Bride and groom Nikki and Doug after they have "tied the knot" during the handfasting ritual. They hold the material up in a saltire cross shape, it is knotted in the middle.

Real Wedding: Summer love at Newhall Estate

Nikki and Doug had a relaxed weekend wedding at Newhall estate in Carlops, near Edinburgh, complete with custom made beer, good food and music.

Real Wedding: Summer love at Newhall Estate
Amanda and Josh stand gazing into each other’s eyes with Fortar Castle in the backdrop behind them. They are wearing traditional medieval wear. Josh wears a long black medieval style blouse with gold embellishment round bottom and collar. He wears baggy grey trousers and long black boots. Josh has a beard and long, brown slightly curly hair which he wears down and has a small pleat at one side. Amanda has long red hair which she wears down in loose curls. She wears a long white medieval style gown with gold embroidery and flowing bell sleeves.

Real Wedding: Medieval Magic…

A medieval themed wedding was the perfect choice for renaissance fair fans Amanda and Josh who married at the enchanting Fortar Castle, Angus.

Real Wedding: Medieval Magic…
A close up of Mia and Paul with a scenic backdrop of the Skye hills behind them. They both smile widely. Mia wears a flower crown and fur coat. Paul wears a navy suit.

Fairytale in Skye

Mia and Paul had a magical elopement wedding on the Isle of Skye. They exchanged personalised vows and enjoyed scenic views of Fairy Glen.

Fairytale in Skye
Two grooms kissing at their wedding with celebrant celebrating.

Real wedding: Laughter at Lochnell  

A wedding that was personal and authentic to them as individuals was very important to Simon and Martyn. Their chosen venue, Lochnell Castle, was very near to where Martyn grew up. The couple chose their humanist celebrant Gail because of…

Real wedding: Laughter at Lochnell  
Bride & groom outdoors embracing while looking at the camera

Real wedding: First love

First love, everlasting love If you can survive as a couple through those late teenage years – those years of self-growth and discovery – and you come through the other end still wanting to be together, then the likelihood is…

Real wedding: First love
Bride & groom seated surrounded by their five dogs

Real wedding: Paws for love

Paws for love When it came to planning their wedding, Zoe and Andrew’s top priority was ensuring that their five (yes five!) precious dogs were involved – Charlie the labradoodle, Chester the cockapoo, Korra the labrador, Brodie the German shorthaired pointer, and…

Real wedding: Paws for love
Bride Kathryn & groom Colin surrounded by their guests in Oran Mor's auditorium

Real wedding: T in the Park…

T in the Park led to Party at the Oran Mor As huge fans of live music, Colin and Kathryn certainly did their research when it came to choosing a band for their special day. Sadly there were no wedding…

Real wedding: T in the Park…
Charlotte & Jack exiting the church, as their guests throw confetti

Real wedding: Camaraderie…

Camaraderie was the order of the day By sheer coincidence, serving soldiers, Jack and Charlotte, chose a former serviceman to marry them. In a previous life, humanist celebrant Robbie Sharpe served in the Royal Air Force and, although they ultimately…

Real wedding: Camaraderie…
Photo of Andrew & Callum after they're married, taken in the grounds of Enterkine House

Real wedding: Love is love…

Love is love in the heart of Ayrshire As strong supporters of local businesses, it was a no-brainer that Andrew and Callum would choose to get married at a venue local to them. They were both wowed by the recently…

Real wedding: Love is love…
A couple preparing to sign their marriage schedule in the back of a vehicle after a legal Humanist wedding

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?
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