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Ellen Gibson

Ceremonies performed: Weddings, Naming Ceremonies, Funerals

I live in Dumbarton with my husband, who, in his spare time is a Piper and teaches youngsters in Dumbarton and District Pipe Band. We have 2 children and 2 Cavalier King Charles Spaniels. I am a Civil Servant and ha...

I have been a member of the Humanist Society Scotland for 5 years. It was by attending a funeral conducted by an HSS celebrant that I felt inspired and impressed and wanted to know more about humanism.

As well as being funeral celebrant I also do naming ceremonies. I am a wedding celebrant and have lots of enthusiasm and ideas to help make your wedding day special and memorable, not just for you but for your family and guests. It's a day you will remember for the rest of your lives.

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It is a privilege to be able to marry two people who choose to spend the rest of their lives together. I love meeting people, chatting with them and working with them, from the initial contact to their wedding day. It...

After the initial contact I will meet up with you at a convenient location and have an informal chat. Once you have decided that I am the celebrant you want to help compose and conduct your ceremony, the work begins. I will provide samples and help you choose everything you need to have that perfect ceremony: symbolic gestures, poetry, readings, vows/promises, the list goes on.

I will be at the venue an hour before the wedding begins to liaise with your photographer, videographer and the venue to ensure every aspect runs smoothly.

Whether you want your ceremony to be in your back garden, in a hotel, on a beach, on a boat or on a farm I am happy to accommodate. We are all unique individuals and have different ideas and styles.

I live 10 minutes from Loch Lomond, which is very popular for wedding venues. There are lots of hotels and special places to have your ceremony around the Loch. I can also travel throughout the Central Belt and further.

Together we will create the ceremony you want: a very inclusive, personal and intimate ceremony that both you, your family and guests will remember forever.

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Naming & Welcoming Ceremonies

Everyone is unique and deserves that special day to officially welcome them not only into the world but into a loving family. This is a celebration not only for the parents and guide parents but especially for the ch...

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Funeral Ceremonies

I have been trained to the highest standard by the Humanist Society Scotland. A funeral ceremony should reflect the character and life of the person who has died. The ceremony is a celebration of life incorporating mu...

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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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Naming and Welcoming Ceremonies
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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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! 🙂

Posted by Humanist Society Scotland Ceremonies on Friday, December 21, 2018

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 ...

I consider it a wonderful honour now to be a Humanist Celebrant and to help create precious memories for those in need of a celebrant, no matter the occasion.
Please feel free to get in touch to discuss your needs, so that we can create your own personal and individual ceremony.

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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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Alex Moore

Ceremonies performed: Weddings, Naming Ceremonies, Funerals

https://www.AlexMooreHumanistCelebrant.com

I will work with you to deliver your thoughts and values helping you to recognise what choices you have in creating your unique ceremony.

As a father of five, I am aware that marking a special family mileston...

A humanist ceremony gives you the freedom to choose additional elements. Elements, which will be individually crafted by you to reflect your dreams and hopes and what’s important for you and your family. Although my ceremonies are heartfelt and dignified, my style is one of enjoyment with fun being an integral part of the process.

My ceremonies are bespoke and as such, I ask lots of questions (police training to the fore) to appreciate what your thoughts and opinions are, with a view to guiding you through some elements of your ceremony you may want to include. This will ensure that we produce a unique ceremony that reflects your values, principles and hopes.

I will conduct ceremonies throughout Scotland and in particular the East Dunbartonshire, Glasgow, and West Lothian areas.

During my time as a rugby player, I represented Scotland on a number of occasions in the then Five Nations Championship, also against the New Zealand “All Blacks” and Argentina. In addition I had the honour of playing for the Barbarians on three occasions.

As a police officer, I was selected as chairperson of East Dunbartonshire multi-agency partnership for the prevention of violence against women and girls and also a member of the Equality Group. This allowed me to drive forward issues in support of human autonomy, freedoms, safeguarding justice and working towards the elimination of discrimination.

I have highlighted these experiences as Humanism allows me to continue to support core values of open and diverse societies and freedom of choice. Please view my website for more information www.AlexMooreHumanistCelebrant.com

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Congratulations, I'm delighted that you’re thinking about a humanist ceremony to celebrate your love and future life together. I believe that marriage and civil partnerships are based on mutual love and respect. I a...

Humanist ceremonies can take place indoors or outdoors, they can be simple or elaborate, traditional or contemporary. They usually include readings, music and an exchange of rings but can also include symbolic gestures, like hand fasting. Whatever you want to do the choice is yours. It’s your love, your life together and your ceremony. Whatever you decide on, I will work with you to create your perfect ceremony and delivery your thoughts.

One of the many benefits of a humanist ceremony is that you are involved in the writing of it. That means that on your special day the ceremony is a true reflection of your commitment to each other. I will share your story and words with those celebrating with you, it will be as unique as the love you share.

Humanist Society Scotland was granted Prescribed Status by the Scottish Government in February 2017, which means celebrants are permanently authorised to conduct legal marriages. We are the largest and longest standing provider of humanist ceremonies in Scotland so you can be confident you’re in safe hands. Humanist Society Scotland (HSS) are the only provider to offer the HSS Ceremony Promise.

