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What is the difference between a Humanist and an Independent Celebrant?

Updated: Nov 1, 2023

Lets be clear. Both Humanist and Independent Celebrants will deliver a beautiful ceremony. There are a good deal of similarities in how they write and officiate a ceremony.

The main difference is that Humanism is a belief in itself and a way of life that people adhere to. Humanist celebrants are members of Humanist UK and are trained by them too. They do not believe in God and cannot include any religious content in their ceremony.

An Independent Celebrant is by definition Independent and therefore free to design and conduct ceremonies that contain religious aspects, spiritual, secular, non religious or a combination of them all. It is entirely up to you. An independent celebrant however cannot legally marry you unless like me they are part of a belief organisation. In Scotland many Celebrants through their governing bodies have been approved by the Registrar General to be able to solemnise a marriage. These means you can have a beautiful, personalised wedding ceremony reflecting your wishes and values, an amazing day to create the foundation of your marriage. There is no need to have the legal side done elsewhere .I have the freedom to include whatever you, as a couple, want in your ceremony. It is YOUR ceremony - YOUR Way......and it will be legal ,

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