As P.G. Wodehouse once observed, “it’s never hard to distinguish between a Scotsman with a grievance and a ray of sunshine” and it’s true that there are no words in English (or Scots) for “joie de vivre”.
I quite often meet couples who say they really don’t want “a lot of flowery, romantic guff” in their marriage ceremony. But sometimes these very same no-nonsense people change their minds after they’ve done the homework I give them when we meet.
I did a wedding last year for a couple who were adamant they wanted no fuss and no romance, but who went on to create a ceremony that was so moving and heart felt, I now give it to other couples as an example.
The whole point of a humanist wedding is to allow you to be who you are.