Fancy having a Humanist Society Scotland ceremony? Here’s what you need to know

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If you love the idea of having a meaningful, personalised wedding ceremony, the Humanist Society Scotland could be the perfect option for you!

Did you know that Scotland is one of just eight countries in the world where you can have a legal Humanist marriage?

The charity Humanist Society Scotland campaigned for this legal right and has been the most trusted provider of Humanist ceremonies ever since, paving the way for thousands of couples to have the Humanist wedding they always dreamed of.

Humanist wedding ceremonies are hugely popular, and it’s easy to see why.

They’re personal, meaningful and all about the couple; their love, their hopes for the future and their promises to each other. A Humanist Society ceremony is made to measure, so couples know it will be the perfect fit!

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How do I find a celebrant?

The easiest way is to check online. The Humanist Society Scotland website lets you look through profiles of celebrants.

Early in 2017, Humanist Society Scotland was prescribed into Scottish marriage law, making it the first and only belief body to have that status.

This means that HSS celebrants don’t have time-limited authorisation to conduct legal marriages, unlike other Humanist celebrants.

When you’re looking for a Humanist celebrant, always ask about their authorisation. If a celebrant is not with the Humanist Society their authorisation will certainly be time-limited and they might have to apply for permission for each ceremony they wish to conduct.

When you book, always ask if the celebrant can confirm they have authorisation to marry you, on your chosen date, at the time of booking.

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What makes Humanist Society Scotland unique?

Humanist Society Scotland is a national charity and part of the international Humanist movement, working for a fairer and more compassionate world. They’re also pretty fantastic at delivering ceremonies.

With a packed training and support programme for celebrants, it’s easy to see why they are the most trusted provider of Humanist ceremonies.

Only Humanist Society celebrants have the backing of a national charity and they’re the only ones who can offer the HSS Promise, outlined below:

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The HSS Promise

1 Be assured, we’re insured 

You can be assured if you book an HSS Registered Celebrant they are covered by Public Liability Insurance.

2 We’ve got it covered

It is very rare that the celebrant you have booked is unable to conduct your ceremony, and this would only be in extreme circumstances such as serious illness. However, as the largest provider of Humanist ceremonies in Scotland we have the network to find you a replacement, even at very short notice.

3 Developing skills to give you the best

All HSS-registered celebrants must complete intensive training and mentoring programs before they are registered to conduct any type of ceremony. Our celebrants participate in ongoing practice development sessions to ensure they have up-to-date information about marriage in Scotland and that their skills are always top notch!

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4 Setting the standard

All our celebrants work to a set of standards to ensure your experience is the best it can be. Our celebrants are also subject to a complaints and grievance process. If in the unlikely event you have any concerns about your ceremony, we will do all we can to resolve the matter.

5 Best of all, we’re a charity!

The Humanist Society Scotland is a registered Scottish charity and our accounts are published annually. As a charity we campaign for a fairer society and are involved in supporting people through our community food projects, chaplaincy services, school visitors and so much more!

Learn more about having a personalised Humanist Society Scotland ceremony