HSS Registered Celebrants conduct Humanist marriages and when booking your ceremony you are required to become a member of the Humanist Society Scotland. Membership of our charity helps to support our campaigns, policies and community work. It also ensures that your ceremony is covered by the HSS Promise to provide a celebrant that is trained, reviewed and insured and we will provide cover in an emergency at no extra cost. 

The easiest way to become a member is via our website, which will notify me when you have done so. Wedding Couples Membership is £85. This will also save your requested wedding date. 

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Naming & Welcoming Ceremonies

Welcoming a new addition to your family is an exciting and joyful time. A Humanist Welcoming or Humanist Naming Ceremony is a beautiful and personal way to mark the special milestone in your family and share your joy ...

Welcoming and Naming ceremonies can be as creative as your imagination allows; you may want to involve your extended family and friends, include some symbolic gestures, and it can take place wherever you like. A humanist welcoming or naming ceremony is a unique, personal and secular alternative to a traditional christening for new babies. However, my ceremonies are a lovely way of welcoming a new child into your family regardless of age.

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Funeral Ceremonies

Humanists accept death as part of the natural order but we also know that loss can be a sad and difficult time. All HSS Registered Celebrants work to standards and are trained, mentored and regularly reviewed to ensur...

A humanist funeral ceremony places the life of the deceased at the centre and your celebrant I will spend time with you learning about your loved one’s life and personality and about the memories you would like to share. I will then weave these together to tell the story in just the right way, as a celebration of your loved one’s life. As with all our ceremonies because our funerals are all personal and unique they are flexible and usually include readings, poems and music; your celebrant will help you with these decisions and will have lots of experience and suggestions.

I recognise that amongst those attending humanist funerals there may be people of faith and although we don’t include acts of worship such as singing hymns and prayers there is usually a period of quiet reflection where those in attendance can chose to remember your loved one in a way that is right for them and their beliefs. Normally when you engage a Funeral Director they will contact a celebrant on your behalf but you are free to contact me directly via email alex.moore@humanism.scot , mobile phone 07757485020.

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Stewart Allan

Ceremonies performed: Weddings, Funerals

Humanism is a philosophy based on respecting the world in which we live, every individual is important irrespective of their beliefs, it is inclusive and embraces all the core values of many religions. Everyone deserv...

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Marrying people is the best “job” I have ever had, I love to deliver a nice easy going, laid back ceremony with gravity and sincerity at the legal bits. I work with my couples to ensure we craft an individual cere...

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I find being a funeral celebrant the most rewarding “job” I have ever done, I love to hear each person’s unique story and retell it showing the warmth, respect and love the remaining family had for their loved o...

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Lucie Johnston

Ceremonies performed: Weddings, Naming Ceremonies, Funerals

Hello! I'm Lucie and I live near to Kinross. I'm registered to conduct weddings, naming ceremonies and funerals.

I have been a Celebrant since 2014 and I absolutely love my role. I take huge pleasure from ...

My aim as a celebrant is to provide you with a truly personal ceremony. I really enjoy working with couples and families to craft just the right ceremony.

A little bit more about me - as I said earlier, I live near to Kinross on the border of Fife and Perthshire. I am married to David and have two children, Abi and Tom and a rescue greyhound called Mylo. As a family, we really enjoy travelling - finding the best places to bodyboard, perfect beaches, castles and walks... and the odd gin distillery (not the kids as much for that one though!).

I work across Scotland and would be very happy to meet up or chat over the phone or Skype/FaceTime to discuss how I can help you get your perfect ceremony.

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A few testimonials to start off!

Our wedding really was the perfect day and the ceremony was absolutely everything we could have wanted and more. We got so many compliments from friends (many seasoned we...

The ceremony was definitely one of the highlights of the day for us - not just actually getting married but the whole thing and every part of it.
L&M

Before we head off on our honeymoon today just want to send a massive thank you your way!! Everyone just loved the ceremony and that was all down to you creating and delivering something that fitted us both perfectly!
We really appreciate it and can’t thank you enough!
J&A

Very much enjoying married life, cannot believe it has been a year already. Time clearly flies when you're having fun. As I said in the card, thank you so much for helping us to create such a wonderful ceremony. Thank you also for looking after us so well on the day, we both felt in such good hands! I think we both knew that if something went wrong you'd steer us back on course and that was a great comfort! I've attached some of the photos of you in action taken at the ceremony (poor N's wee crying face!) that I thought you might like!
K&N

Just wanted to drop you an email to say thank you so much for being our celebrant! You were amazing and lots of people commented on how lovely the service was. They felt that you had a really good balance between the more serious legal parts and more humorous and funny. Joe’s dad thought you did a great job capturing us despite the short time you’ve known us and we definitely felt the same!
We loved having you as our celebrant and we were so impressed with our meetings prior and the draft you’d set us. It was also really nice of you to swing by in the morning also and really reassuring for me!
Thank you again Lucie, it was a pleasure!!
C&J

About Humanist Weddings:

The best thing about a Humanist wedding is the opportunity to make it as personal and as unique as you wish it to be.

