Why you shouldn’t get married on your wedding day. Humanist wedding ceremonies explained

It is no secret that I am a huge fan of getting married in the great outdoors and opting for a humanist wedding ceremony. I’ve ask Nat from Nat Raybould Weds to explain how and why you should consider having a Humanist wedding ceremony.

Introducing the Epic Celebrant Nat!

Hi! I’m Nat, and I’m a wedding celebrant trained and accredited by Humanists UK. When I got married eight years ago our first thought was to have a Humanist wedding ceremony. I trained to be a celebrant because I wanted to help other couples feel as truly excited about their wedding ceremony as I did: it was hands down the best part of the day!

Photo by Babb Photo

Wedding Ceremonies should not be the “dull bit”

Too often wedding ceremonies are considered ‘The Bit To Get Out Of The Way’. The dull bit to endure before the cool food, drink and merriment. And that’s such a shame, because the ceremony is the reason everyone is there: it’s called your wedding day, not your Big Party Day, after all…!

If you are going to get married, spend the money, make the effort – let’s kickstart the day with the best wedding ceremony ever! – the most memorable, personal and “SO YOU!” bit of the whole shebang!

Sussex wedding photography at Frickley Lake. Humanist Wedding Ceremony led by celebrant

So, what is a Humanist ceremony?

My ceremonies are designed from scratch to fit each of my couples personalities. Think of the most expensive couture tailoring ever, and you’ve got the idea! This means I can create wildly varying ceremonies: from the elegantly quirky to raucous whoopie-cushion comedy, and all sorts of delicious flavours in between. 

Personal & Friendly Service

It’s my job to get to know you and understand your relationship. I create the ceremony for you and all your guests to enjoy :). The process of us getting to know each other (usually 6 months) means that, when you walk down the aisle, it’s like having a wedding ceremony led by your best friend. So it is much more fun than a registrar who you meet ten minutes before your civil ceremony!

Anything Goes!

In the last year alone I have written ceremonies that contained premieres of specially written music, a scavenger hunt under the guests’ seats, and a real life Rick Roll – anything goes! Your bespoke wedding ceremony will never be the same as anyone else’s ceremony, but they all share the same ethos: they will be fully authentic representations of your love, shining out in every word.

Surrey wedding photography. Humanist Wedding Ceremony led by celebrant

This sounds amazing! Is it legal?

Sadly, in England and Wales currently Humanist ceremonies aren’t legal – although we are working on this! So watch this space! It isn’t a problem though: it means you can have a short statutory civil ceremony without a ring exchange or any fuss to “sign on the dotted line”, and then have the bespoke personal ceremony with all of your guests, anywhere you want, indoors or outdoors, day or night, on a boat or in the London Dungeon…

– your only impediment is your imagination!

Fun Wedding photography during Humanist Wedding Ceremony
Oxford Humanist Wedding Ceremony. Dog at wedding ceremony

How can I find a celebrant for me?

The Humanist celebrant network covers the whole of the UK. If you are fortunate enough to live in Scotland you can have a celebrant legally marry you there, you lucky ducks! You can choose a celebrant who is near to you, or if you find a celebrant who is just your cup of tea but is a little way away from you. Many celebrants will be more than happy to travel to your venue. I love a jaunt to a wedding!

Check out more about Nat!

If you want to find more our about me, I am on Instagram at @natraybouldweds and my website is If you have any more questions about Humanist ceremonies and how you could work for you, don’t hesitate to get in touch! – I’d love to hear from you!

Much love Nat xx

Humanist Wedding Ceremonies. Rye Island Wedding Photography

Thank you Nat!

Thank you so much Nat! I hope you have found this blog post about Humanist wedding ceremonies helpful. For more hints and tips about wedding planning, you can check out my blog here.

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Are you looking for a festival wedding photographer?

A humanist wedding ceremony and festival wedding photographer go hand in hand. The perfect combo for an epic day! Let me know if this sounds like something you would like to chat more about! You can hit me up or check out some more examples of festival weddings I’ve worked on here.