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Are humanist weddings legal?

We often get asked if humanist weddings are legal.

The good news is that all Humanist Society Scotland marriage ceremonies are legally recognised!

Are humanist weddings legal?
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Guideparents and guardians

Like all Humanist Society Scotland ceremonies, our naming and welcoming ceremonies are inclusive and you can incorporate whoever you like, however you like. That includes the non-religious equivalent of a ‘godparent’ – often known as guideparents and guardians. They can…

Guideparents and guardians
A couple laughing with their celebrant during a wedding ceremony

The difference between a humanist and a celebrant

What’s the difference between a humanist and a celebrant? People often think humanists and celebrants are the same thing. A humanist is a person with humanist beliefs, and a humanist celebrant is a person that conducts humanist weddings, funerals, and…

The difference between a humanist and a celebrant
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Wedding poems and readings

Here’s a small selection of some of the most popular poems and readings right now, being recited by some Humanist Society Scotland celebrants. Enjoy!

Wedding poems and readings
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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
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?
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Planning your own funeral

When the time comes, it can be a great comfort to your loved ones to be able to conform to your wishes. It can therefore help ease an already difficult time by planning your own funeral in advance. By leaving…

Planning your own funeral
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Naming ceremonies

Humanist welcoming or naming ceremonies are a beautiful and personal way to mark a special milestone in your life and share your joy with those you love. These are commonly seen as a unique, personal and non-religious alternative to a…

Naming ceremonies
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A humanist funeral

As humanists, we believe that we have one life and that we have a responsibility to ourselves, our fellow living beings and the earth to live that life as best we can. That means trying to be respectful, tolerant and…

A humanist funeral
Celebrant Ross Wright conducting a marriage ceremony for two grooms

Choosing a wedding celebrant

Congratulations, you’re engaged to be married! One of the most important decisions you will make is the type of ceremony you both want – a non-religious humanist ceremony, a non-religious civil ceremony, or a ceremony that reflects your religious beliefs. …

Choosing a wedding celebrant