I work alongside my couples to help you as much as needed to create your perfect ceremony. I find humanist ceremonies tend to have a balance of fun and laughter and more meaningful moments too - they should really reflect what you're like as a couple.

Ideally, I like to meet in person, or chat on the phone or skype, before you book – it’s so important that you choose the right person as the celebrant for your wedding. If you do decide to go ahead and book me, we will then arrange a further meeting to plan your ceremony so we really get to know each other better over the planning period. When you get married it can obviously be a hugely emotional experience and it's so nice to see a familiar face and to feel comfortable with your Celebrant on the day.

During the planning process we will discuss your ideas for your ceremony and decide what you want to include. You may wish to talk about what you're like as a couple, how you met and what your hopes for your marriage are? We'll also chat about your vows, any poetry and readings you may wish to include and ideas for symbolic gestures - for example hand fasting, drinking from a quaich or lighting candles during the ceremony. You can make the ceremony exactly as you want it to be – whether that is informal or more traditional – it’s all up to you! I have married people in a huge range of venues from castles to forests, back gardens to hotels. You have complete flexibility to make sure your ceremony is perfect for you.

Have a look at my website, facebook and Instagram pages (links below!) to see a bit more of me in action and check out some more of my reviews.

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My own introduction to Humanism was when I chose naming ceremonies for my two children so I'm a big fan of this aspect of my role as a celebrant!

I found the naming ceremonies for my own children to be a very...

I work closely with families to tailor the ceremony exactly to your needs and we can be very flexible about what you would like to include from symbolic gestures to readings, music and poetry as well as the story of your child!

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Funeral Ceremonies

By remembering and celebrating the life of your loved one, it can be easier to begin the long process of adjusting to their death. A meaningful and fitting funeral ceremony can often be the start of that long process...

My approach to funerals is to work as closely as possible with the friends and family of the deceased person, to try and get a real picture of who it is they have lost. Not just to be able describe what they did with their days, but who they were as a person. As part of the planning for the funeral ceremony, I arrange to meet with family and friends to have a good chat about any favourite memories and stories. I then draft up the ceremony and send it to the family for checking and editing - if you've ever been to a funeral ceremony where the wrong names are used or some of the facts are seemingly made up then you'll know how important it is to check everything is just right.

While Humanist ceremonies are non-religious, they are also inclusive of all beliefs. I always aim to include time for a period of reflection and if any of the mourners have any faith, they may wish to use that time to say their own private prayers. In some circumstances, It is even possible to play religious music as part of the service - especially when a piece of music means a lot to the family.

It is a privilege and an honour to be able to represent a family at a funeral and it is a hugely important part of my role.

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George Caldow

Ceremonies performed: Weddings, Naming Ceremonies, Funerals

I have decided to 'retire' from 6 April 2021 unless I already have a connection with the family.

Don’t panic! Don’t panic! Not quite what you wanted to see but perhaps quite truthful. The thought of be...

I have been conducting ceremonies since 2009 and there is more information on my personal website www.georgecaldow.co.uk which includes a 2.5-minute video on weddings. I limit the amount of ceremonies I do as I believe you cannot make each one individual if you are doing two or more a day, so one a day and a maximum of six per month. I also have a blog, which I need to update but designing the next ceremony takes precedence.

What Humanism means to me?

Like many,I came to realise I was a Humanist, through my experiences of life. I have never believed in any divine being. I believe, it is not the shell or label which defines a person but their inner self and actions. Thus, the moral and ethical values of the Humanist movement fit my own philosophy.

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Whilst it is a privilege to be asked to be involved in a couple’s special day, I do stress that the ‘legal’ parts are just as important as choosing the right flowers. So, do submit the appropriate forms on time...

I suggest we begin designing your ceremony at least six months before the actual date. This means we have the time to work on it, before other pressures of the wedding come into play. The ceremony itself should reflect your wishes and personalities so it can be quite traditional or a bit more relaxed. It is about your love for each other. You set the tone. I assist you to design the ceremony that is right for you, not for your family who may have other beliefs. I have conducted many such ceremonies and the response has been, it ‘was so personal’ or ‘so inclusive’. You can then bask in the warm glow of love from your guests as they are blown away by your ceremony.

My piece of advice for after your wedding is simple. Remember that the courtship doesn’t end with marriage. When each allows the other to continue growing, your dreams will be achieved.

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Naming & Welcoming Ceremonies

A Naming is an opportunity to show off your latest arrival by bringing all the family and friends, who will, in the years ahead, be ones to help guide your child. It is a great occasion to cement family ties and have...

The ceremony is about the love for the child and their future. It is full of fun and laughter (especially if other children are there behaving - well, like children). We work together to design the ceremony from the materials I provide and/or with those from you and your family.

The ceremony will be remembered for years to come so let’s make it fun but not embarrassing, meaningful and truthful (vows and pledges).

My favourite piece of poetry for naming which has more meaning now whenever my grandchildren leave is this.

Handprints
Sometimes I might upset you
Because I am so small
And always leave my fingerprints
On furniture and walls
But every day I grow a bit
And soon I'll be so tall
That all those little fingerprints
Shall be so hard to recall
So here's a special handprint
Just so that you can say
This is how my fingers looked
When I placed them here today

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Funeral Ceremonies

Death is a part of life and instead of being sorrowful, we should celebrate that life, remember them in their character, their stories and the memories they have left behind.

