I have to admit I have never attended an humanist wedding and it was the first time for the quartet even though we have been playing together for 6 years! Our usual weddings have been either civil ceremonies or church weddings, so this was a unique experience and one which I thoroughly enjoyed and would recommend to anyone thinking about getting married. The humanist celebrant was very smart, warm and friendly and spoke about the couple getting married in a personal way. There was much humour interspersed with readings and poems. Music accompanied the start of the ceremony and the quartet played Make You Feel My Love (Bob Dylan). The ceremony concluded with a fabulous balloon release and music of John Legend 'All of Me'. We then played on as the guests drank champagne in the glorious warmth of the sun.
Apparently an humanist wedding need not take place in licensed venues. You could even opt for having your wedding at your own home! Nikki and Sarah however, chose to have their wedding outside on the terrace @The Inn at Grinshill. It was a beautiful setting and the music from the string quartet could be heard all over the garden without drowning out conversations. We had many lovely comments from the guests saying how much they were enjoying the music and I was pleased that we were doing a good job and it was going down well.
If you would like an humanist wedding ceremony, you can contact www.humanistceremonies.org.uk/weddings or for your local humanist celebrant who was conducting this ceremony and who was lovely contact www.maxinebeech.com