Solace for a child that has not lived

Devika Bhat wrote an incredibly moving article in The Guardian a few days ago about dealing with the loss of her baby daughter in pregnancy. You can read it here. As she wrote, ‘I almost came unstuck when confronted with the task of choosing a reading: there is no established narrative around grieving for a […]

Rites of Passage

Can you imagine attending your own funeral? The old joke is that it’s the best party you’ll never go to, but that may no longer be true.Last year, in his Channel 4 series Grayson Perry helped to create a ‘living funeral’ for Roch, a man who’d been living with Motor Neurone disease, and it was […]

Vicky Allan’s article ‘WE DO!’

I’m delighted by Vicky Allan’s article about ‘WE DO!’ in today’s Sunday Herald! My thanks to all the couples who are featured in it: Eli and Kate, Elizabeth and Bengtis, Natasa and Grant, and in the headline – but sadly not the article itself – the originators of ‘Until death or zombies do us part’, Kellie […]

Destination Weddings

Despite all the uncertainty over the UK’s future, more and more couples are choosing Scotland as the place they want to tie the knot.  Just two days ago, I conducted the wedding of Julie and Nicolas, a French couple who brought their families over to see them getting married on the shores of Loch Fyne, […]

Speaking at Funerals

I saw a story the other day that took me aback a bit. Father Joseph Anthony Toal is the Roman Catholic Bishop of Motherwell and he found himself all over the papers when an instruction he’d sent to his clergy was leaked to a journalist. He even made the Daily Telegraph. He told his priests to refuse requests […]

I speak far too quickly

The lovely people at Luath Press have just shared a wee story about WE DO! on Instagram, with a link to the interview I did with Ellen and Nicole on Soundcloud. They took me a bit unawares, and perhaps because of that I didn’t realise that they were going to stream it: I had thought […]

The D Word

I heard an interesting story on the radio this morning: it seems that BBC’s Sunday Programme on Radio 4 has commissioned its own research into the statistics and found that couples who choose to marry in a Humanist ceremony are up to four times less likely to divorce. You can read the full story here and […]

We Do too!

I was delighted to see this amazing double-page centre-spread feature article on my book in the Sunday Mail last month – until I spotted the major factual error in the body copy. If you look closely, you’ll see the article says ‘Humanist weddings, which are non-religious, now account for more than half of all weddings carried out […]

How to involve your family and friends…

    I got my copy of the Scottish Wedding Directory Magazine today and I was delighted to see that their journalist Patricia-Ann Young spoke to two couples I married recently.     If you want to see a little more detail, check out Ashley and Jamie’s story here And the full version of Claire and […]