The family visit is often a stres...

It can be challenging especially when the person has an illness such as dementia which totally changed their personality. Remembering the person rather than the illness which deprived them of that person is perhaps the best gift of all as many families discover their 'real' parent again.

Whilst there are no bible readings nor hymns, we play the music that meant so much to the deceased, not funeral dirges. I have had some that I could not classify as music to quite a few comedy ones. The choice is yours.

Some of the responses I have had at my funerals have been, ‘at least we knew who’s funeral we were at’ to ‘dad would have loved that’!

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Pamela Clocherty

Ceremonies performed: Weddings, Naming Ceremonies, Funerals

Hello! My name is Pamela and I’m a celebrant certified to carry out Wedding & Civil Partnerships, Funeral and Welcoming & Naming Ceremonies.
I live in North Glasgow with my partner, Stuart and toddler ...

Although I came to join HSS fairly recently, I have been a life long Humanist. I found that Humanism was something that I could relate to, something that fully reflected my values and attitudes. I’m passionate about people and I believe in equality and choice for all. I try to life to its fullest and I'm never afraid to try new things. You only live once!

My interests and skills are diverse, I love cooking, baking, sewing, yoga, gardening, listening to audiobooks and I’ve recently found a passion for fitness classes at the gym (to counter balance the love of cooking and baking)!

Being a Humanist Celebrant is a dream job but I've had more than one dream job in my lifetime so far! For 5 years I ran my own little vintage tearoom called in the West End of Glasgow.

I particularly enjoyed the social aspect of working in my tearoom and loved the sense of community. The people skills I took from the the tearoom are really what has brought me to HSS Humanist celebrant work today.

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If you are looking forward to you special day, then congratulations! I love being part of a couple's special day. It is such a privilege to be able to work with couples, to craft their wedding ceremony to their unique...

Music, poetry, readings and symbolic gestures, all can play a part in creating a ceremony that is unique to you.

I will guide you through the whole process and ensure that you enjoy your ceremony, making it memorable and of course, fun!

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Naming & Welcoming ceremonies are such a joy. What better reason is there for a get together than to welcome a new person to the family? These ceremonies can be conducted for babies, children and adults.

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You can expect one of my ceremonies to be fun, joyful, easy going and special. I am creative and love crafting a unique ceremony for families using songs, books, music, poetry and even games.

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Funeral Ceremonies

Funerals are naturally a very difficult time for families. My role as a Humanist Celebrant of HSS is to try to make what is often a sad and stressful day, a little bit easier.
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Fiona Bennie

Ceremonies performed: Weddings, Naming Ceremonies, Funerals

I live in Balfron with my husband and my two teenage children. My background is in Speech and Language Therapy, working with children and young people affected by significant learning difficulties. My older son h...

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Your wedding day is one of the most significant and memorable days of your life and it is my privilege to be part of your special day. Your ceremony can be as formal or informal as you like. You may want a conventiona...

I am centrally located in Stirlingshire so I travel across the central belt easily and the beautiful venues surrounding Loch Lomond are only 20 minutes away.

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A Humanist Naming and Welcoming ceremony is a wonderful and personal way of welcoming a new addition to your family. Your ceremony is individually designed to reflect on what is important to your family and can be as...

"Thank you so so much for everything you did for our son today, we were over the moon with everything and we got so many comments saying it's the nicest ceremony people have been too. Thanks again for all your efforts to help celebrate our gorgeous boy. Xxx"

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A Humanist funeral is a celebration of a person's life. It is a wonderful opportunity to say a final farewell in a unique and dignified way, often including music and readings but most importantly, at the heart o...

Recent testimonials.

'I would just like to repeat my thanks for the way you conducted Mum's service. I thought it was excellent and that it painted a lovely picture of Mum that people would recognise. I also feel that it's important that I let you know how well the service was viewed by others. All of us, when talking to friends and family have had nothing but praise passed on for the ceremony. Many stating it was the loveliest and most personal ceremony they have attended. That was down to you and your work. Thanks again for closing my Mum's life in a way she would have loved.'

'Just wanted to say a personal thank you for the ceremony for my mother yesterday. Everyone was hugely appreciative of the story you put together and your very personable delivery. It was a very fitting send off for mum and she would have been pleased.
Thanks again for your sensitivity and skill.'

'The family and I want to thank you for your presentation and leadership yesterday.
We all felt you struck the right note which my wife wanted and were moved by your choice of wording. It reflected a considerable effort on your part.
With our good wishes and thanks.'

'I just wanted to thank you again, on behalf of all of us, for a wonderful service yesterday for my Dad. He would have thoroughly approved of everything. Many people said it was one of the nicest services they had ever attended, so thank you for your part in making it so lovely.'

'A wee note to say thank you for the lovely tribute you wrote for our Mum. Everybody said how nice it was and we would like to thank you so very much for all your help over the last few days.'

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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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Naming & Welcoming Ceremonies

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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Funeral Ceremonies

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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Marjory McGee

Ceremonies performed: Weddings, Naming Ceremonies, Funerals

I've been a registered celebrant for ten years, I Absolutely love my work and feel privileged to work with so many people from different walks of life.

