If you're one of the many non-religious couples in Britain who are thinking about having a humanist wedding, you'll want to read up on our sponsor, Humanist Ceremonies. American readers may not know this, but marriage laws in the UK are very stringent about where and how you can get married. Online ordainment? Not so much. That's why Humanist Ceremonies are conducted by celebrants that are trained and accredited by the British Humanist Association.
Yes, humanist weddings still are not (yet) legally recognized in England and Wales, so you'll still have to go to the register office to take care of the legal formalities a few days before or after your humanist wedding. However, a huge advantage of these humanist weddings is that you can have complete freedom to express yourselves on your wedding day. Here's how…
Get creative with your ceremony
With a Humanist ceremony:
- There are no specific words that have to be spoken, so ceremonies might be traditional, quirky, funny, touching, romantic, down-to-earth… whatever suits you best.
- The ceremony can be as long or as short as you want it to be.
- Ceremonies can involve contributions in many forms from family and friends.
Get married anywhere
From boats to beaches, village halls to villas, the local park and football stadiums, or under a tree at your favorite restaurant — you are not limited to venues that are licensed to hold weddings. Humanist Ceremonies celebrants have married couples in a wonderful array of venues — as you can see by all these gorgeous photos!
Get inspiration from a real wedding
Maddy and Ankur's wedding was held on farmland in Glastonbury in Somerset. Their ceremony featured the exchange of garlands, a link to Ankur's family's Hindu roots, and symbolizing the cementing of the relationship between the two families. Says Maddy:
We feel marriage involves supporting each other to be considerate humans both towards other people and the environment around us. Being able to incorporate some pertinent Hindu rituals into our humanist ceremony was very special and so it was the flexibility and openness of the humanist ceremony that also greatly appealed to us. It made our marriage very personal and meaningful.
Formal, relaxed, quirky, romantic, whimsical, on the beach, on a boat, in the woods, at the zoo, in castles, and campsites… Whatever and wherever you envision your wedding ceremony, Humanist Ceremonies is going to make it happen. Above all, Humanist Ceremonies' celebrants are friendly, creative, and passionate about what they do. They'll listen, they'll suggest, and then they'll step back and let you make the big decisions. After all, it's your wedding, so have one the way you envision it.