The Humanist Society Promise

Your humanist ceremony will mark one of life’s most important events. That’s why we take your booking seriously, and offer the Humanist Society Promise. As the longest-standing provider of humanist ceremonies in Scotland, we support and coordinate our nation’s largest and best known group of Humanist Celebrants. Every year our celebrants conduct thousands of ceremonies and we’re committed to ensuring that every one is unique and of a consistently high quality. All Humanist Society Celebrants are covered by the Humanist Society Promise, as are all of their ceremonies.

1. Be Assured, We’re Insured

We’re delighted to have a reputation for providing high quality ceremonies and service. Although it’s only occasionally that problems arise with our ceremonies (only about 0.5% and we conduct around 7000 ceremonies each year!), you can be assured when you book a Humanist Society Celebrant that they are covered by our Public Liability Insurance.

2. We’ve Got it Covered

It’s very rare that the celebrant you’ve booked is unable to conduct your ceremony and this would only be in extreme circumstances such as serious illness. However, as the largest provider of humanist ceremonies in Scotland, we have the network to find you a replacement, even at very short notice. We have office staff available to ensure we can respond quickly to any emergency with minimal stress to you. Although unlikely to happen, always ask your chosen organisation how they provide cover in emergencies.

3. Developing Skills to Give You the Best

All Humanist Society Celebrants must complete intensive training and mentoring programmes before they are registered to conduct any type of ceremony. Our celebrants are regularly reviewed and also participate in ongoing practice development opportunities.

4. Setting the Standard

All our celebrants work to a set of standards to ensure that your experience is the best it can be. Our celebrants are also subject to a complaints and grievance process. In the unlikely event you have any concerns about your ceremony, please raise these with your celebrant directly in the first instance. If this proves difficult, please email and we will do all we can to resolve the matter.

5. Best of All, We’re a Charity!

Humanist Society Scotland is a Registered Scottish Charity and our accounts are published annually. As a charity we campaign for a fairer Society and provide humanist ceremonies, including funerals for those under 16 at no charge. We’re also really proud to be the Humanist organisation that worked hard for legal humanist marriage in Scotland.


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All our celebrants are trained and regularly reviewed. We have clear standards for our ceremonies to ensure we deliver a consistent and high quality service. We’re the only provider to offer the HSS Ceremony Promise.

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What is Humanism?

Humanists are people who share common values, such as science and rational enquiry, and who seek to live ethical lives based on reason and compassion.

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