“Thank you for the wonderful job you did with our ceremony. Your calm and relaxed approach helped to keep us calm on the day too and meant that we felt confident everything would go smoothly. We had a truly fantastic day and enjoyed every minute of it. Many people commented on how much they liked the ceremony because the words were our own; that it felt genuine and sincere.” — D & S
I’m based in York and work throughout Yorkshire, Humberside, Teesside and further afield including travel abroad if required.
The beauty of Humanist Ceremonies is that they can be held anywhere; at any venue, in your own home or at a special, beautiful place outdoors. There are no set words or rules, which means I can help you create a ceremony which is very personal and meaningful for you and your family and friends.
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I live in Doncaster and in the course of my working life I have had a variety of jobs within the financial network, most of the latter part spent in business development, managing and training staff. This has helped me develop the confidence to stand up in front of a group of people and lead them through the most important occasions in their life, but so far, nothing beats the reward and satisfaction I get from my work as a Humanist celebrant!
I discovered the British Humanist Association in 2010 and was delighted to find an organisation which could represent those who had no religion. I learnt about humanist ceremonies at my fathers funeral which seemed a way of practicing humanism that could make a contribution to society. This led me to explore the possibility of joining the network and as a result I am now a humanist celebrant, accredited by the British Humanist Association in Weddings, Partnerships and Naming ceremonies. To compliment my work as a celebrant, I joined the staff at the British Humanist Association in 2012, as Ceremonies Training Coordinator.
What I love most about my role is the magic of creating a ceremony out of the experiences and stories told to me by you, whether you are an engaged couple or new parents. My first meeting with you is crucial for listening to your thoughts, ideas and feelings; only then do I begin to write a draft ceremony. My job is to turn all the information you tell me into a unique and personal ceremony for you. My approach is to work alongside you and support you to have a truly memorable occasion.
I can advise on poems, music and readings and suggest ideas for making a ceremony unique and help you and your guests to take part should you choose to do so.
Whilst the primary geographical area of my coverage would be South Yorkshire, North Nottingham and North Lincolnshire I would be happy to consider conducting ceremonies anywhere in the UK and be willing to travel abroad if it is practical.
Janice Castings — available 7 days a week
Phone: 00 44 (0)1302 782 902
Mobile: 00 44 (0)7876 732 835
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