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Humanist Ceremonies

Bride and Family

If you haven't heard of humanism before, or you think you might be a humanist but aren't quite sure, you're in the right place! Lots of people are humanists without even realising it. To find out how humanist you are, take the quiz here

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What is Humanism?

Humanism is the belief that this life is the one life we have, that the universe is a natural phenomenon with no supernatural side, and that humans can live ethical and fulfilling lives on the basis of reason and humanity.


Humanists do not believe in a god or gods, but rather trust science, evidence, and reason to discover truths about the universe, and place human welfare and happiness at the centre of our ethical decision making.

What is a Humanist Wedding?

Humanist weddings, like civil ceremonies, are non-religious. Unlike civil ceremonies, which can be a bit basic and impersonal, a humanist wedding is completely personal and bespoke to each couple.


You can choose the music, the vows, the readings, the tone and structure, and, of course, the celebrant! Humanist ceremonies put the focus on you as a couple, and your celebrant will work with you to make your wedding as special and unique as you are.

Are Humanist Ceremonies Legal?

The short answer is: it depends. Humanist wedding ceremonies were legalised in Northern Ireland in 2019. They're also legal in Scotland, and have been since 2005. 

In England and Wales, unfortunately, humanist weddings do not yet enjoy the same legal status as religious and civil weddings. This means humanists may choose to have a separate, legal ceremony elsewhere, or simply choose a non-legal commitment ceremony instead. Most couples who choose a humanist ceremony feel that it is their "proper wedding", even if it's not a legal one.

Of course, you don't need to have a legal wedding if you don't want to; symbolic weddings and commitment ceremonies and just as lovely!

Why Choose a Humanist Ceremony?

Humanist ceremonies are joyful, inclusive and welcoming to everyone, regardless of personal beliefs, identity or background. You don't need to be a member of Humanists UK, or even personally identify as a humanist, to have a humanist ceremony.


The best thing about humanist ceremonies is, they're entirely unique to each couple. You have complete control over every aspect of your ceremony, and can decide together how you would like the proceedings to go, with guidance and support from your celebrant.


Humanist ceremonies are perfect for couples who hold no religious beliefs, or those from differing faiths who are seeking to compromise. A humanist ceremony will allow you to have a wedding which is reflective of your values, beliefs, and love story.

If you have a question about humanist ceremonies that isn't answered here, just get in touch and I'll be happy to help!

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“Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.”

Maya Angelou

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