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Rachael Meyer Humanist Ceremonies

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About Rachael

Rachael Meyer is a humanist wedding celebrant, writing and delivering memorable, inclusive, relaxed, non-religious wedding ceremonies in Harrogate, Leeds, York and the Yorkshire Dales.

Smiley, calm and friendly, as an experienced event manager, professional writer, photographer and video producer, Rachael is now a full time celebrant - a professional listener, writer, ceremony officiant and storyteller. She incorprates an incredible attention to detail, emotion and humour in her writing to make each and every ceremony totally reflective of her couples - and she's an unflappable ceremony planner and deliverer with some great ideas.

  • LGBTQ+ super friendly
  • Multi-cultural (non-religious) ceremonies a speciality
  • Inclusivity focused.
  • Pet friendly (You want your dog to be a ring bearer? Bring it on!)

Aside from her professional skills, she's a terrible cook, a reluctant hooverer and a shocking gardener but a lover of words, friends, family, music, fun, wine, festivals, gigs, dogs, cats, Leonardo di Caprio, holidays and wildlife.

Services Offered

Rachael's wedding ceremonies are fuelled by love, inclusivity, significance, fun and celebration - not religion, legal jargon or contractual words. Whatever your back story, whoever you are as a couple, you and your guests are guaranteed to enjoy a fabulous ceremony - a rollercoaster of emotions from pride and joy to giggles, belly laughs and tears of loveliness!

Please note - she is fully booked in 2022. Her fee for 2023 weddings is £750.00. This includes:

  • a lengthy getting-to-know-you meeting,
  • the writing of a bespoke wedding ceremony script,
  • all the advice and guidance you need,
  • access to her library of readings and music,
  • help with writing your vows if you need it,
  • a seamless, chilled and engaging delivery of your wedding ceremony,
  • a presentation copy of your wedding script
  • use of all props and a pro PA system if required.

Rachael will write a completely unique script for each and every couple, incorporating beautiful sentiments about your union, your love story, bespoke vows, readings, music, symbolic acts and anything else you want to include! Whether you want a totally creative ceremony or one that's more traditional, Rachael will work with you to create a wedding that's really YOU!

Check out her reviews and her main website and then please book early for 2023!

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    Anna W. Married on 14/08/2021
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    Fantastically personal and meaningful ceremony

    We had Racheal as a celebrant at our wedding. She is such a delight. We met her for our initial meeting and spent a gorgeous three hours telling her our story and getting to know her. She sent over our script about a month before our big day and it was so beautiful. You could tell she had really understood us and crafted our script to really reflect our relationship. She also helped us write our secret vows to each other and was so supportive in offering advice for us to do that. But obviously the main event was our ceremony! Oh my days, it was unbelievably special (even making me tear up thinking about it again.) So many of our guests admitted that they were in tears at some point because it was so beautiful and meaningful. We wanted a ceremony that reflected us as individuals, recognised the differences in our families and guests and that held true to our values and we really believe Rachael delivered this! She is truest incredible at what she does. We would 100% recommend her service to everyone. Thank you so much

    Rachael Meyer Humanist Ceremonies's reply:

    Thank you so much, Anna and Cheeson. You two were just lovely to work with and your story was so inspirational - what a beautiful blend of cultures, poetry, songs and symbolic acts. The tree planting was fab, your letters to each other so heartfelt, and the quaich ceremony at the end was pure joy! Much love, laughter and happy tears all round. A beautiful setting too. May your amazing adventures continue (I'm damn sure they will!!) xx
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    Sarah F. Married on 27/11/2020
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    A truly personal and touching ceremony

    Rachael is a breath of fresh air. She made the whole process of planning our wedding ceremony so fun and enjoyable throughout.

    Our ceremony itself felt so personal and she has a wonderful skill of making the whole room of guests smile and feel included. Her dedication to finding out all the little details and nuances of our relationship was remarkable, and that really shone through on our special day.

    I would recommend Rachael to anyone seeking a more personal and memorable ceremony and day!

    Rachael Meyer Humanist Ceremonies's reply:

    Thank you so much, Sarah - what lovely words. I so enjoyed getting to know you and Phil and it was an absolute pleasure to be your celebrant and see you smiling and smiling on your wedding day at Tithe Barn. Your story was fab and I was so so pleased that you chose me. Please do stay in touch - I really do feel like we're old friends now!! xx
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    Laura M. Married on 11/12/2021
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    Fantastic from start to finish

    Rachael made our ceremony everything we wanted & more. It was personal, touching, humorous & just... us! Everyone enjoyed it - there were plenty of tears & laughs. Communication, organisation & delivery was great. The ceremony was absolutely perfect in our eyes & so much fun we completely relaxed into it. Thanks Rache!

