Thursday, 27 March 2008

Order, Order!

The most important thing to remember about your humanist ceremony is that it should be exactly the way you want it. So if you're totally chilled and like whatever, man, you probably won't want an Order of Ceremony. On the other hand, if you're the kind of person who sets goals and can recite most of The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People you certainly will. You may even have written it already.

An Order of Ceremony doesn't need to be hand-tooled by elves and bound in the fairest gossamer. You can knock one up on a sheet of A4 folded.

What it does is allow your guests to see the running order; who's speaking, what happens when, what the readings are and - if there's a blessing or a song to join in with - the words they'll need to speak or sing. 

It's not a bad idea, if you have the space, to include something on the back 'About Humanism', for the benefit of the 80% of people who have no idea what they're in for. You can find a short definition here and you're welcome to use it, because I wrote it!

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