I'm a humanist wedding celebrant, based in Harrogate and covering the whole of the Yorkshire Dales and North Yorkshire as well as Leeds and York areas. I'm SUPER PROUD to have been selected as a national finalist in the "Best Celebrant" category in the Hitched UK Wedding Awards 2020! I write and deliver highly personalised, non-religious wedding ceremonies that are a fantastic alternative to civil ceremonies for any couple wanting a bespoke, personal, relaxed, completely unique and memorable weddng. I'm a trained, experienced wedding celebrant, accredited by Humanists UK and I'm proud to be recommended by couples, fellow suppliers and several venues in the Yorkshire area.
With a background in writing, events, photography and video production, I'm a natural storyteller, a lover of people and a stickler for originality and detail. My style is smiley and chilled but highly professional and supportive.
If you are looking for an extraordinary wedding ceremony that perfectly balances creativity, fun and personality with sincerity and importance, you're in the right hands! If you want a wedding ceremony done your way, with none of the rules and regulations of a civil or religious ceremony but with all of the pomp and circumstance of a traditional wedding, I'm your gal! Let's rip up the rule book and add some colour!
Every couple is unique, so every wedding ceremony should be! Whether you're getting married for the first time or the second or third time; whether your families and guests are from different cultural or religious backgrounds, and whether your partner is the opposite sex or the same sex, you've come to the right place!
Humanist weddings are truly wonderful and they can be a lot of fun too! They're not legal ceremonies (you simply register your marriage at a register office), which means that they offer total freedom of choice of venue and script. You can have a wedding in your garden, in a tipi, in the woods, at a posh hotel, in a country pub or on a beach! All my ceremonies are completely inclusive, heartfelt, emotional and fun and include a presentation script for you to keep. They are designed for everyone to enjoy - and are a wonderful, warm and significant way to mark, celebrate and remember one of the most important days in your lives.
Your wedding can feature your own take on love and marriage, your own vows, secret letters from the heart, ring exchanges and certificate signing and/or a number of other symbolic acts such as hand fasting, ring warming, tree planting or a seven blessing flower ceremony. When we meet, we can discuss all the options and create something really bespoke that is totally "you". I will help you write your own vows (or will write them for you based on your individual story) and I can also suggest readings, song lyrics and poems that perfectly reflect your story, your love and your aims. Whatever you choose, it’s a ceremony that you and your guests will remember for the rest of your lives.
I love writing and delivering wedding ceremonies - nothing phases me, and in fact I have been known to rise to the challenge of delivering a completely bespoke ceremony with 24 hours notice! (long story).
I am a huge music fan, and have put together a Spotify playlist of over a hundred songs and tunes that you can use for inspiration. I also have a mains and battery powered, fantastic, portable, professional PA system with mics that is available for a very small charge, (eg for outdoor weddings with over 70 guests/in a field/in the woods or in a festival type setting.
Reviews for Rachael Meyer Humanist Ceremonies
Recommended by 100% of couples
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Steve Woltmann · Married on 05/08/2020
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.
Alba & Steve xxSent on 09/09/2020
Helena · Married on 18/10/2019
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!! :)Sent on 20/10/2019
Vicki · Married on 14/09/2017
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!Sent on 07/04/2019