What happens at a Humanist Wedding?

Humanist weddings have been legal in Scotland since 2005. It took only ten years for them to become the second most popular form of marriage in the country, and – in Scotland at least – they’ve almost become ‘the new normal’. I meet lots of couples who’ve only ever been to humanist weddings, but – […]

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I want to let you into a secret…

A couple of weeks ago, I got a call from an old friend, Oskar. A wedding planner of more than ten year’s experience, he’s just set up a new business, The Wedding Guru and he asked me to give his followers some tips. Here’s my first: let me know what you think? You can follow […]

It’s time to celebrate, people!

I’m delighted to announce that from now on, I will be a celebrant with Celebrate People, a new Humanist organisation led by two of Scotland’s best loved celebrants, Susan and Gerrie Douglas Scott. If you think you’ve heard those names before, it’s probably because you have. They were the first same sex female couple to be […]

Rehearsals without a Celebrant

If you don’t have the time for a formal rehearsal, here’s a useful checklist of things to think about as you prepare for the big day. What time is the ceremony? What time will the groom’s party arrive beforehand? Who’s going to help the guests find a seat? Who’s going to distribute the Orders of […]

Blue black permanent…

Fair enough you might think, but what does that actually mean? Does it mean ‘indelible’ ink? Indelible means a mark that cannot be removed, something that is permanent and unfading. One thing it must surely mean is that you have to use black ink, but it seems not. As you can see, she’s got a […]

Humanist Weddings in Scotland – More Popular than Ever!

There are four humanist organisations in Scotland of sufficiently long standing to be listed by name, but there are others of more recent creation, which is why one of the categories is ‘Temporary Authorisation – Non Christian’. That’s how I and my CHA colleagues are described. That surprises me, because the International Humanist and Ethical […]

How to have the best ever Humanist Wedding!

My friend Ditte Solgaard Dunn is one of Scotland’s top photographers. She invited me to tell her followers the secret of having the best ever humanist wedding on her blog, and in return I have asked her to give you some advice on how to get the best from your wedding photography. That story will be […]

Take, choose, accept: what do you want to promise?

Couples often ask if they can use the word ‘take’ rather than ‘accept’ when they make the legal declaration at the climax of their wedding ceremony. It’s a good question.The Registrar General of Scotland’s web site says “There is no legally prescribed form of words to be used in relation to ‘marriage vows’ in Scotland”, but […]