I have lived at foot of the Ochil hills in Clackmannanshi...

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Angela Johnson

Ceremonies performed: Weddings, Naming Ceremonies, Funerals

My background is in social work and counselling, and although I enjoyed my years doing this work, my work now as a celebrant gives me far more pleasure and satisfaction than my previous career ever did. Each type of c...

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Weddings are wonderful! To celebrate the love between two people as they go forward in their lives together has to be the happiest of family occasions - the mix of joy, hope, laughter and, sometimes, a few happy tears...

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Naming & Welcoming Ceremonies

Naming ceremonies can be the most unpredictable of ceremonies! In fact, organising any event around a baby or small child has got an in-built risk factor! So - the sudden need for a feed, nappy change or cuddle with M...

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Funeral Ceremonies

Planning a funeral for a loved one is one of the saddest and most difficult things we can ever do in life. But at a funeral, the right words said at the right time, as we say our farewells, can be a comfort to us in o...

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Leigh Bradley

Ceremonies performed: Weddings, Naming Ceremonies, Funerals

I was born in Southampton and moved to beautiful Montrose with my husband in the early 90s. Six years ago we bought a renovation project cottage with a large garden. This has absorbed most of our spare time and money ...

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Each Humanist Wedding Ceremony is as unique as each couple wishing to make this hugely significant and emotional commitment. A Humanist Wedding is like no other, because as long as we meet the requirements for a legal...

When we discuss your Wedding I can give you samples of ceremonies, vows, symbolic gestures - such as ring exchange and hand fasting - poetry and prose to help you put your ceremony together. Equally, if you have very clear ideas of how you want your ceremony to be, I can absolutely help you to make that happen. There are many ways we can involve your friends and family in your ceremony, such as candle lighting, sand pouring and readings according to your choice.

Working in cooperation we will create a Wedding ceremony that reflects your individual characters and allows you to freely express yourselves. It will definitely be an amazing and unforgettable occasion!

Everyone who attends a Humanist Wedding says it was a happy and memorable experience. It will be my honour and privilege to to help you celebrate your special day.

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Funeral Ceremonies

I think we have one life that we should live as fully as we can. I conduct funerals that celebrate a person's life and provide an opportunity for everyone connected with them to say goodbye in their own way. My role i...

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Janet Hamilton

Ceremonies performed: Weddings, Naming Ceremonies, Funerals

Thanks so much for looking at my profile. I am originally a Glaswegian but now love living on the stunning Ayrshire coast. I am so privileged to have been a Humanist Celebrant for almost seven years. I have had the...

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Your ceremony is important! It starts the celebrations off and sets the tone for the rest of your big day! With over six years of wedding experience I want to help you to have a ceremony which suits you as a couple,...

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Naming & Welcoming Ceremonies

I believe naming ceremonies are a wonderful way of recognising, welcoming and celebrating a new, or sometimes not so new, life. I wish they had existed when my own son was born as it would have been so good to formal...

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Funeral Ceremonies

A funeral should be a very personal ceremony, tailored to reflect the needs of close family and friends, and above all the life story and character of the person they have lost. Meeting loved ones, helping them to t...

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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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Naming & Welcoming Ceremonies

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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Halde Pottinger

Ceremonies performed: Weddings, Naming Ceremonies, Funerals

I have been called many things in my life, many things I dare not repeat here...!

But I am VERY proud to be called...a Humanist.

But what is Humanism? What makes me a Humanist?

To me, being a Hu...

Experience and share our human values, live in a happy and fulfilled way and help others to do so. To achieve this means living responsibly, thinking rationally about right and wrong, considering the consequences of our actions and always trying do the right thing...not always the easiest thing to do!!

I actually didn't realise I was a Humanist until I got married by a wonderful HSS celebrant a few years ago. Since that awesome day, being a Humanist Celebrant is all I wanted to be.

I LOVE sharing the joy of people's weddings and coming-togethers. I love introducing new family members to new family members. I love to play a part in making a persons or a family's moment joyous and memorable...for the right reasons of course!! I love helping those during times of hardship and tragedy, to make it all just that little bit easier.

Many people these days are not religious, but still want to celebrate momentous occasions like weddings and naming ceremonies and mark the passing of a loved one's life through funeral ceremonies. This is where I come in!

My style is very positive and fun. You will be amazed at the amount fun, laughter and love you can squeeze into any occasion, even funeral ceremonies!

I am very professional and respectful at all times with any occasion, and my flexibility and ability to wordsmith, means that I can provide for any occasion, completely unique and bespoke to the individual.

I look forward to playing a role in your occasion.

You will however have to put up with my list of demands!

No.1 - Endless supply of vegan treat...yep, I am one of those!!!
N0.2- Compliments every 3 minutes on how nice my beard smells...goes without saying!!!
No.3 - I must be referred to as "Your Awesomeness".

If you can cover the above, then we will get along swimmingly...

Fire me a message, pick up the blower, come visit me...see you soon!

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Uniting the clans...(said in a very Mel Gibson-esque manner) is a truly memorable and wonderful occasion.

