Iain Whitelaw

Wedding & Civil Partnership Ceremonies

About

I trained as a Humanist Celebrant after a career in the world of the Arts, Theatres, Museums, Libraries, Tourism, Sport and Events Management. Humanism fits my personal view of life, and having attended a number of uplifting and meaningful humanist weddings and funerals, I was inspired to become a Humanist Celebrant. I find conducting weddings and funeral ceremonies exceptionally rewarding. As a Humanist I believe we should behave towards others as we would wish them to behave towards us, that we can live good and worthwhile lives guided by compassion and reason rather than religion or superstition and that there are more things that unite rather than divide us. Or as we say in Scots, "We're a' Jock Tamson's Bairns" (we're all the same under the skin!).

What I love about conducting weddings
Being part of such a special occasion is the best job in the world! People fascinate me and hearing the tales and stories of two people who are in love and fully committed to each other is always life affirming. I love being part of what is one of the happiest and memorable days in a person’s life … and it is such fun.

My Approach to Weddings
A Humanist wedding ceremony is the only form of marriage where you are truly free to say, in your own words, and in front of your family and closest friends - why you're getting married, what your hopes and intentions are for the future, and what you're promising one another.

You start with a blank canvas which in many ways is wonderful and liberating, but at the same time, this amount of freedom can be a bit of a daunting prospect. Having said that I find most couples are looking for templates and suggestions so after I have met with a couple I usually prepare a draft script which we develop and improve together by email.
As your celebrant, I see my role as helping you enjoy the process of finding out exactly what it is you want to say and do, so that together, we can create a ceremony that will touch, move and inspire both you and your guests, not just on the day, but for years to come.

Being part of such a special occasion is the best job in the world! People fascinate me and hearing the tales and stories of two people who are in love and fully committed to each other is always life affirming.  I love turning those stories into a ceremony which expresses all the couple want to say on their wedding day. And I do love a good laugh – and often a wee weep at a wedding!

A Final Thought on Marriage!
 “You don’t marry one person; you marry three: the person you think they are, the person they are, and the person they are going to become as a result of being married to you.” (Richard Needham)

Wedding & Civil Partnership Ceremonies

How I feel about being a Wedding Celebrant

I love being part of what is one of the happiest and memorable days in a person’s life…and it is such fun. Sometimes the wedding ceremony is more traditional, serious and sober, and at other times it is full of fun and laughter (preferred!!). Often, it is a blend of both. What it is always, is what the couple want, with a little guidance from me.

I also love that every ceremony I do is so different, because every couple is different. What is true about them all is that they love each other and want to make a real commitment to each other and they are full of hope for their future together.

My advice to you. It doesn’t matter if it rains. You will find that these details don't seem as important on the day as they do on the run up to the wedding. Probably because you're delighted to be getting married! Have the kind of wedding you want, not the wedding you think is expected of you. Make every part of your day as personal as possible and involve your friends and family as much as you can – they will appreciate it.

If you get stressed about the wedding, try to remember why you decided to get married in the first place! When we meet we will go through everything in fine detail and with phone calls and emails keeping us in touch we’ll all have a great time.

Enjoy it because it is over so quickly.

My Approach to Weddings

A Humanist wedding ceremony is the only form of marriage where you are truly free to say, in your own words, and in front of your family and closest friends - why you're getting married, what your hopes and intentions are for the future, and what you're promising one another.

You start with a blank canvas which in many ways is wonderful and liberating, but at the same time, this amount of freedom can be a bit of a daunting prospect. Having said that I find most couples are looking for templates and suggestions so after I have met with a couple I usually prepare a draft script which we develop and improve together by email.
As your celebrant, I see my role as helping you enjoy the process of finding out exactly what it is you want to say and do, so that together, we can create a ceremony that will touch, move and inspire both you and your guests, not just on the day, but for years to come.

Being part of such a special occasion is the best job in the world! People fascinate me and hearing the tales and stories of two people who are in love and fully committed to each other is always life affirming.  I love turning those stories into a ceremony which expresses all the couple want to say on their wedding day. And I do love a good laugh – and often a wee weep at a wedding!

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