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So often, the wedding ceremony is the last thing a couple plan. Perhaps it's the bit which seems hardest...or least fun?! But the truth is, with the help of a fabulous celebrant (...that's me!), your ceremony can be as joyful, heart-warming and totally individual as all the other details you’ve painstakingly planned for your big day!
A Humanist ceremony is a non-religious celebration but it should feel totally welcoming and inclusive regardless of the faith or beliefs your guests may have. And you don’t necessarily have to ‘identify’ as Humanist, in order to have a Humanist wedding yourself.
Your ceremony is written to reflect you and your relationship – no templates, no gold, silver, or bronze package options; just your own little love story. And it can take place anywhere – a field, a forest, a castle, a pub - there are no restrictions.
Every one of my weddings is a collaboration so we’ll work together to unpick exactly what you want your ceremony to reflect and how best to do it. And I’ll be eager to get to know you both, so I can make your wedding totally personal and unique!
I’m based in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, but I can’t resist a lovely couple so I’m happy to travel to most places!
We decided to have a humanist ceremony as my husband is not religious and I wanted a more meaningful ceremony than a civil service. I looked at the Humanism.org website to find a celebrant, and Laura's profile stood out to me as she seemed to offer exactly what we wanted. After making initial contact, we both spoke with Laura over the telephone where she explained the process of preparing for the ceremony. After this opportunity of getting to know each other, we met a few months before the ceremony to discuss our relationship and what we loved about one another. We were both fairly apprehensive about this as neither of us are that comfortable talking about our feelings, but Laura put us at ease immediately with her friendly manner and made the process enjoyable. After that meeting, Laura produced the first draft of our ceremony script, and she had completely captured us a couple and it reflected our story in a light-hearted yet meaningful way. We finalised the script with very few amendments and were then ready for the big day.
On our wedding day, Laura put everyone at ease with her relaxed and confident manner and delivered the ceremony with an appropriate mix of seriousness and humour. My parents had been rather doubtful of us having a humanist wedding, having never been to one before, but following the ceremony my mother said it was the loveliest wedding ceremony she'd attended as it was so personal and reflective of our relationship. We were delighted with our ceremony and it is the part of our wedding day that we will remember the most. We feel that Laura was a great choice and no one could have done it better.
We asked Laura a while back to conduct our ceremony. After an initial video call to make sure there was some chemistry between us the planning began.
For us the ceremony was the most important part of our wedding, on par with the venue. We knew what we didn't want from our ceremony, under no circumstances did we want to feel, stiff, forced, uncomfortable or too formal.
What we did want was relaxed, fun, loving with a good sprinkle of fun. And this is what we got. Laura gave advise, hints and tips and wrote a ceremony that reflected us and made us feel comfortable.
Our guests enjoyed the ceremony and one of our guests said she had never been to a wedding like ours and enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere so much more than other weddings she went to. We received plenty of comments on how nice it was and especially the hand fastening was unusual and guests loved it.
The day before we had a trial run and Laura was there with invaluable advice and practical knowledge, from seating arrangements, where to stand, when to hand over flowers and so on, which really calmed our nerves.
Laura was fantastic in conducting the ceremony, making everyone feel at ease and ensuring everything ran smoothly even when little things went wrong. We would wholly recommend her for couples looking to put together a bespoke ceremony where you can truly celebrate what makes you work as a couple rather than having to abide by convention or religious precedent.
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