(Closed) Suggestions for non-religious ceremony

posted 6 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

It really depends on what you’re looking for – Googling “Secular wedding” should probably do the trick, but honestly, just talk with your celebrant! Most civil celebrants know how to do a secular ceremony, and they’re generally short and sweet and all about the couple rather than the religion.

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I second @LadyElva: .  My husband wanted a non-religious ceremony, so we had a unitarian pastor do it for us.  He literally had a whole packet of things and basically told us to go through the packet and pick and choose what we wanted and then he put it all together for us.  It was so much easier than I thought it would be!

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Miss Cherry Pie’s ceremony on here was a great help to us in writing our own, as were some posts on Offbeat Bride and, weirdly, a secular ceremony on about.com.

Another thing: I suggest finding an outline of a “traditional” ceremony and deciding what parts you want to keep or cut. This helped us write a secular ceremony that still felt like a wedding to us and to our guests.

 

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I used this book and absolutely loved it — and then passed it on to my engaged cousin and she loved it too — and I think she may have passed it on to one of her friends!  It’s a great guide to designing your own ceremony, and there’s a lot of room for customization, which is super helpful.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

We’re having a Humanist ceremony. I think they’re much more common in the UK than the US, but I’m not sure. I love the philosophy of humanism:

“…a commitment to the perspective, interests and centrality of human persons; a belief in reason and autonomy as foundational aspects of human existence; a belief that reason, scepticism and the scientific method are the only appropriate instruments for discovering truth and structuring the human community; a belief that the foundations for ethics and society are to be found in autonomy and moral equality…”

Post # 9
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

If you search “hand ceremony” in the WB search you will find it as a post of one of the blogger bees. We used that and everyone cried. Nothing religious in it at all.  Sorry, I am on my phone or I would link it.

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