Tim Boud, the Celebrant

I am a weddings and namings celebrant based in Colchester, Essex. I decided to become a Humanist celebrant because I loved the idea of helping people make special days in their lives even more special. For many years I have believed that people should be free to make weddings, naming ceremonies and funerals meaningful without religion or a need to include a supernatural being. Having had a naming ceremony for my own children and been to a number of Humanist weddings and funerals I began to realise that becoming a celebrant was something I had the skills and aptitude for.

Your day is about YOU and your needs. We will personalise it so that you have a bespoke ceremony that reflects you and your partner/children/family. We can include readings, music, symbolic actions or whatever you want. It can be indoors in a grand venue, an outdoor summer wedding in a field or an intimate naming in your own home. Your ceremony should reflect your characters and personalites and I will work closely with you to make this happen. At the end of your day you will have a signed certificate, should you want it, and a beautifully presented copy of your script as a memento.

I am, like every celebrant in this organisation, trained and accredited by the British Humanist Association. We have challenging but thorough training and rigorous quality control so you have a guarantee of excellence. I would be delighted to work with you before and on your special day.

Interested?

Email me on [email protected] or text/ring me on 07583 783275.

I am based in North Essex (Colchester) but I’m happy to work in the whole of Essex as well as Suffolk and further afield by negotiation. I conduct wedding and naming ceremonies.
Call me: 01206 765555
My mobile number is: 07583 783275
My address: 21 Landseer Rd, Colchester CO3 4QR, UK

Roy Weedon, the Celebrant

I conduct humanist and non religious wedding, naming and funeral ceremonies in Suffolk, Essex, Norfolk and Cambridgeshire.
Call me: 01787 281572
My mobile number is: 07977254114
My address: Michealmas House, 3 The Hill, Stanstead, Sudbury CO10 9AP, UK

Leigh Chambers, the Celebrant

I have been working as a humanist celebrant, performing weddings and baby namings since 2003. I first came into contact properly with humanism (having vaguely been aware of it but not sure what it was all about) in 2000 when my (now) husband and I decided to marry. Though neither of us is religious we wanted something more than a civil service, something that was meaningful and personal to us, celebratory and positive. I contacted the BHA who put me in touch with a lovely celebrant. Six months later, she conducted a ceremony that could not have been more perfect. Many of those who were there that day said it was the best wedding they had ever been to, including their own! It certainly allowed us to say everything we felt about one another and all those who had come to join us.

Two years later and we were on the lookout for a ceremony again, this time to mark the birth and naming of our daughter. With such positive memories of our wedding it was an easy decision to contact the BHA again. The naming ceremony was another success, allowing us to welcome her to the world in a loving and personal way. Now she has grown up and loves to read the script of her ceremony, and the promises and commitments we made to her that day. I decided then that I wanted humanism to be a bigger part of my life. And three years later, as a BHA accredited celebrant, I wrote the naming ceremony for our second daughter.

I think most non-religious people are humanists if they but knew it and it’s great to talk to people about humanism and its philosophy. I’m often told at the start of a ceremony that there may be some in the ‘audience’ who are quite hostile to the idea of a humanist ceremony — believing that the only proper ceremony is a religious one. Invariably, they are the people who come to me afterwards to say how much they enjoyed it. Some assume that because a ceremony is non-religious it is about being negative, being ‘not something’. This could not be further from the truth. Humanist ceremonies are life-affirming and spiritual, yes spiritual, occasions. Each one is unique and individual to those taking part and reflects their lives, beliefs and relationships.

I enjoy all aspects of being a celebrant — meeting people, writing the ceremony, and conducting the ceremony itself. It is an immense honour and privilege to play such an important role on someone’s special day and to be allowed into their lives at these life-changing moments. I work hard to make sure that each ceremony is right for the couple or family concerned and nothing makes me happier than knowing that I have done a good job for them.

When I’m not being a celebrant I’m still working with words, running a business as a freelance editor/writer and trying to complete my first novel, all inbetween doing the school run!

If you are thinking about having a humanist wedding or naming ceremony, or just want to talk about humanism, then do give me a call.

Call me: 01223 242072
My mobile number is: 07808 922268
My address: 83 Stourbridge Grove, Cambridge CB1 3HZ, UK

Linda Morgan, the Celebrant

I have been helping people who live their lives without a religious faith to celebrate the important milestones in their lives — baby namings, weddings, vow renewals, and funerals — for 9 years now. I am passionate about reflecting the life and character of people in humanist ceremonies, which are all about life in all it’s varieties.