    Rachael Meyer Humanist Ceremonies's reply:

    Ah, thank you so much, Laura and Karl. What a fun, beautiful and meaningful ceremony it was, for so many different reasons. I loved getting to know you and work with you. Your story was fantastic to tell and your vows to each other were absolutely brilliant. Such smiles. The sand blending from two beaches at opposite sides of the world was such a good way to represent the blending of your two cultures and backgrounds, and you did it with such art and precision - what an awesome reminder of your castle wedding day - I LOVE that photo! x
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    Hazel D. Married on 29/08/2021
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    The perfect wedding ceremony!

    Rachael gave us the most amazing, personal, funny and moving wedding ceremony we could have ever wished for.
    From chatting with Rachael on the phone and from our first meeting she explained all about a Humanist service and it fitted with exactly what we wanted, a service tailored to us and so personal. We wrote our own secret words used in our vows, included our children in the service and the script Rachael
    wrote for us was perfect- explaining our “love story” with a fab mix of emotions and lots of humour. So many of our guests have told us how much they loved the ceremony and that they have never been to such a personal ceremony before.
    If you thinking of a humanist ceremony you need not look any further for your celebrant, Rachael is fantastic. Simon, her husband, also did our photography and we are delighted with the pictures and his organisation on the day- a true team effort!
    Thank you Rachael!

    Rachael Meyer Humanist Ceremonies's reply:

    Thanks very much Hazel and Jonny. What a lovely review. I loved working with you both over all the postponements and rescheduling. Your wedding ceremony was both beautiful and fun, and your secret vows to each other were just gorgeous! Tying the knot at the end was the perfect way to celebrate your new family - I still can't believe how amazing you looked in your wedding dress literally a few weeks after having a baby - and what a story went with it!! Lots of love to you all xx
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    Steve W. Married on 05/08/2020
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    The most perfect celebrant and celebration you could wish for.

    We cannot thank Rachael enough for making our ceremony (even under some heavy restrictions) as perfect as it was. Rachael guided us through the initial meetings seamlessly, which led to a ceremony that was incredibly personal, funny, touching, beautiful, and a perfect representation of our our relationship.
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    Alba & Steve xx
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    Helena Married on 18/10/2019
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    Book them !!!

    If you’re looking for a wedding coordinator or/and a photographer look no more! Rachael and Simon are some of the most genuine people we have ever met , hard-working and honest. We took the risk and paid for everything in advance (the prices were great) before the ceremony and we are glad we did, they did an outstanding job, Rachael showed true interest and excitement in our wedding from day one and was just super friendly and easy to talk to. She did a great job with our interview and script and the wedding ceremony itself was unique and so special thanks to this. Simon was just so much fun to be around and made everyone laugh which made us more relaxed for the photos. The photos he took were so beautiful that they almost reduced us to tears, the composition, the colours, the places he chose everything was just perfection and the photos look magical. Their daughter Georgia was very kind and offered to look after our puppies during the ceremony and play the music which was a bonus because it allowed our small audience to relax instead of chasing the dogs lol We can’t recommend them enough just book them!! :)
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    Vicki Married on 14/09/2017
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    Wonderful ceremony, expertly delivered!

    We choose Rachael to host our humanist wedding couldn’t have make a better decision. After the legal ceremony our 40 strong wedding party retired to a pub in for the reception. We decided to hold the humanist ceremony after the evening guests had arrived. Racheal did such a good job of telling our story! She’s a lovely person that makes you feel completely as ease and the speech that she created was warm, funny and very romantic. The experience was really enjoyable. Meeting Rachael and being interviewed was like meeting an old friend and she made it really fun. We had plenty of time to review the words without pressure but Rachael made sure we were on track with timings. When planning we met Rachael at the venue and as she has a background in events she was able to liaise with the venue on the finer details to make sure that everything ran smoothly. Rachael and her husband also did our photography, this made the whole process really convenient, it limited the amount of different suppliers we had to deal with, and they had a really good understanding of how we wanted the day to work. The ceremony itself was a real treat. We had kept it a secret from our guests so to see a sea of faces smiling as Rachael spoke was lovely. We have had so many fantastic responses about the evening, the evening guests really felt they had played a part in our day as many were mentioned in the ceremony. I also appreciated receiving the folder with all of the ceremony detail in afterwards. It is a really lovely touch. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Rachael, she did such a sterling job and made the planning much more enjoyable too!
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    There are many good celebrants, but Rachael is probably the best.

    As guests at a wedding a couple of years ago we first saw the delight that a humanist ceremony gives to everyone present, it’s a lovely thing.

    So, in recently planning our own wedding, a humanist ceremony was something we wanted. Looking around you’ll find a sea of sameness, in a good way!

