Penelope Hamilton Registered Celebrant for Humanist Ceremonies - Weddings, Funerals, Namings


Congratulations – You're getting married!

You’ve probably started talking about where and when you’ll have your Wedding, but have you thought about what type of Ceremony you’d like? I’m a registered Humanist Celebrant, authorised to conduct legal marriages in Scotland. If you’re not religious and you sympathise with Humanist beliefs, I’d be delighted to conduct your Wedding, on the date of your choice, in your favourite Scottish location.

What do Humanists believe?

  • People can lead good and worthwhile lives without religious faith
  • Responsibility towards others is as important as individual fulfilment
  • Reason, compassion and conscience are our best guides
  • More things unite humanity than divide it
  • Marriage is a partnership of equals

What’s special about Humanist Weddings?

Humanist Weddings are personal and fun – this is what people always tell us. The Bride and Groom plan the Ceremony with their Celebrant, and choose the wording for their promises and vows, as well as the readings, music and symbolic gestures they’d like to include. By the time the Big Day arrives, the Bride and Groom feel confident and comfortable with the person who’s conducting their Wedding Ceremony.

Humanist Celebrants are licensed to marry couples anywhere in Scotland – a castle, hotel, house, garden, beach, boat or hill – and you can get married at any time of the day, on any day of the week. The venue doesn’t need a licence and, even if it has one, the restrictions on numbers and licensing don’t apply to Humanist Celebrants.

Humanist Ceremonies can be formal or informal, intimate or a huge party, and photographers love them because they’re great to photograph. Guests often tell us afterwards how much they’ve enjoyed the Wedding and how touching and meaningful it was – even people with religious faith who’d had their doubts beforehand.

Traditional symbolic gestures include: wedding-band warming, handfasting, candle lighting, exchange of rings, sand-mixing, planting a tree, gifts to mothers, stepping over the broom, exchange of gifts, elements well-wishing, drinking from a Quaich.

Couples with children sometimes combine their Wedding with a Naming Ceremony, or include the children in one of the symbolic gestures, and this is a lovely way to acknowledge your new family unit.

Humanists conduct other Ceremonies, such as non-legal Weddings, Renewal of Vows, Affirmations, Namings, Funerals, Committals, Scattering of Ashes and Memorials.

If you sympathise with Humanist views and you’re interested in our Ceremonies, you can find out more at the Humanist Society of Scotland’s website