Each ceremony is unique; I try to find out as much about the person as is possible by talking to family and friends. Although there is a structure for each type of ceremony, they are both flexible and adaptable and I work with couples and families to arrive a ceremony that is exactly as they want it to be. When the ceremony is complete, I prepare a presentation copy for the family to keep.

A bit about me; I’ve lived in the Colchester area for over 40 years. I am a wife, mother and grandmother, I have a B.Sc. (Hons) degree in Psychology and a working background in the Democratic Services area of local government. Researching, writing and presenting unique ceremonies that reflect human individuality is one of the most satisfying and rewarding things I have ever been involved in.

I conduct Humanist Ceremonies in North Essex and South Suffolk, but will travel further afield as necessary
Call me: 01206 252117
My mobile number is: 07776236738
My address: 1 Thorrington Rd, Great Bentley, Colchester CO7 8QE, UK

Graham Downes, the Celebrant

Graham Downes

My address: 110 Capel Rd, London E7 0JS, UK

Daniel Glastonbury, the Celebrant

My name is Daniel Glastonbury and I am a Humanist Celebrant accredited by the British Humanist Association to perform marriages across the UK and abroad. Providing a secular ceremony, written to include your story as a couple and allow your own personalities to shine through, your Humanist ceremony will allow you to create the wedding of your dreams with the only limitation being your imagination.

I was introduced to Humanism at age 19, I spent a year being treated for cancer (Non-Hodgkins Aggressive B-Type Lymphoma) and did a lot of reading as I had so much spare time! I eventually got the all clear and I am a much better person for it, flash forward 10 years and I have travelled to all seven continents, obtained a degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics and generally tried to put a lot of good into the world. My Humanist beliefs mean that I believe that every person has a right to be happy, and I love the work that I do as I am able to assist in creating such beautiful and happy moments in peoples lives.

Though all Humanist Celebrants are Humanists, there is no requirement for you as a couple to share these beliefs, many choose to go for a Humanist ceremony due to sharing different faiths or because they want to create their ideal wedding in their dream location.

Your ceremony planning will start with a face to face meeting or Skype chat, where we can discuss your ideas as well as your personal story, because a Humanist ceremony is personal to you. If you decide that this is the right path for you we will start the ball rolling on creating your bespoke wedding ceremony. You’ll get a chance to see the wedding script, helping to choose the readings, music and stories told during your very special day.

If you would like to include any type of ritual, something that many couples choose to do, then we are able to include anything from ring warmings to broom jumping, hand fasting to candle lighting, and even more modern rituals such as sand pouring or whiskey blending. Tradition and ritual is what separates people from beasts, so feel free to let your imagination run wild.

I am based in Greater Manchester, however, I have performed ceremonies across the UK and I am more than happy to travel. I take many bookings, some up to two years in advance, so do get in contact so that I can pencil in your special day.

Call me: 07779 047817
My mobile number is: 07779047817
My address: 15 Lincoln Grove, Manchester M13 0DX, UK

Bill Stephenson, the Celebrant

Are you looking for someone to perform a wedding, partnership or funeral ceremony, uniquely designed for your needs?

I work with clients to design, create and deliver non-religious ceremonies to mark those key moments in their own life or the life of a loved one, capturing their unique character and qualities.

Being trained and accredited by the British Humanist Association is a way of demonstrating that I have shown the skills and qualities they require to be one of their celebrants, and so you can be sure of a high-quality ceremony.

Another advantage of using a BHA-accredited celebrant is that I am part of a network of colleagues who support each other. So if for some reason I am not available on the day you want I can call on my local colleagues to meet your needs.

If you click on the tabs at the top of this page you can learn more about my humanist wedding and funeral ceremonies, watch videos of wedding ceremonies I have performed, and read some of the testimonials I have received from my clients.

Please call me on 07799 810829 to discuss your needs.

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For funerals I cover an area of Essex and Suffolk stretching from Saffron Walden in the west to Ipswich in the east, and from Bury St. Edmunds in the north to Maldon in the south. For weddings I am happy to cover a much wider area of East Anglia and the South-east of England.
Call me: 07799 810829
My mobile number is: phone 07799 810829
My address: St Chads, Chapel Ln, West Bergholt, Colchester CO6 3EF, UK

Ann Hislop, the Celebrant

I offer humanist wedding and naming ceremonies in Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Suffolk, Hertfordshire and Essex. I am happy to discuss leading ceremonies outside the UK.
Call me: 01223 510995
My mobile number is: 07773119050
My address: 2 Coniston Rd, Cambridge CB1 7BZ, UK