Humanist Weddings with 

Celebrant 
Paul Johnson

Non-Religious Service

Feel free to contact Celebrant Paul, to plan your Humanist Wedding 

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Is a humanist wedding right for you?

Many of us who aren’t religious are looking for a wedding that is more flexible and personal than a civil or register office ceremony.

In normal circumstances, a humanist, non-religious wedding ceremony gives you the opportunity to marry where you want, when you want, and how you want. There’s no set script: it’s too personal an occasion for that. Instead, each wedding is unique. You can set the tone that’s right for you and choose your own words and music. Our celebrants are available to help you plan  your perfect wedding.

Humanist weddings are perfect for couples who would like:

A meaningful ceremony that isn’t religious

To marry outdoors or at a location that isn’t licensed for civil weddings

The flexibility to create a personal ceremony that is unique to them

To get to know the person who will be conducting their wedding

To celebrate their marriage with family and friends but without legally registering – for example, when the formalities have already been conducted abroad.

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Legal status of humanist weddings in the UK

In the UK, marriage is a devolved issue: humanist marriages enjoy legal recognition in Scotland, Northern Ireland, but not yet in England and Wales.

In England and Wales, couples who want to have a humanist wedding will often go to the register office to take care of the legal formalities in the days before or after their ceremony.

Humanist weddings have been legally recognised in Northern Ireland since 2018 and in Jersey in the Channel Islands since 2019.

In Scotland, Humanist weddings gained legal recognition in 2005. Ceremonies are conducted by celebrants trained by Humanist Society Scotland.

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Same-sex weddings

We support marriage equality and Celebrant Paul is always available to conduct same-sex weddings, in Essex, Suffolk & East London. if you would like to discuss a humanist same-sex wedding ceremony, just get in touch.