    Then we found Rachael, meeting up was easy and the process a breeze. What mattered most to us was the balance of love and fun Racheal created for us. Reading the draft ceremony, which was a pitch perfect mix of emotion and laugh out loud, instantly put us at ease and also meant hardly any extra effort for us.

    Rachael’s advantage here is her writing background, she is a gifted story writer and teller, this is the most important part of a humanist ceremony. Of course, on our big day, Rachael also deliverd it all with aplomb.

    5 stars doesn’t cover it, don’t hesitate in speaking with Rachael.


    P.S. as if that wasn’t wonderful enough, Rachael (well, husband Simon mostly) can multi-task, their other business is professional photography. Our photos are glorious, worth every penny!
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    Ceremony Review - Helen and Will

    Where to begin?! Rachael was an integral part of making our wedding day as special as it was - from our first conversation through to saying our goodbyes at the end of our ceremony, she was warm, welcoming and truly treated us as friends rather than clients. We had a wonderful meeting with her ahead of our wedding, where we had a lot of laughs together and she created a beautiful, bespoke wedding ceremony that perfectly captured us and our story. We received endless compliments throughout the rest of our wedding day about how the ceremony was so special, engaging and unique, with many saying it was the best they’d ever been to!

    There was the perfect balance of fun and laughs along with the ‘serious stuff,’ but Rachael’s ceremony set the tone for a perfect day. We are so pleased we pulled the plug on our original wedding arrangements and chose Rachael instead - she has a beautiful, poetic way with words and is so kind and considerate, she’s looked after us so well from start to finish. Just amazing!
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    Ceremony Review - Matt and Lisa

    My wife and I started planning our wedding ceremony in early 2019. A small gathering in Yorkshire. We didn't want a religious ceremony, so we decided to look for a Humanist celebrant. My wife found many people who provided this service, but one caught our eye, so we decided to arrange a FaceTime meeting. Rachael was absolutely wonderful from start to finish.

    From the moment we first made contact to the actual ceremony itself, we never doubted her professionalism or her ability to deliver exactly what we were looking for. Indeed, our expectations were exceeded many times over, and we would have no doubt in recommending her to any of our friends, or whoever may require her services. The script she wrote was exactly the right tone, and it managed to say everthing we wanted saying in front of our families. The intimate wedding we had felt really special and it will live long in everybody's memories who attended.
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    Hi Rache, Thank you so so much - we had so many people commented on how lovely the ceremony was. Quite a few said it was the best one they’d ever been to ??. You did such a great job. We both had the most wonderful day ever, and didn’t want it to end. It was magical. Thank you so much xxx
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    Ceremony Review - Laura

    Currently sat drinking Prosecco in the sunshine with my new husband(!) and laughing about the roller coaster of a wedding day we had. The fact we can laugh about it is in no small part thanks to you, Rachel! From meeting us at teatime the day before, to somehow putting together our sweet, funny vows in less than 24 hours. So many people commented on how lovely the ceremony was and said that it was so personal, it was as if you had known us a long time. Couldn’t quite get my thoughts in gear on the day to say that it felt like a stroke of fate that you picked up the phone on Friday. Thanks for creating a perfect ceremony for us x
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    "Rachael was the celebrant at a recent wedding I photographed in the North Yorkshire moors. She spoke so well, touches of humour, really emphasised the love between the couple. I would go as far to say it’s been my favourite ceremony to date. Rachael has left the wedding not after the ceremony but a bit later on as she soaked up the festival vibes. Once she had gone I heard lots of positive comments and remarks from guest about Rachael which showcases she left a real lasting impression on everyone. Love to work with you again Rachael and I’m sure our paths will cross x"

    Ray Sawyer, Photographer - Sawyer and Sawyer Photography, Durham.
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    Ceremony review - Kayleigh and Lisa

    "Where to begin, this amazing lady managed to turn our visions into reality, neither of us were great at articulating what we wanted, we were disorganised and teeny bit stressed! We met with Rachael and everything changed, she put us at ease instantly, and managed to get in to our heads to find out what we wanted seemingly effortlessly. She offered lots of advice and ideas and we left the pre-meet buzzing with excitement. Within a few days, she had written the most beautiful script and picked up on so many things that we forgot we'd discussed, she really listens and takes everything in.
    What she'd written captured us and our personalities perfectly, all of our guests commented on how personal and beautiful everything was.
    It was delivered in such a natural way, everyone was really engaged in this unique ceremony, it'll be remembered for years to come and not just by us.
    By choosing Rachael as your celebrant, you can throw out the rule book and make a truly personal ceremony." - KAYLEIGH AND LISA
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    Ceremony testimonial - Alex and Laura

    "So many people commented on how lovely the ceremony was and said that it was so personal, it was as if you had known us a long time. Thanks for creating a perfect ceremony for us" - LAURA and ALEX

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