GeO Gospel Choir performing live at a wedding with the happy couple dancing in the foreground

Wedding music

Choosing music for your wedding ceremony is another way to make it personal and unique to the two of you. You might already have ‘a song’ – something that reminds you of when you met, or with lyrics that resonate….

Wedding music
A wooden sign attached to a tree pointing the way to a wedding

Questions to ask a wedding celebrant

Choosing the right celebrant is key to making sure your wedding is exactly what you want. With that in mind, here are some questions to ask a wedding celebrant. We recommend meeting or video calling with a few celebrants that…

Questions to ask a wedding celebrant
A couple lighting a unity candle

Unity candle

A unity candle is a symbolic way of showing the joining of a couple in marriage.  You will each light a candle representing you as two individuals – ‘twin flames’ – usually before you make your legal declarations. After you…

Unity candle
Carol Knight with two brides she just married

Why choose a Humanist Society Scotland celebrant?

We’ve been around for a long time Our celebrants have been conducting ceremonies since the early 1990s and legal weddings in Scotland since 2005. With this history, it’s not surprising that we’re the most trusted provider of humanist ceremonies, with…

Why choose a Humanist Society Scotland celebrant?
A photo of a quaich

Quaich

A quaich is a Scottish two-handled drinking cup, often referred to as the cup of life. Drinking from the quaich is one of many wedding rituals often included in humanist wedding ceremonies. The history behind it Drinking from a quaich…

Quaich
Wedding rings tied together with tartan ribbon

Wedding band warming

If you’re exchanging rings as an outward symbol of your love for one another, you can choose to have them ‘warmed’ first. The symbolism of a wedding band warming ceremony is that your wedding rings have been ‘warmed’ forever by…

Wedding band warming
One of our celebrants performing a handfasting ceremony with a same sex couple

Handfasting

Handfasting is an ancient celtic marriage ritual and is thought to be where the expression ‘tying the knot’ came from. This is one of the most popular symbolic gestures, or rituals, in humanist wedding ceremonies. It even featured in popular…

Handfasting
A couple who've eloped celebrating with champagne outdoors

Thinking of eloping?

Thinking of eloping? Maybe you have always wanted to have a day that is just about you and your partner, and you want to celebrate with friends and family separately. Or perhaps you have always dreamt of getting married somewhere…

Thinking of eloping?
A couple saying their vows to one another in front of their celebrant while exchanging rings

Writing vows

Many couples choose to include personal vows in their wedding ceremony in addition to any legal declarations required. Writing vows may feel daunting, but our celebrants can help. Inspiration for vows Your celebrant can share a selection of examples of…

Writing vows
Completed sand art following a sand ceremony

Sand ceremony

A sand ceremony is a unique way to symbolise two lives becoming one, or the blending of families in a wedding ceremony. It’s also a beautiful way of symbolising the strength of a family unit in a naming ceremony. The…

Sand ceremony
A couple clasping an oathing stone

Oathing stone ritual

Humanist wedding ceremonies often include symbolic gestures, or rituals. The oathing stone is a great alternative to handfasting, since this ritual is also typically performed while exchanging vows. The history behind it This ancient ceremony is rooted deeply in the…

Oathing stone ritual