So, you're engaged! Two lovers in love faced with one tough choice... how do we get married? Perhaps you had a religious upbringing but you no longer attend church. Perhaps you're an interfaith couple and you don't want to choose one faith over another. Or perhaps religion simply isn't your bag! You've also been to a civil ceremony but it wasn't quite what you're looking for either.
Whilst both are free from religion, a humanist ceremony differs from a civil ceremony in that it is entirely hand-crafted and reflective of the beliefs and values of the couple, and is conducted by a celebrant who shares their approach to society. More and more people are seeking human-centred ceremonies that capture their own personal progressive, modern human values, and see humanist weddings as a way to stay sincere to their actual worldview. Find out more in my FAQs.
Maybe you've been together for years and are looking for a way to declare your unending commitment to one another. Maybe you've been legally married before and you want to take a different approach this time. Maybe marriage simply just isn't for you. After all, love is love! And whilst the partners legal status does not change, commitment ceremonies can instil a sense of togetherness and solidarity by demonstrating the strength of the resolve of those involved.
A commitment ceremony can be shared with family and friends, or can be held privately without guests as witnesses aren't required. It can look just like a wedding with rituals to honour your relationship, or it can be an intimate exchange between you and your partner. Commitment ceremonies can even be a fully-fledged family affair to strengthen the bonds between parents and step-children in newly formed family units. The options of how we create and curate your commitment ceremony are limitless!
I may be biased, but Ireland is definitely the most beautiful place on earth. If it is your dream to elope in Ireland with the dramatic backdrop of the Irish Sea then I am ABSOLUTELY here for that! With the wind, the rain and the unpredictability of the Irish skies, it is essential that you are up for the perfectly imperfect!
Your gladrags may get a little dusty, your hair might get wet and you will most definitely need to don some boots... but I'll be there with you in the thick of it. Whether a legal marriage or a non-legal commitment ceremony, I want you to have the most perfect day! I'll be there supporting you, guiding you and making sure you have everything you need for the perfect Irish elopement.
At the end of life, people often reflect on the meaning of their lives and think about how to best take advantage of their remaining time. For some, this is making a final display of their commitment to their partner. A wedding or commitment ceremony at this time can give an individual the opportunity to acquire further meaning for themselves and to deepen their connection with loved ones. Such ceremonies hold the potential to enhance a sense of dignity, self-worth and pride in those final days, and can also be a great support to family members at a time when two major life events, marriage and end of life, occur concurrently.
Maybe your marriage has survived some tough times and you have come out the other side a stronger couple. Maybe you had a small wedding and never had the opportunity to celebrate with those who mean the most to you. Maybe it's your 25th wedding anniversary. Or maybe you're just looking for the perfect excuse for a good old-fashioned hooley! Whatever the motivation, a vow renewal is a perfect opportunity to reaffirm your commitment to one another. And if you're still struggling to find the perfect excuse for I Do Take Two... well, if it's good enough for Beyoncé...