Having been individually prepared – along with the couple – to reflect their personalities/ideas/requirements, these ceremonies are always happy, moving and emotional, and fitting for the people involved. Whether in the traditional surroundings of a country house or in the less formal setting of a farm, a tipi or even a family garden, the intimacy and poignancy of the promises that are made, along with carefully chosen music and readings, makes each one a memorable, dignified and truly personal celebration.
It should be noted that, despite an ongoing campaign by Humanists UK and the overwhelming success of humanist marriages in Scotland, in England and Wales a Humanist ceremony is a celebration of the marriage and has no legal standing. Most couples attend a Register Office prior to the ‘main event’, so the upside is that they get not just one, but two special occasions!
It also means that – freed from the legal restrictions – a wedding celebration can take place in any venue or location that the couple has the owner’s permission to use. However, if an outdoor ceremony is planned, it is advisable to consider a wet-weather option.
There is no fixed boundary to the area I cover, but I usually conduct ceremonies within a radius of around 30 miles (50 miles for weddings) of my home in Woodthorpe, Nottingham.