Every little girl and boy (although he may not admit), dreams of their perfect wedding day...and that i...

I work closely with you both, to develop and create YOUR big day...your wedding day.

All my ceremonies are SO personal to the couple, and completely and absolutely bespoke and unique, just like people.

I will slowly and clearly guide you through everything!

The vows and the promises, the legalities and the logistics, the symbolic gestures and the readings, the fun, the laughter and the love. My wife and I were united at our very own Humanist ceremony a few happy years ago, and so I can vouch for it's beauty...humanist weddings are truly awesome!!!

This is YOUR day...and we will make it so.

I conduct weddings throughout Scotland, and I am based in the Highlands, arguably one of the most beautiful places to become one!

I am very creative when it comes to offering ideas for your day, and I welcome a challenge.

To me, weddings need to be full of love and laughter, fun and excitement, family and friends, beauty and banter!

Let's make it so!

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Naming & Welcoming Ceremonies

A beautiful and meaningful Naming or Welcoming ceremony, is your opportunity to bring your families together to introduce the newest member to the clan.

Often these take place in the actual home of the family, ...

We will work closely together to arrange a wonderful celebration, which mixes in the traditions and promises of the past with the newest trends and fun.

Often families don't get the chance to meet new members, unless there is another family gathering going on at the same time.

This is your chance, and I recommend combining this with a party afterwards...I love a good party!!

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Funeral Ceremonies

Funerals are of course a very challenging and difficult time, for everybody involved...but they do not necessarily have to be full of sadness and sorrow.

Death is as natural as birth. You are born on a date an...

It needs to be a celebration, it needs to be as joyful and fun as it can possibly be.. and that is what I am here for.

I have done so many ceremonies, each one different, unique and personal. I have seen tears of sorrow and joy, sadness and laughter. I have finished a ceremony with the audience singing and dancing, slapping bags and smiling! Do not feel because it is a funeral that is has to be black clothes, slow walks, mumbled condolences and sad music...is that the way you would like to go out?!

Together, we will tailor a very respectful and very fitting ceremony for your loved one.

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Ronit Quayle

Ceremonies performed: Weddings, Naming Ceremonies, Funerals

I live in Glasgow with my husband and our baby son in a converted synagogue (a beautiful if perhaps odd choice for a non-religious Celebrant). It's where I spend my days writing ceremonies, changing nappies and drinki...

My approach to ceremonies is that if I have made you, and everyone else there, both laugh and cry then I've done my job right. But you are the boss when it comes to your ceremony, and I will always be led by what you want. My mum always said that you have two ears and one mouth for a reason - and in any case, Humanists don't like telling people what to do.

When I'm not working, I can usually be found writing or baking or making rude cross stitch.

I love a good blether so do feel free to drop me an email or pick up the phone.

p.s. It's pronounced "R'n-eet" - I get this question a lot....

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A wedding is both the beginning of something new and the celebration of your journey to get here. Your ceremony should be as weird and as wonderful, as filled with love and laughter as your life is.

So have yo...

*all actual examples from weddings I've conducted. My couples are THE BEST.

Whether your wedding is a big knees-up or a quiet elopement, we will incorporate the traditions that feel right for you. A Humanist wedding ceremony is very much a team effort - from the readings you choose, the symbolic gestures you include (like handfasting or a band warming) and the vows you make, I will be by your side to keep you right (and keep you sane) as we plan your special day.

At every wedding I conduct, I hope that the guests will both laugh and cry and will say afterwards “that ceremony was so them, it couldn’t have been anyone else’s wedding".

Things I love at weddings:

-Laughter
-Surprises
- Children being adorable
- Same-sex couples (finally) being able to celebrate their love equally
- Turning traditions on their head and creating new ones
- Dads surprising everyone by getting emotional
- In-jokes
- A big snog at the end

I am based in Glasgow but available to conduct ceremonies throughout Scotland. Please do get in touch for a chat about your big day and we can start planning the perfect celebration.

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Naming & Welcoming Ceremonies

I am delighted that more and more families are choosing to have a Naming Day and just love helping them to celebrate this important milestone, no matter how or when your wee one has come into the family.

These...

Naming ceremonies are a lot of fun and sometimes a bit chaotic (in a good way) with lots of kids running about. Cake is advised but not essential. It's a lovely opportunity for everyone to meet your child, get together as family and friends and, of course, to eat, drink and be merry!

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Funeral Ceremonies

I have the huge honour of celebrating people’s lives and hearing their stories told by the people who shared them. Our job title is ‘Celebrant’ for good reason.

A humanist funeral often features laughter...

I start by meeting with the family of the deceased, learning about their life and what was important to them. We talk about how they lived, loved and laughed. These meetings are often cathartic and joyful experiences for the families I work with. So too are many of the funeral ceremonies.

Whatever you and your family decide is the best send-off for your loved one, I will work with you and the funeral director to ensure we get it right.

A funeral is the last thing that you can do for a person. Working with families to learn about their loved ones, as they learn to live a life without them, is one of the most rewarding things I have ever done.

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Gary Smith

Ceremonies performed: Weddings, Naming Ceremonies, Funerals

Please follow this link to my Facebook page where you can find out more about me https://www.facebook.com/HumanistCelebrantCeremonies. There are more below.

