The Wedding Ceremony : 5. How to make your civil wedding ceremony special

Let’s face it, at its bare minimum, a civil wedding ceremony is a dry and insipid official enactment of the legal procedure required to enable a couple to become man and wife. It lacks the traditional human resonances and the feeling of spiritual commitment of its religious counterpart. It is worth taking the time and […]

The Wedding Ceremony : 2. The dos and don’ts of the civil wedding ceremony in the UK

Part Two : What are we allowed to include in a civil wedding ceremony? At its most basic, a civil wedding ceremony must include legal declarations of status and the exchange of marriage vows, through which both partners make verbal commitments to love and support each other throughout the rest of their lives. These vows […]

The Wedding Ceremony : 1. What are the legal wedding ceremony options in UK?

Part One : Civil, Religious or Humanist Ceremony? The legal situation regarding the marriage ceremony in the UK is complex and archaic. It is important to note that the legal position in England and Wales is different from that held in Scotland. Here is a brief explanation of the legal background for three popular wedding […]

The Wedding Breakfast : What food should I serve?

You will want to serve your guests food and other refreshment as part of your wedding celebration. In the past, it was traditional to get married in the morning and to serve wedding guests a slap-up sit-down lunch afterwards. These days, arrangements can be much more flexible. Both the style of wedding you choose and […]

Get Married in an Outdoor Ceremony in England

Open-air marriages: ‘I don’t want a Humanist wedding, but I still want to get married outdoors in England’. First of all, take a look at our previous post on getting married outside, which highlights how you can legally get married outdoors with a Humanist ceremony in certain parts of the UK, such as Scotland. If […]