A Christmas engagement | What’s the next step for wedding planning?

This year, the pandemic has made many of us think about our lives and what’s important to us. Restrictions on who we can see, where, when, and for how long, may have made you think long and hard about who you want to spend time with — or even who you want to spend the rest of your life with. So, if you’ve decided that getting engaged at Christmas is the way forward, read on…

Christmas engagement

‘Christmas is the most popular time of year to propose. 

Between the 24th December and 1st January, there are more

proposals and engagements than at any other time of year.’ 

The Marriage Proposal Survey

You’re engaged!

Congratulations! One of you popped the question and the other said ‘yes’. That’s fantastic! But what comes next?

Proposal at Christmas

The first question your friends and family are likely to ask is, ‘Can I see the ring?’ But the second is, ‘Have you set a date yet?’

You may not have thought that far ahead, but if you want to get married in 2021, you’ll need to get your skates on! Most wedding venues and celebrants take the majority of bookings between January and March.

And, don’t forget, there are lots of people who’d planned to marry in 2020 who postponed until 2021 because of covid-19. So, if you want to get ahead of the game for a wedding in 2021, here are our top tips:

1. Choose a humanist wedding

Humanist wedding ceremonies are ideal if you would like a meaningful ceremony that isn’t religious and the flexibility to create a ceremony that is unique and personal to you.

A humanist ceremony can be held anywhere, which gives you ultimate flexibility in finding a venue or outdoor location on the day of your choice.

Our celebrants are part of a network, so if one’s not available on your chosen date, they can help you find a colleague who is. You can find your local celebrants on our online map.

Humanist wedding celebrants NI

Some of our humanist wedding celebrants in Northern Ireland. Photo by Simple Tapestry.

2. Have a weekday wedding

By being more flexible on the day of the week, you are much more likely to find a celebrant and a venue that will be available. (And some venues are less expensive on a weekday than on a Saturday!)

3. Book a twilight ceremony

How about a romantic twilight ceremony with candles and fairy lights? Most Humanist Ceremonies celebrants are more than happy to take ceremonies in the evening and into the night if necessary – and you’re less likely to get a clash of bookings.

4. Have an outdoor wedding

You can avoid booking a venue altogether by having a humanist wedding ceremony outdoors — no licensed premises necessary. Talk to your celebrant about a beach or woodland ceremony, or an intimate wedding in your garden.

Humanist wedding at home

Photo by The Humble Photography Company

Humanist wedding ceremonies

You can find out more about humanist weddings on our website.

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How do you know if you’re a humanist? Take our quiz and find out — or watch this short video where Stephen Fry explains humanism.

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