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Rachael Meyer is a full-time humanist wedding celebrant, writing and delivering memorable, non-religious wedding ceremonies and vow renewal ceremonies in Harrogate, Leeds, York and the Yorkshire Dales. Smiley, calm, friendly and flexible, she's a professional, emotional and humorous writer with great ideas and attention to detail and a love of music, dogs and cats. PA system is available for outdoor weddings and other unusual venues.

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Rachael Meyer's ceremonies are fuelled by love and celebration, not religion, legal jargon or contractual words. Whether you are young, old, straight, gay, lesbian, gay, bi, trans, queer or anything in between and whether this is your first, second or third wedding, couples with any backstory, cultural heritage, ethnicity and spiritual belief will enjoy a creative, meaningful but relaxed and fun-filled wedding ceremony.

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Reviews for Rachael Meyer Humanist Ceremonies

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Sarah F. Sent on 01/01/2022
5 out of 5 rating

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!
Anna W. Sent on 30/08/2021
5 out of 5 rating

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
Laura M. Sent on 28/12/2021
5 out of 5 rating

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!
Hazel D. Sent on 24/12/2021
5 out of 5 rating

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!
Steve W. Sent on 09/09/2020
5 out of 5 rating

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.
Highly recommended!!
Alba & Steve xx
Helena Sent on 20/10/2019
5 out of 5 rating

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!! :)
Vicki Sent on 07/04/2019
5 out of 5 rating

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!
Kevin Sent on 06/04/2019
5 out of 5 rating

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!
Anonymous Sent on 03/09/2019

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!
Anonymous Sent on 03/09/2019

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.
Anonymous Sent on 29/08/2019

Ruth and Dave's Review

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
Anonymous Sent on 07/08/2019

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
Anonymous Sent on 07/08/2019

Ceremony Review - Photographer

"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
Anonymous Sent on 07/08/2019

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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