The Politeness of Kings…

When you’re planning your wedding, one of the most important things of all is the time the ceremony starts. And almost everyone who asks me to conduct their wedding is really clear from the outset that their ceremony absolutely has to start at X o’ clock, because they’ve got a tight timetable, and everything else … Continue Reading

Multi-lingual Weddings

I’ve just had a call from a lady whose daughter is marrying her French boyfriend, and it occurred to me that I haven’t written anything yet specifically about ceremonies in other languages than English.In the first place, the whole ceremony could be conducted in a different language (including Gaelic or old Scots) as long as … Continue Reading

The Way I Work

A humanist wedding is is the only form of legal marriage ceremony where two people are free to say in their own words why they are getting married, what their hopes are for the future and what they want to promise to one another.  This is a wonderful privilege, but it’s also a terrifying responsibility.  … Continue Reading

Volcanic Eruptions….

I’ve just had my second phone call from a couple whose wedding plans have been blown sky high by the Eyjafjallajokull volcano – thankfully in both cases, their marriage will go ahead, but there are parents and friends stranded all over the world at the moment, and lots of anxious brides to be. In the … Continue Reading

Can I Marry You?

This isn’t as dumb a question as it may at first appear. This week, I’ve been tracking the enquiries I’ve had from couples who wanted me to marry them at some point over the next 12 months, and I’ve had to apologise to two thirds because I am already fully committed on the date in … Continue Reading

What is Humanism? A Definitive Definition

This old chestnut comes up time and time again, but I haven’t seen a better set of answers than are given here by Stephen Law in the draft introduction to his new book. His seven key definitions are as follows: First, humanists are either atheists or at least agnostic. They are sceptical about the claim … Continue Reading