Tim Maguire – Caledonian Humanist Association

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Elizabeth & Simon, Glenskirlie Castle

When it came to choosing someone to conduct our wedding, there was no contest. 

Tim is the most professional, helpful, and friendly Humanist celebrant in Scotland, and his delivery of our ceremony was just perfect. 

Elizabeth Bell

VOWS Venue Wedding Co-ordinator 2014

One of the attractions of a Humanist wedding is that you’re free to say in your own words why you’re here, where you’re going and what you’re promising, and I will help you create a ceremony that reflects who you are, and what you think and feel.

Taking the time to think about why you’re getting married, and deciding what you want to tell your family and friends, is what will make your wedding so special – as so many of the couples I’ve married have been happy to tell me.

I’ll help you make your wedding ceremony truly unique, a memory you will cherish for the rest of your lives.

To find out more, please check out my blog

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Reviews (41)

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Emma & Mark November 5, 2017 Wedding DateNovember 4, 2017

Tim was absolutely incredible, we couldn’t have asked for a better ceremony; it was heartfelt, personal and funny and we have had so many comments already on how much people enjoyed it. We cannot thank Tim enough!

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Grant MacDonald November 5, 2017 Wedding DateSeptember 9, 2017

Tim was absolutely fantastic to work with from our very first conversation right through to after our ceremony when he took the time to chat and mingle with our family and friends. So many of our guests commented on much they enjoyed our ceremony and much of that was down to the great advice and guidance we received from Tim.

Thanks again Tim for helping to make our wedding day so special!

Grant + Natasa

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Lauren & Danny Thornton October 16, 2017 Wedding DateSeptember 16, 2017

Hi Tim, we just wanted to say a massive thank you for our beautiful ceremony. It was more emotional, stunning and funny than either of us had ever anticipated. You told our story beautifully and all of our guests commented how unique and special our ceremony was. We are so so thankful! It was by far the highlight of our day and we feel so lucky to have been able to make or ceremony so personal and say exactly how we feel. Thank you so much! Xx

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Karen Coats October 11, 2017 Wedding DateOctober 6, 2017

Tim was absolutely fantastic and everyone has said how much they enjoyed the ceremony and how it really reflected us.

Tim was on hand for everything and made things as stress free as he possibly could. Initially we did not quite understand the significance of our ‘home-work’ and our input to the ceremony but once the ceremony was written we were delighted and even had a wee bubble.

I would not hesitate to recommend Tim and cannot speak highly enough of him.

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Tara October 8, 2017 Wedding DateOctober 2, 2017

Tim was a brilliant celebrant and gave life to our very personal ceremony. We were able to personalise every aspect of the ceremony but Tim gave us guidance and helpful suggestions in writing it and during the rehearsal (which we would never have considered, and could only have come from a wealth of experience in successful weddings). We could not have asked for a more perfect day and felt so incredibly well looked after from start to finish, our guests are still raving. Thank you so very much! Tara and Eugene x

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Scott Maxwell & Chris Lynch September 6, 2017 Wedding DateSeptember 2, 2017

Tim,

Chris and I wanted to drop you a quick note to thank you for everything you have done for us to make our day a success. Many of our friends have commented that they thought it was a really moving ceremony and that the messages you conveyed regarding humanism struck the perfect note. You guided us every step of the way with great suggestions and encouragement. We can’t thank you enough.

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Jenna Comerford July 19, 2017 Wedding DateJuly 17, 2017

Hi Tim

Thank you so much for conducting our wedding. It was just what we wanted and so many family & friends said it was one of the best services they have witnessed – we are excited to see our wedding film as this part of the day went in a flash. It was really lovely for you to stay behind & talk to our guests then catching up with us.
You’re a natural and bring a little bit of magic to the day, managing to tell our story the way you did made it even more special to us.
Thank you for all your help & guidance.

All our love

Mr & Mrs Comerford 🙂

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Candice Jenkins July 12, 2017 Wedding DateSeptember 15, 2016

Thank you once again Tim!

