My name is Mary-Jane and I am an accredited Wedding Celebrant with the British Humanist Association. I am currently residing in South Staffordshire but I grew up in the West Country and slowly moved north.
I come from a very large family and maintain old fashioned values in morality, family, community and loyalty.
My spare time is filled with charity event organizing, motorcycling, reading, belly dancing and my family. I am very lucky to have a wonderful friend network from many different backgrounds and I love to socialize and meet new people.
I became a celebrant after having my own Humanist Wedding, I wanted to give everyone the chance to have the gift of a wedding that was more than just a nice dress, or expensive venue. A wedding that would tug at the heart strings, make people laugh and make people cry with joy. Memories of a very special day that nobody can take away from you.
Even though I am based in the midlands I travel up and down the M5 corridor on a regular basis and I am willing to work anywhere down the west side of the country. If you are planning your wedding at a rally I will be more than happy to travel anywhere in the uk on bike, trike or car.
So whether you want to get married in your back garden with close family and friends or if you prefer to tie the knot at a biker rally in front of hundreds, the choice is completely yours.
I will write a ceremony which is unique to yourselves, throwing in some humor and personal touches bringing out the true meaning of your relationship and providing a day that will always remain in your hearts.
Your wedding, your way, please let me help you make a special memory.
I am a Humanist Celebrant, trained and accredited by the British Humanist Association. I perform Humanist and non-religious Funerals and Weddings/Partnerships in and around Birmingham, Sandwell, Dudley, Solihull and further afield.
I decided to train as a Humanist Celebrant after attending a beautiful Humanist Funeral for a friend’s mother. I realised then the huge value and importance of meaningful and personal rite-of-passage ceremonies for those without a religious faith.
Every ceremony I create is different.
I will make sure that your Wedding day reflects the hopes and dreams you have as a couple for your future together, and incorporates the words and rituals that are just right for you.
I will work with you to craft a unique Funeral that captures the distinctive character of your loved one as you celebrate their life and prepare to say farewell.
I am happy to advise you about readings and music, and to discuss all options, so that the final ceremony is truly meaningful and personal. I am helped in this by my background in the theatre, and my experience as a trainer in public speaking and other skills.
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Hi, I’m Chris Edwards. I’m trained and accredited by the British Humanist Association to lead Weddings, Funerals and Namings. At this point, if I were you, I’d be wondering what’s different about this bloke and why should I use him?’ Well, if you read on I’ll try to tell you about me and what I can offer you.
In the late 60’s I grew my hair and went in search of love and peace. Eight years later I trained and worked as an actor. During this period I met Sarah and, as I was resting rather more than working, I retrained as a mental health social worker. After 15 years of marriage we had our daughter Liv and moved to an idyllic hamlet. I found myself, after twenty-five years, working as a health and social care senior manager and trainer and I’d had enough. So I retired, retrain as a celebrant and here I am at your service.
I’ve known I was an atheist since I was 19 and in a hospital waiting to hear about a friend who was fighting for her life after a car accident. I thought I should pray but knew, as I think I always had, that there was nothing out there to pray to. I’m please to say she survived.
I came upon humanism through the funerals of Sarah’s parents. I learnt more from an old actor friend who’s a celebrant in Brighton. It just seemed to fit. It was how I thought. It was me. The best bit was that I didn’t have to agree with, or believe in the same things, as other humanists. I could just honestly and truthfully be me.
I promise to deliver a fantastic ceremony based on your wishes and needs. Don’t worry I have lots of ideas to help you decide and whether its a marriage, funeral, naming, or any other type of ceremony, you will always see a draft ceremony script before the day. I can then update the script based on your comments so the final words, whilst written by me, are the words you want. I see my role as making the ceremony seamless, so if something unexpected happens I’ll deal with it, if someone forgets their words I’ll have them, if someone doesn’t turn up I’ll fill in. For the time of the ceremony I’ll take control and make sure you have the ceremony that you planned. If you think I can help please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Your ceremony can be traditional or avante garde. You could book a palace or be on the balcony of a flat. We could battle the wind at the top of a mountain, shelter in a cave or the back room of a pub. You could wear flip flops and shorts; clown suites; haute couture or top hat and tails. The choice is yours. And we haven’t even started talking about music, readings, vows, friends and family involvement, the layout of the ceremony, rites of passage, day or night or this country or abroad. All I ask is that it’s non-religious. The day should be a brilliant occasion, but remember, the important issue is what is in your heart and your head. Yes, this is a time for fun and spectacle but it is also a time for gravitas. A marriage should be an intimate and loving relationship which gives both partners’ security, friendship, equality, companionship, respect, support, comfort, and a deep love that penetrates every aspect of life. The ceremony is a statement of intent about the future with vows and promises made. And remember the commitments made are not just for the anniversaries but for the 364 days in between. Your ceremony should reflect all of this and I’ll help you to get it right.
A funeral is a time to remember a life lived. Not a perfect life but a real one. A time to say goodbye in your own way. A time to share your loss with family and friends, a time to reflect on your relationship with the person who has died whether you knew them for a moment, an hour, a year or a lifetime. Whether the ceremony is at the crematorium, burial ground or local pub it should reflect the way the person lived their life and be the ceremony you want. Many people want a traditional ceremony and that’s fine, but if that’s not what you want that’s also fine. I’ll help you create the ceremony you want.
What is more important than giving someone the name the world will know them by and introducing them formally to friends and family. As with marriage the ceremony is a time for fun and spectacle but it is also a time for gravitas. It’s a time to ask the people you value and trust to share the responsibility, whether they are Guide-Parents, or my favourite, Odd-Parents. Its time to involve the family. Whether in your back garden, village hall or hotel the ceremony should reflect your wishes and I’m here to make that happen.
I’m available for any type of ceremony, whether memorial, wake, acting as a master of ceremonies or leading a divorce ceremony [I haven’t done one yet but I live in hope] and I will do my very best to give you the ceremony you want.
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.