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What Our Couples Love
- Creative storytelling. Professional, relaxed and natural delivery
- Friendly, smiley and always available with advice and guidance
- Perfect balance of humour, emotion and sincerity.
- Lots of ideas and expert at personalising each ceremony
Frequently asked questions
What’s the difference between a celebrant and a registrar?
A registrar will register your marriage legally. A celebrant will write you a completely bespoke, highly personalised wedding ceremony script and deliver it on your wedding day. A celebrant-led wedding ceremony is all about you. They can be conducted anywhere as the venue does not need to be licensed, and with a humanist celebrant led wedding ceremony, there are no rules!
What’s the difference between a celebrant ceremony and humanist ceremony?
All celebrants can write and conduct wedding ceremonies for couples wanting a personalised, uplifting wedding ceremony at a venue of their choice. Right now, humanist ceremonies are legally recognised in Scotland, Ireland and Jersey, but not in England or Wales. We are working on it and hope for legal recognition soon. Independent celebrant led wedding ceremonies are not yet legally recognised anywhere in the UK. Humanist celebrants train with and are accredited by Humanists UK (Humanist Ceremonies). After gold standard training in each discipline separately, Humanist celebrants pay quarterly fees to Humanists UK to be part of a national network. We are peer reviewed regularly to ensure quality control and excellent code of conduct. We undertake regular CPD and are a supportive network. Humanists UK is a charity that campaigns for human rights and equal rights around the world. Humanist ceremonies are heart-warming, celebratory, non-religious ceremonies conducted by humanist celebrants. They've been around for about 100 years and are growing more and more popular as people get to hear about them. Although our ceremonies do not feature religious content, we can - on occasion - accommodate the odd hymn or religious reading if important to you or your family as long as there is no act of worship involved. Independent celebrants can train online or in person with commercial training organisations. Usually their training incorporates all three disciplines (weddings, funerals and namings) within the same training. Once they have finished their training, they work completely independently.
Do you cater for LGBTQ+ weddings?
Absolutely! All my wedding ceremonies are inclusive - whatever your colour, sex, gender, sexual orientation, background, culture or religious or spiritual belief. One of the photos of my LGBTQ weddings ended up on a massive billboard in Northern Ireland to celebrate the legal recognition of same sex weddings!
Do you cater for multi-faith weddings?
Yes - humanist weddings are a fantastic way to celebrate your love and commitments to each other without religion. I absolutely love multi cultural weddings and many of my couples have different spiritual, cultural or religious belief. Humanist ceremonies are completely inclusive and celebrate diversity. My ceremonies reflect the fact that there are often many different cultures/beliefs amongst you and your guests. Everyone always feels included.
Will you write the service for me?
Yes, as a creative, professional writer, I will meet you both for around three hours, ask you a million questions, scribble down everything you tell me, and turn it into a beautiful, memorable script that will be presented in person on the day, and also in a presentation folder at the end of the ceremony as a keepsake. I send you the script for approval around a month before the wedding date, so that you can make any amends and so that you are fully in control of the content! I will also coordinate with all contributors on your behalf if you would like me to.
Can we write our own ceremony or vows?
Yes, you can certainly write your own vows and/secret letters. Or I can write them for you, with your specific wishes incorporated.
Is there anything that has to be included in a service?
There are no rules in a humanist wedding, but I like to include words on love and marriage, a love story, a reading or poem, music and at least one symbolic act (eg ring exchange, handfasting or unity candle ceremony). The style is led by you - completely traditional or completely off the wall! The options in between are endless - let's talk!
How far in advance should I book you?
2021 is really busy already, particularly on March - October weekends. However, please do note I still have a little bit of availability on those weekends, and midweek slots are sometimes available too. I have more availability between January and April, and from October to December 2021. I have already started taking bookings for 2022 so please get in touch as soon as you can!
Do you need to meet us before the wedding day?
Yes, I meet all my couples for around three hours. This meeting is necessary to go through all the logistics for the ceremony, talk about music, readings, guests, contributors and of course your love story, your views on love and marriage, your wishes and we also go through a lot of ideas to make your ceremony completely unique and memorable.
What do your prices start at?
My fee is £550 for 2020 and 2021, and £600 for 2022 and onwards. I charge mileage at 50p / mile for meetings and ceremonies over 15 miles away from my home town.
About Rachael Meyer Humanist Wedding Celebrant
Humanist wedding celebrant in Harrogate, North Yorkshire. Highly personalised, non-religious, unique, romantic, fun and relaxed wedding ceremonies across Harrogate, Knaresborough, Bolton Abbey, Ripon, Skipton, Wetherby, Leeds, York & Yorkshire Dales
No two ceremonies are the same as no two couples are the same! You can stay traditional or be completely off the wall with creativity! I can promise you an engaging, moving and incredibly personal ceremony that you and your guests will love! In a relaxed (and long) meeting, we have some fun laying down the foundations of a ceremony that is really “you”!
With all our ideas merged, and with the help of copious notes, I can create a script that includes your own meaningful vows, symbolic acts, readings, music, your love story and anything else you want to include! It’ll be so bespoke that your guests will believe we’ve known each other for ages!
Your wedding can be as formal or casual as you like. My style is smiley and chilled but very professional. My ceremonies are inclusive, heartfelt, emotional and fun. They are designed for everyone to enjoy – whatever your culture, religion, race, gender or sexual orientation – and they’re a wonderful, warm way to mark and celebrate one of the most important days in your lives.
Nothing phases me, and in fact I have been known to rise to the challenge of delivering a completely bespoke ceremony with 24 hours notice! (long story).
I love dogs and music and have a background in photography, video, event management and professional writing.
Please note at the moment, humanist ceremonies are not yet legally recognised in England or Wales (watch this space!), so couples need to do the legal part of the marriage separately.
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Fee includes initial phone or video chat, booking fee, getting to know you meeting, script writing, lots of advice and guidance, script amends (if any), delivery of ceremony on the day, use of props, use of professional PA system for music and mics, keeps