We had so many comments about the ceremony….everyone loved it, laughed a lot and found it so personal! Not bad for a pair of “unromantic’s”!

And thank you for jumping out of the way so the photographer could get the “magic shot”!

Thank you so much! X

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Rachel June 30, 2017 Wedding DateMay 27, 2017

Tim was absoultey fantastic! Highly recommend anyone to have Tim as your Humanist. Everyone who attended our wedding commented on how brilliant our ceremony was and it was all down toTim! You made our day and we are so thankful for that!

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Daniel Browne June 18, 2017 Wedding DateJune 17, 2017

Thanks Tim. The ceremony was perfect! We had a wonderful day and night. There were so many people saying how well the ceremony was delivered and asking who you were. Thanks again!

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Samantha MacKinnon June 5, 2017 Wedding DateMay 21, 2017

We weren’t able to have a rehearsal as our wedding party all lived in various parts of the UK but Tim made everything run absolutely perfectly. He reassured us both individually beforehand and talked us through how it would run and even where we should all stand. Because of that I was able to relax and walked down the aisle knowing everything was going to be great! Everyone commented on how brilliant Tim was and how beautiful the ceremony was. We wrote the whole ceremony ourselves with Tim’s guidance and expert advice. We’re so happy Tim was able to conduct our ceremony and we wouldn’t have wanted anyone else. Thank you.

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Jaclyn Morrison June 1, 2017 Wedding DateApril 15, 2017

Hi Tim,

I am sorry this has taken a bit longer than expected to get back to you. I never realised that we would be so busy after the wedding – I thought it would calm down after the day ha!

Anyway, we would just like to thank you for all your help in preparing our wedding and conducting our ceremony. It was absolutely perfect – so many people have told us how lovely it was and so personal to us. It was definitely my favourite part of the day – and I am so glad I never cried haha! We have just watched the DVD that our videographer filmed for us and it was so nice to relive the moment again! We are so glad we had you as our celebrant and will be recommending you to all of our friends and family that get engaged!

Thanks again for everything, hopefully we get to meet you again soon!

Jaclyn and Stuart

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Kim Fowles April 7, 2017 Wedding DateMarch 25, 2017

Tim conducted our ceremony on the 25th March. The process was pretty straight forward from start to finish and Tim’s blog links were particularly helpful.

Everyone commented on how personal and emotional the ceremony was, and they all liked Tim’s added humour! Tim made us feel very relaxed whilst we were super nervous!

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Anne Davis April 3, 2017 Wedding DateMarch 18, 2017

Just wanted to say… on behalf of my husband and I !!! Saturday was the best day. The ceremony was so good and we loved every minute. You were fantastic and everyone commented on how great it was and that they’d never been to a wedding like it. Thank you for making it special.
Anne x

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Stephanie March 23, 2017 Wedding DateMarch 10, 2017

Ricky and I just wanted to say a massive thank you for all your help with the wedding ceremony and for making everything run so smoothly, you made us both feel so at ease on the day. We had a wonderful day and thank you for being apart of it. Most of the guests had never been to a humanist wedding ceremony before and so many people came up to us during the day to say it was the nicest ceremony that they have ever been to and that they thought you were great the way you conducted it. They said it was lovely to attend a ceremony that was so personal but fun at the same time. One family member also told us that the ceremony had actually restored her faith in weddings, as it was that personal and heartfelt. So thank you again for helping to make our wedding so perfect. We will definitely be recommending you to others.

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Laura Sneddon February 28, 2017

Tim conducted our wedding ceremony on 17 February 2017, and there is not enough gratitude to give this man.
Myself and my husband wrote our own ceremony and vows but without his input and instruction from start to finish we could. It have done so.
He made our day so perfect and so relaxed. Everyone praised the ceremony as it was so personal as our story started 21 years ago when we were 14 and 15.
Tim even involved our children as Oir daughter was so emotional and our little boy who is 1 had his own words to say, he really did help complete our family.

