It’s wonderfully informative, but so light hearted and easy to read.
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 … Continue Reading
Getting humanists to agree on anything is a good deal harder than you might imagine.
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 … Continue Reading
One of the first things that you’ll notice when you go to a Humanist Wedding is the position of the bride and groom. Unless they’re really shy, they don’t stand with their backs to you, as they would do in a religious or civil ceremony, but stand on either side of the celebrant, looking at … Continue Reading
Over the six years I’ve conducted weddings, I’ve come to realise that there’s no such thing as ‘the traditional way’ to do anything. In truth there are lots of traditions, and you should feel free to draw on any or none of them! This is certainly true of the entrance of the wedding party. In … Continue Reading
The exchange of wedding rings between a man and a woman is still a comparatively new idea. Once upon a time, there was only one ring; the best man gave it to the groom, who gave it to the bride who wore it to her grave. The groom didn’t wear a ring at all, and … Continue Reading
Wedding rehearsals can be a scheduling nightmare
One of the many attractions of a humanist ceremony is that in your wedding vows you are free to choose what you promise. The wording of the legal declaration, however is another matter. As it says on the Registrar General of Scotland’s website, “There is no legally prescribed form of words to be used in … Continue Reading
It’s sometimes a good idea to have an Order of Ceremony, just so your guests know what’s happening. It doesn’t need to be complicated: it can be a simple, single sheet of A4 It can be something clever that reflects your interests… Or it can be simply a beautifully bound example of the printer’s art. … Continue Reading