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Lindsay Morrison

Ceremonies performed: Weddings, Naming Ceremonies

Humanists believe that we live only one life and therefor should live our lives to their fullest.

My name is Lindsay Morrison and welcome to my profile! I'm a registered Humanist Celebrant authorised to write a...

A little about me - I have always been a Humanist with Humanist beliefs and values but it was only in 2019 that I realised I would like to become a Celebrant, supporting couples and families to express their love for one another through Humanist Ceremonies.

I'm a 30 (something 🙂 ) year old wife/mother/social worker who loves meeting and interacting with people. My husband and my son and I live in Caithness, on the outskirts of Thurso, with our dog Koby and our cat Sanday.

I love to listen to music, to run, to read, to go out with friends - all the things that help to keep us grounded in an often hectic daily life 🙂 I have recently designated a child free, dog free, husband free room in my home and converted this to an office space, which allows me to switch off, and focus my mind on writing ceremonies for couples and families. Sometimes it's really important to take a time out...

I can't wait to continue on my Celebrant journey and hope that you can join me to chat about your ceremony requirements, or any other questions you may have 🙂

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A Naming & Welcoming Ceremony is the perfect way to celebrate life.

It provides an opportunity for friends and family to come together to celebrate the arrival of a new baby or the coming together of famil...

Each Naming & Welcoming Ceremony will be unique and I would be delighted to be a part of this very special event.

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Diane McLeish

Ceremonies performed: Naming Ceremonies, Funerals

Hello, I’m Diane and I live in Perthshire. I love it here, the mountains, hills and forests bring a sense of being guarded by nature. I’ve also lived in Cities and also love the buzz whenever I return. I’m also ...

But above all, I love people. That’s what makes it so special to be a Celebrant with Humanist Society Scotland. My background was in the NHS, Public Health, Education and Communities - connecting with people was the job!

Being happy and bringing happiness to others is key to my existence. I’m eternally grateful for everyone who’s entered my life, lent a hand or shared emotional space, love, kindness, compassion, wisdom, or simply friendship.

As your celebrant, I understandably want to know about you. After all, to celebrate important times in your life, I must truly understand why they’re important. Your stories will help shape your ceremony that I will create with you. The essential ingredients that will give it context and makes it truly meaningful.

Through your stories, I can support and offer personal advice and guidance, and provide a modern, memorable, ceremony that perfectly reflects you as a couple, family or individual.

I'm happy to travel anywhere in Scotland to be part of your special day!

Please feel free to get in touch if you would like to find out more or ask any questions either through this page or call me on 07427668145

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Naming or Welcoming Ceremonies are fabulous, fun and happy events! They create the perfect opportunity to bring family and friends together to celebrate and welcome as one your baby, child or children into the family....

Naming ceremonies are for literally everybody. They can mark a rite of passage; a new beginning; the adoption of a child, children or the blending of families; a personal transition; a life-changing moment of choosing your own name.

They are as unique as those being celebrated. There are no limits to making your ceremony meaningful and memorable. It can be serious, fun, frivolous, lighthearted, musical, themed or a whole combination. It’s your choice.

It’s about being creative. As part of your ceremony, you can include readings; poetry; music; plantings; handprints; time capsules or memory boxes… the possibilities are as infinite as imaginations. It’s your day, your ceremony and you are free to do it your way to create the kind of ceremony you’re dreaming of.

You can involve whoever you like, grandparents, siblings, friends or the entire guest list! You’re free to choose how many guide parents you’d like. You can be as bold as your imagination allows, traditional or untraditional.

The ceremony can take place pretty much anywhere, at anytime, as long as it's special to you, it's your choice and doesn't have to cost a fortune either. Indoors, outdoors, a hall, hotel, park, beach or forrest, but quite often in the family home or garden.  

I’m here to guide, advise and suggest. Tell me what to include, how you want it to look. The most important thing is that it’s unique to you. Whether it’s a small family gathering at your home or a full-on blow-out in a large venue, let’s work together to make it truly wonderful.

It’s your job to relax, enjoy and above all, cherish for a lifetime.

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Funeral Ceremonies

There are countless words and ways to celebrate a life lived and to say 'goodbye' to someone we love. I have had the joy and privilege of being an integral part of people’s rites of passage; special days of saying f...

As a humanist, I accept death as part of the natural order. No matter that we rely on the wonders of science and medicine to delay it, we are all still bound by the cycle of life, growth and death. However, that doesn’t mean that loss is not sad and painful. I have experienced the loss of close family and friends and whether unexpected and sudden, after a prolonged illness, or a long life, death is hard to deal with.

Planning a funeral can be very difficult, usually with little time to organise. Choosing the ideal funeral celebrant to guide your ceremony is very important, as you want the funeral service to not only to be fitting and meaningful but truly reflect the life of your loved one and tell their story perfectly.

Perhaps we might value - and use - our lives to better effect if we could fully embrace the notion that death is inevitable. Death is around us all the time as we live our lives, and whatever else does or doesn't happen to you in your life, you will experience death sooner or later. Your death, obviously, but also - more than likely - the death of someone close to you.

Funerals and memorials bring people together to express sadness at the loss but also to celebrate the life lived. They focus sincerely and affectionately on the person who has died, paying tribute to the connections they made and left behind and the way they lived their life.

I like to offer a very personal service from start to finish. I will meet with you, listen to your stories and write a script and tribute that celebrates the life of your loved one whilst expressing exactly what you want to say, in the way you want to say it.

Every funeral or memorial ceremony I write is unique. My inspiration is the story of your loved one's life and time amongst you, the events and special people in their lives and all the things they loved. I will then weave these together to tell the story in just the right way, as a celebration of your loved one’s life. I will focus on honouring, remembering and celebrating the life of your loved one by capturing the essence of who they were and how you want to remember them.

Funerals and memorials are quite diverse and you can organise a ceremony that is bespoke for you. You will find I am equally happy in my wellies in a field at a natural burial ground, on a mountain top, at sea or in a cemetery, as I am in a crematorium or venue such as your home, garden or hall.

My funeral and memorial ceremonies range from the small and intimate to the large and formal; traditional or quirky; relaxed or energetic. Your loved one was unique and the celebration and tribute of their life should be one that reflects who they were, true to their personality and character.

