Why choose us?

Our ceremonies are a real celebration of life; of lives lived, new lives and lives together.  Every ceremony is unique and personally crafted by our celebrants to meaningfully and joyfully reflect the life of who the ceremony is for.  HSS Registered Celebrants take the privilege of preparing and conducting your ceremony very seriously and as the largest and longest standing provider of humanist ceremonies in Scotland you can be sure that with us you are in safe hands.  Choosing a celebrant for your ceremony is an important part of your planning.

It may help you to know that we were the organisation to campaign for legal humanist marriage in Scotland.  In 2005, 12 HSS Registered Celebrants were the first humanist celebrants to be authorised to solemnise marriage in Scotland; a huge achievement and we’re delighted that so many couples have benefitted.  Humanist Society Scotland is also a registered charity and all our celebrants contribute part of their fee to us to help with the continued development of humanist ceremonies, our ongoing campaigning and our charitable work both at home and internationally.  It’s also important for you to know that only HSS Registered Celebrants are covered by the HSS Promise.

The HSS Ceremony Promise

Your humanist ceremony will be to mark one of life’s most important events. That is why we take your booking seriously. As the longest standing provider of humanist ceremonies in Scotland we support and co-ordinate 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. To demonstrate our commitment to you and your ceremony we are the only provider to offer the HSS Ceremony Promise; all HSS Registered Celebrants are covered by our Promise as are all their ceremonies.

1. Be Assured, We’re Insured
We are delighted to have a reputation for providing high quality ceremonies and service. Although it is only occasionally (only about 0.5% and we conduct around 7000 ceremonies each year!) that problems arise with our ceremonies you can be assured if you book an HSS Registered Celebrant they are covered by our Public Liability Insurance.

2. We’ve Got it Covered
It is very rare that the celebrant you have 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 HSS Registered 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. If, 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 ceremonies@humanism.scot and we will do all we can to resolve the matter.

5. Best of All, We’re a Charity!
The Humanist Society Scotland is a Registered Scottish Charity and you can read about us here; our accounts are published annually. As a charity we campaign for a fairer Society; 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.