Fun, thoughtfulness, emotion, love, romance at Humanist wedding

Fun, thoughtfulness, emotion, love, romance at Humanist wedding From Jennifer & John: Fun, laughter, thoughtfulness, emotion, love Joe, the ceremony was just perfect. It had the correct balance of fun, laughter, thoughtfulness, emotion, love and romance. Unique talent to bring everyone together You have unique talent to bring everyone together to celebrate. From the first…

Laughter, tears of joy at signature Humanist wedding

Much laughter and tears of joy were in abundance at a signature Humanist wedding ceremony that I conducted at Mount Druid, County Westmeath today. Such a lovely couple. Completely in love. Authentic. Living the moment to the full. Joyful, happy, tearful (in a good way!). Surrounded by their community of family and friends. Embarking on…

Personable, fun, unique Humanist wedding

Personable, fun, unique Humanist wedding From Louise and Andrew Hi Joe, The majority of our guests had never been to a humanist ceremony and they were all amazed by how personable, fun and unique it was. Honestly Joe, Andrew and I were so delighted with the ceremony, we will never forget it. You made us…

A new day, a new wedding!

I will marry a couple today. Two people crossing a threshold in their lives. Each with their past, their present and their unknown future. Trying to live this today with awareness. Imperfect people, always, as we all are. Tis the human condition. Celebrating their love. Publicly. Committing themselves to one another. Bringing with them their…

New website for Humanist weddings!

I am very excited to be building this new website about Humanist weddings. It preserves all my archive going back to I think 2007. Humanist ceremonies are the way forward for so many people. So often after a Humanist wedding or naming ceremony or funeral people tell me that it’s so personal and inclusive of…

Mothers and their daughters: the referendum on 25th May

Many women who vote ‘No’ in the forthcoming referendum will not know that their own daughter has had an abortion. They will not know the secret that their daughter has felt that she must keep from her mother. And their mother will never know their daughter’s secret. Their mother will die without ever really knowing…

Humanist weddings by conviction

One of the difficulties with the word ‘Humanist’ is that lots of people can claim that they are Humanist. I remember attending a funeral once and the celebrant  was ‘Humanist’ if the bereaved wanted a non-religious ceremony and he was religious if the bereaved wanted a religious ceremony. He was just an actor: all things…

Wedding celebrant / Humanist celebrant

There is some confusion as to what is a Humanist celebrant. Recently a bride asked me if I was available to conduct her Humanist ceremony. Luckily, I was. They had booked someone else whom they thought was a Humanist celebrant but when they went to the HSE to give their three-month notification of their intention…

Still loving conducting Humanist ceremonies

I’m still loving conducting Humanist ceremonies. I love it to my core. Every couple at every Humanist wedding is different. Every family at each naming ceremony or civil confirmation ceremony or Humanist funeral is different. Being with people at such significant times in life is a privilege and honour. It’s wonderful when a ceremony touches…