If you would like a chat to see if I am the person to help please do contact me.

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Phyllis Wright

Ceremonies performed: Naming Ceremonies, Funerals

Hello, my name is Phyllis, a born and bred “Doonhamer". I live with my husband and family in Dumfries and Galloway, the beautiful and most southern part of Scotland.
From my teenage years, I have always enj...

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Sharing the joy of a child, whether a baby, a toddler, child or an adult being welcomed into the family offers a celebration not only of welcome but to confirm the role of family...

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The Humanist Society leaflet, Celebrating Lives and Legacies offers the detail that a Humanist ceremony brings people together to share their sadness but also to celebrate the life lived and the memories that live ...

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Candice Dillen

Ceremonies performed: Weddings, Naming Ceremonies, Funerals

Hello and thanks for reading my profile. I hope my video will give you a good insight into how I work and please do get in touch if you'd like to discuss your plans.

My professional background is Health Educat...

I live with my husband, our two children and our cat. We had a humanist wedding and both children had humanist naming ceremonies. I also wrote and delivered the tribute at my dad's funeral back in 2005, all of which fuelled my interest becoming a celebrant myself.

I truly love this role. I meet people from all walks of life, craft ceremonies from their memories and stories and am part of some of the most significant occasions in their lives. It's so much more than a job.

Being a humanist doesn’t stop me trying to understand the universe and our place in it. It just means looking to the evidence we have. Fundamentally I believe in treating others with empathy and compassion, not for hope of reward or fear of retribution, but because it's the most human way to be.

In my spare time I love cooking and baking and own way too many cookbooks! I'm a big music fan and love going to gigs and I also love a good dance!

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When you choose a humanist wedding you are choosing to have a non-religious ceremony that is personal and unique, as well as memorable and meaningful. So, it’s important that you are involved in shaping and craftin...

My approach is to work alongside you to help you create a ceremony that’s exactly right for you. I usually meet with you initially, listen to your ideas and we can get to know each other a little. Then if you would like to go ahead and book me as your celebrant I will guide you through all the options for your ceremony - symbolic gestures you may like to include, ideas for your vows, readings and more.

Only you know why you want to marry each other and it's my job to capture that when writing your ceremony. It is key to making your wedding truly meaningful and personal to you.

Your ceremony can feel traditional or relaxed, informal or formal, quirky, humourous, intimate....whatever is right for you. That should come across not only in the writing but also in the delivery on the day itself.

Your wedding day is a time in life when everyone you care about is brought together to celebrate your love. It is a day that is just magic and having a personal and meaningful ceremony that you will never forget, gets everything off to the very best start!

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Naming & Welcoming Ceremonies

Welcoming and celebrating a childs arrival into the world or into a family is a wonderful and important rite of passage. I had naming ceremonies for both of my children and I am happy to meet parents to talk through a...

A humanist naming ceremony gives parents who don't feel a religious christening is appropriate for them, the opportunity to welcome their child in the company of their family and friends. And there is no age limit!

The occasion provides the opportunity to appoint guide parents or significant adults who will take a role in your childs life and formally (or informally) pledge their promises. It also gives time and space to thank all those who love and care for the child, such as grandparents, aunties and uncles, cousins and siblings.

We can include symbolic gestures, readings and poetry, promises and vows, music and much more. A naming ceremony can be in a venue of your choice or even in your home or garden. And it will be individual and tailored to your wishes. Most of all its a chance to celebrate and have lots of fun!

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Funeral Ceremonies

The first humanist funeral I attended was my nanas back in 1999 when humanist funerals were unusual. I loved how unique it was and how it celebrated her life and who she really was.

I conduct funerals across E...

It’s an honour to be trusted by families at such a difficult time in their lives and a privilege to share in the achievements and challenges of a life lived. I ensure that each ceremony I write and deliver is dignified, meaningful and truly reflects the character of the person who has passed away. It’s very important to me that every family feels comforted that they’ve had the most fitting tribute possible for their loved one.

Some recent feedback:
“Just wanted to say a huge thank you for doing the service at my mum’s funeral. Everyone that I’ve spoken to since have said it was really lovely, that you were great and asked where did we get you from!"

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Janet Donnelly

Ceremonies performed: Weddings, Naming Ceremonies, Funerals

I never used to believe people who said that they looked forward to going to work every day and that's because until 2009 I treated work as a means to an end or rather a means to a salary. Then I became a celebrant an...

You’ll find more information about me on my website:
www.janetdonnelly.co.uk

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Conducting weddings is one of the greatest joys of my life. You will probably already have your own vision of what you want your ceremony to be and I'd love to work together with you to make that vision a reality.

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The arrival of a baby is a huge event in a parent's life and it is lovely to be involved in a happy occasion such as a naming ceremony. The important thing to me is to meet the parents and of course the new arrival (s...

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The death of a loved one is something that we are all going to have to face at one time or another. A humanist funeral should be more than just a farewell to somebody - it should be a celebration of their life and a t...

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Susan Fleming

Ceremonies performed: Weddings, Naming Ceremonies, Funerals

Want a warm, funny, relaxed ceremony? Then perhaps I can help. I live bang in the centre of Scotland, with my partner, Angie and Bailey, our "I'm cute and I know it" wee terrier. We're just good people that like to la...

That is the beauty of a humanist wedding ceremony or indeed any ceremony; it is personal, unique and it gives you the choice to make it as funny, sincere, warm, short, long, wacky or traditional as you want it to be, as long as it reflects you.

That is why choosing the right celebrant is so important. You want somebody you can relate to, with a similar sense of humour, that you can work with, who understands you and really importantly, somebody you can be honest with.

So let me tell you a bit about who I am and then you can decide whether it's worth giving me a shout.

I am told I am a warm, funny person (and I’ll happily take that!) and I love meeting people and sharing in their stories. I’m a good listener and I smile often. It is that sense of fun, sincerity and enthusiasm for life, that I bring to all the ceremonies I deliver. If you are looking for somebody people can relate to, warm to, smile and laugh with and who doesn’t sound like a minister, then I might be for you.

