Newly engaged couples will no doubt be very excited to start planning their wedding, but with so many options available to people these days it can be hard to know where to start. The first step should be working out what kind of ceremony you want – and a humanist wedding might be an interesting way to go.
Football player Eunan O’Kane and model Laura Lacole have just this month (June 22nd) tied the knot in a ceremony of this kind in Northern Ireland, the first time this kind of wedding has been recognised by Northern Ireland law… so chances are we’ll be seeing more weddings of this sort in the future.
But what exactly are they? It’s a non-religious ceremony that’s often more flexible and personal than a registry office or civil ceremony, allowing you the freedom to marry where you want, how you want and when you want.
They’re perfect for anyone who’s looking for a truly meaningful ceremony without religion being involved, giving you the opportunity to marry outside or somewhere not licensed for civil weddings. The Humanist Ceremonies website is a great resource for anyone looking to get hitched in this way – and checking out the example structure of this kind of ceremony is probably a good idea.
It includes introductions and welcomes, words about love from a non-religious perspective, readings or poems, the couple’s story, what marriage means to them, a reading, poem or song, the couple’s promises, a symbolic act like handfasting, the exchange of rings, the marriage pronouncement, words of well-wishing and then the closing and departure.
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