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.
Many of us who aren’t religious are looking for a wedding that is more flexible and personal than a civil or register office ceremony.
A humanist, non-religious wedding ceremony gives you the opportunity to marry where you want, when you want, and how you want. There’s no set script: it’s too personal an occasion for that. Instead, each wedding is tailored to you. You can set the tone that’s right for you and choose your own words and music.
Humanist weddings are perfect for couples who would like:
Our celebrants are trained, friendly, and experienced people who will guide you through the process of creating a wedding that’s perfect for you. They will:
In the UK, marriage is a devolved issue: humanist marriages enjoy legal recognition in Scotland, Northern Ireland, but not yet in England and Wales.
In England and Wales, couples who want to have a humanist wedding will often go to the register office to take care of the legal formalities in the days before or after their ceremony.
Humanist weddings have been legally recognised in Northern Ireland since 2018 and in Jersey in the Channel Islands since 2019.
In Scotland, Humanist weddings gained legal recognition in 2005. Ceremonies are conducted by celebrants trained by Humanist Society Scotland.
We support marriage equality and all our celebrants are available to conduct same-sex weddings, including in Northern Ireland and the Channel Islands. Find a celebrant near you if you would like to discuss a humanist same-sex wedding ceremony.
Fees vary according to the distance travelled and what is wanted from the occasion.Humanist Ceremonies™ provides recommended fee bands, but always check fees with the individual celebrant.
You may also like to buy a copy of Humanists UK’s book, Sharing the Future. This includes information and ideas on music and readings.
Humanist wedding ceremonies have featured in many blogs and wedding websites including the following:
We’d love to hear from you if you’ve had a humanist wedding and would like to share your photos with us.