Want to know a bit more? Well, Angie and I have been together for twelve years. The world just falls into place when you are with the person that is the bread to your butter or the Nutella to your pancakes, depending on how you roll.

Bailey is our furbaby and she is a Bichon Frise and a Jack Russell cross. It makes her a cuddly, loving terrier. She loves us back nearly as much although her ball and an occasional duck chew can sometimes be more tempting. Together we enjoy long walks and we are lucky enough to have loads of hills and trails around us.

We binge watch box sets and very rarely ever watch real telly! I love Killing Eve, as well as subtitled drama’s such as The Bridge or Locked Up. I’m not ashamed to admit I’m a walking advert for “Walter Presents” because I like some on-demand council telly too.

We love travelling and doing a bit of exploring and sampling local food and adventures wherever we go. Malaysian and Thai food is a favourite and I've dragged Angie to some unusual "local" experiences, some I've still to be forgiven for, but that's a story for when we meet....

Needless to say, I'll happily travel anywhere for your ceremony too!

If there is something I’ve missed, a burning question you want to ask or you are ready to sit down and have a chat say hello using the contact details below.

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Firstly, CONGRATULATIONS! on your up and coming big/wee/ whatever you want it to be, wedding day. Whether you want a small celebration with your nearest and dearest, a mind-blowingly romantic elopement, or several bu...

I love the ceremonies we create together to be warm, funny, relaxed and at the same time heartfelt and sincere. It gives you a wedding ceremony that you and your guests will remember forever and for all the right reasons.

We leave the “Should” at the door, say hello to the “could”, welcome the “wants” and embrace the “loves”. So if you are excited, thrilled, nervous or perhaps even a little overwhelmed, then please don't be, because I can help you.

• Advice on legal paperwork/processes?
• How do I make my ceremony unique and personal?
• Can I have a quaich filled to the brim with Gin?
• Can I include my children, my dogs, my rabbits, my parents?
• We love Partick Thistle. How can we include this?
• Can we have singing?

These and lots more questions can be answered when we meet. I'll talk you through the whole process from start to finish and together we’ll create a day to remember.

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Naming & Welcoming Ceremonies

I love a good naming ceremony! (Mainly because there is cake!)

Seriously though, new life should be celebrated and every child deserves their entry into this world to be marked with joy by those who love them m...

The heartwarming moments of listening to proud parents make sincere and public promises of love and support for their child is incredible. The joy of Odd Parents* as they take their formal role in the child's life as they pledge fun, laughter and support is amazing and touching. And the cheers of joy and support as the wee one receives its official name warms the cockles of the coldest heart. Also, who doesn't love a good party?

Whether its a simple ceremony in the family home or a larger event at a venue the location and size are yours to chose because both are equally meaningful and jam-packed full of celebration.

* Whats an Odd Parent? An Odd Parent is like a God Parent but without the religion and an awful lot more fun!

BUT WAIT......... Naming and welcoming ceremonies aren't just for babies.

• Family celebrations days can mark the naming of all the children within a family and the birth of the final child marks the completion of the family unit.

• For Adopted Children - Adopting a child is a beautiful and selfless act. A naming ceremony for an adopted child can be a way of introducing them to their wider community and cementing their place within it.

• Blended Families - As two families come together a family celebration day can recognise and celebrate the formation of a new family unit. It helps solidify and bond the new family.

• Transgender Naming Ceremony - There are few milestones as important and literally life-changing as gender reassignment for anyone who undergoes this transition. Adopting a new name to reflect this is a significant part of this journey. It reflects and announces to the world the change you have made and ushers in a new life. A Naming or Renaming Ceremony is a meaningful way to share and celebrate this occasion with those who love and support you.

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Grief from the loss of a loved one is an emotional and very personal experience. We want people to understand our pain but more than that we want people to understand the love we had for the person we have lost. ...

Working together with families and/or friends I help create and deliver a fitting reflective tribute to mark and celebrate the end of someone's life. A mixture of tears, smiles and laughter, where appropriate, can all be part of how we remember people and it's good to smile as we picture their faces.

For more information about humanist funerals please have a look at my website; https://susanhumanistcelebrant.co.uk/funerals/

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Louise Young

Ceremonies performed: Weddings, Naming Ceremonies, Funerals

I trained as a Humanist Celebrant in 2008 and now conduct naming ceremonies, weddings and funerals.

Humanism wasn’t something I knew much about until I attended a funeral in 2004 and found it a very personal...

After being married by a Humanist celebrant in 2007 I decided I wanted to be able to help others celebrate their own wedding with a very personalised and unique ceremony. And equally important but for obviously different reasons, is having the honour of being entrusted to commemorate the loss of a loved one.

I live in Kirkliston with my husband Derek, my daughters Ailsa and Iona, and our cat Domino. I have a 'normal day job' as well as my celebrant duties, so I am usually able to conduct ceremonies Friday to Sunday, but can be available occasionally to conduct ceremonies during the week.

I can help advise on readings, poetry and music, and offer support for any family members who wish to speak during the ceremony.

Although based in the West of Edinburgh area, I am happy to travel and conduct ceremonies regularly in Fife, West & East Lothian, The Borders, and Perth & Kinross.

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It really is true - it's one of the best days of your life. Whatever type of wedding you are looking for - formal, relaxed, indoors, outdoors, large or small, I'd be honoured to conduct your ceremony for you.
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Renewal of Vows
For many different reasons, couples often decide they would like to renew their vows - perhaps to celebration a particular milestone in your marriage or because you are visiting somewhere that has special significance for you. Whatever the reason, these ceremonies are a wonderful opportunity to celebrate a partnership and to take a moment to reaffirm your commitment and to express your love and affection for each other.
Whether a small intimate ceremony or a large gathering of friends and family, each one should be personal and should give you the kind of day you really want.
I can help with writing vows, with readings and poetry, and with the overall structure and content of your ceremony - which is open to taking whatever format you would like.
I find it an honour to be part of such a wonderful celebration of love and commitment. Here are some of the comments I've received:
"If it wasn't for you, our ceremony would not have been as special as it was. The work you put into it all was very much appreciated by us both."
"I would like to say you were a very calming influence on us both throughout the ceremony which definitely helped keep our nerves at bay."

