Harriet Obrien Humanist Wedding Celebrant
Congratulations to you both! This is an exciting time and you’ve got plenty to think about.
As a Humanist Celebrant accredited by the British Humanist Association it is my privilege to be able to guide you through all the details of planning your wedding service so that it will be exactly what you want on the day.
My focus is to write a script that includes all the elements which are important to both of you. This could be:
- making sure your friends are actively involved in the service
- having a huge sing-a-long
- ensuring that your individual cultural backgrounds are reflected in the symbolic acts and choices of readings
- finding the perfect songs and poems
- reassuring your family that a non-religious wedding can still be a significant, moving and respectful occasion
- making sure the family dog feels included
- respecting and including the beliefs of friends and family with different religious faiths
- creating a great party atmosphere
Your wedding script will be as individual as you are and will be a true reflection of your personalities, your humour and your love.
On your wedding day my professional role is to support and welcome all key people, so that you know you are in safe hands. To engage your guests with warmth and enthusiasm, to share in the delight of retelling your story and to support you through all the exciting and emotional moments – from your first glimpse of each other as the ceremony starts, through the high emotion of your vows and finally to the thrill of the declaration at the end of the ceremony.
You do not need to be a Humanist to have a Humanist celebration. You might simply want a wedding script that is personal to you, tells your story and includes vows that are based on your individual ideas of love and commitment. While religious faith is not part of a Humanist wedding, I am happy to help you include elements of your different cultures and beliefs to reflect the importance of your family and background on your special day.
Humanist weddings can take place anywhere, from a back garden to a beach, and the script for each one is individually written for the couple. I will work jointly with you through the planning, preparation and delivery of your ceremony. Afterwards I will give you a commemorative copy of the entire ceremony, including the contributions of all your speakers, for you to keep and treasure.
I work with straight and gay couples. I look forward to sharing the journey with you.
"Harriet carried out our wedding ceremony at the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel in October 2014, and it was simply perfect! After our first meeting over the summer, Harriet worked with us closely in the months prior to the big day to write our ‘script’. We absolutely loved it and didn’t make any changes to the first draft – she had really listened to us and picked up on all the most important parts of our history and personalities to create a beautiful ceremony that was completely unique and special to us. On the day itself Harriet created a warm and relaxed environment and so many of our guests told us afterwards how impressed they were, and how much they enjoyed the ceremony. It was just so personal and everything we wanted for such an important day in our lives. Harriet is a delight to work with and we couldn’t recommend her highly enough. We just wish that we could do it all over again!"
"We just wanted to drop you a quick note to say thank you so much for everything you did for our wedding. The ceremony was absolutely perfect and was everything we’d hoped it would be and more. I don’t think there was a dry eye in the house and we’ve had so many people saying how much they enjoyed it and that it’s really opened their eyes to “alternative” ceremonies. We’re really glad that we chose you to do the ceremony, we felt you really got us and that was reflected in how personal the ceremony was. Thank you."
"Harriet, I’ve been meaning to say, thank you so much for the wonderful ceremony you conducted last month. It was the talk of the rest of the wedding! All our friends and family loved how personal and tailored to us it was and were asking lots of details about humanists afterwards."
"Well where do we begin!
Thank you so very very much for an absolutely fantastic ceremony!! EVERYBODY has commented on it and how personal it was to us and how great you were, so many people have also said it was the best wedding they have ever been to and we believe at lot of that is down to the ceremony it was beautiful I think nearly everyone cried!!.. we think back to our first meeting with you when you said you thought a Humanist wedding would be perfect for us… and you were so right, well they do say everything happens for a reason..
We had such a fabulous day thank you again Harriet for making it so special."