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Jenni Burrell January 8, 2017 Wedding DateNovember 12, 2016

Hi Tim

Apologies that we haven’t written to you sooner. We hope you had a good Christmas and New Year.

We received our wedding DVD this week (and photos over Christmas), and we’ve been enjoying reliving the day, seeing things we may have missed, shed many a tear over the emotion of the day and laughed at the funny moments.

We would just like to say thank you. Thank you for all you did for us on our wedding day, and the build up to it. The support and guidance you provided was invaluable, and to have you there on the day was a great comfort to us. The ceremony was truly magical, and even though we wrote it, it couldn’t have happened the way it did without you. To have such a kind, supportive and professional celebrant really made our day, and we cannot express just how grateful we are.

I must say thank you especially for helping me get through the wobbly moment with the vows in the rehearsal. Taking on board what happened and your advice meant reading them on the day was much easier and that it was ok to “take my time”.

We wish you all the best, and thank you so much for marrying us.

Jenni & Rich Burrell

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Jordan blakesley January 8, 2017 Wedding DateDecember 30, 2016

Thank you again for all of your help on the day. We had the best day and all of our guests were very complimentary of the humanist wedding, I think they all want one now!

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Chelsea Macnab November 10, 2016 Wedding DateOctober 2, 2016

We are so thankful for all of Tim’s help and guidance with our ceremony! We absolutely loved it, and going on the amount of positive comments we have had on it … I think it’s safe to say our guests loved it too!

They loved the way the ceremony was delivered and also how personal it was to us and that is all down to Tim and the homework he set us! It was definitely one of the hardest pieces of homework we have both done, however it was so worth it and would totally recommend Tim to anyone that will listen to us!

Thank you again for being a part of our wedding day, it was so much more perfect than we could have ever imagined!

Mr & Mrs Macnab xx

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Shelley O'Reilly November 8, 2016

thank you so much to Tim for making our ceremony so special! You did a fantastic job for us both and both families have both been so impressed by the ceremony, and by yourself ofcourse!

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Lara & Sylvain Ranc October 26, 2016 Wedding DateOctober 16, 2016

Hi Tim,

Just a quick one to thank you for our ceremony on the 16th – everyone thought it was a really lovely and personal ceremony, and your French was excellent!

Thank you also for putting up with me and apologies for running late on the day!

So pleased we chose you and went for a humanist ceremony – it was very special indeed.

With Thanks,
Lara & Sylvain

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Alisa & Craig Peacock October 22, 2016 Wedding DateOctober 8, 2016

Hi Tim,

We just wanted to say a huge thank you for doing our ceremony at Edinburgh Castle.  Most of the guests had never been to a humanist ceremony, and each and every one of them raved on about how much they loved it!

Thank you again, and all the best,

Alisa & Craig Peacock

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Euan Robertson October 15, 2016 Wedding DateOctober 13, 2016

Where to begin…

Firstly, a thank you for being so accommodating and helpful in the mayhem that was my decision making process at the beginning of the service. Both Cat & myself had our hearts set on outside, which is what made the decision difficult. As it turned out, it was a perfect start to the day and was a major talking point as we joined friends for a drink last night. Apologies for the hassle that it caused, but huge thanks for making it flow around me.

Further to that, thank you for being our celebrant for the day. It was difficult to take it all in, but you manner & humour seems to have made an impression on many of our guests, and of course on both of us. It flashed by, as I’ve been told it would, but the laughs and tears during the service will stay with me I’m sure.

I hope you will (or have) enjoy(ed) your ‘Hoppy Ever After’ beer, and I’ll be sure to send over some of our many, many photographs when they appear.

With our huge thanks,
Euan & Cat

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Lisa and Steven Murphy October 9, 2016 Wedding DateSeptember 22, 2016

Tim we cannot thank you enough for all your help throughout. From when we first skyped you (as we live in Leeds) to the homework you set us to your delivery of the ceremony.

