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 […]

WE DO! Your Wedding Your Way

I’m very pleased that my first book is about to hit the shelves, just in time for Valentine’s Day, so if you’re still searching for the perfect present, look no further! There are lots of books about weddings out there: books on ‘the dress’, books on flowers, look books, books on best mens’ speeches and […]

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 […]

Step by Step Guide to a Humanist Wedding no. 3 – Involving Your Guests

In religious or civil weddings, the celebrant does most of the talking, and a couple of special guests are invited to give readings. In a Humanist ceremony, the celebrant generally welcomes the guests and makes the all-important legal declarations, but you’re more than welcome to involve your family and friends in delivering parts of the […]