Humanism believes in the optimism and the good of people – individual people and people collectively. It actively encourages people to draw inspiration from themselves, those around them and the world at large, encompassing art and culture, nature and science.
Humanism understands the rights of individuality but also the need to respect and cooperate with one another. It is in the differences of opinion that truths and solutions can be found. Discussion is healthy and scientific evidence changes as we progress, Humanism is open to witnessing and commenting on this. Far from being empty without religion it is alive with human possibilities.
For more information on humanism feel free to peruse the Humanists UK website.
We no longer have to think that the only options available for your wedding are either religious or civil, there is another option for you to get excited about. Humanist weddings are a great alternative for those wanting a non-religious ceremony. They do not have to be devoid of tradition or familiarity, on the contrary, they can be as structured as you wish and can contain many of the familiar rituals and traditional vows. But they can also be more personalised. Read more about Humanist weddings.
The venue for a humanist ceremony can be anywhere you chose. If you would like a ceremony at dawn, sunset, or on a beach during a full moon with the moonlight reflecting on the sea, it is all possible.
There is often space in a humanist ceremony to have a moment of reflection, in this time people can pray if they wish. A humanist ceremony celebrates you, the couple, and everyone gathered is there for that very reason. On the contrary, rather than insulting anyone a humanist ceremony includes everyone
Yes, your ceremony can follow a very traditional trajectory, the structure and vows spoken can be very similar to those you would hear at a church wedding.
Of course, marriage represents the declaration and acknowledgement of the unity of two people and their freely chosen commitment to one another. This should be without discrimination of race, gender, identity, or preference of any kind.
Yes, I am very willing to travel and believe that there are many wonderful venues out there to be discovered.