Rebecca Robinson

Wedding & Civil Partnership, Naming & Welcoming and Funeral Ceremonies

About

I've worked as a Weddings Organiser for many years - helping to coordinate weddings, as well as funerals, memorials and naming ceremonies. Before that, I worked as a performer with a touring theatre company and also a writer. Becoming a Humanist Celebrant feels like a very natural part of this journey!

I've also worked for Make Poverty History and as a Humanist Chaplain for Migrant Help and up until recently for Glasgow Refugee, Asylum and Migration Network.

I've worked and studied in India, East Africa, Australia and all over Europe and love to travel (see below). I also love to dance and am currently keeping my soul - and my soles! - exercised with Barrowland Ballet's inter-generational dance company.

I view Humanism as an ethical approach to life that supports ideals such as tolerance, equality and social responsibility.

Wedding & Civil Partnership Ceremonies

Weddings contain a certain magic. Whatever the circumstances, or wherever the setting, whether a simple ceremony or a spectacular affair, at its heart a wedding is an incredibly intimate moment of love and public commitment. With a humanist wedding or civil partnership you have real freedom to create a ceremony that reflects you both and represents what matters to you as a couple.

At our first meeting I will talk you through a humanist wedding and give you some ideas about the kind of things you might like to include - such as readings or poems, communal songs to sing, or wedding rituals or traditions (such as hand-fasting, candle lighting, drinking from the Quaich, the Mexican hug or even jumping the broom!) We'll also discuss who you might want to include in the ceremony - perhaps members of your family, or friends, or any musicians or singers that you know or want to employ. We'll also chat through the legal process for getting the all-important marriage schedule and also the legal declarations that you will state during the ceremony and any vows you might choose to say.

After our first meeting we will then start the very enjoyable process of creating your ceremony from all the different elements that you want to include. I will then draft a first script and will send it to you both and will keep writing it until it is exactly as you want it to be. On the day I'll arrive at the venue at least one hour before the wedding is due to start and make sure that everything is ready and in place. After all my years as a Weddings Organiser I have perfected the techniques of securing flowers in buttonholes, swooshing wedding dresses to perfection and calming any jangling nerves so that the day and all its joys can be truly enjoyed to the fullest!

I look forward to using my experience and knowledge to help lead you through the process of uncovering the particular wonders and magic of your own unique and most special of days.

Please note – have passport, will travel – so, if you do feel that your wedding might be most suited to take place, for example, on a remote island in the Caribbean, rest assured – I will be there.

Please also note I am not yet taking bookings for weddings in 2020.....that is ....unless..... my passport is needed....!

Here are some lovely things that people have written to me after their wedding:

"Huge thanks for conducting our wedding ceremony - it was just perfect. All our friends and family commented on how personal our ceremony was...It's amazing how you can build a picture of a couple through a few short meetings and get it so right that we're in 'happy tears'!!! ..You did a fantastic job and the whole day was just perfect. Huge thanks" S and J March 2019

"The ceremony was without a doubt our favourite part of the day and everyone loved how personal it was. Thank you so much" E and N, April 2019

" I just wanted to say how lovely I thought the ceremony was on Friday at my in laws wedding. You are very good at what you do. It was very moving, funny and sincere" LH, March 2019

"The ceremony was wonderful. Thank you so much for making it very special and memorable. The combination of rituals, poems and story was perfect " V and A, December 2018

"That was the first humanist celebration I’ve been to and was very impressed. I wanted to thank you for delivering such a wonderful ceremony for M and L …I knew from the minute I met you, you were going to put it all together well and you did. You made if very personal and fun too which is the way I think a wedding ceremony should be. I would certainly recommend a humanist ceremony to anyone now. Thanks again" DM, Dec 2018

"Thank you for yesterday. Everybody absolutely loved the ceremony and thought you were fab. Some people said it was the best ceremony they had seen at a wedding. Thanks for making M and I feel at ease." L and M, Nov 2018

"Thank you so much for Monday it went amazing. Everybody passed comment on how lovely you were and what a great ceremony it was" R and J, Nov 2018

Naming & Welcoming Ceremonies

A naming ceremony is a wonderful way to mark and welcome a new life into the world.

Having a Humanist Naming Ceremony shows your wish for your child to embrace the values of humanism - of tolerance and equality, compassion and social responsibility.

As well as being a meaningful celebration, a naming ceremony is also a hugely joyful occasion - full of love and gratitude and hope and laughter and is a great opportunity to thank those around you who have and will continue to support your child's life journey.

I organised a naming ceremony for my daughter nearly twenty years ago and have really lovely memories of a wonderful, joy-filled day.

I received this note following a recent naming ceremony:

"Hi Rebecca, Thank you so much for conducting the ceremony for C's naming day. Everything you've done is just perfect! It means so much to us that you have captured what C means to us. You took everything we discussed on board and turned it into such a beautiful service.

You made everyone feel welcome and included. You made the day special with the poetry that you chose and read out for us, also the way you seamlessly managed to bring the whole service together was amazing. So many guests approached me afterwards to compliment the service you provided. One guest who'd travelled from Portsmouth said he'd never been to such a beautiful and emotional ceremony.

Thank you once again, you are a such a lovely person, with such insight into what we wanted for C's naming day"

M and D (March 2018)

Funeral Ceremonies

My first experience of a humanist funeral was for a close friend over twenty years ago. Having a humanist funeral allowed us to create a ceremony that was very personal - it was, as he wanted, a ceremony that celebrated his life and was full of joy and laughter as well, of course, of sorrow. We were able to choose what music we wanted, what we wanted to say and exactly what kind of ceremony we wanted it to be. It was an important process for us in our grief.

I hope that I can help you in this process of creating a funeral ceremony that will capture the essence and celebrate the life of the person you have lost. I will visit you and listen to your memories, stories and reflections about the path of their life's journey; look at photographs and hear about the things they loved. Once I've got a sense of your loved one and how you would like the ceremony to be I will then write the ceremony so that it is exactly as you want it.

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