Hello and welcome. Whether you are here to begin the joyous process of arranging your humanist wedding or indeed to arrange a humanist funeral for a much-loved relative, companion or friend, rest assured, I will do everything I can to help.
You don’t need me to tell you that the process of arranging a wedding or a funeral can be fraught – I suspect you’re aware of that – but this site is dedicated to removing as much of the stress from your shoulders as is humanly possible.
Arranging a funeral is stressful and time-consuming and there are often tensions surrounding what sort of service to provide. A family executor or close friend has the difficult job of bridging the gap between the desires of the living while at the same time respecting the wishes of the person who has died. If you have never done this sort of thing before I will help you by taking you through the stages of the ceremony, step by step.
And for those who are looking to plan their wedding, exactly the same applies: I’m here to listen, help and to facilitate.
I am determined to make the arranging of the funeral or the wedding as painless as possible and I want you to feel confident that you have chosen a person who will deliver for you and who cares deeply about detail. If you look at my Testimonial page you will see what other families have said about me, and this might help you feel you can trust me. (The comments are genuine and unedited.)
If you decide you do want me to be your Minister (and you have a date in mind for the ceremony), then please telephone me in the first instance to see if I am available? If I am unavailable I will gladly recommend a colleague of mine to you and put you in touch.
Please call me on either 07932 888737 or on 0207 274 1799. I can also be reached by email at [email protected]
If you have time, please visit my dedicated website at markhayfordhumanist.com
Thank you for your time – I hope to hear from you in due course.
I conduct ceremonies which celebrate and mark significant events and occasions.
You may wish to remember a life, have a highly personal wedding ceremony, or welcome a child to the family. Humanist ceremonies enable you to do this.
Humanist weddings are marriage or partnership ceremonies conducted in the way you would like, in any venue or outdoor location of your choice.
Humanist funerals are non-religious ceremonies that celebrate a person’s life in a way that is deeply meaningful and relevant.
Humanist baby namings are a beautiful way of celebrating a new addition to the family, at any age.
Testimonials, Facebook reviews and photos of some of the ceremonies I have led.
A long-standing member of the British Humanist Association I’m accredited and insured, an experienced script writer and will deliver your ceremony in an engaging and moving way.
I am currently Head Trainer in wedding celebrant training for the BHA.
I welcome informal enquiries so do please get in touch.
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.