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More and more families are looking for an alternative to Christenings and other religious celebrations of a new arrival to the family. Naming ceremonies are a wonderful way to celebrate the birth of a child and can be...

Welcoming a new addition to the family is a wondeful thing, and with the opportunity to ask guideparents to be a part of your child's life (a non-religious godparent so to speak) it is a great opportunity to bring all the important people in your family's life together.

I can help with the wording of the ceremony and with suggestions for activities that can be included, such as candle-lighting, gift giving, and signing a commemorative certificate. I can also help ensure any other children have an opportunity to be involved if appropriate.

If you have any questions about these ceremonies or want to discuss your ideas, please feel free to give me a call or drop me an email.

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It is a great honour to be invited to share personal family memories. Every story, every life is unique and I believe that the marking of someone's passing should be just as personal. What I really enjoy about Humanis...

It is a sad time when you lose a loved one. I hope that by spending time with you and learning about the person, I can create a personal ceremony where we will share memories of their life that made them who they were, and bring some comfort, perhaps a tear, and hopefully a smile.
I have been touched by some of the comments I have received from relatives and friends who have come up to speak to me after the ceremony:
“you got Mum just right”
“it’s the best funeral I’ve been to”
“it was exactly what they would have wanted”
“it was a really nice and funny service and thank you for making it a wee bit special”

It’s very rewarding to know that I’ve been able to help remember someone, and to help say goodbye.

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Mandy Evans Ewing

Ceremonies performed: Weddings, Naming Ceremonies, Funerals

“Our celebrant for the day, Mandy went out of her way to help us design exactly the kind of ceremony that suited our style and spirit, and delivered it all with inimitable panache. We have never been more thrilled t...

“I just can’t imagine how I would have got through the last three weeks without your guidance, patience, sensitivity and loving thoughts and words. I will never forget your kindness and professionalism.”

“Thank you so much Mandy, your compassion and care through the dark days was like a light shining out over the wastelands.”

It is my very great honour, joy and privilege to help people have meaningful ceremonies and rites of passage in their life.

I am now one of the longest serving Celebrants in Scotland. I have been a Registered Celebrant since spring 2001 and was one of the first twelve to be authorised as a Marriage Celebrant in 2005. I am Humanist Chaplain / Advisor for the University of Glasgow and Glasgow Caledonian University. I have also been involved in developing Humanist representation in NHS Spiritual Care and am constantly engaged in promoting harmonious relations between people of all beliefs in a wide variety of forums. I have previously served on the HSS BOT and Glasgow Group Committee.

I live on the southside of Glasgow in a warm and close-knit community with my husband Jim.

I present a radio show on Thursday lunchtimes (https://www.camglenradio.org/index.php?id=134). 'Bringing you an eclectic ensemble of tunes and top tips; gastronomy, gardening and guests; readings and recitations; philosophy and features . Celebrating our common humanity, building community, warming your heart and lightening up your day. Welcome to The Bright Side :-)'.
I am a Board Member of Urban Roots, an award winning community led environmental organisation based in south Glasgow; Co-Director and Co-Organiser of Stanmore Social - a local community organisation; Co-Founder of The Love Alliance, a Co-Founder of The (Scottish) Constitutional Commission, supporter of Scotland's For Peace and signee of the Scottish Peace Covenant.

I ran my own business for 14 years offering Life Guidance, Coaching and Consultancy. I am a Social Worker to trade. I have also worked in the arts, including Glastonbury Festival - where I have been a Front of House Manager on an 850 capacity Theatre and Circus venue for 21 years, an annual pilgrimage for the most enjoyable festival work with a crew whom I love deeply. I previously danced with Indepen-dance, Scotland’s premier mixed ability dance company.

I am passionate about our beautiful earth, gardening, permaculture, yoga, cycling, dance, music, great food, great company and the great outdoors.

What humanism means to me
To me, Humanism means focusing on common values, and on the universal qualities, abilities and aspirations that unify all human beings regardless of creed or class, and, valuing the unique contribution that each of us makes to this magnificent mandala that is life - because we are one human family. I firmly believe - deep in my heart - that through human will and effort peace, harmony and sustainability can prevail and that another world is possible.

Peruse my testimonials and reviews here: www.facebook.com/MandyHumanistCelebrant/

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My approach to Weddings
I see my role as a Celebrant as a facilitator, to help people express themselves, their love and their life in a way which is most meaningful to them. In weddings, as with all ceremonies,...

What I love most about conducting weddings .... The feelings of such joy, meeting so many beautiful and wonderful people dressed up and looking gorgeous and happy, the new experiences, the champagne, and, most of all, the satisfaction of helping people express their love, commitment and good intentions for one another.

My advice to you ..... Love is patient and love is kind.
My favourite piece of wedding poetry .... There are so many wonderful things to choose from, of every ilk – deeply moving, funny, irreverent, tremendously thoughtful, and more. My favourite changes.
I always particularly like this . . .

From WHERE WE BELONG
Then you rose into my life
Like a promised sunrise.
Brightening my days with the light in your eyes.
I’ve never been so strong,
Now I’m where I belong.
(Maya Angelou)

I would advocate highly that you to seek out a truly wonderful, and slightly longer, piece called ‘The Invitation’ by Orion, Mountain Dreamer.

And I have always loved this for any occasion:
May the sun bring you new energies by day;
May the moon softly restore you by night.
May the rain wash away any worries you may have
And the breezes blow new strength into your being.
And then, all the days of your life,
May you walk gently through the world
And know its beauty.
(Apache Blessing)

My favourite piece of wedding music
Och, self-indulgence . . .
1) ‘Breathe Easy’ – The Sugababes
2) A medley of Waterboys tunes played on the flute by an adorable girlfriend
3) ‘Celebration of our Love’ (tune: Cwm Rhondda)
4) ‘Fields of Gold’ by Eva Cassidy, sung beautifully by Alison

My most unusual location for a wedding .... So hard to decide between so many ... someone’s front room, halfway up Goat Fell on Arran or the stunning beach at Eriskay, a historic location where Bonnie prince Charlie first stepped foot on his return to Scottish soil and the film ‘Whisky Galore’ was sited!

