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Humanists in England and Wales call for legal humanist weddings as Scottish Parliament officially recognises humanist ceremonies for marriage provision in law

Thousands of humanists in England and Wales have been calling on the Government to give legal recognition to humanist weddings this Valentine’s Day, while in Scotland the Scottish Parliament has officially recognised Humanist Society Scotland (HSS) as the first non-religious organisation with a permanent right in law to conduct legal marriages under the 1977 Marriage […]

Humanist weddings continue to surge in number, bucking national trend

The British Humanist Association (BHA) has called for legal recognition to be given to humanist weddings across the UK, as new national marriage figures in England and Wales show that marriages overall have declined in number at the same time as non-legal humanist weddings have surged in popularity. The Office of National Statistics (ONS) has […]


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Humanist Weddings

Humanist weddings If you’re starting to plan your wedding, congratulations! We’re here to help you start your married life with a unique, personally-tailored ceremony that is meaningful to you. Is a humanist wedding right for you? Many of us who aren’t religious are looking for a wedding that is more flexible and personal than a […]

Northern Ireland Wedding Awards 2020

Six Humanist Ceremonies wedding celebrants have been shortlisted for ‘Celebrant of the Year’ at the prestigious Northern Ireland Wedding Awards 2020 which take place tonight at the Crowne Plaza Belfast. The awards celebrate all those working in the wedding industry whose services help to create the perfect day for couples getting married across the region. […]

What is a humanist funeral ceremony?

With the growth in demand for non-religious services for weddings, funerals, and namings, it’s no surprise that ‘What is a humanist funeral?’ or ‘What happens at a humanist funeral?’ are popular questions on social media these days. It’s likely you may have been to a humanist funeral yourself or know someone who has. With over […]

Can you have a humanist civil partnership ceremony in the UK?

With civil partnerships becoming legal for opposite-sex couples across the UK, a lot of couples have been wondering on social media ‘Can I make it a humanist ceremony?’ In the UK and crown dependencies, there are different laws governing civil partnerships in different countries. There are also different laws covering the legality of humanist ceremonies. […]

Symbolic Acts at a Humanist Wedding: Lighting a Unity Candle

Humanist wedding ceremonies may include symbolic acts of your choice, and one of the more popular amongst couples in recent years has been the lighting of a ‘unity candle’. In this modern non-religious ritual, a couple takes a lighted candle and together light a larger candle to symbolise ‘two becoming one’. Rituals don’t have to […]

Can you have confetti at a humanist wedding?

Humanist wedding ceremonies are flexible and can incorporate a range of wedding traditions from around the world – and that includes the throwing of confetti. Throwing confetti is a long-standing tradition, with guests showering the married couple with well wishes for the future. It also makes for stunning wedding photos! Choosing the right confetti can […]

Handfasting at a humanist wedding

As part of our series on symbolic acts chosen by couples as part of their humanist wedding ceremonies, today, we’re taking a look at handfasting ceremonies.  Handfasting dates back over 2,000 years and, unsurprisingly, there are many variations to the binding together of hands as a symbolic act of unity. Using ribbons, lace, or cord, […]

New Lords bill proposes legal recognition of humanist marriages

A new bill that proposes legal recognition of humanist marriages in England and Wales has come ninth in the private members’ bill ballot today. The Bill is being proposed by Baroness Meacher. The bill proposes to give legal recognition to marriages by Humanists UK celebrants within three months of passage. Crossbench peer Baroness Meacher previously […]

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