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Humanist Wedding Celebrant Ceremonies in Cornwall

I'm Mike

your personal Wedding Celebrant

If you like unconventional, untraditional, adventurous ceremonies, I’m your person

I am originally from South Africa and have spent many years working as a nurse and counsellor. I have been working as a Wedding Celebrant in Cornwall for the past 3 years. My love of creative writing, working with people and public performance skills enables me to create bespoke wedding and elopement ceremonies.

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What is a Humanist Celebrant?

A Humanist Celebrant provides an alternative to religious ceremonies for people wanting to celebrate or commemorate key life events and milestones in a non-religious way. I can help you celebrate your own wedding or elopement in your own unique way and place. If you dream of having your ceremony in a beautiful meadow, a wild woodland, on top of a sea cliff overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, or standing barefoot on a white sandy Cornish beach, then I can help make your dream come true. As a Humanist Wedding Celebrant I will spend time getting to know you so that on your big day I can tell your unique love story in a meaningful way. I will help you choose the order of the ceremony, the words, music, and any rituals you would like, such as a handfasting or any specific cultural elements that have significance for you. This will enable me to deliver your ceremony at the time and place of your choice in a fun and engaging way that will delight you and your guests.

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Is a Humanist Ceremony legal?

Currently Humanist marriages are only legally recognised in Scotland, Northern Ireland, Jersey, and Guernsey. However, due to increasing public demand for an alternative, the government is currently being petitioned to include England and Wales. Couples who plan to have a humanist wedding in these countries will need to attend a registry office for a simple signing appointment for the marriage to be legally recognised. The law is hopefully changing soon so watch this space.

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What is a Humanist Wedding?

A Humanist wedding or elopement is a non-religious ceremony performed by a Humanist Celebrant. It is individually personalised to reflect your beliefs and values as a couple. Humanism is a philosophical view of life with ethical values that give priority to people, animals and our planet and makes decisions to benefit everyone. Humanists are people who live without religion and believe that we have just one life, and that we need to make the best of that life. Many people live according to these values without necessarily calling themselves humanists. You don’t have to be a humanist to have a humanist ceremony.

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What does a Humanist Wedding Celebrant do?

A Humanist Celebrant allows you to celebrate your own independent humanist wedding ceremony in your own unique way. If you see yourself having a gorgeous garden gathering, a wonderful wild woodland wedding or standing with sandy toes on a beautiful beach for your ceremony, then I can help make this happen for you. As a Humanist Celebrant it is important for me to get to know your love story. I will spend time getting to know you so that on your big day I can tell your unique love story in a meaningful way. The first thing I will do is to have a chat with both of you so we can get to know each other and I can hear a little bit about your wedding plans. I will then plan and structure your unique ceremony. During our time together, I will help you choose the order of the ceremony, the words, music, and any rituals you would like, such as a handfasting or tying the knot or any specific cultural elements that have significance to you. Your unique, meaningful, non-religious ceremony will be delivered for you, at the time and place you have chosen, in a fun and engaging way that will delight you and your guests.

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How is this different to being married by a registrar?

If you are married by a registrar, the location must be either at the local Council Registry office or an approved licensed venue. The ceremony must meet the requirements of the law by following a set government script which cannot be customised in any way.  You will not be able to meet the registrar conducting your ceremony and you will be allocated to whoever happens to be working on your wedding day. In contrast, if you choose to have your ceremony conducted by a Humanist celebrant, you can have whatever words and location you want. You get to meet your celebrant and work with them to produce a customised ceremony script that expresses your unique character and relationship.

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Thank you Mike for being part of our big day on Monday. Thank you for all the hard work you put in to making it extra special, we were so grateful for all the little extra touches you provided, it made it all that little bit more personal and have even more meaning to the day.

Our day was incredible. Thank you so much, it was so personal and touching we loved every minute. Sarah and Phil

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I am a Humanist Wedding Celebrant based in Penzance, Cornwall. I create wedding ceremonies in Cornwall for contemporary couples who want a non-religious, modern, minimalist wedding without stress or fuss. If this resonates with you then you are in the right place. I am originally from South Africa and have spent many years working as a nurse and currently also work as a self-employed counsellor. I am trained as a Humanist Celebrant and I am a member of the Humanist Society U.K
By utilising my people skills, my ability to listen, and my love of creative writing, I am able to create a bespoke and meaningful ceremony that reflects you both. I love surfing, pitch and putt, reading and being outdoors. I am married with three daughters and one grandson.
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