I have been a Celebrant with the Humanist Society of ...

My Celebrant work is so special to me. I am married to my stunning wife Jackie; the real reason why I am organised and happy; and I have two grown-up sons. My hobbies are important to me and include writing, photography, film, music, and all things techie. I am a self-confessed geek.

I often get asked what humanism means to me.

It is, and I am a simple person, about living a happy life; a life that is not controlled by supernatural entities (yes, I mean gods or spirits). It is also, importantly about respecting the world, the individual and of course yourself. It is, for me, about the things that make us human beings and the things that bring us together in life, rather those that divide us. It is common sense in words and actions. My outlook on life, a life I love, and I have been told this comes across in all my ceremonies, is to simply be happy and try to make others happy. One close family, I have been involved with through a funeral, a wedding and a naming ceremony still call me the "Happy Humanist". This is a name I wear proudly.

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Wedding & Civil Partnership Ceremonies

Still, after over 600 ceremonies, it is amazing to be a small part of each couple’s special day. It is both uplifting and a great honour to help brides, grooms or guests be involved in creating a ceremony that is fo...

I have married couples from all over the globe, in venues all over Scotland.

I have even been invited to help couples celebrate their marriage in other countries. Each day, each ceremony is unique.

If you are reading this you may already know there is a great deal of flexibility about the content, structure and style of your ceremony.  Some people want to celebrate their big day in unique way, others quite formal and traditional; others prefer something a bit more relaxed and light-hearted.
 
I can help you to plan every aspect of the ceremony (music, readings, your vows and any symbolic gestures). Together we can capture an important day in your histories and involve, in as many ways as you want, your families and your friends.      
  

I will go over the legal aspects with you when we meet and there is more information on our website.

After we have talked I will pass on example ceremonies, vows, symbolic gestures (ring exchange, handfasting, etc.), poetry, prose etc. All the bits that go to make your ceremony and the words within, unique and special to you both. 

I am always respectful of a couple's wishes, and try to help take away any wedding stresses I can, and above all else assist in making the day as special as it can be.

I also know that along the way it will be a happy and unforgettable experience.

I have been privileged to meet so many wonderful people.

Couples have the freedom to create a ceremony. I have seen and done most things in marriage ceremonies, but I still get blown away by the creativity some couples bring or by the simple acts of kindness and love that they allow me to be part of.

Ask yourself the question "Why are we getting married?” From the answer, from that point, the ceremony will grow.

There is one piece of wedding poetry that I love, but there are so many to choose from.

This gets my big softy heart melting.

For the kindness in your eyes and the warmth in your voice.

For the honesty of your words and the silence of your smile

For the ways in which we’re similar, and those in which we’re worlds apart.

For the openness of your understanding and the acceptance of your heart;

For the tenderness of your touch and the strength of your commitment;

For your sense of humour and your seriousness of purpose;

For a thousand small reasons, and one most important of all:

Simply because you are you.

In all of creation, you are the one whom I cherish most,

The one with whom I hope to share my life

Its joys, its sorrows, its accomplishments, its challenges

While building our dreams together and growing every day

In the love that makes us one.

If you asked me what was my favourite piece of wedding music…………. the skirl of the pipes or a well sung ballad can make the moment.

I have married couples in back gardens, in castles, in keeps, in sheds, in restaurants, in pubs and clubs, in parks, in gazebos, in tents, in the North sea up to my knees, on hills and mountains, in gales, rain, snow and sunshine……..from just the couple and two random witnesses to hundreds and hundreds of guests and well-wishers.

Every one unique.

Be Happy.

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Naming & Welcoming Ceremonies

Naming ceremonies are becoming more and more popular, and I love them.

Why? What better way to celebrate a new life, a new bud on the family tree. The coming together of family and friends to welcome with joy a...

There is creativity around a naming ceremony; symbolic gestures, words, sentiments that are different from other ceremonies.

I love children. We usually share the same hairstyle (I am bald), the same sense of wonder about the world around us, and the same inquisitive nature.

I don’t have grandchildren at the moment, so maybe this is me loving the chance to embrace the happiness that is a new life.

I help plan every aspect of the naming day, I have lots of experience and therefore I can pass on advice and ideas.

Remember, you are creating a special day in your family’s social history and the ceremony we write will be read by your son(s)/daughter(s) when they are old enough. Names, events and stories are important to capture and tell your future child.

Be Happy.

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Funeral Ceremonies

My approach to Funerals.

I joined the HSS to conduct funerals. From my own experiences and those of my family and friends, I felt strongly that families were being let down in my area by the lack of available ...

If you are reading this because you are in need of a Funeral Celebrant, my advice is... be there for each other. Talk and also share your memories. If we meet then it can help if you write some words down beforehand, gather around family members and friends and above all else take time yourself to remember your loved one.

As a society, we have gathered together a collection of funeral poetry for all tastes. Sometimes families have their own favourites, poems or prose or words from special songs. I will help guide you through the process of choosing something fitting to be played at the right point in a tribute.

Like poetry, music is a personal taste. I am always warmed by how some people’s lives are inextricably linked to music.