The ceremony was funny, emotional and most of all very personal to us. The words we wrote were so close to my heart that we asked Tim to read most of it for us as I didn’t want to cry!! Tim delivered it perfectly.

I’m very proud that we had a humanist ceremony. Our guests were very impressed and we could not have picked a better celebrant than Tim.

Thank you so much xxx

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Tina Paterson September 22, 2016 Wedding DateSeptember 18, 2016

Our big day was perfect from start to finish. We were so glad we chose Tim to conduct our ceremony. He was fantastic through the whole process, from first meeting to putting up with my writing meltdowns. I will definitely recommend Tim to all my friends as he is simply the best xx

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Julia & Jeff Regazzoni September 21, 2016 Wedding DateSeptember 17, 2016

WOW! What a wonderful ceremony – so personal and emotional – so much so that I put my words in the wrong order! Apologies for that. Also, sorry if we went off track at all!

We can’t thank you enough for all your guidance in helping us write the ceremony and our vows, it truly was a wonderful experience and one that we will both treasure. The lovely comments we are getting from our guests makes us realise that we really did the right thing in having you as our celebrant.

The day just got better and better and we had the most wonderful party that we could ever have hoped for – it exceeded both our expectations.

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Kelly Dowling August 12, 2016 Wedding DateJuly 14, 2016

I cannot thank Tim enough for all that he done for us, the Ceremony was beautiful – as was the whole day. I have it all on video and tim is amazing at what he does I will send you a few pictures Tim when u get them- you have made it into our wedding book though a as you were and are the person that made it happen and for it to run so smoothly.

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Selina Van Hagen August 8, 2016 Wedding DateJune 25, 2016

Hi Tim,

Sorry this has taken a little while that is us just back to reality now.

We’ve sent you a thank you card but it’s a bit small to fit everything on. We want to thank you for all your help in making our wedding such an incredible experience. I feel very strongly about the benefits of a humanist ceremony because, as I said later in my speech, weddings are a contradiction in that they are a very personal celebration but also such a common occurrence. Your approach really made us think about why we were having a wedding which might seem obvious but in reality is anything but. I feel like we had an opportunity to really articulate the way we feel about each other and I don’t believe that our wedding would have meant as much to us, or our friends and family, if we had had a religious or civil ceremony; not because of the religious element but because of the generic content. We were able to say exactly what we wanted and I’m grateful for that.

On top of this your delivery was perfect, the ceremony went like clockwork and everyone felt included. My grandad who is a very religious man and strongly disapproved of our premarital cohabitation told us that he thought the ceremony was perfect which is high praise indeed.

Thank you so much again. Selina will send you some pictures when they arrive!

Jed and Selina Van Hagen.

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Jacqui & Rick Ingrassia July 7, 2016 Wedding DateJuly 2, 2016

We cannot thank Tim highly enough for the wonderful wedding ceremony he conducted for us. It really was something special and everyone could feel the emotion in the room. We thoroughly enjoyed it (despite all the tears that were shed) and our guests all said it was the best wedding ceremony they had ever been to.

We couldn’t have done it without Tim. His guidance and support in helping us put the wedding ceremony together was second to none. He came highly recommended to us and he did not disappoint. For anyone looking to have a Humanist Ceremony, we would highly recommend Tim to help make your wedding day something very special.

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Euan June 17, 2016 Wedding DateApril 30, 2016

Hi Tim,

We wanted to leave you a quick review as we wanted to extend a huge thanks for everything you done for us. Everyone absolutely loved the humanist ceremony and the way it was conducted, it was a great opportunity for everyone to get learn more about our story, laugh, cry and celebrate with us. We are so pleased with the way everything went and can not thank you enough for the role you played.

From start to finish nothing could have went better! You were not only excellent in supporting us and making sure we were relaxed before, during and after the ceremony, but you also kept all the guests involved throughout the whole thing.

We would highly recommend this type of ceremony and, of course, Tim as your celebrant.

