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Thanks for taking the time to find out more about me.
If you’re on this page, I’m guessing you’ve already figured out that I’m a wedding celebrant! What you might not know is that I’m professionally accredited by Humanists UK. That means I am regularly assessed, I have to submit evidence of continuous professional development, and I have been DBS checked. All of this means you can be safe in the knowledge that your celebrant will give you the best possible service, and the best possible wedding experience.
So why did I decide to become a Humanist celebrant?
Well, I believe it’s important that every wedding is as individual as the people involved. You may not be religious, but that doesn’t mean your wedding needs to be an impersonal, cut-and-paste legal ceremony. It should have just as much feeling, just as much importance and just as much emotion as any religious ceremony. A wedding is a time for people from all walks of life to be united in celebration, and as a Humanist celebrant I have the privilege of creating a ceremony that reflects you and your values to those who matter to you most. It’s lovely to see the variety of experiences and personalities that shine through in moments like these, and I love the challenge of incorporating the weird and wonderful quirks of each couple into a ceremony.
I fit my celebrant work around a full-time job as a librarian and researcher in the centre of Birmingham. It’s a wonderful city for theatre and food – my two favourite things! Birmingham has some great hidden gems for wedding venues too, and you don’t have to travel far to be in some beautiful countryside. I’ve yet to do a ceremony on a canal boat though!
What is a Humanist wedding?
One of the questions I’m most often asked is, what is a Humanist wedding?
Well, the simplest description is that a Humanist wedding ceremony is a non-religious celebration of a relationship. But that doesn’t quite do it justice.
A Humanist wedding is the perfect way to bring together family and friends to celebrate your relationship in a meaningful and personal way. It can be simple and traditional or quirky and unusual. It can involve symphonies or pop music. Classic literature or film quotes. It can be in a beautiful country garden or a candlelit medieval vault (yes, a medieval vault!). You can write your own vows or repeat after me.
Throughout it all you will have a celebrant you can rely on, who can give you advice and guidance, and who you can be sure will create a ceremony that incorporates everything you want from your big day.
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Consultation and creation
Creating your ceremony begins with an initial meeting, either in person at a convenient location or over Skype.
During this meeting we will discuss both the personal and the practical elements of your ceremony – who will be involved, the location, any readings, music or rituals you would like and the style of ceremony that would be appropriate to you as a couple. You may only have a vague idea of what you want – that’s okay! I can suggest ideas that will help with all of the above, to make planning your ceremony as stress-free as possible.
Most importantly this is also my opportunity to find out more about you, so that I can accurately reflect this in your ceremony. How you got together, the proposal, why you’re getting married and any favourite stories – all of this is exactly what we want to capture in your celebration.
I will then spend a week writing an outline version of your ceremony. You can take your time to go through this together, to ensure you are happy with the content and style, and you are welcome to request changes. A ceremony will typically go through two or three drafts before a final version is agreed.
There is no set timeline for any of the above – you may wish to plan your ceremony a year in advance, or a month before! I regularly work to tight deadlines and am happy to work to your schedule.
The final working copy of your wedding script will include every detail of your ceremony, including stage directions, readings, prompts and music cues. You will feel safe in the knowledge that your ceremony has been carefully planned and nothing will be left to chance. You will also receive a presentation copy of your ceremony script, a high-quality keepsake version that is carefully designed and presented for you to look back on for years to come.
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For weddings within a 10 mile radius of my home in Birmingham I charge £500. For weddings within a 20 mile radius I charge £550. I am happy to travel further afield than this - if your wedding is some distance away please feel free to contact me for a personalised quote.
This cost includes an initial consultation meeting (around 2 hours), the initial and all subsequent drafts of the script, a final version of the script at least two weeks before the ceremony, a rehearsal/run-through ceremony, managing and presenting the ceremony on the day, and a professionally presented keepsake version of the script.
Please note, I also offer a 10% discount for Blue Light card holders.