Crematoria will provide an organist if you wish. The Funeral Director is the one who will arrange this.

You, the family and friends of those who have died, are the ones who create the ceremony with the words, the emotions, given to me. I only help write and say the words.

Be Happy.

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Mark Reilly

Ceremonies performed: Weddings, Naming Ceremonies

Hello! I currently live in North Lanarkshire with my wife Leigh-Anne and our increasingly hilarious 3-year-old daughter, Edith. My background is in mental health social work so I have a lot of experience in working wi...

My approach to ceremonies is simple – you are the gaffer and it’s my job to ask you right questions to establish what you want from the day and to reflect that in your ceremony. Your personality should be running through the event like a stick of rock. I think that if most people on the day laugh a wee bit and also get a wee bit emotional; then I’ve done my job right! In the past I’ve also been a qualified boxing referee, so I can also whip out the old bow tie again if it all kicks off – I like to think that I cover all bases.

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Wedding & Civil Partnership Ceremonies

Every humanist wedding is unique and should be a reflection of your personalities and the things that you love about each other - and this can take many different shapes. You want the groom to make an entrance by doin...

My ceremonies tend to be relaxed, fun but still have a sense of formality in the right places. So whether you’re having a small wedding up a hill or on a beach or having a massive shindig; we will work together to incorporate things that are meaningful to you. If you aren’t sure where to start, then I can help with ideas to get the ball rolling. I’ll be alongside you every step of the way to make sure that your wedding ceremony is exactly how you want it to be.

I live in North Lanarkshire so I’m fairly central to most places. My in-laws live on The Black Isle so I’m also up and down the A9 fairly regularly. So regardless of where your ceremony is - If you want more details or want to kick around a few ideas - just give me a shout.

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Naming & Welcoming Ceremonies

It’s amazing that more and more people are choosing to celebrate the arrival of a new member of the family with naming and welcoming ceremonies. What I like most about them is that anything goes: they can be as big ...

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Lesley Simpson

Ceremonies performed: Weddings, Naming Ceremonies, Funerals

'Celebrating Life in all its seasons' Hi thank you for visiting my profile. To introduce myself, I am Lesley Simpson originally from Glasgow but now living in Grantown on Spey. I have been a registered celebrant with ...

Like many people I was introduced to the society through a funeral, my own fathers, and was so impressed with the compassion and professionalism given to us from our celebrant then (Joe Hughs) that I decided to become a member of the society and then went on to train to become a celebrant myself.

There are so many occasions in life to celebrate; from marriages, renewal of vows, civil partnerships, baby naming, celebrating the life of a loved one at a funeral, memorials to name but a few.Knowing that we are all individuals, with our own tastes and styles, I am committed to working with you to create a ceremony that best suits you and your personality or the personality of your loved one. I hope to bring my experience, warmth and respectfulness to the planning and delivery of your significant event.

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First of all let me congratulate you on your engagement! I am sure you are both enjoying this wonderful period in your lives.

Your wedding day is going to be one of the most memorable days of your life! As your...

Having had a humanist wedding myself, I truly understand the importance of being able to say in your own words what your marriage means to you. Your ceremony should reflect who you are as people and how you wish to live your lives.

I will work with you to understand your dreams and visions for this special day. After getting to know you, I will create a customised ceremony that is as unique and special as you are as a couple. Your ceremony can be anything you want it to be. Throw away old ideas about what a ceremony should include, and start fresh!

This is your special day and I will do everything possible to deliver a service that reflects the love and happiness you feel for your partner. I want this day to be remembered and cherished by you, your future Husband/Wife and your family and friends.

Celebrate your day, your way - as it should be... with the energy, enthusiasm, fun and focus that it deserves!

I am also happy to travel anywhere in Scotland to conduct ceremonies,

Should you have any queries or concerns at this stage please do get in touch.

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Naming & Welcoming Ceremonies

Baby namings are becoming a popular ceremony to welcome a new baby with love into the family unit and introduce them to family and friends. As a mum of two myself I know just how much joy a child can bring to a famil...

Through preparing the ceremony together it helps us to create a unique way to not only celebrate with your friends and family, but also show them what your beliefs on family and parenthood are. My job as your celebrant is to give you lots of material and options of what you might like to include in your baby's ceremony and then write a draft based on your choices.

We also find ways of involving the whole family, from grand parents, aunties, uncles, cousins and of course you can choose to have a guide parent(s) someone who you know will be a positive influence on your child and who will always be there for them.

I of course also have the joy of getting to meet yourselves and the wee one in person and hopefully bu the time the day of celebrations arrive we will feel like old friends.

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Funeral Ceremonies

It is always an honour to be asked to perform a funeral service. It is a very personal time for people whilst organising a service for someone they love.

No one wants to think about the sadness of losing a fam...

When I meet with you, together we can write and create a ceremony that is personal, unique and reflects the attributes of the one whom you have lost. This is a time to honour and celebrate their lives through reflection, music and words.

There is no better feeling when I hear someone leaving the funeral of a friends and hear comments like 'That couldn't have been about any one else', or 'I didn't know that about him / her' and see that they have been able to remember their friend with respect and a smile.

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