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My approach to Namings
I feel deeply honoured and privileged to do this work whatever the nature of the ceremony. Our words, our intentions and our actions are important things that shape lives so a ceremony to ...

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My approach to Funerals
“Death is the one thing that connects us all. It reminds us that what's really important is who we've touched, how much we've given. It makes us realize that we have to be good to one a...

I feel very strongly, that as far as is humanly possible, the death of someone we have known and loved should be marked in a way that is inclusive for all those who gather to lament a death and celebrate a life. This final rite of passage allows us to acknowledge and reflect on the significance of a person’s life within their circle of love and existence, and on the gifts and lessons from knowing and loving them.

“Every blade in the field, Every leaf in the forest, Lays down its life in its season, As beautifully as it was taken up.” (Henry David Thoreau).

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Julie Ommer

Ceremonies performed: Naming Ceremonies, Funerals

I am great at listening, proactive in helping to shape what is wanted and I have a smile, and a sense of humour that is never far away.

I am a registered celebrant for namings and funerals. It is such a pr...

Most of my career has been spent working at the University of Glasgow. During this time, I was responsible for running several student support services (Sport and Recreation, Counselling, Disability, Chaplaincy and the Student Crisis Team). Working with people to make positive things happen was key to my role and has given me skills and experience that are invaluable for my celebrant work.

I retired in April 2016 and deciding to become a humanist celebrant was a bit like a “eureka” moment – it felt the perfect fit for the strengths I had developed and the things that really motivate me. I am passionate about delivering meaningful ceremonies; ceremonies that celebrate a life started or a life ended in the most appropriate way.

Please don't hesitate to contact me by email or phone to chat things over.

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I love naming and welcoming ceremonies. What could be better than bringing together family and friends to celebrate a new addition, a growing family or a change of name? They are just such happy, meaningful, joyful ...

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It can be such a difficult time for people and I am passionate about ensuring that I help loved ones/families by working with them to create the ceremony that is right for them.

It is such a privilege to hear ...

I want to always deliver ceremonies that support and bring a little joy to people who have lost a loved one.

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Marbeth Boyle

Ceremonies performed: Weddings, Naming Ceremonies, Funerals

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I have been a celebrant since November 2008 and it has been an experience and a privilege, in my previous life I had a job I enjoyed greatly but being a celebrant is ...

I have met many people at really important times in their lives and with such a variety of tales to tell. Being able to help them find the right way, for them, to celebrate or to grieve, is both humbling and rewarding. Every ceremony is important, every ceremony is special.

My working experience, over many years, was with children with significant physical difficulties and I have some insight into the challenges they, and their families face.

The greatest lesson I learned was that these children and young adults were people first, with strengths and potential. Yes, they have problems, but they also have dreams and aspirations, we all have.

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You are to be married, congratulations! I’d be delighted to be part of your big day as the Celebrant to conduct your Humanist ceremony.

The days ahead will be filled with lots of discussions, decision and fu...

One of the great advantages of a Humanist ceremony is that it is entirely up to you what to include. The legal requirements and formalities take only about 5 minutes and can be completed at any stage of the ceremony. The legal declarations are mandatory and I cannot allow you to change those. However, apart from that and as long as the ideas and suggestions are safe, dignified and consistent with Humanist principles, the content of your wedding ceremony really is up to you. However I'll be there for you every step of the way

Sometimes people wish to write their own vows and so on, others wouldn't want to sit down with a blank sheet but I have lots of examples you can use if you wish.

However, I shall be there at every step of the process to help and to guide you through the process and together, we’ll craft the ceremony which you want to have.

We’ll start of with a chat, usually by phone or Skype, sometimes in 'my' Costa! If you wish to book me, we can either meet and do the booking together, or by post. When we next meet depends on timing, if your wedding is coming up quite quickly we'll meet very quickly!

However, if time allows, I’d normally meet you again quite a few months before your wedding to start planning your ceremony. I think it is important to do this when you are not in the final run up to your big dayand so busy that you don't have time to think.

When we arrange to have the planning meeting I will send you out your ‘homework’, a note of all the things you have to choose for your ceremony and examples for you to consider. These are your 'starter for ten', there will be lots of opportunities for you to come up with your own ideas.

When we meet we will discuss what you want included in your ceremony and decide who will write your ceremony. I am more than willing to do it but, if you feel more comfortable writing your own ceremony, I am happy for you to do that provided I check the contents and the legality of your legal declarations. However we do it, together we shall achieve the ceremony which is perfect for you.

When you plan your ceremony, you can be as creative and innovative or as traditional as you wish. Your wedding will be as formal or as informal as you want, include as much or as little humour as you want, perhaps involving your guests, your parents or your children and achieve the perfect balance of all those ingredients to make the recipe for a perfect day, your perfect day.

Wedding Ceremonies are a mixture of light hearted and solemn moments but yours is about you, the couple, is very personal and aims to make your big day one to remember.

By choosing an HSS celebrant, you will be contributing to the extensive charitable work and campaigning the Society supports, both through your membership fee, and I also donate send a % of my fee back to the HSS to support this work.

All our ceremonies are covered by our Ceremony Promise, meaning all celebrants are trained to the highest standard. We’re also fully insured, and with over 90 wedding celebrants across Scotland. If for some reason I became unable to conduct your ceremony, your ceremony can be retrieved from our server and forwarded to one of our network of celebrants who could step in at short notice. We promise that the ceremony you have planned will be delivered for you on the day.

When all the work is done and the decisions made and the 'big day' arrives a special moment in every wedding is when I pronounce a couple married. They look at each other and realise that they have reached the place they set out to arrive at, they are married. They burst into big smiles and reach out to each other.

I would love to have the privilege of declaring you married. I hope to hear from you but good luck.

Please look me up on FaceBook, I usually put up pictures of my weddings, if the couple agree, and sometimes little snippets of my life!

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Funeral Ceremonies

Our initial training is for funerals and I have met so many families who invite me to be part of their grieving and, really importantly, their celebration of the life of the loved one they have lost.

It is a re...

A little flutter of anxiety is the 'dugs'. Hand on the front gate or doorbell and, what happens next?