Many thanks again Tim.
Euan and Keri

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Richard Blakemore June 14, 2016 Wedding DateJune 11, 2016

We had a stunning day everything was perfect. So many people commented on the ceremony and so many people have said its the best wedding they have been to

The setting, ceremony and reception were amazing we are both blissfully happy and so grateful to everyone who contributed to our special day

We also had a couple there who had used Tim and were singing his praises!

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Carolyn June 11, 2016 Wedding DateApril 9, 2016

Two months have passed since our amazing wedding at Seton Collegiate Church and what an amazing 2 months we have had.
First off, our wedding was perfect, in every way. The weather was fantastic, what a turn around from the days before and the days after. Your attention to detail in the church meant that you had me standing in the only sunbeam that was coming through the windows at the back of us- very beautiful

The way you delivered our ceremony was wonderful, I was laughing at some of the bits-and I was the one that had written it! That for me is the sign of a good orator. You were great in your delivery and your presence in the church. I loved learning how you were telling everyone what humanism is not before I arrived, and I am glad to know that we didn’t have to run around naked 🙂 Your sense of humour shown through!

Feedback from people who had not experienced a humanist ceremony before was very positive as they could now understand that a humanist ceremony is all about the couple- its real, emotional and personal.

I am very happy that we both manged to deliver our vows perfectly, and with the emotion intended without much need of the prompt cards you were holding. We both had practised after our attempts at the rehearsal and I am glad that we both managed them without much prompting, and we managed to say them with meaning we wanted. I still find myself laughing when you said to me “the other right hand” when I took my husband’s hand, this must be something that happens a lot.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for marrying us, I am very happy that you were the one that we chose to be our celebrant. I also have no hesitation in recommending you to any bride and groom out there who are looking for a fantastic humanist celebrant.

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David Dewar June 10, 2016 Wedding DateJune 5, 2016

Hi Tim

Me and Jenna would like to pass our thanks onto you, for being part of our day.

24 hrs later, and after meeting with all our friends again, they are all very complimentary about how you conducted the service, and how at ease you made everyone fell from the off.

Thank you for all your help and pointers

David, Jenna, Charlie and Joe

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Lisa Maguire May 26, 2016 Wedding DateApril 22, 2016

My husband and I would like to thank Tim Maguire for conducting the perfect wedding ceremony for us on our surprisingly sunny day! (And before you ask, no we’re not related!)
We knew we wanted a Humanist and had planned to meet with a few before deciding who we went with but when we met Tim it was an instant joint decision to go for him.
He took the time to get to know us and explain how a Humanist ceremony works and all the different options we had in creating it.
He gave us homework, which in turn gave us one of the most special moments in planning our wedding. He asked us to write (separately) our story of how we met up to where we are today and why we love each other. We read to each other what we had written over a bottle of wine on a very emotional Valentine’s Day. It was a perfect night, it really made us appreciate our love for each other and remember all that we have been through over the last 10years.
We then sent them to Tim and got the most warm and loving response! With his help, we wrote our own ceremony which created the best day of our lives. Family and friends are still telling us it’s the best ceremony they have been to, so personal, emotional, loving, funny and relaxed. We even had friends popping up telling fantastic memories of us during the ceremony, making everyone laugh and my brother reading a quote from our favourite book, reducing everyone to even more tears. Tim read our words beautifully, understanding our humour and love for each other in the most respectful way. We may be a young couple but have been through a lot, so after everything, giving us this dream ceremony to celebrate our love for each other was the greatest gift!
So thank you Tim, you will always be a part of our most special day and we thank you for making it everything we wanted.

Lots of love, Mr and Mrs Maguire

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Phillip Bryant & Rick Breckenridge May 20, 2016 Wedding DateMay 14, 2016

Hi Tim!

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for conducting an amazing ceremony! I come from a very religious family and was a bit apprehensive about having a humanist ceremony in fear they wou not understand….they absolutely LOVED IT! It was very nice to have the opportunity to write our ceremony with your guidance and then your words during the ceremony were just the icing on the cake. We have received an incredible amount of praise for how lovely it was. I have married my soulmate, so unfortunately won’t get the pleasure of working with you again but it was an absolute joy 🙂 thanks again!

