cap idea” and we were “bonkers” but she threw herself into it completely. We had already hired the venue in Whitby (the Endeavour boat replica) and fingers were firmly crossed for a sunny day. So after many email exchanges between us and a meeting we felt as though we were having our friend conduct our wedding ceremony and very confident she knew just what we wanted, a one-off and very personal ceremony to us. The big day came and so did the rain! In buckets! A fast contingency plan formed but amazingly the rain stopped just before we were due to board the boat and the sun came out to shine on us all. Hannah conducted our wedding ceremony with readings given by our family, and injected the upbeat, celebration feel that we hoped for. We simply couldn’t have asked for more. We really enjoyed the process of the ‘getting to know you’ and were delighted with the wedding script which totally reflected our relationship with an appropriate balance between seriousness and lots of laughter. We now kind of miss responding to Hannah’s ‘getting to know you’ emails – some were easy to answer, some make you think, but the result is a truly personal ceremony that reflects your relationship and personality.
Give her a ring…… it’ll be the best call you make!!!!! Alan and Kathy
Jules and Ric – 17th August 2012 – Pinewood Hotel, Cheshire
Without you, this day was not possible…without you we’d never have started down this path and I’d have saved £300 hiding blue chairs! Yet with you we had our best day ever. With you we had grown men crying, children laughing and a royal guard of honour. With you, we had a wedding so perfect to everything our family needed that we were relaxed from the moment we all woke up; and so we were able to witness, enjoy and remember every second of our ceremony.
Thank you Hannah, from the bottom of 4 very, very happy hearts.
Ric, Jules, Rose and Lowry
Tom and Kirsty – 11th August 2012 – Chadkirk Chapel (deconsecrated), Stockport
Thanks so much for making yesterday what it was. Everyone commented on the humanist ceremony, saying how beautiful and personal it was. We were both really pleased with it and had a beautiful day. You made us so relaxed and made the process an easy and enjoyable one. We wish you all the very best for your wedding and will most certainly recommend you. Many thanks again,
Kirsty and Tom xx
Sally and Sean – 5th August 2012 – Whirlowbrook Hall, Sheffield
Huge, huge, huge thanks for Sunday. You were amazing and we were 100% over the moon with your work. You truly made the ceremony ours and we will never be able to thank you enough for everything you did. You are definitely in the perfect job for your talents and we would recommend you to anyone! 🙂
Will email when we get home and look forward to talking again.
Love and best wishes till then,
S, S & S
Rhea and Doug – Saturday 28th July 2012 – Nether Burrows Farm, Derbyshire
I hope we both showed our gratitude to you on the day, but I’d just like to reiterate how much we appreciate the time and thought you put into preparing the script, and the professionalism and warmth with which you conducted the ceremony. We had so many lovely comments from our guests about the ceremony. It had such a personal touch that people assumed you knew us well or that we had written it ourselves.
We’ve attached a couple of photos for you and we do have more if you’d like them…
Thank you again,
Rhea and Doug
Ruth and Jon – 21st July 2012 – in the woods of Scraptoft Hill Farm, Leicester
Hannah, we just wanted to say a huge thank you for creating an amazing wedding ceremony. The ceremony was so personal and perfectly captured who we are and what marriage means to us. It was such a relief to find someone who could convey romance and love without, as we put it, “the cheese factor”. Throughout the whole process you made us feel like we had your undivided attention and were very patient with our last minute approach! We had such positive feedback from our guests, some who have been to humanist wedding and some who had never heard of them. They all said how fantastic the ceremony was, and how refreshing it was to feel part of the ceremony.
Thanks again, it was a wonderful ceremony.
Ruth & Jon
Helen and Pierre – 30th June 2012 – Lower Damgate Farm, Derbyshire
Thank you for your calming influence and beautifully written words. It was an emotional and deeply personal experience for us and our family and friends. Lots of guests have said they would now consider a similar ceremony so there can be no bigger compliment!
Helen & Pierre xx
Danielle and Jay – 23rd June 2012 – at the family home
Thank you so much for such an intelligent, very personalised and emotional ceremony. It was truly wonderful how you made each and every one of us feel such a special part of it. I think for me amongst all the praise and wonderful comments from all present the most telling surely must be from Marc, our sixteen year old son, who was so moved and touched by it all. He said ‘I am absolutely definitely having a humanist celebrant to do my own wedding. I wish I could have Hannah.’ A lot of mouths dropped and eyebrows raised as he is yet to find himself a girlfriend let alone one willing to marry him! So Hannah for so inspiring and motivating my son, which takes some doing, and for your professionalism and warmth and wonderful care of us all on the big day a HUGE “Thank You”.