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Robert Anthony

Ceremonies performed: Weddings, Naming Ceremonies, Funerals

I was born and brought up in Bathgate but now live in Uphall. Shona, my wife, and I married in 1987 and we have three grown up children, two granddaughters and one grandson. In my previous profession I gained conside...

Through my work with the Humanist Society Scotland, I hope to continue doing so. I have written a wee bit on this profile about the sort of ceremonies which I conduct. However, I am quite happy for you to pick up the phone and give me a call if you want to have a chat about a ceremony. You'll also want to decide if you like the sound of me to conduct your ceremony. If I am in a ceremony, leave a message and I'll phone you back. I am also happy to answer any queries by e-mail or text which I usually answer quite quickly.

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I know you don’t want to read a long passage so let me summarise.

I like to help you craft a wedding ceremony which, although dignified and relaxed, has :-

1. humour;
2. fun;
3. laughs,
...

Oh and we’d better marry you too 🙂

Your ceremony should be a roller coaster from laughter to the emotional part and back again. Tears are OK because they are tears of happiness and joy.

I shall help you put together the ceremony but like you to give the ceremony some thought about making your mark on the ceremony and inputting your ideas.

We can write a beautiful ceremony just of words which works well but if you did want to include a symbolic gesture, I shall happily guide you through those too but these are not essential to make a very special day.

Let’s work together and have fun at your ceremony and make it the best wedding you have ever been to. It should be.

I’ll send you my wedding pack and meet you before I expect you to confirm the booking so drop me an e-mail to check your date.

You’ll see lots of photos of ceremonies I have conducted on my Facebook page and website (links below) and I'm on Instagram too. Go on, have a nosey. 🙂

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Funeral Ceremonies

When conducting a funeral, my priority is to arrange a meeting with the family and maybe some special friends as soon as I have been contacted. That meeting is important, not only to support the family but also for me...

A Humanist Funeral is an inclusive ceremony and those of faith will always be made welcome and told that they might wish to use the time for quiet reflection to say a private prayer. A Celebrant from the HSS will never include an act of faith such as singing a hymn or saying a prayer during a ceremony. However, The HSS recognises that religious music might have featured in the deceased’s life. Such music can form part of a Humanist ceremony, if it is played to reflect part of the life or character of the deceased but not as an act of worship.

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Ross Wright

Ceremonies performed: Weddings, Naming Ceremonies, Funerals

If you want to see examples of what I do there are links below my profile but the summary is ...I love conducting ceremonies! Elopements, (big or small) surprise weddings, Weddings for same-sex or opposite-sex couple...

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My Facebook page is constantly updated with pictures, video and info about Humanist Weddings and Civil Partnerships.
Each wedding or civil partnership is unique, and although marriages especially have a mass of ...

I've mostly conducted legal Humanist marriages in Glasgow and the central belt but I'm happy to travel throughout Scotland. Below my profile are links showing a wedding I conducted at Oran Mor for Rebecca and Lewis 2017, one at Cottiers in Glasgow (summer 2014) for Stephanie and Brian , a winter wedding I conducted Dec 2014 at Pollokshields Burgh Hall for Sarah and David where their two wee boys featured. There’s also a link to Joe and Malx Wedding which I conducted (the first Gay Marriage in Scotland), there's a news report of the wedding I conducted on Antarctica 🙂 , and the last link was a surprise wedding (guests thought it was a birthday party) when Gillian and Graeme got married

It was my privilege to lead the HSS campaign for equal marriage and I conducted the marriage for Joe and Malx , the first same sex marriage in Scotland, on December 31st 2014 (some footage below).

My favourite poem at the moment concerning love comes from Seamus Heaney..entitled “Scaffolding”. It isn't about romance or passion, but instead recognises that a strong relationship is the foundation of a marriage..

Masons, when they start upon a building,
Are careful to test out the scaffolding;

Make sure that planks won’t slip at busy points,
Secure all ladders, tighten bolted joints.

And yet all this comes down when the job’s done
Showing off walls of sure and solid stone.

So if, my dear, there sometimes seem to be
Old bridges breaking between you and me

Never fear. We may let the scaffolds fall
Confident that we have built our wall.

and I like this, from the movie "shall we Dance"
I Will Be Your Witness
"We need a witness to our lives. There are over 7 billion people on the planet... I mean, what does any one life really mean? But in a marriage, you're promising to care about everything. The good things, the bad things, the terrible things, the mundane things... all of it, all of the time, every day. You're saying 'Your life will not go unnoticed because I will notice it. Your life will not go un-witnessed because I will be your witness'."

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Naming & Welcoming Ceremonies

The arrival of a new child into a family is a very special time and you might want to celebrate with a baby naming or welcoming ceremony.
As with all humanist ceremonies a naming is personal to you and your fami...

BABIES DON’T KEEP

Cleaning and scrubbing
Can wait ‘til tomorrow
For babies grow up,
We’ve learned to our sorrow.

So quiet down, cobwebs
Dust go to sleep,
I’m rocking my baby
And babies don’t keep

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Funeral Ceremonies

Looking back on the events of a life is a profound way of celebrating that person. It also allows those remaining to reflect on how the deceased person contributed to their own lives.
During a humanist funeral t...

We all, in our own ways, live amazing lives. It's a privilege to recount the stories of people's lives and to set the life of each person in their place within their community, the time they've lived through, and what they meant to their family and friends, and that can even include the joy and laughter that they brought to life.

At the end of the ceremony I would hope people would leave with a sense of peace and perhaps some optimism about life ahead.

As for geography, I usually conduct funerals I Glasgow and surrounding areas, but I'm happy to travel further if needed.

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Lorna Clarke

Ceremonies performed: Weddings, Naming Ceremonies

What is so special about a Humanist Society Ceremony?

I can't believe it has been a whole year since we first shared this video – put together by the very talented Cinemate Films! We think they did an amazing job capturing how special a Humanist Society ceremony can be! 🙂

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Hello and thank you for taking the time to read my profile. I have the privilege of living in a beautiful part of the North Highlands. Having been born and raised in the highlands and brought up in Easter Ross, I now ...

