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Is a Humanist Wedding Ceremony Right for You?

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If you are reading Rock n Roll Bride then its highly likely that you’re dreaming having of an alternative wedding and if so, a humanist ceremony could be perfect for you. With a humanist wedding, each ceremony is created from scratch, so you know yours will be tailor-made to fit your style and personality.

What is a Humanist Ceremony?

Humanist wedding ceremonies are non-religious wedding ceremonies led by celebrants accredited by Humanists UK, who we are delighted to have partnered with on this article! If you don’t want a religious or register office ceremony, then this is going to be a great option for you.

The great thing about a humanist ceremony is that they can be totally personalised and feel very authentic to the couple getting married. There’s are no ‘must haves’ to consider which means you can make it as personal as you like, with your own vows and promises, poems, songs or even a spot of crowd-surfing! There’s also no time limit on the length of the ceremony which means you can incorporate all the traditions and symbolic acts that are meaningful to you.

Photo by Alexander Crane

In England and Wales, humanist weddings are not yet legally recognised which means you will need to also go and sign the bit of paper at the register office, but this can be done quickly and with very little fuss.

Humanist Ceremonies™ celebrants are full of creative ideas and your celebrant will be happy to work with you to put together a ceremony that is inclusive, unique, and unforgettable. The sky’s the limit! Their celebrants have overseen Chinese tea ceremonies, German ‘heart races’, ‘tying the knot’, ‘jumping the broom’, ‘warming the rings’, and much more.

Here are some unique ceremony ideas which you might want to consider for your own day…

1.      Tying the Knot

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Cover Photos: Devlin Photos, Styling: The Bijou Bride, Art Direction: Kat Williams, Hair: Rebel Rock Hair & Makeup, Makeup: Shani Mushingon, Dress: The All White Necklace: Abbie Gaiger Earrings: The Vamoose

I think it’s pretty safe to say that very few of us will be sad to see the back of the year 2020. For most of us it’s been painful, its been stressful and it’s been life changing. Things that we took for granted now feel like luxuries and things we assumed would be a given just, well, weren’t.

Wedding postponements, businesses closing, the ever-changing government guidelines – there’s been a lot to deal with in the wedding world particularly, and while it would be all too easy for me to regurgitate the clichés about love not being cancelled and us all being in this together, I think it is important to acknowledge that for many of us, this year has been one of the hardest of our entire lives.

I don’t know about you, but I’ve personally loved seeing how people have been adapting to this ‘new normal’ with their weddings (and wedding businesses) and in many ways this year has forced us to take it all back to what a wedding should actually be about. Getting married is not about spending an amount you really can’t really afford; it’s not about caring what other people think of your decisions and it’s not about having a guest list of 200 people.

Sure, a big wedding is absolutely awesome, and if you plan to have the large celebration later next year, more power to you. BUT if you were only doing those things because you thought you ‘should’, well, 2020 has been the perfect opportunity to do a complete 180.

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Its a 2020 Round-Up Post: The Weddings of the Year

Jay Jay Studios

I think it’s pretty safe to say that 2020 wasn’t the year any of us hoped for or expected, but that doesn’t mean there still aren’t many fabulous things to look back on – LEAST of all the 300-odd real weddings that we published across the Rock n Roll Bride blog and print magazine!

As an editor it’s always fun for me to look back and see which posts people enjoyed the most so today we’re throwing it back and sharing the top 10 most viewed weddings that we published over the past twelve months. Did your favourite make the list?

10. Informal Heavy Metal Wedding

Stories Before Autumn

Starting off strong with Jen and Joe’s heavy metal inspired wedding. The couple hired a blank canvas of a venue which meant they could really put their own unique stamp on the day and oh boy did they! With a bespoke dress made to show of the bride’s tattoos, skulls as décor and some pretty epic smoke bomb portraits, it’s hardly surprising this wedding was so popular!

9. Bohemian-Chic Three-Day Wedding in the South of France

Bodart Studio

What could be better than your wedding day? Well, how about having THREE wedding days? Steph and hil wanted plenty of festival spirit for their summer wedding which they achieved by having it span over three whole days. Married in France they included nods to both the bride and groom’s Jewish and Catholic roots as well as plenty of bohemian flair.

8. Big Love: An Ibizan Wedding in Norfolk with a Two Month Engagement!

Sophie Cargill
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Retro Glam Seventies Wedding Inspiration

This is a photo shoot in two parts, with two sets of real life couple models. Inspired by the 70s, we actually published a few shots in our last print issue, but we loved the images so much we wanted to share the full set with you today too!

Photographer Angela Gallo was inspired by a vintage shop near her home for the styling, “It’s basically a 70s dream!” she said. “One day I saw this little vintage lace wedding dress that caught my eye, and that’s when the idea hit me. I wanted to showcase two sides of an era, with the retro 70s bohemian look and a more retro-glam look.”

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Gothic yet Girly Wedding Inspiration

There’s a bit of a misconception in the wedding world that brides who want to wear black want to go all-out goth with their wedding theme too… but what if you wanted to combine your love of pretty florals with a penchant for a darker ensemble? Where exactly can you look for inspo?

Enter stage left, this beautiful editorial which was spontaneously put together by a group of UK-based wedding suppliers, led by photographer Ioana Porav. She explains, “My inspiration for the shoot was just to be very spontaneous! I had all the elements in my studio and literally overnight I called the model and I said to just create some fresh content and inspiration. Usually we work with a mood board or inspiration but this time was different.”

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An Autumn Wedding Inspired by Halloween and True Romance

Although they didn’t want a themed wedding, Kate and Max were inspired by autumn, Halloween and their favourite movie, True Romance, for their October 2019 wedding. The timeline of their day was in reverse, and although this wasn’t what they initially wanted, it was a happy accident and in the end they were really pleased that they did it this way. Plus, it meant Kate was able to justify two wedding dresses!

She explains, “We left it quite late to book a registrar, so ended up having our celebration in a ‘reverse’ order to a traditional wedding. We had our wedding breakfast before our ceremony in the afternoon (the only time we could get a registrar for). Initially we were disappointed, but then realised at nearly every wedding we had ever been to, people were always starving hungry throughout the ceremony! So, it actually worked out really well.”

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