P.S I couldn’t believe how the one thing we all most dreaded (raining during the open air ceremony) thanks to you handling it with complete and utter professionalism and flair, we all felt it actually enhanced the whole thing it was actually quite delightful and just so funny and British. We will be laughing and smiling about that for a long, long time.
Debbie (Danielle’s mum) x
Amy and Eric – 8th June 2012 – Goldsborough Hall, North Yorkshire
‘Oh Hannah, that was the best day of our life and it started with the most incredible ceremony. I must say that even though we had already read the script, we were blown away with how it felt to actually do the ceremony and the reaction it provoked in our friends and families. Everyone after talked about how emotional, personal and ‘us’ the ceremony was. And no one even enquired about the legality – it was the perfect way for us to get married.
So thank you thank you thank you – you were the best decision we made regarding how we wanted our wedding day to be.
The G-P couple ;)’ Email from Amy and Eric
‘You are a true star! You should hear the feedback re the ceremony, it is outstanding. We all agree that the decision to go with a humanist ceremony was absolutely correct, the decision to go with Hannah W-G was a stroke of genius. You are such a warm, humorous and sincere celebrant with an abundance of social skills who could not have failed to have had us crying, laughing and profoundly moved throughout the whole event. My first words to Don after the ceremony were, “I want her for my funeral!” Not that you’ll have a body to deal with (that’s going to science), but my remaining essence will feel content having you round off my life with your excellent narration.
On a more political/religious/social science point I think you will have made a lot of people think about the humanist perspective and perhaps provoke some debate, possibly even a change of view. But returning to A&E’s wedding you welded together such a potent mix of joy and sincerity that everyone felt that they were part of something quite special. Many people said they had never experienced such a wonderful ceremony (including their own weddings).
With such a fantastic beginning the day just went from one fabulous thing to another. Amy and Eric in particular, but also all who were present (even the string quartet were crying!) want to say an enormous thank you for the best researched and most touching ceremony possible.
Thank you from the bottom/middle/top of my heart.
ps With Polly Toynbee as the president of the British Humanist Association, I’ve been meaning to join for a while, after Friday I’m definitely going to do it.’ Message from Amy’s mum, Rosie.
Jane and Russ – 2nd June 2012 – at home
Our wedding day was so special because of you. You eloquently and sincerely portrayed our feelings, relationship and love for each other. Because of you the ceremony was perfect in every way. We cannot thank you enough,
Jane and Russ xx
Stuart and Matilda – 5th May 2012 – Rutland
We just wanted to say a big thank you for the wonderful job you did with our ceremony. We were so happy with how it all went and that was largely down to you. We were delighted with how it all turned out and had lots of comments from our friends and family about how lovely and personal the ceremony was. You made us both feel very much at ease which allowed us to enjoy it all the more and I know that Stu was very appreciative of your help before the ceremony as he was very nervous and he told me that you were great at helping with our guests and getting everyone to the marquee. All your lovely emails beforehand really helped us to enjoy the build up to the day and really made our ceremony feel like it had our voices behind it. We are so pleased that we managed to find such a thoughtful, helpful, kind and professional person to help us make our vows on such an important day. We can’t thank you enough for helping make our day as special as it was-it was perfect and we couldn’t be happier.
CJ and Graham – 21st April 2012 – Suffolk
‘Awww! I just read it! Am now crying with the boiler repair man wondering what on earth is wrong with me. It’s beautiful and spot on. I don’t want to change any of it! Thank you so much. I can’t wait to share this ceremony with everyone. I feel like I want to contact everyone in advance to make sure they really listen on the day! Those words beat everything. It’s the best bit of the wedding by a mile.’ Text from bride CJ on acceptance of the first draft of their wedding script.
‘When we started our search for a humanist celebrant we knew exactly what we wanted: someone who could make our ceremony personal to us with the right amount of fun and celebration mixed in with the serious bits! We quickly realised that that combination wasn’t the norm (although you’d expect it to be). Thank goodness we found Hannah’s website! Within 3 emails we knew we had to have her! She had such a lovely way with words and a great sense of humour to top it all off! We felt instantly comfortable; it was like emailing a friend. When we met Hannah for the first time we left our meeting really excited. We were buzzing the whole way home, chatting about how pleased we were to have been lucky enough to find such a brilliant person to be part (quite a big part) of our day. Helping Hannah with the details she needed to write the ceremony was really fun…I don’t want to give too much away to potential brides and grooms because it really was a lovely process that we both enjoyed. On the day we were completely blown away. The ceremony Hannah had created for us was perfect. She had 140 people laughing and crying in the all the right places and as far as Graham and I are concerned, we will never be able to recreate such an amazing 30 minutes! After the ceremony Hannah stuck around to talk to our guests and she made a big impression. We have had so many lovely compliments on the ceremony and specifically Hannah. Lots of our friends assumed we had known her for years. Strangely, we feel like have! I can’t speak highly enough of Hannah and the personal service she offers. It’s totally unique and brilliant and although I don’t want to share her I do think that everyone should meet her while considering what sort of ceremony to have, regardless of the event…I know that if Graham and I have children she will be our first port of call for the naming ceremony! Thank you, thank you, thank you Hannah for everything! You’re ace! Mrs A (he he!!) xxxx.’ CJ and Graham
Paul and Saskia – 31st March 2012 – a tipi in Warwickshire
Just wanted to say how happy we were with everything you did for us. We loved the ceremony so much and many of our friends loved it so much they are considering humanist ceremonies themselves (we will of course forward through your details). Be in touch when we are back, Paul and Saskia x. Email from Paul and Saskia, newlyweds on honeymoon.