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There are few of life’s milestones that match the joy and significance of a wedding. It’s a day that will be etched in couples minds forever and will be a source of great memories for a lifetime. It therefore des...

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What could be more special than the arrival of a child into a family and what a wonderful way to mark the occasion than a naming ceremony! I will work with the parents and family to create a ceremony that is tailored ...

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Joanna Cowan

Ceremonies performed: Naming Ceremonies, Funerals

My interest in Humanism was first sparked in 2010 when I read about their great campaigning work around the Equality Act. A year later I got married and my husband and I chose to have a Humanist ceremony. I absolutely...

I was born in Ayr, grew up in Fife and studied Politics at the University of Glasgow before moving to Edinburgh to work and live. I now live in Leith with my husband and our lovely son and work part-time as an independent advocate for mental health service users.
The nature of this work requires sensitivity, compassion, open-mindedness and I bring these qualities to my work as a Celebrant.

At the heart of Humanism is the belief that we should celebrate the one life that we have. Whether this is celebrating a new arrival or reflecting on the life of someone who is no longer with us, I will work with you to create a ceremony that is fitting and meaningful.

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After years of hoping, IVF, and experiencing a miscarriage, the Naming Ceremony that we had when our son was born was a truly joyous occasion. We were lucky enough to be able to call on the talents of our friends and ...

It is such a happy memory for me and my family and I love helping other families create their perfect ceremony to celebrate and welcome their own new additions – be they newborns, toddlers or teenagers through adoption or birth.

Naming and Welcoming Ceremonies can be as formal or informal as you want them to be and – from a gathering of a handful of people in your back garden to a much larger event in a hall, stately home or hotel.

I will help you to think through the ‘flow’ of the ceremony and what kinds of things you’d like to include – readings, promises to your child or children, pledges from other important people in their lives, music or symbolic gestures.

On the day itself, it will be a privilege to deliver the ceremony that we have created together as your family and friends enjoy a truly memorable celebration.

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Funeral Ceremonies

A Humanist funeral is a remembrance and celebration of those who are no longer with us. They allow us to mourn the loss we feel and reflect on who that person was, remembering the times that we shared with them.

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Lara Celini

Ceremonies performed: Weddings, Naming Ceremonies, Funerals

I live in Edinburgh with my partner and son, and work part-time for Humanist Society Scotland as their Community Engagement Manager.

I believe in our common humanity, and that it is our relationships with our f...

I have been a member of Humanist Society Scotland for over a decade, and a registered Celebrant since 2011. I love conducting ceremonies, it is some of the most rewarding and worthwhile work that I have done, and it is a real honour and a privilege.

What humanism means to me.

In short, it is about the things that bring us together rather than those that divide us. We treat this life as the only one we have, so we need to take responsibility for our actions in it. It is this acceptance that we each have only one life that makes it so very precious. Life is not a dress rehearsal and Humanism provides a positive and fulfilling life stance for making the one life we have as worthwhile as possible for ourselves and others. Above all Humanism is about being human. 

Personally I try to live a good life, guided by reason and compassion – not religion or superstition. I enjoy fresh air and sunshine, reading books, building Lego with my son, cooking and socialising.

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It’s a pleasure to help couples to celebrate their love for each other in a way that is personal and meaningful to them, it’s simply a privilege to be part of that.

I like couples to be fully involved in s...

I enjoy hearing the stories of two people who are in love and fully committed to each other, it is simply so life affirming. I love the energy, the emotions, the creativity, and the fun and laughter that are so often part of a Humanist ceremony.

Whether you have plans for something small and intimate, a big gathering, or something in-between, I would be delighted to work with you create the kind of ceremony you want. Conventional or unconventional, formal or informal, traditional or contemporary, simple or elaborate, the choice is yours! So please feel free to get in-touch and discuss your ideas with me.

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Naming & Welcoming Ceremonies

The arrival of a new baby or child into a family is a joyous occasion, and a "naming" or "welcoming" ceremony provides a wonderful way to celebrate it.

Our ceremonies can provide a meaningful opportunity to ga...

It is a way to introduce and welcome the child (or children) into both the wider community and into your family and circle of friends. You can use it to appoint "guide parents" or "supporting adults", or highlight the importance of family and friends in guiding and nurturing the child.

The degree of formality or informality is up to you. You can involve siblings and other family members if you wish, express your commitments to your child, re-affirm humanist principles and values, and incorporate moving symbolic gestures.  Each ceremony is unique to the child/children and the family celebrating it.

It can be held in a location of your choice, at home or elsewhere, indoors or out, whatever captures your imagination!

I am happy to advice on choice of words, poetry, readings, music, activities and symbolic gestures (such as hand, foot or finger printing, candle lighting, a wishing tree, flying a kite, signing of commemorative certificates, proposing a toast etc.)

Please note that these ceremonies can be held for older children too, several children at once, an adult changing their name, or incorporated into a wedding ceremony.

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Funeral Ceremonies

A Humanist funeral should reflect the life and personality of the person who has died in a fitting and meaningful way. It’s a way of saying goodbye honestly and without pretence, using words and music to remember wh...

Conducting funerals is some of the most important work I ever have done. Helping families and friends to say goodbye, but also to celebrate the life of their loved one, is an amazing privilege and I feel honoured to be asked to do so.

I feel that my role, in helping you to plan the ceremony, is to listen, to empathise and to respond to your needs. As well as coming to terms with the sadness of your loss, it is also important to focus on your happy memories too. The funeral is an opportunity to reflect on both of these things and my job is to pay tribute to your loved one on your behalf so that the ceremony becomes a fitting celebration of their life. 

I always offer a preview of the tribute I have prepared so that you can suggest any alterations or additions that you wish.

I can help advise on readings, poetry and music, and offer support for any members of the family or friends who wish to speak during the ceremony.

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Ali Kerr

Ceremonies performed: Weddings, Naming Ceremonies

Hello, I'm Ali and I love being a celebrant! I’m delighted you’ve found your way to the Humanist Society Scotland page; they are a great bunch.

I particularly love the fact that humanism is inclusive and ce...

I feel ridiculously privileged that people trust and involve me in the most important chapters of their story, happy as well as sad, and I hope you’ll let me be involved in writing the next important chapter in yours.

