In Wales and Northern Ireland, a ‘modest’ number of friends and family are now able to attend ceremonies, though are asked to continue to respect social distancing guidelines. The regulations set out a maximum of 30 people, though individual venues will set their own maximum allowed number of attendees, which may be lower than 30. Please see the individual funeral, naming, and wedding pages for more details and any restrictions.
In England, funerals conducted by Humanists UK celebrants continue to be legal and are allowed in venues and public outdoor spaces with up to 30 people allowed to attend. However, while religious and civil marriages may have up to 15 gathered in attendance, there is currently no such provision for humanist weddings. Instead it is specified that they ‘must be limited to 6 attendees’. This is in contrast to the previous regulations, which allowed 30 at all types of wedding. All standalone ceremonies (like humanist naming ceremonies) in England are also subject to a limit of six people.
Receptions following humanist weddings are therefore also allowed with up to 15 people, though celebrations following namings, or wakes following funerals are not. Although ceremonies in most areas with strict local lockdowns are unaffected, please contact one of our local celebrants to double check.
Imagine a ceremony that marks a major life event in a way that is personal, sincere, and honest…
Humanist Ceremonies™ is the growing network of over 500 celebrants qualified and accredited by Humanists UK. We work across England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Channel Islands. (In Scotland celebrants are trained by the Humanist Society Scotland.)
What we do isn’t new: we’re proud of our history and know that Humanists UK members were conducting humanist funerals as long ago as the 1890s. Humanist ceremonies are not unusual either – we take many thousands each year but perhaps this isn’t surprising since half of Britain’s population say they are not religious, and indeed only a third of marriages in England are held in a church, for example.
Providing high-quality, personal, non-religious ceremonies is something we take very seriously. Our celebrants are thoroughly trained and quality-assured. They are passionate about their work and providing people with an appropriate way to mark the most important moments in their lives.
From here you can find out what a humanist ceremony is, or read more about our three main types of ceremony: namings, weddings and funerals. You can also find out more about celebrants – the people who write and conduct our ceremonies – and see who is available in your area.