Thursday, 27 March 2008

Is Humanism some kind of weird hippy thing?

Until they get married, or go to a funeral, most people have never heard of Humanism, so we get asked all sorts of questions by Anxious of Newtonmearns. So let me reassure you now that - unless you really want to - we don't all take our clothes off and dance widdershins round a yew tree.

Humanist ceremonies (we call them ceremonies rather than services) can be very traditional. Sometimes they're even held in churches, although generally, like Melrose Abbey or Mansfield Traquair, they are 'decommissioned' ones. But generally they take place in castles and hotels, village halls and nightclubs, on farms and in stables, up hills, on beaches, in people's living rooms and back gardens. Anywhere 'safe & dignified' as the Registrar requires. 

The really good news is that you don't need to get a licence for the venue: because the celebrant is licensed, we can conduct your wedding pretty much anywhere.

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