April and Matt – 6th August 2011 – at the family home
We chose Hannah to be our humanist celebrant as she was very enthusiastic, kind and personable. We instantly clicked. Hannah listened to our views regarding the kind of wedding ceremony that we wanted and produced a lovely script that exceeded our expectations. Throughout the whole wedding planning process, she was very supportive and always willing to give an opinion when we needed one! We would recommend her wholeheartedly to any couple considering a humanist wedding ceremony. April and Matt
Alistair and Sarah – 2nd July 2011 – on a farm, Uppingham
We knew 10 minutes after meeting you that you would be the perfect person to work with us to make our wedding the day we had dreamed of. We did meet other people but didn’t get the same wonderful feeling that we got when we sat down and got to know each other. Thank you so much for what did before and on the big day. You made the occasion emotional, meaningful and happy. We will never forget it. Alistair
Liz and Chris – 2nd June 2011 – Granchester meadows, Cambridge
‘Thank you so much for being our celebrant. It was perfect and we don’t think we could have found a better person. You really understood what we were looking for and delivered it perfectly. Thank you very, very much. Liz’
‘As soon as Hannah picked up the phone I knew she was the celebrant for us. Warm, funny, interested and open to our own ideas and suggestions, she immediately understood what we wanted from our ceremony and did a perfect job of realising it on the day. With Hannah’s guidance we were able to create a ceremony that had true meaning and was completely unique to us. Liz and Chris’
Kay and Andy – 7th May 2011 – Chimes Café, Ashbourne
‘What an amazing ceremony, everybody has in some words commented in our guest book how it moved them in all some way. You were amazing, so professional and perfect with your words, even with my beautiful niece dancing behind you at times. We cannot thank you enough for making our day with our family and friends perfect. Kay’
‘I know Kay has already emailed our thanks but I just also wanted to say thank you. The script was fantastic and incredibly emotional, everyone really loved it but no one more than Kay and I. Thank you also for reassuring me before the ceremony. It really helped. Andy’
‘Both Andy and myself were looking for a ceremony that captured the emotions of our family and friends, something that was unique to US and portrayed a sense of what we are about. Neither of us are religious and felt it would be inappropriate for our service to have that involvement, we were also certain that our blessing needed to be in a setting that was emotionally attached to us both. Our search began with researching celebrants and humanism, something that Andy had already taken an interest in some years ago and this search led us to Hannah. After previous phone calls to other celebrants in which I did not really connect with, I rang Hannah and immediately I felt inspired, motivated and assured that our ceremony meant as much to Hannah as it did us. What was most important to us is that we wanted guidance and support to help make our day what we had always wanted, our story, the journey we had travelled along together regardless of the pain that at times we endured and Hannah was able to capture this in true spirit. One of the most special things for us was the involvement and parts our family and friends played in all of this and how important Hannah made them feel. How many people can say that the opening line to their wedding ceremony was that of how their best friend was who we had to thank for Andy and I falling in love? It was the little things like this that helped tell the story and throughout the planning process with Hannah made us realise what it was that we loved so much about each other, but sometimes just forget to say. Hannah fulfilled every expectation that we had had, even more and the day itself was ‘perfect’. Even with the heavy rain after heavy rain, I knew that by 4pm it would stop, and it did. Kay and Andy’
Nikki and Doug – 30th April 2011 – Glyfada, Greece
We loved the ceremony and loads of our guests have commented on how much they enjoyed it. Nikki and Doug
Ami and Dan – 17th July 2010 – near their home
‘What an amazing time and wedding- everyone said the best they had been to and how real and honest the ceremony was- thanks to you. All were suitably impressed. Thank you Hannah. You did a fab, great job- more us than we intended and more beautiful than we could have dreamt of. It was so thoughtful and made most people cry. Ami’
‘Thank you, Hannah, it was an amazing day for us, & you played a big part in making it so. Dan’