Humanist wedding ceremonies and why are they are on the rise

For those of you who have not heard of the ‘humanist’ movement, it’s considered a religion without being religious. Humanists hold the belief that we are all human and are all cut from the same cloth. The idea of the Humanist movement is to unite everyone who does not necessarily believe in religion but would like to celebrate the gift of life.

Whilst humanism is on the rise, we’re also seeing a rise in humanist wedding ceremonies, so how does a humanist wedding ceremony work and what could you come to expect if attending one?

Tradition can be left behind

Whilst wedding traditions are not usually religion based, the non-religious humanist movement promotes the freedom of expression, and that’s why you’re more likely to see know wedding traditions go out the window. Couples can chose to uphold tradition if they want too but they are not wedded to them. If they want to have a best man, bridesmaids, cutting of the cake and the first dance then it’s a decision that’s down to them. They can opt for something completely different or even make their own traditions.

Many humanist weddings will be more about the couple than about tradition with many of them containing a short story of how they met and why they knew they were the perfect match.

Wedding venue options are not restricted

As church weddings are declining, we see more and more couples opt for outdoor weddings and wedding venue themes. Traditional church weddings will always be there for those who are highly religious but humanists don’t feel the need to conform to religion or even places that are licensed for civil weddings.

Wedding celebrant instead of a priest or registrar

With the growing number of weddings now being in wedding venues and outdoor venues as opposed to churches, there are wedding celebrants which can be hired to carry out a humanist ceremony, couples can plan the versus with them and ensure the wedding vows are unique to that couple.

Humanist wedding ceremonies are only official in Scotland

Couples who are planning a humanist wedding ceremony in England, Wales or Northern Ireland will still need to go through the formalities of a registry office to make the marriage a legal one since humanist weddings in the majority of the UK aren’t recognised by law. Those humanists in Scotland are in luck since the ceremonies are considered legally binding and no further action is required after tying the knot.