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.

It’s now a year since humanist weddings became legally recognised in Northern Ireland and in that year,  over 200 humanist weddings were conducted in Northern Ireland.

We are delighted that six out of the ten contenders for ‘Celebrant of the Year’ are members of the Humanist Ceremonies network. We believe this reflects the quality of service we provide and the depth of connection we make with our couples.

Our nominated celebrants are, Emma Bailie, Claire Taylor, Jean Barrett Quinn, Karen Bell, Fleur Mellor, and Liz Peel. We congratulate them all on their nominations and wish them the best for this evening.

The Northern Ireland Wedding Awards are in their fifth year, and the 2020 ceremony will be the first time that wedding celebrants have been recognised in their own category. This is in large part thanks to the efforts of our humanist celebrant Jean Barrett Quinn, who campaigned for the category to be included.

Jean Barrett Quinn by Emma Kenny

What can you expect at a humanist wedding?

Just like our couples, no two wedding ceremonies are the same. Starting with a blank canvas, a humanist wedding celebrant will work closely with you and your partner to get to know you, your values, your interests, and your unique love story.

Your story forms the basis of the ceremony, and your celebrant will help you to gather ideas for music, readings, and rituals that are meaningful to you. However, there are no set rules, routines, or traditions, so if you decide that you don’t want music, readings, or rituals, that’s fine too. Our ethos is, ‘It’s your wedding, your way!’

Our celebrants are skilled in helping you create the ceremony that feels true to you. And the deeply personal nature of our ceremonies is what makes them so memorable for you and your guests.

Inclusion is important to our celebrants. Humanist ceremonies are non-religious and inclusive – and every guest will feel welcomed regardless of their own traditions or background.

Where can you have a humanist wedding?

We’ve conducted weddings on farms, boats and clifftops, and in woodlands, theatres, family homes, stately homes, and castles. As we said, ‘It’s your wedding, your way’.

Further information

Our celebrants are trained to very high standards and accredited by Humanists UK to deliver unique, personal, meaningful wedding ceremonies for lovely couples in love. Every wedding is special, and every ceremony is our pleasure and privilege to conduct.

If you are interested in celebrating a life event with a humanist ceremony, you can find a celebrant near you via our website.

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Your ceremony will focus on your love story. It can include unique vows, readings, poems, and any symbolic acts you choose.

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