I live by the seaside in Edinburgh with my lovely family (human & doggy) and I regularly have to pinch myself that I get to live in such a beautiful place.

I have had a wonderfully diverse career and I have had the pleasure of meeting many incredible people, all of whom have taught me something new, and made me feel glad to be part of our great big worldwide community.

Thanks for reading my profile, good luck with your search and I hope we get to meet at some point.

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A Humanist wedding is personal, unique, and centred purely around the two of you. It’s a beautiful way to make a public commitment. It's also very exciting!

Whether you want to have your ceremony indoors, out...

I usually recommend a first meeting to double check that you feel I am the right celebrant for your big day. If you decide to go ahead I will send you everything you need to guide you through choosing the individual elements of your ceremony to ensure it best reflects you as a couple.

Then, together, we will create a ceremony which tells your unique story and reflects your commitment to one another.

We will meet again nearer to the wedding, and can also have a rehearsal if that is something you would like.

Conducting a wedding is the biggest privilege. I’d be delighted to be a part of yours.

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Naming & Welcoming Ceremonies

Naming Ceremonies are a wonderful way to bring people together in an event which celebrates love and belonging; from welcoming a new baby by giving them a name, to celebrating a name you have chosen yourself as an adu...

What could be better?

Conducting a Naming Ceremony is a joy and an honour. I very much hope you will let me play a part in yours.

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John Hamilton

Ceremonies performed: Weddings, Naming Ceremonies

Thanks for viewing my profile in your search for a celebrant. I've been a humanist for as long as I can remember. Humanists treat others with respect and without prejudice, and it is a privilege to be chosen by like m...

I've enjoyed a career in marketing well known brands in the UK - a role which involved a lot of script writing and public speaking; skills I now use in my role as a celebrant.

Originally from Glasgow and now living in Ayr, I conduct ceremonies wherever people want me to, mainly throughout the central belt and in the south west.

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I feel privileged to be chosen by a couple to conduct their wedding ceremony. I emphasise to couples that the day is all about them, and I would take this approach with you if chosen as your celebrant. As it’s such ...

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Naming & Welcoming Ceremonies

I believe that families should be able to welcome and recognise new additions to their family via an event filled with joy, happiness and fun, which is free from formal religious ceremony or procedure.

Naming o...

A humanist ceremony provides just that. I enjoy meeting parents to help them to develop a ceremony which meets their needs. Everything is discussed, planned and agreed in advance to create a bespoke ceremony which is celebratory and happy in nature, which engages the invited guests, and which incorporates sincere, meaningful moments, when parents, guide parents and any other nominated people express publicly their commitment to love, support, guide and care for the new person in their life.

While it's often a time for the adults to celebrate and wet the baby's head, there's always time in my ceremonies to involve the kids in a fun event or two to involve them in welcoming the wee one who will soon grow up to be one of their own. In short - a fun event for all the family!

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Maggie Kinloch

Ceremonies performed: Weddings, Naming Ceremonies, Funerals

I live in Lochwinnoch with my wife and our dog and cats. Throughout my working life, which has been in theatre and Higher Education, I have been deeply committed to Equality and Diversity work. I aspire always to se...

I'm a very experienced celebrant, but before I began this work i was already a very experienced public speaker and creative writer. In addition, I love doing pretty much anything which involves people, travelling and enjoying life.

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A Humanist civil partnership or wedding ceremony is personal and unique. It is such a privilege to work with a couple to really bring their love story to life in their ceremony, to capture just the right tone for the...

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I am thrilled to be able to do naming and welcoming work! Since I was 8 I have been an aunt! I have 15 nephews and nieces and I have 30 great-nieces and great-nephews! I love children and so doing naming and we...

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Funeral Ceremonies

As a funeral celebrant I work to ensure that I compose and deliver the ceremony that you truly wish for your loved one. I have a passion for the work and will work with you every step of the way, listening, respond...

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Paul Harkin

Ceremonies performed: Weddings, Naming Ceremonies, Funerals

I have been doing ceremonies for more than ten years and it has been a very rich and rewarding experience. I have had the pleasure of helping many couples and families in times of joy and celebration and also at more ...

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Weddings celebrate a couple's love for one another - what could be richer or more uplifting? A Humanist wedding is also a declaration of mutual respect and of the couple's willingness to share their lives together - w...

Just as every human life is unique, so is every wedding. My aim is to provide couples with the advice and support they need, helping them to shape a ceremony that is exactly what they want and which celebrates their love in the ways that are important to them.

Some feedback from couples:

"Just wanted to say a very big thank you for marrying us! We absolutely loved having you as our celebrant. Thank you for taking everything we threw at you on board so easily. You are a true professional and made our ceremony so beautiful" - Christine and Johnny, Australia. 2018

"Will and I would like to thank you for such a fantastic ceremony. It was great fun and exactly what we had hoped for. We've had so many guests commenting on how wonderful you were and how much they enjoyed the ceremony" - Will and Eilidh 2018

"We are so delighted to have chosen you as our celebrant. Supportive, reassuring and meticulous, you made us feel comfortable throughout with gentleness and good humour. We can't thank you enough" - Drew and Elaine 2018

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Funeral Ceremonies

Funerals offer the opportunity to celebrate the unique life of someone dear to us, to share our sense of loss by coming together to offer mutual support. It is a profoundly rich and moving aspect of my work as a celeb...

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Annie Loughlin

Ceremonies performed: Weddings, Naming Ceremonies, Funerals

I've been a Humanist Celebrant since 2007 and find it extremely satisfying work that i truly love!
I've over 40 years experience of working with people of all ages, in groups and one to one, in social work, comm...

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I absolutely LOVE conducting weddings, having conducted over 500 for couples from all over the world, and I feel it an enormous privilege to be a part of such a special day!
I now concentrate mainly on small wed...

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Naming & Welcoming Ceremonies

I have conducted quite a few baby namings now, and they have all been delightful, so I look forward to doing more!

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Funeral Ceremonies

I always feel honoured and privileged to be a part of such an important ceremony. I do my utmost to offer a loving, honest and accurate portrayal of the person's life, with the person's family and friends playing an e...

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