Couples who don’t want a church wedding or a civil ceremony may often consider a humanist wedding ceremony instead. Legal formalities are carried out at a registry office, and the humanist wedding ceremony is the actual big celebration. As a neutral celebration, it is also an inclusive one.
Whilst of course, all weddings are unique, humanist weddings are even more unique because there is no set script: each ceremony is personal and often focuses on the couple’s own story.
Generally, humanist wedding ceremonies are very flexible both in terms of location and execution. There are no set rules or formats and so the non-religious, bespoke ceremony can be tailored exactly to what the couple actually want. As there is no set script, what is said is a sincere reflection of their personalities, beliefs and outlook.
Of course, such flexibility enables great creativity when it comes to the wedding. Any venue, indoors or out, any readings, music or guest involvement is fine – the possibilities are countless. Vows or promises are personal and, of course, rings can still be exchanged.
Humanist wedding ceremonies often last around 30 minutes but can be longer or shorter if that’s what the couple would prefer.
Beforehand, the arrangements are overseen by a humanist wedding celebrant who spends time working with the couple to create their dream ceremony from script to vows to venue until it is just right for them. On the occasion itself, the celebrant will lead the ceremony.
So, if you’re looking for a ceremony that enables you to marry where, when and how you like, a humanist wedding may well be for you.