Your story is our story

Welcome to Humanist Ceremonies

Major life events deserve memorable and meaningful ceremonies. And they need to be special, so we shape them for and with the people and families involved. Humanist Ceremonies bring human values to life.

Wedding ceremonies
& vow renewals

Funeral ceremonies
& life ceremonies

Naming & welcome ceremonies

Humanist naming ceremony

Find a celebrant

Becoming a celebrant

Naming celebrant Dawn Rees by ETT Photography

About our celebrants

Our non-religious ceremonies are warm, welcoming, and inclusive. Because we are all human. And we all have stories. Our ceremonies represent something essential and timeless – the shared values and narratives that connect us all.

Our network of trained and accredited non-religious celebrants has been trusted with marking life’s most significant moments with authenticity and care since 1896.

We’re part of Humanists UK, a registered charity bringing non-religious people together to be happier and more fulfilled in the one life we have and work together for a more tolerant, better society.

Humanist Ceremonies give people the opportunity to make thoughtful, positive choices about life’s most significant moments and experience how their personal stories reflect timeless human values.

Your story is our story

Your stories

Explore real stories of how Humanist Ceremonies bring together personal narratives and enduring human values to create meaningful and memorable ceremonies.

Wedding stories

Tips for an affordable wedding ceremony

There are many decisions to be made when planning a wedding, from location to wedding venue to the size of the event. Each of these choices will have an impact…

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We had a humanist wedding after 22 years together

Christine and Nij went on their first date on 4 March 2001 and have been together ever since. Twenty-two years later, to the day, they tied the knot in a…

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Planning an elopement wedding, humanist style

Planning a wedding can be a joyous thing, looking forward to your big day and making it everything you’ve dreamed of. Lists, binders, schedules and budgets are a bride and…

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Funeral stories
White flowers in a garden

Planning a Celebration of Life: Ideas and advice for memorial ceremonies

A Celebration of Life, or memorial ceremony, can be held after or instead of a funeral. It can take place wherever feels right to you, rather than in a religious…

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A guide to scattering ashes

In the UK, most funerals are cremations, rather than burials, with a funeral ceremony held in a crematorium. However, it is possible to hold a scattering of ashes ceremony at…

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What’s a funeral celebrant? 

At a funeral service or ceremony, friends and family gather together to remember, pay tribute to and say goodbye to someone special to them. The person who leads this ceremony…

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Naming Ceremony stories

Our humanist naming day: Kirsty and David welcomed their daughter to the world after their IVF Journey

Kirsty and David chose a humanist naming ceremony, packed with personal touches, to celebrate the birth of their daughter, Jessica. Their road to parenthood wasn’t easy, especially as David’s beloved…

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Our humanist naming ceremony brought friends and family together – Meet Becci, Grant and baby Grayson

A personal naming ceremony to welcome a very special IVF baby into the family.

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Two mums, two girls and one unique, humanist naming ceremony

After having twin girls at the beginning of the Covid pandemic, Tanya and Steff were excited to formally introduce them to the family via their naming ceremony.

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Handfasting in banner: Gareth Joseph
Wedding ceremonies and vow renewals: Luis Holden Photography