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Fraser Stratford May 18, 2016 Wedding DateMay 15, 2016

Good afternoon Tim.

Thank you for conducting our ceremony on Sunday. You were absolutely great and it was just how we both pictured it would be. Many of the guests pass on their compliments also. Our friend David told us it was the best ceremony he had witnessed at any wedding.
The rest of our day was amazing and the band were a real hit at the reception.

Thank you for putting our mind at ease last week, and calming me down prior to Lesley’s arrival on the big day itself.

I’ll pass on a photo or two if you’d like as soon as we start getting them in this week.

Thanks again and all the best.

Regards,

Mr & Mrs Stratford

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Sharman Heasman May 11, 2016 Wedding DateApril 9, 2016

Hello Tim

We never got the chance to thank you properly for conducting our wedding. Everyone is still talking about it and saying how much they enjoyed the whole ceremony. This we feel is largely down to you. If you hadn’t helped us along with our story that of course we knew but found quite difficult to put it into words. You were patient and helped us immensely.

Thank you once again we really did appreciate all the help you gave us.

Sharman and Tony Heasman.

PS Still trying to get the polo mint off my finger lol 🙂

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Ross Whiteside April 19, 2016 Wedding DateMarch 5, 2016

Hi Tim,

Now that the dust has settled from our wedding, we have had time to process everything and reflect on what was such an amazing day for us.

You told us when we first met up that after the ceremony everyone will be saying how good it was, and how nice it was to have a ceremony that was all about the couple for a change – and you were right! The response was overwhelmingly positive with people loving how it was informal yet not silly, funny, poignant and even a bit romantic. And these comments came from a wide spectrum of people – religious, non-religious, old, young etc. They particularly liked hearing our story as only a few people knew our story from the very beginning – even family members had no idea about some parts of it.

We therefore want to extend our heartfelt thanks to you for how you presided over our ceremony. You gave us everything we wanted from a celebrant, and we loved every minute of it. We also received numerous comments from people about how well you did the ceremony, and we are led to believe that you have received another booking from people who were at the wedding!

Our wedding really was the best day of our lives, and a large part of that was due to the tone set from the ceremony.

With best wishes,

Mr and Mrs Whiteside (Ross & Katie!)

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Gordon & Lynsay Hunter March 26, 2016 Wedding DateMarch 25, 2016

Tim let our vision for the day come to life. His style is so natural and relaxed it really helped to put us at ease as well as our guests. Humanism was a perfect choice for us, as it encapsulated everything we believe in.
Such a wonderfully personal service, a ridiculous number of us were in tears. Everyone has been raving about how good our service and celebrant were, particularly those who had never been to a humanist ceremony before.
We would recommend Tim, without hesitation, to anybody looking for humanist.

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Kayleigh Logan-Cleghorn March 24, 2016 Wedding DateFebruary 13, 2016

Hi Tim

We’re sorry that this has taken us a little while- we have been enjoying a little bit of quiet time since we got back from our honeymoon.

We just wanted drop you a line to say thank you from the bottom of our hearts for everything you did for us. The ceremony was better than anything we ever could have hoped for- so many of our guests commented on how personal it was. One friend of ours said that it was so perfect, every time she thought she was about to cry, she found herself roaring with laughter. We have you to thank for that! Your help and guidance was incredible and your delivery impeccable.

We know that you had a rough night before our big day, but you never would have guessed- you were warm and funny. More people than we can count told us it was the best ceremony they have been to.

We really cannot thank you enough.

Much love

Kayleigh and Myles Logan-Cleghorn

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Tim Maguire March 28, 2016

Thank you so much Kayleigh and Myles. Yes – it was amazing wasn’t it? I guess the lesson is never to let the flu get the better of you: thanks for asking me to be your celebrant! X

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